Crowne Plaza Athens Hotel 5*:

There are more surprises than meets the eye in the busy center of Athens. Built on the banks of the ancient river Ilissos, once mentioned in Plato’s writings and still flowing secretly beneath the property’s main road, the Crowne Plaza Athens City Center Hotel is an ultra-modern tribute to Athens’ rich past and the city’s millennia of fascinating history.

It is as much a high-tech business hotel as it is a destination for leisure, shopping and nightlife. The award-winning hotel lies strategically in the central Athens suburb of Ilissia, named after its hidden historic river, only a 20-minute leisurely walk from the happening heart of the capital, Syntagma Square.