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Periscope Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   22 Haritos str., Kolonaki, Athens 10675, Greece (Formerly Athenian Inn) (Kolonaki / Lykavittos)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 325 Hotels in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
dubai
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“Perfect Athens Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

I searched high and low for a hotel to cover us on a stopover before heading to the islands and Periscope definately delivered. We wanted something close to the Embassies and also just out of town due to the recent protests etc and this was an absolute gem. The loaction is in Kolonaki and now, after returning to Athens on our way home I would absolutely reccomend this area to anyone unsure about where to go.

Kolonaki is a beautiful neighbourhood, definately a bit more upmarket but certainly not expensive. We arrived on Metro as the Taxi's have been on strike (still are) and walked up a small hill to arrive at the hotel. Locals were really helpful to get us to the right street whihc for an intro into this city was a fantastic start.

The hotel itself has a really well designed cafe/restaurant at the entry on the main street with some casual bench seating out front. The receptionist greeted us really warmly, chatting a while and letting us know about the area and things to do. She took a real interest and during our time came across really warm and genuine. The rooms are simply designed, everything you usually expect and although basicand on the small side, clean, modern and perfect for a short stay.

After settling in we went downstairs for a quick drink and found ourselves a real treat. the restaurant is owned by a michellan star chef and the menu is superb! We tried a beer which the chef had created which was created to be more like a wine to compliment tapas which was really lovely. You must try. We didn't stay for dinner as wanted to get out and about a bit but easily could have stayed and would have been gauranteed a good meal. We had breakfast here the next morning and it was unbelievably good. Buffet selection with a cooked breakfast, cooked to order. Honestly one of the best breakfasts I've had from a hotel, real food, great food, locally produced. You can't ask for more.

The next morning we wandered the local streets, small, alley like streets which totally surprised us with noth designer and local stores, lots of great local design and just an easy stroll through shaded streets, perfect for hot Greece days in July. We ended up in town (near the parliament) and then wandered back to make a 6pm flight to Santorini. An easy day.

I'm about to review the current hotel we are at, closer to town which by comparison is a world apart. I can thoroughly reccomend Periscpoe as the perfect stay for Athens, short or long.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

And in addition... new firm mattresses, everyone fluent in English, air conditioning that works and stylish finishes such as bathrobes. 4 short blocks to subway. 2 subway stops to Acropolis, but very far away from the tourist crowds.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

We stayed in Periscope during our last visit in Athens. The hotel is located in Kolonaki area in a very small and quite street but only few steps away from one of the most upscale areas in the city. All major brand shops, restaurants and bars are whithin 5 min. walk from the hotel. The rooms are very neat and clean with great aerial photos of the city on the ceilings. The staff is very friendly and helpful and they really make you feel at home. Amazing a la carte breakfast!! Will be back for sure!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

This was a one night stop over for us....website looked great...but. ...
Service was very good here - felt like a family run hotel - reception was friendly... the restaurant is cute - and this is a great area of Athens - Kolonaki - like Soho in NY. Great shops.. We are surprised that the hotel made it into the Design Hotels list.. The room honestly felt like a pimped up - formula One room - it was all clean and some cool design elements - but seriously what is up with those showers - not to mention that shower curtain.. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like my body was in shock from the Airco that blew right onto me...was really bad experience. it is a shame - because we get the idea behind the hotel.. but these small little things really needs attention... will we stay there again - for the area maybe yes - for the room probably not .... I get that this is a budget hotel - but that shower and the airco system needs attention..

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2011

Location is great, just a short walk from Kolonaki Square. Very trendy hotel. Small rooms, but nicely done. If you like local, boutique hotels, you will love Periscope. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great restaurant downstairs, very trendy feel as well. Free wifi!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

Located in the heart of the terrific neighborhood of Kolonaki in Athens, the hotel is surrounded by quaint shops and charming streets. It was a great location to see the sights and just to wander. While from the outside it doesn't look like much and has a tiny lobby, this boutique hotel offered very large rooms with comfortable beds and huge bathrooms with large showers. There are even robes and flip flops for your use! The decor is clean and simple and follows the submarine theme throughout with dark grey walls and plenty of steel accents. The very best part is the restaurant which offers a full breakfast buffet with fresh breads, cheeses and meats. You can also order eggs if that is what you like. I had the privilege of having dinner there as well and loved it! The eclectic menu changes daily and the chef does some very interesting things with the items on hand. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

I booked this hotel as the reviews were good though. Was doubtful. We were surprised. It is modern, service is good( which is rare in Greece), and we love the neighborhood. It is away from the main touristy drag. We love walking around to discover little boutiques and cafe. The only negative thing was the limited English tv channels. There was just CNN and BCC, but you could DVDs for free. Overall, inwould recommend it it is great value for money.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22 Haritos str., Kolonaki, Athens 10675, Greece (Formerly Athenian Inn)
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens > Kolonaki / Lykavittos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#29 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#29 Business Hotel in Athens
#47 Family Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Periscope Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Periscope is a minimal city hotel with an impressive urban architecture, located on a quiet street, minutes away from Kolonaki square. The hotel draws its name from its electric periscope, a fantastic way to visit Athens from a distance! In the Lounge Bar, guests can find a remote control for a periscope located on the roof of the hotel. With a 360 degree range, the periscope's views, which guests select, are shown real time on a big plasma TV. ... more   less 
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