I took my partner to Athens for her birthday, and, after a lot of searching, settled on the Hera. I booked via the website (there's a handy facility which lets you order a bottle of wine to be in your room when you arrive - like it!) and asked for a room with an Acropolis view. We arrived after a very straightforward jouney from the airport on the Metro - unless you have a heap of luggage, don't bother with taxis, as that takes a similar amount of time for a much higher price. The hotel is only a couple of minutes' walk from the Metro station, and is on a quiet side-street, so you won't be affected by the heavy traffic on the main streets. When we arrived our room was upgraded to a junior suite...very welcome surprise! I disagree with the reviewer who said the rooms with an Acropolis view are not worth the extra money. I would have to stay a long time before I tired of seeing the Acropolis lit up at night, and seeing it when you draw the curtains in the morning is not to be missed. We took one look on arrival and immediately scratched the idea of unpacking, and instead poured ourselves a glass of the wine waiting for us and sat outside to take in the view. Our room was spotlessly clean and well equipped. I agree with the other reviewers who said they found it quite warm at night (there are spare blankets provided, but you're unlikely to need them!), but that's a minor quibble.
The hotel is very well placed indeed. The Metro is nearby, as mentioned, but the new Acropolis Museum (go there! It's superb) is 5 minutes' walk, with the Acropolis park itself next to the Museum. With the Metro so close, getting around to the rest of Athens is very easy. There are also plenty of restaurants in the vicinity - we usually headed for the pedestrianised part near the hotel, which has some tourist traps but plenty of very good places to eat as well.
Iro Chatzilia at the hotel was very helpful prior to our arrival, with plenty of information when I e-mailed asking for some recommendations for dinner on my partner's birthday, and offering to book a table once I'd decided. We opted for Orizontes, which Iro warned was "pricey" but "very romantic with amazing views over Athens" - correct on all three counts, and we had a wonderful dinner. The other staff at the hotel were also excellent - very friendly, very welcoming, very helpful, very efficient. Unfortunately the rooftop restaurant was closed while we were there (it's the off-season), so we didn't get to sample that. On the other hand, there's a very relaxing bar...
I was very happy with my choice. It's competitively priced for that part of Athens and that quality of hotel, and even if our room had not been upgraded I would still have regarded it as money well spent. I'd recommend the hotel to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hera Hotel welcomes its guests with the genuine warmth of definitive hospitality, combined with an impeccable service, comfort and the exceptional atmosphere of a boutique hotel.Conveniently located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum and next to the interconnected archeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity to the visitor to enjoy an excellent stay at the hotel, right into the heart of the old Athens and to traverse through ancient times by strolling through the historic center of the city. ... more less
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