My wife and I stayed at the Melia Athens for four nights over Spring Break 2011. We arrived at about 1:00 AM and were quickly checked into our Spa room. The room was very nice and rather spacious. My wife had left her passport in the taxi we took to the hotel so we went to bed so that we could blow a day at the Consulate to attain a new passport. We were lying in the bed and in the span of two hours there were three high-speed police chases past the hotel. Luckily at about 3:30 AM the taxi driver returned to the hotel with my wife’s wallet with everything in it.
We arose early in the morning and headed to the Omonia metro station to catch a train to the Acropolis. It’s a short walk of about 4 blocks and along the way we passed a multitude of prostitutes and all other types of seedy characters. Being 6’5” and 275 pounds gives me a huge feeling of comfort every and anywhere in the world, but I could understand how a frail guy could be intimidated by the Omonia neighborhood and its cast of characters.
We were on Syntagma Square looking for a restaurant for dinner when a very nice Greek man approached us and asked if we were lost, when we told him we were looking for a place to eat dinner, he offered to walk us to his favorite neighborhood eatery. On the way there he asked where we were staying and when we told him the Melia he responded, “Great hotel in a horrible neighborhood!”
On our third night we were asleep when at around 4:00 AM there were four loud explosions somewhere nearby. My wife jumped out of bed and headed for the window to see what was happening. Seeing as it was evident that the explosions were not in the hotel I was not interested in the madness. As it turned out, the street was blocked off and lined with police cars. A few minutes later the police extracted a suspect, dragged him down the street and tossed him into a van before clearing the street. When we asked at the front desk in the morning the attendant told us they were concussion grenades, often used in the area to stun suspects.
We did enjoy the free internet in the lobby area and the accommodations were very nice. If they could just uproot the hotel and move it to Syntagma Square, it would be one hell of a stay. I would recommend this hotel to thrill seekers and big guys like myself, to the little frail guys, think Syntagma Square.
- 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