Our visit was during a week of perfect, sunny, warm days at the end of January and lasted for a week. Many friends have told us that in two days you can see everything of interest in Athens, but after a week there were still many places that we didn't see and will have to return again. Since this trip was an anniversary present to my wife, I reserved one of the rooms with an Acropolis view and was not disappointed (see photos). The staff, like almost everyone we met in Athens, were extremely pleasant and helpful. We arrived in early morning at the hotel and the staff were able to provide us with our room. A staff member also visited the various tables during breakfast and asked if she could be of help. She provided us with very detailed travel instructions on how to make a day trip to Corinth and to reach the canal. We were also able to arrange a late check-out. However, unlike the US, the staff are hesitant to recommend a particular restaurant, so you have to obtain info from travel guides or Google Location. They also didn't know where there were travernas in the middle of the week with live music (see below). The room was adequate, but don't expect to a coffee pot. Like other places in Europe, there are no designated non-smoking rooms, Although our room was fresh and had no ordors, ocassionally the smell of cigarettes would somehow permeate the bathroom and if the door wasn't closed would seep into the room. Luckily we could open the window and get as much fresh air as we wanted. The heating was perfect, as well as the hot water. All of this is inconsequential compared to the view from the room of the Acropolis. It was magical both during the day and at night. I can't say this enough and we never tried of it even after a week and it was more impressive after we had walked down from the Acropolis on the north side through the neighbor hoods that we saw from our at the foot of the Acropolis. The second most important plus of the hotel is its location in the midst of Plaka. You can easily walk in 20 minutes to the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. In two minutes you can walk to the Tower of the Wind at the edge of the Agora. Two blocks from the hotel is Mnissikleous street, which you can follow for a few blocks into the neighborhood of Anafiotika, the island within Athens with its steps and outdoor cafes. If you continue up the lane to the corner of Lysio street you arrive at a Traverna (Geros Toy Moria) that has live music everynight of the week and folk dance performances on weekends. We returned a second night and were not disappointed by either the food or the performances, which will bring back memories of Zorba. The tables were filled by both locals and groups of visitors (seemed like the banquets of professional meetings), which is probably why all the entainment is for free. For local music, there is a small cafe a couple blocks from the hotel next to the Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea, where we were in the afternoon and early evening, where everyone joins in the Rembetika songs, which everyone apparently knows the words to. For Rebetika, we enjoyed most the restaurant at the intersection of Thessio and Mstingos (near the end of Ermou). The food was also great and it was full of locals who gyrated with the music. The hotel is located in the heart of the Plaka district with all of its shops and cafes. When we arrived at the hotel we bought a few pasteries and drinks at one of the bakeries nearby and headed up to the roof top garden of the hotel with its panoramic views for a very enjoyable brunch, even though it was January. The breakfast at the hotel was pleasant, solid, with a variety of items. However, it was unvarying and became a bit monotomous after a few days. The other hotels we stayed at Greece had a least a couple local heated items that they varied from day to day. All in all the Plaka Hotel seemed to be the perfect base for visiting old Athens and was a key component in making this a very pleasant trip. The trip was only marred by the robber taxi driver in Pireus, who even after I showed him in Greek on Google maps that we wanted to go from the Pireus Marina to the Pireus Metro station, tried to drive us all the way back to Athens. This was a taxi that I hailed down and one that didn't try to pick us up. Beware of all taxi drivers in Pireus.
For best views, 6th floor facing Acropolis, but this will probably cost extra.
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