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Life Gallery Athens Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   103 Thiseos Avenue, Ekali, Athens 14578, Greece   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Ekali
Lyon
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2007

Awesome Stay- Unique Hotel
I will come back for sure.....
Thnk you all for making my stay in Athens unforgettable

CU soon!!!!

  • Stayed July 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lyon
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2007

Life Gallery was the first hotel that we visited during our trip to Greece. It was the best hotel that we visited and we will be back for sure. Staff is friendly and always at guest's disposal. I cannot understand the below review about cancellation policy. In every site we looked about this hotel the cancellation policy is 24hours prior to arrival! And there was no charge applicable when we did the reservation. We paid directly at the hotel when we checked out.

  • Liked — View from the bed!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dubai
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2007

We stayed here on our last night of our Honeymoon before flying home, we didn't know what to expect but we were over the moon when we arrived! The hotel is amazing, it is in the upmarket area of Athens, near all the designer shops (not the tourist area with shops selling sandels/postcards etc!). The rooms are by far the best we had out of all the 6 hotels we stayed in on our Honeymoon (and the cheapest). The food and the service were both perfect!!!!!!!! We look forward to our next visit to Athens and will definatly stay at the Life Gallery.

  • Liked — Room
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chicago
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2007

Make sure you check the cancellation policy. First of all, you have to pay in full before you even get there. Then, if you have a change or cancellation up to 2 weeks before, there is NO refund AT ALL. If you have more notice, you might get 50% back. Not to mention, they are way on the outskirts of Athens, where you can't even take the metro to get into the city, you have to take an intercontinental train. If all you want to do is hang out in a beautiful hotel room, better stick to the Sofitel by the airport. At least they are nice there.

  • Disliked — customer service is way too sassy for their own good.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Midlands UK
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2007

Undoubtedly a haven for the most ardent recluses this hotel was definitely exclusive, or at least the prices were. Not cheap, not well patronised and not value for money, this hotel seems to rely upon guests to be extravagant but without anything other than an interesting decor and a few room based gadgets such as electric curtains and feature lighting to entice. It is hard to understand how the 5 star rating was achieved. I have stayed at hotels all over the world and this is very much at the low end of five star, if not four star. The design was special and the spa facilities good but nothing else measured up. The proximity of the hotel to a busy and noisy main road made relaxing sometimes a challenge at the poolside and even through the double glazed and glass fronted balcony at night the constant traffic distracted.

The first night only we ate in the hotel restaurant The food was the most expensive I have ever had and frankly was fairly pedestrian though satisfactory. A two course meal for four with a modest bottle of wine saw no change from 250 Euros. I find it annoying that items are served whether they are requested or not and charged for whether consumed or not. Bread was continuously served and at 5 Euros a basket cost 20 Euros in one meal, most of which was untouched. A minor point but not what I have experienced in genuinely Deluxe hotels. If the food was great then perhaps understandable but it was not award winning. Breakfasts were very basic and unimaginative, though adequate. I note also that I was charged for mini bar use which was not used as it was only a few Euros I wrote it off to experience and deducted it from my tip.

We had two rooms and negotiated one up to a studio given the length of our stay (almost two weeks). The hotel does have a nice quality, if clinical, feel about it but is only suitable for the business traveller as has been mentioned by previous reviewers.

The staff were largely friendly especially the reception staff who were more than helpful and always at attention as you passed reception with a charming smile and pleasant hello.

Unfortunately the restaurant staff were less amenable and only notably helpful on the last day of our stay having concluded this might be tip day I presume. The difference in behaviour was theatrical and mammoth being highly entertaining but alas insufficient to recover the whole stay.

The location was not too bad being outside of Athens in a pleasant suburban town called Ekali near another called Kifissia, the latter having a Metro station which was excellent and well used. Three Euros by taxi from the hotel and less than two Euros return to Athens or even Piraeus was great value and easy to navigate.

The largest negative for this hotel was that it was not celestial but rather Marie Celestial. There were never more than 6 or so people to be seen and the place felt almost empty at all times morning, noon and night. I wonder if the emptiness was because of the Greek holiday season and that business guests had simply dried up over summer or whether the hotel was simply unpopular. I certainly won't be going again though would suggest an overnight stay as moderately feasible if only to enjoy the Japanese feel of the place.

  • Stayed August 2007
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Seattle, Washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2007

This is a terrific hotel - clean, very modern with interesting architectural touches. Service quality was high and the pool and outdoor area are serene, and very good for relaxing.

2 Issue to be aware of:
- the hotel is located in a affluent suburb of Athens, 30 minutes from city center. Its easy to get a cab to the city, it is much harder to get a cab back from the city to the hotel. If you plan to go back and forth to the city for the sites, this may not be the hotel for you.

- the showers consistently flood the room. The showers themselves are great and very cool, but knowing that you are flooding the room as you shower is not a good feeling. The staff is aware of this issue but seems just resigned to it.

Great stay overall.

Stayed August 2007
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Paris
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2007

I stayed at Life Gallery for the first time in September 06 while on a business trip in the area. Efficient staff, excellent lounge area for informal meetings (and a couple of drinks later). Have been using it since for all my stays in the area. Even though it feels primarily like a business hotel I would recommend it also for leisure stay as the pool area is very pleasant.
Stavros

  • Liked — Hotel staff service
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Life Gallery Athens Hotel

Address: 103 Thiseos Avenue, Ekali, Athens 14578, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens > Ekali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Ekali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Life Gallery Athens Hotel 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Design Hotels, was founded in 2004. Modern architecture finds its expression in a building with glass surfaces, Zen gardens, and ethnic elements. 3 suites, 3studios and 24 deluxe open space rooms provide the ultimate experience to the modern business traveller. It is an ideal venue for meetings and incentives offering conference and board rooms. ... more   less 
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