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“Modern apartment hotel in unattractive location” 3 of 5 stars
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Mc Queen Hotel
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Kastorias 24, Athens 104 47, Greece   |  
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Ranked #2 of 49 Athens B&B and Inns
Leiden, The Netherlands
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“Modern apartment hotel in unattractive location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

This apartment hotel has a few upsides and a few downsides, which together lead me to rate this place as average. The upsides are that this is a very new building (1-2 years old, I would guess) and has been well maintained so everything looks, feels and smells still new. Another upside is that an apartment is so much more spacious and less cramped than a hotel room. Furthermore the hotel is located in a quiet street, so there is barely and noise nuisance from traffic, which in a city like Athens is a real blessing. Breakfast can be served in the room at no extra charge, which is also a nice touch. I also agree with the previous reviewer that the staff at this hotel is very friendly and talkative, and seems eager to offer advice on anything. Finally, parking is free and easy on the street in front of the hotel.

Now the downsides. As the previous reviewer remarked, the area surrounding the hotel is unattractive and has nothing to offer for tourists. It's referred to by Athenians as "Gazi" or "Keramikos", the latter name being derived from the newly opened metro station. It's one of those urban areas that is showing signs of regeneration and might one day be a very pleasant neighbourhood to live in, but this one still has a long way to go. It's not unsafe, just totally uninteresting and a bit unpleasant due to issues like rubbish and parked cars on the sidewalk, busy streets with lots of traffic and few pedestrians, and barely any shops or bars nearby. The Keramikos square (where the nearest metro station is located) on the other hand is an oasis of clubs and bars, but it's a 7-10 minutes walk along a busy road. From there it's only one metro stop to Monastiraki, at the foot of the Akropolis, with loads of nice bars, shops and restaurants, and one more stop to Syntagma, the main square of Athens.

Other, smalle drawbacks of this hotel are that there was no couch or other form of comfortable seating in our top floor apartment, so we ended up sitting on the beds. That is not what you expect from an apartment. There is no shower hook or shower curtain. I'm aware that this is normal for Greek hotels, but that makes it no less of a nuisance. The same is true for the lighting (charmless and too strong energy-saving lights throughout the apartment) and the breakfast (a rather basic continental affair). Free wifi is available, but only in the ground floor bar area (the rooms on the lower floors might also benefit from it).

All in all, I might stay in this apartment again on a future visit to Athens, because I have a strong preference for new and modern buildings, and I liked the view over Athens from the top floor apartment. But before going there again, I would check the internet once more for something in a more lively area, and might even accept something slightly more dated in favour of a more lively area.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We arrived at 3 am to the Mc Queen, and have to admit we were puzzled by the location (not a tourist area) and for a minute wondered if our GPS had let us to the right place. Considering the fact that this is a small hotel, we really appreciated the fact that the staff not only waited for our late arrival, but were very pleasant in welcoming us to their locale and giving us a quick tour of our 5th floor suite which consisted of a main kitchen area, 2 bedrooms (one wiht a king size bed, another one with 3 single beds) and a bathroom (downside - no shower curtain!). Modern, clean, new (believe they have been open for only a year or so). They will bring breakfast to your room (at no charge), which gave us an opportunity to enjoy our toast and coffee sitting in their large surrounding patio which offers great views of the Acropolys... we couldn't have asked for more! Nestled in a neighborhood that appears to be in the midst of a transformation, the metro station is only a 5 minute walk from the hotel in an area with trendy restaurants; we also found some very cool galleries and theaters around the corner from the hotel, next to one of the many auto part shops --> gotta keep an open mind with a city like Athens :o). The staff was always helpful, specially Demitri who went out of his way to give recommendations on where to go (as our allied Athenian insider) and what to see. Recommend it highly for those looking to enjoy an amazing holiday in Athens, in a contemporary boutique hotel setting balanced with a true local flavor!

Room Tip: 5th floor suite offers amazing views of the Acropolys... worth every euro!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mc Queen Hotel

Address: Kastorias 24, Athens 104 47, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mc Queen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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