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Best Western Amazon Hotel
Ranked #40 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Disappointed.”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We recently stayed at the Best Western Amazon Hotel just off Syntagma Square. I was disappointed with the quality of the room compared to the cost. It did not compare with the Best Western Hotels in the US. We had a small room, 2 single beds, view overlooked a vacant building with broken windows, was noisy, small bathroom with an elevated shower that flooded the bathroom when in use. FIrst impression when we arrived was that it was closed up as the front entrance was not very appealing, and part of the building walking to the entrance was either under construction or was just a " dump". The only positive was the location. Great restaurant across the street ( In Town). Would not stay here again. Not sure the cost of the pictures of the rooms because for $200 for 2 nights, our room was definitely not one of those pictured.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

If I was visiting Athens again, I would come back here. Good front desk always attended, not the friendliest bunch but got the job done, clean rooms, working wi-fi, and very reasonable room rates. Breakfast was basic but good enough. The absolute gift of this place is the location and the reasonable cost. I got a bus from the airport which was supposed to stop just nearby and take around an hour, which (in a good introduction to what it would be like to travel in Greece) just stopped in a random location way before Syntagma, because of a strike! Somehow with a combination of luck and intuition, I managed to find my way to the hotel anyway. Being walking distance from the bustling Syntagma square makes this easier (my first experience of the square was that it was filled with protesting student demonstrators as well as tourists pushing luggage and locals just standing about smoking - an intriguing mix!). Being near the square means it is near nightclubs (there is one just across the road) so it is very noisy - especially on weekends if you are facing the street and you'll need to close the windows to get some peace.

The surrounding streets host beautiful churches (some tiny, old and charming) and shopping strips - my advice is to avoid the eatery immediately across the road, great wine but truly dreadful food, and to venture back a a few minutes walk down the street away from bustling Syntagma and you'll find winding alley ways filled with market stalls, some overpriced stores and art gallerys (with expensive but beautiful stock) and some cheaper eateries, street food and restaurants and eventually, as you keep walking, you'll end up at the main station in a smaller square. You'll be treated to breathtaking views of ancient Athenian monuments there, which you can gaze at, whilst sitting on the steps of the station, eating cheap and yummy street food. What a way to spend an afternoon!

Room Tip: I was near the top floor, didn't make a difference for sound as I was directly opposite a nightc...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

The location couldn't be more perfect! From this hotel you can walk to the historical part of the city and to great restaurants and shopping areas. The hotel is ok. As some others stated, you get what you paid for. Everything is very simple, the rooms are very small but very clean. Staff was ok. Breakfast was ok.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Tip 1: Let's face it, any hotels around Athens city center are bound to be expensive. This is by far the cheapest hotel we could find in Athens and also the best value.

Tip 2: The hotel location is so convenient, just one train line from the Athens International Airport (about 45mins to 60mins train ride) and you know what? If you are worried about locating the hotel when you arrive at Syntagma square, just switch on your wifi on your smartphone and you will have free wifi to load your smartphone street map. Just simple as that!

Tip 3: Obviously Athens are still in reccessions so you cannot expect much from the neighbourhood of Athens City Center. There are still a lot of abandon buildings and shopfront. During the night, it does get very quiet but if you walk on the main street but not small alleyways, you will be fine.

Tip 4: Part of the hotel is currently under renovation, so you might not find the entrance but just keep a look out and you will find it. Make sure you arrive Athens during daylight because it is much easier to find the hotel.

Tip 5: Its funny how a country is in recession but still manage to install so many automated bank machines around town. Don't worry about bringing loads of cash because you can cash out your money from any cash machine around this area. There is also a post office just right opposite Syntagma square, very convenient to send a postcard home after you visit the acropolis.

Tip 6: There are also loads of bars and cafes around the hotel, they are cheap and reasonable. Definitely not out to cheat any tourists' money. We also love the greek Gyros that most of the shops sell, cheap and delicious.

Tip 7: The way to Acropolis, Monastiraki and plaka are very convenient, walk out of the hotel and turn left and left again (away from Syntagma sqaure) and you will reach the very busy and happening life of Athens.

Tip 8: About the room, quality of sleep is ok but the wall is quite thin so you can literally hear people from the next room talking to their family. The room itself is very clean and bathroom is very clean too. However it is a very small hotel room, so if you are after bigger room, then this might not be your option.

Tip 9: When we were there, there was a mini demonstrations in Syntagma square. There were huge policemen with batton and shield lining up near the hotel ready to charge at the protestors. So if you are someone who can't take this sort of situation then i supposed you should stay somewhere away from Syntagma square. It is a common area for protestors and certainly a place for pickpockets as well. So remember to look after you belongings!

Athens itself is a fun city and loads to explore, i suggest you stay at least 3 days and have a proper look at the city and the lifestyle of Greek. A very interesting city!


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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chania Town, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is an average hotel situated in the centre of Athens and in walking distance from the old town and the Acropolis.
Without a doubt this hotel's greatest asset is it's location.
However, the rooms were super clean and although I stayed for only 3 nights, towels and bedding were changed daily!
Breakfast was not bad at all. The variety was not great but everyone could find something to eat and well-cooked, too. Things like sausages, bacon, 3 types of eggs, cheeses, fruits, pastries and freshly baked bread were abudant. Coffee was a bit blah but I didn't really mind because drinking coffee in a greek coffee house is an experience on its own and I had my coffee in a nearby cafe with a view to the ancient temples!
The hotel is to be found in a rather quiet road so traffic noise was never a problem.
The only...inconvient thing was the very small yet very clean and new bathroom.
I highly recommend this hotel for a few days in Athens.

Room Tip: Most rooms seem to have very small bathrooms
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Driffield, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Just down from Syntagma Square, where the Greek Parliament building is located, and a five minute walk from Plaka, where you can find countless bars and cafes, the Amazon Hotel offers excellent value for money and a really good location. Our room was spotlessly clean, the bathroom was a little small but had a perfect shower so was good enough for our needs. The breakfast each morning was very good and set us up for the days sightseeing around Athens.
When we go back to Athens we will certainly stay here once again.

Room Tip: Excellent value for money.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Idaho USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2013

When arriving via the Metro at the Syntagma Station be advised that the hotel's location on GoogleMap is incorrect. It is about a half block from the location on the map. Ask someone when you get off the Metro where the hotel is actually located and avoid a frustrating walkabout looking for it.


Good hotel, friendly staff and a great breakfast buffet was included in our room rate. You couldn't be more centrally located in Athens.

Good value if pre-booked, otherwise it could be a bit spendy.

Room Tip: I was told that some of the rooms have a view of the Acropolis. Ours did not.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Amazon Hotel
Address: 19 Mitropoleos & Pentelis Str | Sytagma, Athens 105 57, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens > Plaka
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #40 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Amazon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Amazon boasts a prime location in the heart of Athens, within walking distance of the major archaeological sites and Syntagma Metro Station. It offers 42 tastefully decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Amazon Hotel's air-conditioned rooms and suites are decorated in natural tones creating a relaxing atmosphere. They are equipped with a TV with satellite and cable channels, safety box and minibar. Some rooms enjoy spectacular Acropolis views. Amazon Hotel serves buffet breakfast, while there is also a bar and a cafeteria, where guests can enjoy their drink or a snack. The New Acropolis Museum is within 1 km of Hotel Amazon. The shopping district of the Athens centre is just a few steps away. ... more   less 
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