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Chic Hotel
Ranked #24 of 72 Athens B&B and Inns
Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Really enjoyed our stay”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

On arrival the receptionist gave us a very warm welcome and spent some time explaining the city areas and providing us with all the essential information we needed. I had emailed reservations two weeks prior to our stay to request adjoining rooms for myself and my elderly mother, when I mentioned this arrangement our rooms had already been assigned as requested.

We had rooms 210 and 2011 which are next to the lift, the rooms are compact however more than adequate. The mattress on the bad was very confortable and gave a great night sleep.

Wifi in the hotel is very good, one of the best coverage and bandwidth speeds I have experience in any hotel.

The breakfast consist of cold meats and cheese, cereals, breads, yogurts, fruit and a small selection of hot food, although I tried the scrambled egg twice and it was cold both times, tea, coffee and orange juice are also available.

Now the area, I was well aware from the previous reviews that the general area can be dangerous however, having walked the side streets day and night over four nights we did not encounter any problems or feel in any way nervous, this was helped by the large presence of police on nearly every corner. We found a fantastic local restaurant across the road call TIMOKATAVOROE.

The hotel arranged our taxi for our return trip to the airport at a cost of 41 euro, very reasonable.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

I've been in Athens during March, still winter. Room was great, and staff treated us fine. The rooms are really noise though, since it is not such a nice neighborhood (people using drugs and quite dangerous), and we got a room facing the main street.
To avoid problems walking around, follow the instructions the staff will give you upon arrival, and you will be fine, but unfortunately you can't close your eyes and you see people taking drugs, flighting or stealing. I live in Rio, and believe me Omonoia is dangerous, made me feel safer in Rio! So follow instructions to avoid problems.
Breakfast is good, but once the things are over they don't replace them, what is terrible and they should solve this issue. Another point is that you hear persons in other rooms, since acoustic isolation of the building isn't good.
Overall our stay was good, and the rooms were much better than I expected for the price I've paid.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

The hotel is located in one of the roughest areas of Athens, as two males this didn't bother myself or my partner too much, though the surrounding area was mostly an eyesore, heavily graffitied and generally run down.

It sells itself as being hi tech, though I'm not entirely sure what this refers to, the free wifi maybe?

The room itself was compact with minimalistic decoration, the bathroom was a corner of the room with frosted glass, I don't like boutique hotels doing this. It meant that every splash and turn of a tap could be heard, not particularly nice and this would probably bother you if you aren't close friends with your room mate. We weren't keen, the bathroom should be a separate room altogether.

We got up for breakfast once and didn't bother again, the selection was limited.

The hotel lacks any kind of bar/restaurant which lets it down a little, there's no real atmosphere. Especially the area you have to walk through to reach the bars & restaurants.

The staff were very friendly and informative.

My biggest gripe was how intermittent the air conditioning was, we had to turn it off on most nights as the air was warm, and put up with the outside noise.

Nice enough place, but I wouldn't stay again.

Room Tip: If you can, away from the street, that said, if you keep the window closed, soundproofing is good.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Aesthetically the hotel is very nice, the rooms are both clean and modern. The staff are also friendly and attentive and for the most part have a good grasp of English.

The hotel was also quite basic. There was no on site restaurant or bar, nor were there tea making facilities in the rooms. The air conditioning also failed for us most nights - it deciding to pump out hot air meaning we had to open the windows and the outside noise from 6am onwards was enough to keep you awake with general traffic noise and then street cleaners, bin collection etc. Also outside the room on the window sill was a light that despite closing the shutters and the curtains was still enough to keep the room flooded with light.

The location, as others have said is not very good at all. It's convenient for the metro but that's about it. The area was incredibly run down with graffiti on everything that didn't move. Walking to the main Plaka area and back in an evening felt unsafe with people on the street peddling porn and numerous prostitutes.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Ladybank, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

This hotel has superb staff that go out of their way to help you. I was robbed on the metro and sorting it all out, they loaned me a laptop to cancel my cards etc ! I would stay at this hotel without hesitation again. Breakfast was superb too (",)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

I just went to Athens in Jan/2012 and stayed here for 4 nights. The hotel is quite nice, the rooms are clean and with sufficient space, breakfast included (not the greatest but still quite good to start the day), good WiFi, great great staff. The guys at the reception were polite and helpful, with tips on where to go, eat and do.

You'll read a bunch of review saying the area is quite bad, and it is. The street on which the hotel sits is a big and well lighted, there's also policeman in every corner day and night so if you don't stray from the main avenue up until reaching omonia square is perfectly fine. The usual poor people, immigrants and the casual drug user are not really interested in doing anything to a tourist. Just don't be stupid and flash your 700€ camera and 10000€ watch at 3am while you're walking drunk.... Common sense ok..

Also, there a convenience store just two doors from the hotel. It's run by a family of Indian people who happen to be nicest I've ever encountered in my life. Do buy from them anything you need (water, cookies, chips, wine, beer, etc) and you'll be surprised on their kindness to give away seem free stuff and the unconditional chat and smile. Super nice people, do go to them.

Apart from that the hotel is in short walking distance to most attractions... 5 to 10 minutes will get you on the shop district and the restaurant/bar areas, a few hundred meters from the acropolis and transportation.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bollington Cheshire
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

We sayed here for a couple of days wth friends to celebrate my husband's Birthday. What a find! The hotel is exactly as described in other reviews and we loved it. The breakfast was great and relaxed and the staff extremely helpful.
Really appreciated the free wifi too.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Chic Hotel
Address: 25, Pireos Street | Omonoia, Athens 10522, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens > Omonia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 72 B&Bs / Inns in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Chic Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chic is the new boutique hotel of Athens, accommodated in a classical 19th century building, combining the atmosphere of the period with the technology of the 21st century. The building has been renovated completely and turned into a modern hotel unit that stands on a very privileged spot in Pireos Street.This beautiful boutique hotel located in the center of Athens allocates rooms that offer a perfect companion of functionality, comfort and modern design characteristics. ... more   less 
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