This is a self styled boutique hotel, which may explain the rather kitsch decorating style which seems to consist of oddly placed costume jewellery and voile. The basic infrastructure is starting to show it's age, and in places one can't be sure if one is in the early 21st century or the 1980s in a nightclub. The rooms are small for a hotel of this class, but the beds are recent and offer a good night's sleep. We had a view of the Acropolis which is indeed very impressive, and lifts one up and out of the urban sprawl which is Athens.
The wifi is exhorbitant. I've paid less than that for the top end premium Swissom service in Germany, and even though it is a key part of my work I wasn't willing to do so here. Free wifi is in the lounge on the top of the hotel, and also the lobby. It was a good service. The TV in the room is an early flat screen and doesn't accept any external inputs. The channels were Greek plus CNN and BBC World.
The staff were very pleasant. What they are not is proactive. This hotel has a very reactive culture, it doesn't explain, show, invite or draw you in or inform, but when you ask for something they are very happy and nice about providing it.
The buffet breakfast was standard for any hotel. The restaurant is remarkably over priced, as is the bar, but then again this seems to perform a role as a high end destination for local business people, and as such I am sure they charge what the market can bear. The cuisine is oddly international, but well prepared and tasty.
The pool was closed when we stayed, it opened 2 days later, but I was able to spend one morning sunbathing on the decking on the very top of the hotel. It's a well maintained and smart area, the pool (as might be expected on top of a tower block) is small but would cool you down between sunbathing.
The hotel spa is so expensive as to make your eyes bleed, so we can't report on that.
So, in summary. An average hotel that may meet the exact definition of 5 star but which is fading, has had a rather half hearted and incomplete kitsch restyling.
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