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Neighborhood & Hotel in Athens?

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Neighborhood & Hotel in Athens?

My parnter and I are going to be taking a cruise from Athens to Istabnbul next summer. We plan to stay a few nights before and after the cruise in Athens and Istanbul to explore both of these cities a bit more. What neighborhoods do you recommend for a hotel and do you have any specific hotel recommendations? We do not like to stay in the touristy areas (Times Square in NYC, Fisherman's Wharf in SF) as they are full of chain stores and chaos and we do not like to stay in the Financial Districts as they tend to die out in the evenings and on weekends. We have enjoyed hotels that are close to the action but have a more local feel (Meatpacking & West Village in NYC, L'Eixample in Barcelona, etc). We are both lovers of design and asthetic and our hotel "experience" is important to both of us. We have had great experiences in 12 room boutique inn's such Casa de Janelas in Lisbon and have loved our stays in large hotels that "get it" such as The Standard in NYC. Looking for that special hotel with the right touches in Athens & Istanbul. Thanks so much for your thoughtful information. Appreciated.

Best, David

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1. Re: Neighborhood & Hotel in Athens?

most tourists in Athens stay around the centre of the city so hotels have been built there to accommodate their needs,a new hotel with good reviews and style is this one

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189400-d206785…

If you prefer to stay in the suburbs I can suggest to have a look at this one.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1026500-d23679…

30 minutes from the city centre in one of the exclusive areas of Athens,still an area full of life restaurants,coffee shops and great shopping.

Coming back in the city this is one of the best hotels,in Plaka area,walking distance to everything

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189400-d228901…

Edited: 3:52 pm, September 27, 2012
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Although Athens offers a plethora of acommodation options, public transport-especially by bus-is far from ideal. On the other hand, the Athens Metro system is rather comprehensive and dependable. So if you want to avoid central spots such as Syntagma and Plaka, check for a hotel around Evangelismos and Megaro Mousikis stations (on the blue line). There are plenty of hotels in this area. Proximity to Lycabettus is also a plus.

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3. Re: Neighborhood & Hotel in Athens?

Athens has no economy anymore so there is no financial district to speak off,suburbs are boring (most of them are bland residential areas).

Stay in the center of the city and close to the historical center which is anyhow the only worthy thing to see in Athens.

Best area is Kolonaki,followed by Syntagma,Plaka & Monastiraki,avoid Omonia cause it is not 100% safe yet.

Edited: 6:49 pm, September 29, 2012
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In Athens, I would recommend the New Hotel near Syntagma square. Although it is near Plaka (touristy area) it is also very near the Acropolis and a safe area. We just got back from Istanbul-Santorini-Athens. We had only 1 afternoon to see Athens so we chose this hotel for its proximity to Metro/Acropolis.

In Istanbul we had 3 nights. We stayed at Ibrahim Pasha (boutique) hotel b/c of its proximity to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. The hotel is in the quieter area of Sultanahmet area. If you want to stay in a younger, hipper area, Taksim and Istiklal Street area have a younger, more local crowd and access to historical sites via tram or taxi.

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Istanbul is a HUGE city (its population is almost double than the whole of Greece!) and it spreads for miles and miles.You will need way more time to explore it than Athens (IMHO it is the most beautiful city in the world)

It will be wise to stay close to the centers (Istanbul has many). I prefer TAXIM since it is more modern.BEBEK is also very nice.

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