We stayed at the Plaka hotel for two nights after our arrival in Athens on May 4th. As we had heard, the location was absolutely fantastic. It is right in the heart of the Plaka, very close to all the sights.
It had been recommended to us to use Athens as a jumping-off point for the rest of Greece, and that virtually everything of interest in Athens can be seen in a day or two. This was true. And because we had chosen the Plaka Hotel, it was very easy for us to walk to all the interesting sights. I cannot overstate the convenience of the location.
Breakfast was very good! One side dish that is not on the menu is the second-hand smoke that a person is subjected to in any indoor space in Greece. This took quite a bit of getting used to. However, we discovered that the windows in the breakfast room opened up to allow us some fresher air to breathe. This will not likely be an option in the heat of the summer. Does EVERYONE in Greece light up a cigarette the second they are done eating? And the majority of the guest in the hotel were NOT Greek, but Aussies, Kiwis, or other Europeans. Anyway....there was toasts, croissants, eggs, meat, cheese, yogurt/honey (yum!), cereals, etc etc etc. Pretty much anything you could want for breakfast.
Our room had a nice sized bathroom with a tub. I've read about the tiny bathrooms, but ours was not. (Room 408) The beds are hard. My back was sore after two nights, but I am used to a soft mattress.
The front desk clerk was surly as previously reviewed by others. He just didn't have any customer-service skills, poor guy. I tried to chat him up and get him to crack a smile by being EXTRA nice, and he did manage to soften a bit. But don't be looking for any help from him for much of anything.
Overall, we were very pleased with the Plaka. Like I mentioned, we LOVED the location, and the rest was very acceptable as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Most central hotel situated in Plaka district. Strategically located for visiting all main archaeological interests especially the Acropolis and new Acropolis museum, as well as Ancient Agora, Parliament, first Olympic stadium, Benaki museum, Cycladic museum, National garden. Two streets only away from metro station Monastiraki, with direct line from the airport and the port of Piraeus. 50m from the main shopping street Ermou and Plaka touristic shopping area with taverns and bars. Splendid view of the Acropolis from roof terrace not to be missed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athens Hotel Plaka
- Plaka Hotel Athens