I'm not going to complain about the slow internet service or the tiny elevators (makes me very claustrophobic) -- I just take the stairs whenever possible anyway. (for exercise)
We had a 2nd floor "standard" room, fortunately it was on the quiet side of the hotel, it had a balcony but no views. There was some background noise that was quite annoying, but we discovered that the "key card reader" inside the door made a buzzing noise that was very audible in the middle of the night. We simply took our key card out of the slot, but that also disables the lights, TV, and climate control systems in the room. Hopefully, their techs can work on this very insignificant issue. (Rm 210)
However, the location was top notch, close to the Metro Line as well as most significant Bus and Trolley lines. We had a week-long Metro Pass ($14 Euros per person) which we used quite extensively on Subway, Coastal Tram, and Bus/Trolley Lines throughout Athens.
Furthermore, we have to say the all-inclusive buffet breakfast on the rooftop was the highlight of our stay. Those two young gentlemen who were so efficient and polite, they gave great service and we loved the rooftop views.
Some guests (Irish, perhaps) complain that the breakfast buffet gets "monotonous." Well, we would just switch sides of the rooftop, changing our view. One morning, we would both stop eating the eggs and bacon, and the next we would eat fruit, cereal, and croissants. The variety
was incredible. We kept on trying different items on different days. Everything tasted good, including the coffee (once I discovered that capuccino coffees were on the menu).
5 stars for the breakfast food & service.
The room itself was somewhat small by US standards but when you know what we paid for our room rate (it was "off season")---the bed was comfortable, sleep quality was good (once we disconnected the buzzing contraption), and the maids were attentive and very personable.
Did I mention the staff was excellent? There are too many names to mention. They have done excellent hiring at this property.
We would most definitely return to this hotel should we return to Athens again some day (very possible).
- 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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