Finding a place in Athens was not an easy task. Especially finding one in a nice area and within a reasonable budget. Marble House served the scope and within this respect it was a perfect compromise. It sits at the end of a closed side street (so it was quite); the area itself is not compelling, just regular residential but it’s at walking distance from the Acropoli and Plaka. The metro stop (Sigrou-Fix) is 5 minutes walking away.
I booked through email/phone and received a confirmation along with detailed description about how to reach the hotel. Upon arrival I was given the main info and the key of my room. The room was on the third floor and it was of adequate size. It was furnished with a single bed, a desk with chair, a closet (with safe), a fridge and maybe a tv, don’t remember. The room, on the third floor, was clean (besides the very dusty ventilator) but I found it a bit drab and uninspiring: walls were naked and the paint not so fresh anymore and showing a few cracks. Also I found the mattress to be not comfortable (I could feel some of the springs sticking out) . The attached bathroom was very small but clean: the shower needed to be hand held and there was no curtain of screen, so, the floor gets flooded. The room had also a balcony with a plastic table and two chairs which was very large and pleasant, shaded by green trees. Breakfast was not included in the room rate, but offered for an additional charge (I think € 4-5), but I did not make use of this service.
Two weeks later (at the end of my holiday) I spent one more night at the Marble Hotel: this second room (I believe it was a double though and not a single) was better than the previous one and the bed was more comfortable.
I met Christos only once and I found him to be a quite pleasant and friendly fellow who gave me info and tips. The other people at the front desk, were less friendly and less enthusiastic than him.
At the moment of check-in I was asked for my document and this was kept by the staff until the moment I paid the bill. Having been requested to leave a credit card number as guarantee (compulsory to secure the booking) I found this unnecessary. Also, when I left the hotel the first time, I was requested to pay in advance also for the night I would spend there two weeks later, without being given the chance to choose otherwise. In the policy I received by email it was only mentioned that the payment would need to be done in cash, but there was no mention of advanced payment or of the seizing of the document.
All in all, I had an ok stay at the Marble House: it delivered on the main checkboxes, providing a safe, clean and fairly central location close to transportation, but didn’t make an above average impression.
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- Also Known As:
- Marble House Hotel Athens
- Marble Hotel Athens