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“Below Novotel standards, but good choice in Athens” 4 of 5 stars
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Novotel Athenes
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4 - 6 Michail Voda et Makedonias, Athens 10439, Greece   |  
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Ranked #64 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Below Novotel standards, but good choice in Athens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2009

Novotel Athenes has been our base for 5 days during the Athens marathon in November 2008, around the time where booking a hotel in the city becomes quite a significant obstacle. It has overall been a very nice experience, perhaps coming only slightly short of the Novotel experience that we've had elsewhere around the world.

First of all, in terms of location, the hotel is a bit of a double-edged sword - while it's comfortably close to the metro station (5 minutes on foot) which takes you pretty much anywhere in the city and keeps you within 10 minutes reach of the center, it's just a bit too far to go to the center on foot. It is in the vicinity of the Polytechnical Museum and makes a nice longer walk towards the Acropolis (perhaps an hour of light walk). As a bit of a warning - the area of the hotel does feel a bit dark and unsafe and we were wary when coming back during the night on foot.

The services of the hotel are close to Novotel standards, with very friendly staff (responded very helpfully to a huge variety of different requests, from taxis to the city of Marathon to race information, weather condition inquiries etc.) and clean rooms. The room are a bit on the small side, come without a view of any sort and, as probably the only downside of service, are not always regularly cleaned - we have had a problem of coming back to a dirty room after full day outside of the hotel 3 out of the 5 days in question. Room service is excellent, although a bit pricey when compared to the total rates.

In terms of breakfast and restaurant, the hotel does offer a fantastic, lavish self-service breakfast which never left us desiring anything on top. The restaurant itself is again very nice, with only downside again being the fact that it's extremely pricey. Definitely highly recommended is the grilled feta cheese with honey - coming behind that meal in Athens, we've been making it back home ever since, without the benefit of the same fantastic taste.

The hotel further has a swimming pool (which is open and was therefore inaccessible at the time when we were staying in Athens) and a very nice souvenir shop led by a lovely, helpful Brazilian lady - definitely recommended to stop by in case you're in for souvenirs.

Finally, all above comes in a package of approx. 110 euros a night for a double room, which is on a cheap side when Athens is in question. With the exception of small problems here and there (primarily room related), this is a great mid-tier choice for discovering Athens. However, if you're looking for more intensive sightseeing and plan to stick to the center of the city - a different choice would be more suitable given the distance from the center and the shady surroundings.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2009

We stayed here on several occasions during our 2 week stay in Greece. We stayed 9/25-9/28, 10/2 and 10/5-10/6. Each time check-in and check-out was a breeze. The front desk concierge was wonderful and friendly.

Rooms--Clean and sufficient for a night or week's stay. Very comfortable beds and clean bathrooms.

Location--Not in the best area of the city. We did walk around at night for dinner/drinks and felt safe. Common sense needs to be used & also knowing where you're going! Not a far walk to the Larissa metro, which can bring you to pretty much anywhere in Athens (Acropolis, Piraeus, Parliament, Plaka, etc.). Also taxis are very easy to come by outside of the hotel. If you need a taxi, the front desk will be happy to call one for you.

Restaurant--The breakfast was fantastic -- plenty to choose from and filling. We ate dinner here twice and it was average at best.

Pool--Located on the top floor. Unfortunately, we did not have the chance to experience the food/bar on the top floor, as it closes for the season during September. The view was gorgeous of the Parthenon and I'm sure it is wonderful up there during the summer months.

All in all, this was a great place to stay as our home base, while we visited family north of Athens and on Lesvos. I would gladly re-book here again in the future if the need arises! The price ran between 89 - 109 Euros per night; we booked via the Novotel website.

Also, the gift shop on the first floor has plenty of very nice gifts/souvenirs - in case you need to pick up something quick before you run to the airport!

I will add some photos of the hotel shortly.

  • Liked — Friendly staff; clean accommodations
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Gravesend, Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2009

Five friends stayed at this Hotel on a one night trip to Athens in February. Finding the Hotel was easy. The Larrisa Metro station is literally only 5 to 10 mins walk away and use this rather than a taxi to get to the old part of the city. The road traffic will make the journey unbearable. We took a taxi to the Plaka which is the old town near the Acropolis. The traffic was so bad the cab driver drove us back to the Hotel after 45 mins and gave up in frustration. He even wanted paying and fortunately we were rescued by a very friendly member of staff at the reception who proceeded to tell him to get lost.The Hotel was very good, clean and the bar area was very busy until 1.00am.
The area is not too shabby as read in earlier reviews. This is Athens and most areas are like this.We didnt feel threatened at all, in fact you are more at risk from Pick Pockets in the city centre/Old Town.
The only draw back was that there was a demonstration in the early hours of the morning right outside the hotel which woke us all up but the room is fully double glazed if you can bear the window shut all night. The room was exceptionally clean and modern. Beds very comfortable. Roof top area is a must for exceptional views accross the city towards the Acropolis.

  • Liked — Spacious rooms and Comfortable Beds
  • Disliked — Loud Demonstaration right outside the Hotel in early hours with no consideration to guests.
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2009

Typical Novotel quality hotel - was just a pity about the location. Was a bit of a dodgy area and not really within walking distance of anything.

Finding the hotel was fine catching the metro from the airport but again it was about a 15 min walk to the closest metro and the area didn't feel safe.

Room was of a very good standard and well maintained.

Plenty of taxis around the hotel so catching one was not a problem.

Will probably find another hotel in better location if we return to Athens.

  • Liked — Quality rooms
  • Disliked — Location: too far away from everything
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lisbon
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2008

This Novotel had been renewed and the rooms are better than usual. The bar and the breakfast are ok but we didn´t try the restaurant. The area is not beautiful but if the ideia is to visit Athens we have the Larissa metro station at 10 minutes walking and the tours can pick and drop you at the hotel.We had been there for a week and we think this Novotel deserves more than to be rated like a two stars hotel.

  • Liked — Good value for money
  • Disliked — The location is good but not beautiful
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2008

I booked it at yeego.com, it was more cheap than others webpages and with the breakfast included. The hotel is nice inside, the service of the front desk excellent, the room was normal, the bed not so comfortable but for one night was OK., the bathroom with a normal size have everything inside of it. The breakfast was great, very complete. The hotel is a 10 minutes walk from a metro station (LARISSA-red line), secure and clean, good for tourist.
WARNING!!!! in the streets they can ripoff you very fast, put your eyes on your bags and don't use wallet. All EUROPE is full of this type of person.

  • Liked — the front desk
  • Disliked — the bed
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2008

Even though this Novotel is not very close to the main tourist places, for independent travelers that do not mind of walking or using subway or public transportation, this hotel’s location could be more than convenient. It is five blocks from the Larissa train station, which you will use if coming from the airport by metro or suburban train, or to going to Piraeus port to take boats, or to take trains to other Greek areas like Meteora. It is not more than 15 minutes away from the archeological museum and three to five metro stations where you may need to go.
Novotel standards are more than matched. The service is excellent and rooms probably larger than in other European sites. Every additional need we had was solved with a smile. Apparently the hotel was refurbished recently so furniture and amenities are in very good condition. Breakfast is superb with every alternative you may have.
The only minus may be the neighborhood. While it is a normal living Athenian area, for some extremely cautious tourists this could represent a suspicious environment.

  • Liked — Locationn abd service
  • Disliked — You have to understand the metro before arriving
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 4 - 6 Michail Voda et Makedonias, Athens 10439, Greece
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Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#37 Family Hotel in Athens
#62 Business Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Athenes 4*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For a family holiday or a business trip, the Novotel Athens is designed for natural living. This 4 star hotel in the centre of Athens is close to Omonia Square, Larissis station and the National Museum and features spacious, ergonomic rooms for your comfort and well being. Get down to business with internet access and meeting rooms. Relax in our modern, open plan bar and restaurant with well balanced Mediterranean cuisine or at the rooftop bar and restaurant beside the pool. Free onsite parking. FREE wi-fi. ... more   less 
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