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Athens Cypria Hotel
Ranked #65 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Washington State
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great deal if you don't demand quaint”
Reviewed July 5, 2008

This hotel is a fantastic place to stay if you don't need/want a ton of "character" and "local culture" in your lodging.

It is spacious, clean, well run, has a great breakfast buffet (including English breakfast features like baked beans, bacon, etc.), is quiet, has reasonable internet connectivity, and has easy access to public transit while being tucked off of the main drag.

Syntagma metro (and all of the bus stops) is just a few blocks away. It is just a few meters off of a main shopping street that can keep buyers and lookers occupied for a long time.

Just a short walk from Plaka.

  • Liked — Wonderful location
  • Disliked — Lacking in Greek character
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2008

We stayed in Cypria early May 2008 for 3 nights. The hotel met all our expectations and some more. Our original criteria of choosing Cypria among the many budget hotels were confirmed after our arrival.

1. Location is a few small blocks from Syntagma Sq, which is the gateway to all the rest of Athens. Walking with our luggages from the hotel to the metro station (airport line) took about 10 min. It took us longer to find the hotel on the first day, since the street names are hard to follow even with a map.

2. The hotel is on a tiny alley only one block from heavy vehicle or pedestrian traffics on both sides. But our room was quiet like in the suburb. In fact, sitting on the sidewalk cafe/bar and enjoying our welcome drink (ouzo!) was quite a peaceful and relaxing moment.

3. The room is small by American standard, but large by Mediterranean standard. Besides the twin bed, there are desk, chair, small fridge below the TV, closet and open shelfing. The AC works by remote control and gets cool fast. There is a window facing the inside walls which are painted and clean to look at. The sky is visible too.

4. We were surprised by the welcome drink in the bar, and a small fruit basket in our room (courtesy of the manager).

5. The breakfast was really like what other reviewers had described. The room is spacious and feels like a regular restaurant. Too many food choices even for a big eater. Scrambled and hard-boiled eggs, sausages (cut up pieces), cheese and lunch meat slices, and selections of bread/pastries, fruits, cereals, and Greek yogurt (the best). The standard coffee was strong, and you can make your own Greek coffee too. The food here can make a motel complimentary breakfast or a B&B breakfast feel shameful back home!

6. The staff and front desk people are all very friendly and helpful. English is not an issue there.

In retrospect, Cypria is one notch above a similar budget hotel that we liked in Florence (Balcony Hotel). If anything else, wouldn't it be nice if free internet access is provided also? But we will gladly return to Cypria next time.

  • Liked — family-like ambience
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Athens Cypria three different times (always in different rooms) for several nights each time during our trip to Greece. Our stays were consistently pleasant and trouble-free.

The breakfast at the Cypria was very good: diverse, and of a fairly high quality - indeed, amongst the best we had in Greece. The rooms, though not luxurious, were clean, spacious by Greek standards, and had all reasonable amenities. The showers even had curtains - not something to be taken for granted in Greece - though somehow we still got water on the floor every time. No matter.

While the Cypria doesn't offer Acropolis views (in all but a few special rooms, if I recall correctly), the location is truly excellent. The hotel is located on a quiet side street, so I had no trouble sleeping (and I'm quite fussy about noise). It achieves this without sacrificing proximity to the tourist zone, as it's very close (a five minute walk) to Syntagma, a subway hub, and the Plaka district. The Acropolis and the other ancient sites of downtown are all easily within walking distance.

One thing to note is that while the hotel advertises a laundry service, it's not really aimed at tourists who need to wash several loads. Rather, it seems to be a business-level dry cleaning/shirt pressing service, and is priced accordingly. Try the Plaka Laundrette (Angelou Geronta 10) instead.

The Cypria isn't a bargain, but it had the combination of no-worries comfort, location, and low noise that we were looking for, and we were quite pleased by our choice.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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usa
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Reviewed June 26, 2008

We (a group of 7) stayed for 3 nights at the end of May. We had a triple and a quad room. It worked really well for our families. It is hard to find more than a double room in Greece. The breakfasts were great, even the teenagers found something that they liked! The location is excellent. We took the metro to and from the airport. It is an easy trip ... much better than dealing with the Athens taxi drivers. We walked to most of the sites. The ones at a little distance like the Archaeology Museum are easy to reach on the tourist hop on and off bus, I think it's bus 40, it cost 5 euros for the day. It goes to all the major sites and museums. You can get it at Syntagma Square.

Over all an excellent hotel for the price and location.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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66 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2008

The rooms are well priced but nothing spectacular. Breakfast buffet was one of the better ones I've seen in this price range. Wide selection.

The location is great - right off the main street. The staff are fantastic. The airline lost my luggage and the hotel staff were incredibly helpful, phoning the airline on numerous occasions on my behalf.

  • Liked — Very helpful staff.
  • Disliked — Ho hum rooms.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank mzmeowus
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2008

We stayed in the hotel for 3 nites, 8-10 June. We initially booked for 2 nites, but decided to extend another nite.

We paid 126 euros for a double bed, Acropolic view room on 6th floor with breakfast. The room was clean and bright. The location is excellent, just off Ermou street, which is the main shopping street in Athens. Zara is huge is Athens, there are 3 Zaras along Ermou st. The hotel extremely safe, very close to Syntagma station (abt 5-10 min walk) and close to all the major sites (Acropoli, Ancient Agora etc.)

Athens is a rather safe country, the metro is excellent, there is no need to take the Happy Train (which is 6 euros) as everything is close by. You can go island hopping via Pireaus, by Metro (80 cent euro for single trip), about 20-30 mins from Cypria.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Small toilet
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Hawaii
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2008

We booked this hotel with Fantasy Travel (great agency). It was clean, roomy and in a great location. Only minutes away from the Plaka district and bordering the posh Kolonaki district. We didn't have a view but the room was fine with us. The breakfast included greek, italian and american items. The welcoming drink is also a nice touch.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — the view
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Athens Cypria Hotel
Address: 5 Diomias | Athens - Syntagma, Athens 105 63, Greece
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Location: Greece > Attica > Athens > Syntagma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#41 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#54 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#56 Business Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Athens Cypria Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Athens Cypria Hotel is a friendly, quiet and cozy 4 Star property. Ideally situated in the heart of Athens approximately 150 meters from Syntagma Square offers a fine base for exploring all the city's attractions. One of the most well-known shopping places in the city, Ermou Street, is adjacent to the hotel, whereas the old town of Plaka and Acropolis are just a few minutes walk away. Psiry area, the most well-known place in Athens for night entertainment, is also within easy walking distance, where Greek Restaurants and Taverns, Bars and Theatres are found. The hotel consists of 115 rooms which have been specially designed to ensure guest personal comfort and relaxation. Most of them have balconies and some with a view to Acropolis. The rooms are equipped with air-condition / heating, fully stocked mini-bar (consumption charged), high speed internet access (free of charge), satellite TV, Russian (Channel 1) and Chinese (CCTV) satellite channels available. electronically locked safe-box (free of charge), direct dial telephone, radio and hairdryer, all included in room prices. The American buffet breakfast, included in room rates, is served in the breakfast room at 7 a.m. till 10.30 a.m with freshly prepared hot and cold breakfast selections. The Annabel Café Bar, in a welcoming and congenial atmosphere offers tempting cocktails and a wide selection of wines, cold or hot beverages, snacks, salads, ice-creams but also local and international sweets / desserts, thus being an ideal place for lunch. ... more   less 
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