My first impression of Athens coming out of the Monastiraki Metro wasn't great. It was unbearably hot and now I had to find my hotel...dragging the suitcase over uneven cobbles, on a slight rise, I wasn't feeling too impressed with the area. Then it was a left turn and a stinking fruit and vegetable market - I truly was wondering what I'd done here, convinced it was my first bad choice after a months travelling. Clearly we were in the wrong place, but then behind huge glass doors covered in pictures of fruit and veg, oppose the market, there it was. What a surprise was instore as we hesitantly entered, clean, modern, spacious and cool, oh so cool! Oh room was equally as lovely as the reception area.
The staff were absolutely amazing and as helpful as any I've encountered anywhere int he world. They were clear about what to see and areas that were out of bounds after dark. Even better, when we were about to book excessively expensive taxi's for the following morning and evening to take us to and from the airport for a day trip to Santorini, they set us in the right direction for a free bus and metro journey. They were way out in their estimate of a 10 minute walk to the bus, it was more like 30, but we'd allowed plenty of time. They were very clear about safety and the only route to take.
The location is awesome, easy walking distance to the charming Plaka, Monastiraki, and many of the historic sights.
As for the fruit market, by early evening there was no evidence it had ever existed, which was nice!
The rooftop bar was a relaxing place to enjoy the evening with spectacular views of the Acropolis and City.
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