We had read the reviews about the Omonia Square area around the hotel before booking and expected the worst. However, we were pleasantly surprised at how safe we felt walking back to the hotel at night. There was very little evidence of the seedy underworld and no worse than any other city we have visited.
The room itself was very comfortable and well maintained, with excellent air conditioning and a mini-bar. The maid service was excellent although the room carpet looked like it needed a good shampoo.
Breakfast was great - good selection of fruit, cold meats and hot buffet. If you like strong coffe, make sure to ask for an espresso as the filter coffee is very weak.
On our first night we tried the hotel restaurant on the roof-top terrace as we had arrived late in the evening. The views are spectacular at night however, the food was average and overpriced. Otherwise, we used our guidebooks to find some great tavernas in back streets, well away from expensive tourist retaurants.
Don't take a taxi from outside the hotel - the price quoted for a short trip was extornionate and we think the taxi driver was probably giving backhanders to the hotel porters. Instead, we walked 5 minutes to Omonia Square for the very clean and cheap metro or plentiful cheap taxis.
Overall we had a great stay in Athens and Melia Athens was extremely well positioned to enable us to make the best of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melia Athens, member of the Melia Hotels International, is an oasis in the heart of the historic and business center of Athens. Here the Greek art of hospitality complements the legendary passion for service of the Spanish chain, creating a unique living experience. With the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill as a backdrop, Melia Athens provides magnificent facilities, spacious dining areas with views of the historic monuments and a modern health club with cardiovascular equipment. Located in the heart of Athens, only 200 m away from the central metro station, the hotel provides a selection of 136 luxury rooms and suites located on 8 floors and all decorated in warm and earthy tones with wooden panels covering the walls and marbled bathrooms with Jacuzzi bathtubs. In the 9th floor you may get a fantastic workout with a view of the Acropolis, relax in the authentic steam bath and sauna with natural day light or cool off in our 22m pool as well as in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Have your breakfast in Vivendo Restaurant and enjoy your coffee or a light snack at our Mondo Cafe. Don't miss the chance to visit our Sky Lounge Dinning Bar, located in the 9th floor. Enjoy a cocktail or have your dinner under the stars with breathtaking view of Athens. Share your experience from Melia Athens with the free Wi-Fi Internet in all public areas of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Athens Hotel Athens
- Sol Melia Athens
- Athens Sol Melia