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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Athenes Hotel Athens
- Novotel Hotel Athens
- Novotel Hotel Athenes
- Novotel Athens
- Athens Novotel