Proteas hotel is located in a safe and intereting neighborhood in Athens. It is around a 15 minute walk from Ambelokipi station heading West along Alexandros street . Many buses operate along Alexandros though I never used one to get to the hotel, which is located on a quiet street just to the South of this main thorough-fare. There are many conveniences close by (supermarkets, cafes, tavernas, restaurants, etc.). The hotel has five floors and a small elevator. Wifi is finicky in the rooms, but easy from the lobby. Staff are helpful and friendly. Room service for things like coffee is affordable and worth it.
The rooms are smallish, but both times I was there, they led onto a large private balcony on which you could easily host a small dance party (no kidding). The beds were comfortable (and matrimonial size), the room was clean, the bathrooms (no tub) were no frills, but once again clean, the air-conditioner was efficient and quiet. I think the hotel is listed as two stars, and it easily merits this rating. I've stayed in three star hotels which, though perhaps more elegantly decorated, didn't offer the same level of service and comfort.
A walk to the centre of town (Monastiriki, etc) takes around 20-25 minutes for young legs. Its an interesting walk which goes past the Academy, and certainly beats taking the subway. The National Archeological Museum is around 20 minutes away by foot in a different direction. The hotel offers quick access to Lykavittos Hill, a beautiful park which, if you're willing to climb to the summit, offers unparalleled views of the city. Being on the blue line, the hotel is also convenient for those going to and from the airport. All in all this was excellent value for what I paid: 55 euros in mid July. In all I stayed 6 nights here. I would definately return on a future trip to Athens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Proteas hotel is a 3 star hotel located in a quiet area close to city center of Athens, and only 300 meters from the metro Ampelokipi, with easy access to all local tourist attractions, like Acropolis, the Theatre of Lycabetus and Kallimarmaro Stadium, as well as two shopping districts, Kolonaki district, which is a popular meeting area, full of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and nightlife and Ermou Street in Plaka which is the oldest and most picturesque district of Athens, full of taverns, restaurants etc. Proteas hotel has 24 newly renovated double rooms in warm, natural tones and soft lighting. Breakfast is not included in the price of the accommodation. The hotel provides a 24-hour reception and a small bar where you can enjoy your coffee after a long day in the city, a lift, Wifi Internet connection. A left-luggage office and a safe are also at guests’ disposal. ... more less
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