I give 5 stars to places that cannot be improved upon, or at least, not by much - also taking into account their unique circumstances. This is one of those.
The hotel, from the outside, doesn't look like much (see my photo). But EVERYTHING else is very impressive.
LOCATION - If you're in Athens to see the sights and the history, you cannot beat this loation!! This is the Plaka district - the historic part. Everywhere you walk, there are shops, places to eat, old ruins from bygone eras, museums, etc. This hotel is right in the middle of it, so it can't get any better. Also, it's very safe!
FOOD - the buffet breakfast is superb!! Period! Hot food (REAL eggs!), cold food, pastries, cereals, fruit juices, etc. Lots of choices and a beautiful place to eat. (Again, see the pictures.). Also, refrigerators are provided in the rooms
Looking for great, authentic Greek cuisine? Look no further! It's EVERYWHERE here! There are many quaint sidewalk cafes or restaurants to eat in.
THE ROOM - This is typical of cities in Europe, especially in districts like this. The rooms are not large, but privided everything we needed. Clean, great lighting, comfortable, etc. In fact, this room was larger that the one I had in Paris.
THE HOTEL - Don't worry if you don't get a room with an Acropolis view (which you can get, of course, for an extra fee). This hotel has a deck on the roof that is modern and second-to-none! The views are stunning! A great place to relax and soak in the spectacular view of the Acropolis, the upper portion of the Parthenon, and a great view of the temple of Athena! At nightime the sight is amazing!
Furthermore, the other aspects are great, too. The hallways, lobby, stairways, etc. are all modern, clean and attractive. The elevator is small, so don't expect to get more than two people in it. It's fast, though, so it's no problem with luggage. We opted for the stairs anyway - beautiful marble.
This hotel, like some others in Europe, uses the key as the sort-of "master light switch". No lights or outlets will work unless you insert your room key into the slot by the door. That way, as you leave and take your key, the lights will go out after a few minutes and conserve energy while you're away.
HOW TO GET THERE: I opted for the bus. It's cheap (5 euros, one way) and convenient. There are other ways, of course. The most convenient - and expensive! - is a taxi (30 euros during the day, and 50 euros at night), but it will take you directly to the door of the hotel. Trains and subways provide alternatives.
To get to the bus (X 95), walk to the far right end of the arrivals hall (I think it was door 5). You can purchase tickets from the booth outside. I bought both (the one into the city and the one back out to the airport) at the same time. Once on the bus, you will see orange boxes here and there mounted to the handrails. These are ticket validating machines. Simply insert your ticket until you here a "beep", then romove it.
It will take between 40 - 60 minutes by bus, one way (for me, it was around 45). The line terminates at a plaza called "Syntagma Square". From here, it's about a 6-10 minute walk to the hotel. It was simple and convenient. If you have lots of luggage, you might want to consider a taxi.
We had a very early flight the day we left, and the ONLY options are the bus or a taxi. The bus leaves the square roughly every 40 minutes (you can check the schedule on a board right at the stop) and drops you off right at the departure hall.
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