THE HOTEL EXPERIENCE

Our Surroundings

The Divani Palace Acropolis is located in the historical heart of Athens next to the Acropolis, and the Parthenon. Here you are right in the most fascinating part of this ancient city. You can reach many sights on foot, but you can also explore the city on the metro from nearby Acropolis station (200m).

Your journey into the past begins in the hotel basement with a part of the ancient city walls, built under Themistocles, a prominent Athenian general in Ancient Greece. Then wander around Plaka, the old town, visit the Acropolis, its museum, the remarkable Herodion amphitheatre, and take a look at the colourful flea market in Monastiraki. Everything is at your feet!

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Acropolis

This former citadel perched atop a sheer rock contains some architectural gems from ancient Greece, including the Parthenon and the temple to the goddess Athena, dating from the 5th century BC. This is one of the remaining treasures of Ancient Greece, simply a must during any visit to Athens.

Access - about 500 metres from the hotel, a 7-minute walk.

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New Acropolis Museum

This impressive modern museum exhibits all the artefacts found on and around the Acropolis rock, from the Greek Bronze Age to the Byzantine period. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.

Access - only 250 metres from the hotel, a 4-minute walk.

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Herodium Theater

It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped amphitheater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive, cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and turned into a ruin by the Heruli in 267 AD.

The audience stands and the orchestra (stage) were restored using pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then it has been the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances

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Plaka

Plaka is the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, and incorporating beautiful neoclassical architecture. Most of the streets have been closed to automobile traffic. It is now an area of restaurants, Jewelry stores tourist shops, and cafes. Though it is quite commercialized it is still a neighborhood and arguably the nicest neighborhood in central Athens.

Access – 750 metres, about a 10-minute walk.

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Monastiraki Flea Market

The place to go on Sunday mornings, this colourful area offers all sorts of trinkets and perhaps some real finds. Start at Monastiraki Square and don’t be afraid to cut down side streets away from the crowds.

Access: 1.4 km, about 18 minutes on foot.

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Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum has several sites, but the main one is the former Benaki family mansion in central Athens. It houses a diverse collection, including Islamic art from across the Near East, Chinese and pre-Colombian art, as well as a particularly complete and important collection of Greek artefacts from ancient times to the early 20th century.

Access – metro M2, allow about 20 minutes.

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Syntagma Square

Syntagma (Constitution) Square is the hub of Athens, close to many sights and transport links. The square, named for the Greek constitution granted after a popular uprising in 1834, is dominated by the imposing neoclassical Old Royal Palace, which has housed the Greek Parliament since 1934.

Access: 1.5 km, a 20-minute walk, or metro M2 (10 minutes).

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International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos

Athens International Airport is 36 km from the hotel and easily accessible, with direct trains from Acropolis station on metro. The journey takes 55 minutes. By car count 30 minutes without traffic. Toll roads are included.

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