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“Average European hotel, subaverage neighborhood” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28 Agiou Konstandinou Str., Athens 10437, Greece   |  
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Ranked #69 of 324 Hotels in Athens
New York City, New York
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6 hotel reviews
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“Average European hotel, subaverage neighborhood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

Glad we only stayed in Athens for two nights. We were warned by multiple taxi drivers that we should not walk around the hotel's neighboring streets after dark. One driver even pointed to the street adjacent to the hotel and said "many drugs over there." The hotel itself is average, our room just fit us three slim girls with luggage. This seems on par with other hotels in Europe that I've stayed in. On the plus side, the bathroom looked new and clean and we had a small balcony. If you choose to walk to the Plaka area, its only like 15 minutes (even in the daytime, we were nervous when we accidentally stumbled onto the side streets). The breakfast was almost a waste of time- yogurt, bread, cheese, olives, sad looking french toast. The reception desk was minimally helpful regarding alternative transit options during the strike. Overall, it did its job as a hotel but don't expect too much.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Phnom Penh
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38 reviews 38 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

Overall, a good value.

Pros: Rooms were clean, with in-room safe. Basic breakfast (yogurt, fruit, breads, cold cuts, cheese, olives (!), and minimal hot food (French toast, sausages). 5 minute slightly uphill walk to Omonia metro. An additional 10 minutes to excellent National Archaeological Museum. Front desk can book tours (recommend all day cruise to Hydra, Poros, Aegina for 99 euro inc. lunch). Had room in the back, so no view to speak of, but quiet. In-room wifi worked well. There are also 2 computers / 1 printer in the lobby for guest use.

Cons: Shower was weird as it was mounted on the side wall, so pointed towards the floor (!) Area surrounding is not the best, but there were always people and traffic, so never felt unsafe, even returning at night. There are depressed (read: druggie) areas all over Athens (check out the very open drug area right next to the National Archaeological Museum!), so the Omonia area was not really a problem.

Omonia metro has lots of exits. Make sure to wander around until you find the Konstantinou exit. Otherwise, when you exit, take the street that has Hondos Department Store on the right and Zara to the left, walk downhill about 5 minutes, past the National Theatre (not widely used, so many ppl didn't know it as a landmark). Metro from airport is 8 euro and requires one change of train. If arriving during non-peak hours, it's doable. Otherwise, take the Express Bus to Syntagma and a cab from there (it's 1.5km) to avoid schlepping luggage through the metro.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

I rate this Hotel as very good as the Hotel itself is very good. We only stayed 1 night but we were immediately impressed with the Hotel. Our room was huge and well equipped and we instantly really liked it. The Hotel itself is fantastic, and its extremely unfair to the Hotel that its not in a nice area. Although it's location is handy as its close to the metro to get you easily to all the things you need to see in Athens, it seems all the peasants of society hang out in this area which makes it feel a bit dodgy. We didn't feel unsafe as such but we could tell we had hit the dodgy end of town and this opinion is shared by others we spoke to and overheard on the Metro.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

During our stay, the staff were very helpful. It was very convenient in terms of location. the subway was withing walking distance and whatever you ask to the staff members, they are ready to give the information you are looking for. the balcony was good as well. The car park close to the hotel, called "silk oil" was also good because all the workers there were very friendly, too. The price for such a place was very reasonable as well.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids
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62 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

My travel agent booked this hotel with a transfer thru Delta travel. The transfer was not there. I saw a guy from same company and he called. They had no idea about me. I had a voucher. 2 hrs later. The hotel is in a area that I could see activity that is not in the best interest of tourist. I saw drug buying activity up the street from hotel. A lady had her purse ripped off. They sneak up from behind and grab. This place was close to a center with a lot of stores and rest and Metro. I used Metro to get to Acropolis and other areas. I was warned of pickpockets on Metro. I did not use during rush hour. Hotel offers free internet service as others have mentioned. The lady during the day was very helpful in offering suggestions to you. I had a inside room so no view.

  • Stayed August 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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Toronto, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

As a solo female traveler in Athens, I can not speak more highly of this hotel. First of all, it was clean in terms of room (which had a balcony), lobby, staircases, elevator, and breakfast room. The free use of computers and printer in the lobby, was a huge bonus (many hotels charge up to 4 Euros per 30 min, which is outrageous). The reception staff was 100% helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to find maps, make phone calls and provide information about getting around in the city and even outside of the city. My trip to a beach in Sounioun was simple and enjoyable due to this help in providing information. For the most part, one can save money by being able to walk to the Acropolis and surrounding areas of tourist interest and not have to take transit and get a fabulous workout, while doing so. Plus, you can see and stumble upon so much more when you walk. However, if walking is an issue, the Ommonia metro station is a 5 min. walk and takes you right to the areas of interest. And yes, it is true what they say about the neighbourhood, which extends down Athina street toward Monastiraki, there are some very "interesting" and sometimes creepy men wandering the streets in the evening, but I walked alone, and at night too. If you avoid interaction or eye contact with these individuals and keep a strong, fearless attitude, you will be just fine, it's really no different than any other major city and some of its neighbourhoods. And as for pick pockets, well they are found in just about every major city in the world, so once again, being vigilant is all that it takes really. The one thing that I can definitely comment on, is the prices. The prices in Greece on everything (except gas) are really reasonable compared to other Euro countries and meals, shopping, and transit were very inexpensive. People in Athens in general were friendly, helpful, and many spoke English. The restaurant service was exceptional compared to other places I visited. There is so much to see in the Acropolis area alone, that my 6 day stay could easily have been extended. Plus, whether on foot, or by transit, reaching other nearby areas of interest were easily accessible from the hotel. In general, going with the idea that nothing is perfect, nor does it need to be, the slow elevator, or the non-frigid A/C in the room, were really of little consequence in the grand scheme of things, unless you were planning to spend your day in the actual hotel room IN ATHENS!!! But who does that??? Anyway, I do highly recommend this very reasonably-priced, friendly hotel for its location, cleanliness and amenities and would stay there again in a heartbeat. Thank you staff for your help in making my visit a memorable one. One happy visitor from Canada :)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andover, Massachusetts
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

My son and I spent 4 nights at this hotel on a trip to Athens. The rooms are very nice, clean, modern looking, not large but were fine for our needs. Price was 55 Euros.
We liked this location. We walked to the Acropolis area many times. The walk is about 1 mile or 1.4 km. The Omonoia Metro station is 2 blocks from the hotel.
Hotel staff was very helpful with directions etc.
Breakfast was normal for what we found in Greeece.
Elevators were a bit flaky during our stay.
We liked the price and location best.

One tip the staff gave us was the bus from a nearby square (I think it was Omonoia) for very little money. We had a very early flight and it was great to take the bus.
However during peak traffic times, I'd take the train. You can take the Metro to Syntagma then the trail to the airport.

Room Tip: I don't think any of the rooms were better than others.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28 Agiou Konstandinou Str., Athens 10437, Greece
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Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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#10 Best Value Hotel in Athens
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Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN Pythagorion Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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