Welcome to Athens and the Athenaeum InterContinental. My name is Thomas and my colleagues and I are here on a 24-hour basis to assist you with information about our exciting city.
The Concierge desk located at the hotel's lobby next to the reception desk, operates 24 hours a day. Their excellent knowledge of the local area will allow you to experience the unique local culture.
Take the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus to the imposing Syntagma Square. From there, enjoy a leisurely stroll along Panepistimiou Avenue, lined with beautiful neoclassical buildings that house the University of Athens, the Academy of Arts and the National Library. Cross Stadiou Avenue and reach Karagiorgi Servias Street to find the city's finest confiserie, Aristokratikon. This sweet shop is excellent - in addition to fine chocolates, its speciality is pistachio-nut sticks, perfect gifts to take home. At Ermou street, turn right on Eolou street and discover the Agia Irini neighborhood, an up and coming area with vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants. Continue on Eolou Street and on your left, stop at Krinos for a plate of traditional loukoumades (honey and cinnamon doughnuts).
Start at Kolonaki, Athens' most sophisticated fashion district packed with designer boutiques and famous galleries. In the cafes of the central square, Athenians enjoy coffee while people-watching. The most popular is Da Capo, where the hardest thing to find is an empty chair. Once you do, don't wait to be served by a waiter - head straight to the bar and place your order. After your coffee, browse the stylish boutiques and bars in the surrounding streets before heading to Mount Lycabetus for spectacular views of the city. It's a 45 minute climb to the top, but if you'd rather not walk there is a funicular that goes up to the summit. While you're there, visit the tiny chapel of St George and, upon descending, stop at the famous Benaki Museum.
Start with a pleasant stroll along the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou. As you walk towards the Thission area, admire the 150 metre high 'sacred rock' of the Acropolis, the most important site in the city. Enjoy a drink in one of its numerous buzzing bars. After this, walk around the Ancient Agora and along Adrianou street until you reach Plaka. Athens oldest and mainly pedestrianized neighborhood where you will find the largest selection of traditional Greek tavernas for dinner.
Greeks express themselves with hand gestures when they are talking and generally speak in a high tone of voice. Most Greeks speak a foreign language, usually English.
In order to enjoy the full atmosphere of a restaurant, we suggest that the earliest you dine is 9.30pm.
Taxi ranks are available in most central squares; however, you can flag down a taxi on the street and perhaps even share one with another passenger. Be sure that the meter is running when entering the taxi.
Tipping is not mandatory, but is a gesture of satisfaction with services rendered. On average, 10 per cent on a restaurant or bar bill is offered.
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During the construction of the Metro, many ancient artefacts were discovered which are now on display in some stations. Syntagma Station has the most impressive collection of all.
This was the first theatre constructed of stone in Greece, built at the end of the 5th century BC. All the famous ancient writers had their plays performed in this theatre.
The Panathinaiko Stadium is the only stadium in the world built of pure white marble and is the official finish line of the classical marathon race.
The InterContinental art collection
The Athenaeum InterContinental Athens features an extensive collection of contemporary painting, sculpture and photography by Greek artists.
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Non-slip walking shoes
Most of the ancient sites are accessed by marble steps. For your safety, be sure to wear non-slip walking shoes.
Be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, which are necessary all year round.
From April to October, the weather in Greece is very good and suitable for swimming. You will find a clean and sandy beach not only on the islands but near the city. So pack a swimsuit.
From El. Venizelos Airport take Attiki Odos Highway toward Elefsina. Then take the Imittos Ring. Turn right at Athina Kessariani University Campus. Follow the sign Kessariani. Turn left at Peiraias Athina Vouliagmenis Ave. Turn right at National Road 1 Peiraios street into Lagoumtzi street. Follow the sign Athina and turn right at the traffic lights. The hotel is located on your right hand side. GPS address: 89 - 93 Syngrou avenue, Athens.