I stayed at the Stanley for three nights in September 2012 through Gate 1 Travel. Since I was traveling alone, I was a bit concerned that I would be placed into one of the tiny rooms with one twin bed. So I wrote to confirm my reservation and stated that I would be willing to upgrade my room depending on the cost. A kind gentleman wrote back to say that he would place me in a nice twin room with view of the Acropolis at no charge! So that was very nice. Overall the hotel is a good budget option, there aren't a lot of fancy touches. My room on the 8th floor was clean and well appointed. The bathrooms are small, mine had a tub and shower combo. The breakfast was fine, the usual fare with a selection of sandwich meats and such, eggs, sausage, cereals, breads, and of course Greek yogurt. On the square where the hotel is located, there are kiosks and small establishments with bakery, water, snacks, postage stamps, etc. Another very convenient aspect is that the hop on hop off bus's stop #13 is right there. You can get on the bus first thing at 9:58 and buy a ticket for 18 euro. This ticket is good for 2 days. The bus stops at all the main tourist sights or certainly near to where you want to go. I used this and walking as my mode of transportation for both days. At 18 euro it's cheaper than taking multiple taxis - plus I'd heard so much about taxi drivers ripping you off.
As far as the hotel staff. The first night I arrived, the older gentleman behind the counter seemed ambivalent to my being there, but I'm used to that in Europe. The young porter who brought my bags up, however, was quite friendly, explained things and was very courteous. Another young man at the reception desk was nice as well; he helped me when the wifi password I was given didn't work.
I ate dinner one evening at the rooftop restaurant. First it took a while to be seated because the head waiter seemed to be engaged in a conversation with a patron. Once I was seated, it took some time to be waited on. I finally got up and asked someone at the bar if I could have a glass of wine. I'd had a long day of sightseeing in the heat and was tired. I was brought a glass of wine, but I think I got the man in a little trouble because the head waiter did not seem pleased that he did that. I'm not sure though! For dinner I ordered a beef fillet. It was ok, and overall I would give the experience a 3 when you count in the scenery!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stanley Athens Hotel is a four (4) star hotel, located in Karaiskaki Square near the center of Athens. We are directly in front of the Metaxourghio Metro station, a taxi stand, and tour bus stops, making travel around the city easy and convenient. We feature a stunning rooftop terrace with views of the Acropolis, a swimming pool, bar, and restaurant. ... more less
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