Upon arrival at 5am we were thankfully able to check in early and take our sleep deprived selfs off to bed. After sleeping till about 12 we realised that our room has little or no view. I asked the reception staff if there was any chance of a room with a better view and was informed they could offer us an upgrade. The view from this room was spectacular! We now had a view of the Temple of Zeus, mountains etc. There was also a window in the shower cubicle which allowed us to shower whilst soaking up the view.
The rooms were fairly spacious and had everything you needed. Wifi was only available in the lobby area and after midday on the roof terrace.There are 2 PCs and a printer in the lobby too if you so require.
Every morning we enjoyed our breakfast on the roof terrace and depending on where you sit you are treated to either a view of the Acropolis or the Temple of Zeus. Breakfast itself was OK; pastries, bacon, eggs, toast, cereal and fruit.
The location is the best part of the hotel. The Acropolis and Musuem were a short 5 minute walk away and the back streets of Plaka and Monastiraki were only 10 mins away.
The only downside to the hotel is that as it is situated on a main road it can be quite noisy. We learnt while in Athens that the use of car horns is not for emergency situations like in the UK. They are used constantly and by everyone. I live in central London so the traffic noise didn't bother me too much.
All in all I would definitely stay here again as the location and views were amazing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Athens Gate Hotel is located in the historic district of Athens, exactly opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is 400 m away from the Acropolis, 200 m away from the new Acropolis Museum, and on the doorstep of Plaka, the heart of the tourist district of Athens. It has recently been taken over by new management, and fully renovated. Its style is modern and simple, as befits the area. New features include LCD TV in all rooms. ... more less
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