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Reviewed February 21, 2016

Situated in the Plaka district, a road or two away from the National Gardens, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Theatre of Dionysus, this family-run hotel boasts pleasant, useful, and secure rooms in what is quite possibly one of the best locations of Athens' central accommodation.

The Location: The small square (i.e. one bench and some flora) on which Adam's stands was quiet and secure by day and night, during all hours we were exploring. We were travelling in February (the perfect time to visit Athens, I think, as the temperatures were a consistent 21° under blue skies and sunshine, while the summer’s hordes of facile tourists didn't ruin the sites).

The only traffic through this square was the occasional motorbike/scooter and pedestrian. You can reach by foot almost all of the major monuments, ruins, and museums, as well as restaurants ranging in price and value, while the few more distal Athenian sites (e.g. the National Archaeological Museum, Aristotle's Lyceum, or Mount Lycabettus) are a short bus ride away – with bus stops a mere 5 minute walk, alongside the Gardens.

The Room: We booked a double room which, despite not paying the premium for an Acropolis view, granted a good vantage point from which to view the citadel via our balcony; the Acropolis shines with monumental splendour over many of the city's districts and you would be hard pressed to find it obscured from anywhere in the Plaka.

Each of the rooms feature a small balcony (two chairs and a table), wardrobe, main table, stand for a suitcase, bed(s), two bedside tables, free WiFi, an en suite bathroom, TV, and – of the utmost utility – a fridge. While the tap water in Athens isn’t exactly delicious, it’s perfectly safe for consumption and, if you fill bottles and refrigerate them, it tastes indistinguishable from the branded bottles found elsewhere. The fridge is therefore a great way to save some Euros otherwise spent on remaining hydrated!

Unfortunately, there aren't safety deposit boxes in the rooms, though as long as you're a reasonably intelligent traveller, then you’ll keep your valuables safe while out (i.e. distribute in different places, use padlocks, share money between you, use a money belt if necessary etc.).

The Beds: The room we were initially assigned contained two single beds which, while we were happy to just push together, were each on four wheels. Between almost falling down the inevitable precipice and slowly sliding towards the table, this obviously wasn't going to work. But upon mentioning the problem to the receptionist, she was completely understanding and happy to change our room to another, free of charge. It seemed to be pot luck whether a double bedroom is a double bed or two singles, but it's a minimal price to pay for what is otherwise a fantastic room.

The Breakfast: We paid to have breakfast included, as it saved time wandering around finding bakeries and we wanted to travel cheaply (i.e. not using absurdly expensive restaurants that serve food you can find for a fraction of the cost). The breakfast is available in the dining room as you enter the hotel and has a surprisingly decent variety of foods and beverages: coffee, teas, juices, seeded bread, hard boiled eggs, olives (obviously), cake, biscuits, home-made jams and marmalades, cereals and muesli, toast, cooked meats, cucumber and tomato, and likely more that I cannot now recall. The food was all presented well, while the room was decorated with artwork and what is probably school trinkets from the family's children – it felt like a lovely and warm place to be each morning.

The Staff/Cleaners: I cannot find fault with the staff; the hotel is family-run and they were all welcoming and friendly, especially the girl who seemed to be the daughter. They all obviously take great pride in the hotel, with it being one of the only buildings in Athens not plastered in graffiti, which could be – judging by the photos around the building – due to the fact it's been with them for generations.

The cleaners serviced our room every day, leaving it spotless with fresh towels on the table. As someone who can be very anxious (read: paranoid), there was absolutely no sign of anything being looked through while we were out.

Overall: If you're looking for budget accommodation which still has the feel of a respectable hotel, rather than a 'student' hostel, then Adam's is the perfect choice. The location is fantastic, the rooms are great, and the staff and breakfast were brilliant. Adam's isn't the sort of hotel where vacuous people lounge around all day enjoying 'the facilities', but is instead a secure and pleasant place to spend the night and early morning – I would definitely recommend!

Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank malpighiales
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Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

In the heart of Athens, at a great location under Acropolis. A really good place to stay. The staff is friendly and helpful. The Greek traditional touch is all over the place. Cozy rooms with big balconies and nice view! The room was very clean, hot water 24/7 and a/c.

Date of stay: February 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank giallou
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Reviewed January 19, 2016

Fantastic value for money. Walking distance to the acropolis, new museum, Hadrian's arch etc. Staff were friendly and very helpful. Room was clean, safe and comfortable. Would not hesitate to stay there again.

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank 123lorenz123
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Reviewed December 18, 2015

This is one of the best budget hotels in Athen's part-pedestrianised old quarter of Plaka that clusters around the slopes of the Acropolis. It's a great base for a couple of days sightseeing, on a quiet backstreet a few minutes' walk from the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Temple of Zeus and the triumphal arch. The area is touristy but cute and defintiely the most attractive area of Athens. The hotel is basic but the staff are friendly, breakfast is decent and the rooms are clean with little en suite bathrooms and flat screen tvs. On check-out day, the hotel very kindly stored my bag to pick up later so I could go exploring without lugging it about.

Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank Tryptype
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Reviewed November 26, 2015

If you need somewhere to set base while exploring Athens, this is the place.
Very nice people at the reception desk, and walking distance from almost everything.
Clean rooms and bathroom, quiet, and a good breakfast for you to start the exploring day.
No complaints at all.
It was the only place I stayed in while in Athens, so don't take my word for it and keep comparing prices and locations. But I think that regarding both those things this was a place I could recommend.

Room tip: go for the third (and last floor) rooms
Date of stay: November 2015
Trip type: Traveled solo
2  Thank Pynandi
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