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.
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