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Orion Hotel
105 Mpenaki Emmanouil | Lofos Strefi, Athens 11473, Greece   |  
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Ranked #115 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Thessaloniki, Greece
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19 hotel reviews
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“Budget and nice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

It is a very plain, old building, but it is in the best area ever! You have to climb a bit of stairs becase it is up to the hill but it is ok. Of course it is a problem if someone has a disability.
The owner, mr Kostas I think, is a really nice person! Warm, honest and very helpful!
The clean lady is a very sweet person too and the hotel is clean.
The only problem is that we had to share the bathroom with more than 2 rooms, but the bathroom was always very clean!
I would definitely go back and I would recommend it to anyone that loves budget and clean accommodation!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

This hotel was recommended by a family friend, but I can't see why. It boasts a view of the acropolis and convenient location, but the view does not make up for the distance or Bohemia in which it is located. The walk to the nearest metro station was at least a 15 minute hike through densly crowded and dirty streets, littered with trash, and beggars. I didnt even know that it was possible to grafitti every single wall in an entire city. I litterally walked upon a police raid when retrieving my morning coffee. Other than this, friendly staff, the A/C works, pretty clean.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Guangzhou, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

This is a great spot. I'll preface the review by saying that my girlfriend and I weren't expecting much, and are very easy going. Therefore if you are looking for a nice hotel maybe look elsewhere. This is a comfortable and adequate hotel...with a killer view.
Pros:
Close enough to everything, but somewhat removed and thus quieter. 15 minutes from metro.
Friendly staff
A basic kitchen is provided, but it's not easy to cook since the supplies arent the best and old.
AMAZING panoramic view of Athens including the Acropolis and Licovittus. Unconstructed 180 view from above Athens. I can only imagine sitting on the patio at night in the summer. The kitchen and patio are on the same level so you have dynamite views while cooking and eating.
Many coffee shops just down the street in many directions. Same goes for restaurants.
Amazing produce market opens at your doorstep every Saturday from 7 until 2. This is the best time to load up on fruits and veg.
a gym is located 2 minutes away. Very old, and basic, but for 8 euros, you can work out for 1 week. First time is free. It's open 10-10. The gym has likely not been upgraded since 1960.
Cons:
Hotel backs on to a park and there are drug users around from time to time. One guy even spent the night in the alley below us talking to himself. In certain alley's people have been spotted shooting up heroin. So this is all rather distasteful, but my girlfriend and I have never felt in danger. I wouldn't want her walking around in the evening alone though.
The internet provided is a huge rip off. It costs 10 euros for 24 hours of service or 15 euros for 7 days worth.The catch is it must be used within 7 days. Sonic you only use half of it, you need to buy more. Also, it is sooooooo slow, that you'll likely want to pull your hair out. only one. Omputer can use the access code at the same time, solid often go to a coffee shop and. Use the wifi while my girlfriend was on the computer at home.
If you are in any way disabled and have issues with climbing hills or steep stairs, maybe reconsider. The hotel can be accessed by road, but it's on a hill so either you'll need to climb 30 feet of stairs or walk up a hilly road.

All in all I'd stay here again!

All in l

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nantes, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

I stayed there for 3 nights. The night we arrive they didnt have our room ready so they switch us to another one which it was not what we order. We order room with toilette and they gave us room with no toilette. Second day they didnt change the blankets and the room was undone. Third day the same so we complained but the receptionist said it wasnt his responsability but the responsability of the cleaning person.
N'importe quoi. What a joke!!!
It is a shame because the place location is very nice.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Napoli
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2008

The hotel is in the Exarchia area, very central, on the map it would be ideal for visiting the city. Unfortunately the heroin junkies and other strange people that populate that area are not indicated on the maps! And, moreover, the hotel is on top of an hill. Therefore, I managed to call a taxi every time I had to come back to there: 3 Euro each time, but very well spent...
The rooms are acceptably clean, but bath towels show the first signs of their age... Breakfast is 6 Euro extra, I've not tried it because in the Exarchia place nearby you may find a lot of cheap small bars and fast-foods.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2007

Nice but not worth the Price.....

not the best location. Exarhia the area east of Omonia (which is considered to be the WORST area in Athens) and boasts loads of Anarchist and heroin junkies. The Hotel is at the base of Strefi Park (a haven for junkies and ratty kids) and the closest metro is 10-15 min walking. There are many cool bohemian boutiques and cafes in the area but they are often over priced.

Right before you reach the hotel you'll be confronted by the most daunting set of stairs you've ever encountered. not fun when you've got 50 pounds of luggage with you....

the bathrooms are dirty and outdated. the staff doesn't clean them half as often as they should. also, there is a problem with the hot water.......

the Kitchen on the roof is seriously nasty. First of all its completely unsanitary. the staff refuses to clean the dishes and maks the hotel guests do it themselves. most of the people staying there are models and don't have enough brains to wash the dishes before putting them back in the pantry. Also, don't keep food in the refrigerator unless you want it to get stolen. and NEVER steal anyone elses food. when i left the food stealing had become such a problem that one boy was putting eyedrops in his food.....

Breakfast is an additional 6 euros and NOT worth it. you could walk down to the street and buy everything for 2 euros yourself.

overall the place is okay but over priced. you can get the same accomodtion for half the price and a better location in Athens. My agency put me up there. Never going back. but its a nice place to meet up with other models to go out at night.

  • Liked — the other people
  • Disliked — the hotel and the location
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Roskilde, Denmark
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2005

We have stayed in this hotel maybe 10 times, or more, over the last 20+ years. It's still the same great place. Pretty basic, small, very clean, no luxury, but with a great location (great view, and on pollution free days you can even see the Acropolis), rooftop terrace for your breakfast, and - important in the summer - it's cooler than in the center of town, because it's situated on a hill. Still only ten minutes or so to walk to, and twenty minutes from, Omonia Square (because of the hill). Lots of small tavernas in the area (the Latin Quarter of Athens), although the once famous Fondas has changed owners and isn't quite what it has been. And the junkies from the park across the street seem to have disappeared.

  • Stayed July 2004, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 105 Mpenaki Emmanouil | Lofos Strefi, Athens 11473, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #115 of 326 Hotels in Athens
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Number of rooms: 20
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