We stayed at the Stanley from Oct. 30 to Nov. 07, 2006, with 2 nights away mid-stay for a visit to Santorini and Naxos. The hotel rates a good solid OK. Contrary to some other reviews, we found the front desk staff to be very helpful and pleasant. The location is convenient and there are plenty of interesting shops and cafes nearby if you want to stay close to the hotel. It is within walking distance to most major attractions - meaning 30 minutes to an hour of casual strolling.
One down side is the noise from the major traffic circle out front, although when both balcony doors are closed it is not too bad. We had to keep the doors open because we couldn't get the air conditioning to work. The other major downer is the rooftop restaurant. The ambience and service were good, but the food was not good. We ate there three times. All meals were horribly overcooked and came with just meat and french fries. No choices for potatoes, and the only vegetable served (first night's meal) was canned mushrooms. Prices were fairly steep. The third visit was desperation since we were leaving the hotel at 3 a.m. next morning and weren't up to finding anywhere else to eat. Recommendation is stay here but don't eat dinner here. Breakfast buffet was OK, and nice and convenient.
We booked a one-day 3-island boat tour through the hotel (Paros, Hydra and Aegian islands). We would recommend this for a quick way to see some of the islands - it was a lot of fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stanley Athens Hotel is a four (4) star hotel, located in Karaiskaki Square near the center of Athens. We are directly in front of the Metaxourghio Metro station, a taxi stand, and tour bus stops, making travel around the city easy and convenient. We feature a stunning rooftop terrace with views of the Acropolis, a swimming pool, bar, and restaurant. ... more less
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