We spent six nights here of which the first was terrible. We had just arrived from a weekend away and were bone tired and were given a cramped (normal for europe) room that was stifling hot. We unpacked and switched on the aircon and went out to dinner thinking the room would be bearable upon our return. It was not. The aircon was not releasing any cool air at all. We decided to just go to bed and kept the door to the tiniest balcony (overlooking walls, noisy aircon systems and windows of other ugly buildings) open as far as we could (it hit the furniture) to get some air in. In the morning we brought this to the attention of the front desk clerk who apologised profusely and said he would arrange to move us immediately. We repacked and left the bags to return in the afternoon to a new room at front of the hotel overlooking the street which had a small but pleasant balcony (no Acropolis view) and aircon that worked perfectly. That I'm happy to say, was the only hiccup of our stay. We had a twin bed room that although small did accommodate us well with some space for our clothes and things. The bathroom was also small (but not cramped) clean and modern and we had no issues using it although it could benefit from a hook or two to be able to hang clothes.
We enjoyed a wonderful, plentiful and delicious breakfast each morning in the spacious well lit breakfast room on the ground floor where the staff were always pleasant and obliging. Plenty to pick from both hot and cold, we enjoyed it very much. We did not eat at the rooftop restaurant but did enjoy the views and a drink/coffee up there a couple of times.
The front desk staff always greeted us with a smile and happily answered our questions and provided much appreciated assistance even when we needed to move a day tour booking that we had organised from home. The best recommendation we received was for the excellent Manh Manh restaurant located across the road and a few doors down - hands down the BEST Greek food we had over a two week stay in Athens. The entrance is not obvious and you walk up a flight of stairs to get to it and it is so so worth it - do yourself a favour and go there!
The hotel is located in a brilliant spot literally on the border of the historical (and very touristy) Plaka. It is in a residential location so you are literally a stroll from major sites, a metro station, eateries (spruikers can be annoying) and souvenir shopping without the noise and bustle of crowds and partying on your doorstep (or beneath your window).
The one criticism we do have is that the wifi although free, is painfully slow and unreliable. Having said that though, we left satisfied and happy to return in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hera Hotel welcomes its guests with the genuine warmth of definitive hospitality, combined with an impeccable service, comfort and the exceptional atmosphere of a boutique hotel.Conveniently located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum and next to the interconnected archeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay at the hotel, right into the heart of the old Athens and to traverse through ancient times by strolling through the historic center of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hera Hotel Athens