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“Best hostel I have ever stayed” 5 of 5 stars
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City Circus Athens
Sarri 16 | Psirri, Athens 10553, Greece   |  
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Ranked #1 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Best hostel I have ever stayed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This hostel is way beyond my expectation. It's super super clean, nicely designed and managed. The mattress for the bunk bed is good quality and very comfortable. Bathroom is even cleaner than what's in my own apartment. Staff are very friendly. He explained to me for 20 minutes on the map what trips I can take to go around Athens. There is a free laptop in the common area for use. The free breakfast is basics but the fruit Greek yogurt is yummy. Considering the budget price, it's good value for money. The location is close to all the shops, train stations and restaurants. At night avoid walking to the neighborhood in the north which looks a bit of nasty. But otherwise there are shops around and I felt safe.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

FIrst of all, breakfast is simple yet truly hearty and very yummy! Bread are freshly baked from the bakery adjacent to the street, with different homemade jams to choose from. Chic decoration in living and dinning rooms. Walls are painted with inspiring and charming graphics. I stayed in a 4-female dorm room and the bed was so comfy! I was given an e-card to gain access to the main door and my room. It is located like 5 minutes from Blue Line Monastiraki station. However, I got off at Green line Thission after my late flight and I had to kept asking passers-by to locate the hostel. I recommend getting off at Monastiraki instead. A walk through a quiet street to get there, but is totally safe. It's a easy 20-minute walk to get to major tourist attractions. It's relaxing to walk up the gentle slopes and get pass the morning and the night flea market. Lots of restaurant choices nearby. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandigarh, India
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10 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a very quiet little place in Athens beautifully decorated with a lift as well. THey also have a luggage storage facility.

Rooms: Rooms were very comfortable and the bathroom was shared was also clean with all the amenities required. There was nice food/breakfast downstairs with good books to read and nice people to talk to.

The street where this hostel is, is a bit shady. Since we came in at night, i found it hard to find this place, even though it is just walking distance from the metro. The Acropolis view is visible from the terrace and we went everywhere walking.

Staff was very friendly and you get to buy all basic amenities at the counter as well.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed in a private room in the basement. It's not always quiet, and not enough day light, but we would return here if we came back to Athens. The room as well as the whole hostel is very tastefully decorated, clean, very central (we did all the tourist attractions by food), breakfast was nice and the staff was very friendly. The bed was very comfortable.
A minor complaint is they charge a euro per bag per day if you decide to leave your bags there -even on the day you check-out, which we found a bit cheeky.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

City circus Athens was a lovely hostel very close to the main hub of city making its very easy for transport to and from the Port to the Islands and to the Airport. As well as plenty of good shopping and great food. No more than a 10min walk to any part of the city.
Staff very friendly and always helpful, one of the best breakfast served at a hostel. As well as some rooms with nice small balcony’s and a rooftop area to enjoy the views of Athens from.
Super clean and the MOST COMFORTABLE Beds I have slept in, I was excited to return for a night before flying home just to have a good rest in the bed again. Highly recommended and I will always stay here when travelling through Athens anytime

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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citycircus, Manager at City Circus Athens, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Hello Emma,
So glad you enjoyed your stay. It's always a pleasure to read that guests appreciated our space and the neighborhood. Hope to see you again.
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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The hostel is very nice and especially very very clean. It is quite and near the centre. The staff i great and ready to help you for every need. The towels are changed every day. The beds are really connfortable. The only negative thing is the very tiny room I had in the basement. I couldn't move around. But it is the only one room like that.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Dim0sthenis, Manager at City Circus Athens, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. We do put a lot of effort into keeping it clean and comfy. From what I understand, you stayed in the smaller Budget Double room. It does have limited leg-room although it is offered at a 30% discount from the Deluxe Doubles. Next time, we'll accommodate you in a double big enough to practice your unicycle act. :)
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Los Angeles, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

An awesome hostel, unique, clean, hip. Great rooms, cleaned daily, an awesome buffet breakfast, great staff. Close to metro, walking distance to tavernas, bars, shopping, historical sites. Located in a sketchy neighborhood full of graffity (hey it's Athens) and CC is the cleanest, newest building on that street, but the neighborhood is safe. I walked it at all times of the night alone. ..and the bed mattresses are comfy, hard to find in Greece apparently.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dim0sthenis, Manager at City Circus Athens, responded to this review, October 5, 2013
Thank you Steve!
We would love to see you on your next trip to Greece.
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Address: Sarri 16 | Psirri, Athens 10553, Greece
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Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
City Circus is an alternative travelers space for the restless voyager, the escape artist, the acrobat. It's in the heart of Athens, in the hip Psirri neighborhood, beside numerous eateries and watering holes and a short walk from worthwhile sites. City Circus is in a 4-story, restored early 20th century mansion, complete with fresco-ed ceilings, wrought-iron balconies and baroque tiles. We’ve dressed it up with vintage furniture, reclaimed materials, modern design elements and street art by a selection of fresh local talent. ... more   less 
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