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“Perfect location, marginal room, marginal service” 3 of 5 stars
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The Athens Gate Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens 11742, Greece (Thissio / Makriyanni)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 328 Hotels in Athens
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Orange Park, Florida
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“Perfect location, marginal room, marginal service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This hotel is exactly where you want to be in Athens. It offers great views from either side (with the Acropolis side winning--IF you are on a sufficiently high floor.) You are in easy walking distance of all the major center city sights.

The rooms are modern and relatively comfortable. They are curiously floored in cheap, imitation "wood" flooring that squeeks, and the furnishings are sparse and a bit worn. For a hotel that bills itself as a 4 star, the rooms don't get to that standard.

I sent an e-mail to the hotel to ask if they could arrange for a driver to pick us up at the cruise terminal. Reply: "We don't make travel arrangements."

Service at the rooftop lounge with a magnificent view of the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus was truly awful. While the food and drink at this wonderful site are quite reasonably priced, the service staff can't be bothered to serve anyone...you have to track them down and ask for what you want.

In summary, this is a nice, clean hotel just where you really want to be. The rooms and service are only "acceptable", but then, that's good enough for this stop on your journey.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights. Decent rooms. A bit small but clean and perfect location. The elevators were so small. The kids had so much fun all of us squeezing in. We had 2 rooms connected. Felt safe. It was walking distance to the aacropolis.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

If you're looking for a very clean, modern, renovated hotel with 99 rooms in Athens with superb location and views, then you've found the right hotel. Was just over $200 for Temple of Zeus views/balcony, but worth it given the amenities (safe, slippers, toiletries), nice bathroom, spacious lobby and free wifi in lobby and rooftop (after noon time) with free breakfast, blackout curtains and thick paned glass (city traffic noise is expected), quiet aircon (we were on 4th floor), good water pressure, walking distance to Parliament, Plaka, Acropolis and the museum. You can do Athens in 2 days. Highly recommend Belpaese restaurant (turn right out of hotel, 2 blocks (go past the clothing stores) and then right onto Athanasiou Diakou for the best Italian food ever! The food at the rooftop terrace dinner was nothing extraordinary but very large portions so you can share. Views are magnificent. Check in/out were efficient and friendly! Taxi to/from airport if 35-38 euro so have about 40 euros ready - it's a long ways away and if you have luggage, taking the X95 airport shuttle bus (1hour) might not be worth the savings nor the 10 minute walk from Syntagma square station. Do not hesitate to book!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed just one night here but loved it!
Can't beat the location less than 2 blocks from the Plaka.
Best area and the view from their rooftop bar/restaurant was the best!
Great shots of the Acropolis and the Temple of Zuess.
We would definitely stay here again, loved it!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had to break our stay at Athens Gate for a night, fly to Santorini, and return to Athens Gate 4-days later.

The staff were very accommodating and readily helped to arrange storage for our bulky luggage so we can conveniently bring just a cabin trolley instead.

Both times (before & after Santorini), we had a room with a wonderful view of the Temple of Zeus. The first room I stayed in was a deluxe room with 2 single beds and the second had a queen-sized bed. Both times, the beds were comfortable and the sheets spotless. All the amenities in the room were well maintained & one could tell that housekeeping was meticulous in cleaning all the corners.

In the room with the queen bed, space was a bit tight for 2 persons after we opened up our 2 large suitcases. We had to keep the luggage closed in order not to trip. Somehow, the one with the twin beds was more spacious. Perhaps it was the way the beds were positioned.

The breakfast buffet was sufficient but don't expect any surprises - it's the same spread everyday. Go early to get a seat facing the Acropolis.

Athens Gate is within walking distance from the Parliament house, the National Park, Acropolis, Plaka, and a few other key attractions.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for two nights, Aug 25th and 26th. The taxi driver at the airport brought us right to the hotel when given the correct street address. We were impressed with that.
It was Sunday afternoon and we came in from Venice.
The hotel overlooks the Temple of Zeus and that information on their website is what had attracted me to make a booking in the first place.
The view from our room on the 6th floor was nice and at night we could also see the Acropolis all lit up which was exciting.
It was seen that there are several hotels in the area in a semi circular pattern that surround the Temple of Zeus. However, the street in general was run down and if you walked a bit to the right of the door as you exited and another right brought you in to a large road with lots of shops empty. But I guess that goes with the economy in Greece.
Our room was comfortable and clean and so was the bathroom with plenty of clean towels and hot water. They did provide us with a coffeemaker and that was a plus.
Breakfast was served on the Roof Garden at the very top of the building and it was elaborate.
They also serve dinner and snacks in the evenings which was a very relaxing way to spend an evening overlooking the street and traffic lights of Athens and the Acropolis.
Service during dinner time was good. Breakfast service was ok but could be better.
Front desk attention was sketchy but on 27th morning they did efficiently call us the taxi to go to the airport to fly to Mykonos.
Overall I would recommend this hotel for a brief stay.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Layovers, I suspect, is a common purpose for this hotel. We were amongst a hoard of other cruisers the morning we departed. They derive a lot of business from their positive association with TripAdvisor, and they work that to the hilt.

Not the least expensive alternative at $190 Euro ($250.00 USD), but a very comfortable accommodation consistent with the price. Our room faced the main drag, Syngrou Ave, across which was the Temple of Zeus (such that it still exists). With a little French balcony I could watch the hectic Athens traffic for hours. Once the balcony door was closed, however, very little obtrusive street noise.

And the best part, the rooftop restaurant/bar. My wife and I had a snack up there when we arrived and then had dinner up there later. With little time to do a tour of Athens, we were content to take pictures of the Acropolis from afar as well as several other illuminated ruins that you can see from your rooftop perch. See pictures attached.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens 11742, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens > Thissio / Makriyanni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Athens
#8 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#11 Family Hotel in Athens
#11 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#24 Business Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Athens Gate Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 99
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. In 2015 The Athens Gate Hotel was announced best case Hotel, under a research conducted by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in order to identify energy consumption patterns and best efficiency in buildings in Attica Hotel sector. ... more   less 
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