Pros: If you are travelling to Athens on a budget, this hotel is the hotel for you. 1) the location is excellent. It is approx. 3 blocks from Syntagma square and metro stop, A block away from the shopping area Ermou street. 10-15 minutes walk to Monasteraki and Plaka , the busy tourist area. In short, it is walking distance to all major neighborhood to see. The street itself, Metropoleos, is well lit at night, fairly clean, and safe to walk on at night. There is a fair amount of traffic during the day and on the weekends evenings, can have the occasional car blasting their radio as they drive further into town. There is also a great dessert place right on Metropoleos, as you head towards Syntagma. Next to the hotel is a reasonably priced family restaurant that serves really good souvlaki and an awesome greek salad. 2) The building itself is old but kept clean. The rooftop garden has one of the best view of the Acropolis. We brought our snack on the rooftop and had a wonderful time simply resting and taking in the view. As for the room, we were on a budget and opted for a small double bed room with shared bathroom. Our room was on the third floor and it had a decent view of the Acropolis and the main cathedral of Athens. The sheets were clean and the bed a little firm but comfortable. Our room was tiny but it had a big enough armoir to allow us to spread out our things. The window opened quite wide to allow a good breeze but the room is equipped with an AC. Overall, the room was comfortable. 3) The staff were nice. This hotel had the same staff tending to the guests everyday. We liked this because we got to know them and felt more comfortable leaving our valuables in our room. They were also helpful in helping us with the internet connection, directions to many tourists sights and also letting us know useful information such as a general strike on the day we were to leave. They offered to help us make tranportation arrangement to the airport.
Cons: 1) There is only one bathroom for those that have opted to share. The bathroom was cleaned daily, however, some of the guests that were using it, were a little inconsiderate. They would forget to flush, leave huge wad of toilet paper in the bowl (it's common sense not to throw paper in toilets) and leave used towels on the floor. The staff should really check after peak hours to keep the bathroom clean. We strongly suggest to splurge extra on the rooms with the bathroom. If you really are on a budget, simply get to the bathroom early. Also remember to request not to be placed in room 25, as this room is right next to the shared bathroom. 2) If you are a light and sensitive sleeper, the cathedral bell chimes every half an a hour. It's not as bad and you get use to it. We were often so tired from our day that it didn't bother us at all. In fact, it added to the charm of the place. You are after all in Europe.
In general, if you plan on simply finding a safe place that is comfortable, clean, and close to everything, Hotel Metropolis is the place for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Metropolis Hotel is a small intimate hotel with an Acropolis view in the prime central location of the Plaka district and 2 blocks off Syntagma Square. The Metropolis provides all amenities and comforts that a traveler has come to expect. Warm hospitality and attentive service will help make your business or leisure stay in Athens extremely pleasant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropolis Hotel Athens