My two teenage daughters and I have just returned from spending 18 days at the Evripides Hotel in Athens. All three of us loved it. We felt instantly at home. Two of us had good beds but the youngest girl's bed was not so good and she found it difficult to sleep.
The hotel is modern and very clean. All the staff are great and helpful. The kindest were Spressa, our cleaning lady, who always left our room in sparkling condition and Dimitra, the breakfast lady. Thanks to Dimitra's kind smile, going to the breakfast area and terrace were always a pleasure. The food was the best of the day and we tried to eat, although eating in the morning is hard. The cost of food in Athens is so high that often breakfast was the only meal we could afford. Of course, food is not just expensive in Athens. It is just as expensive in London where we come from.
The Evripides is in a working class area where several Chinese companies are based. These people always minded their own business and never, ever were a problem to tourists. Smaller communities consisted of Bangladeshi shop owners and a few Ismalic shop owners. It felt very good to be among these people, as they minded their own business and were also very helpful to us when we visited their shops. One of the nicest people we met was Faisal, who ran the phone shop and printing business near the hotel. Seeing his friendly face usually made our day. There is absolutely no reason to have any trepidation about going to this multicultural district. As Londoners we preferred it to the more upmarket areas such as Monastiraki and Syntagma because we felt more at home in the multicultural atmosphere of the Psirri district. The one slight downer was the sight of heroin addicts shooting up. We always felt very sorry to see them doing it but they never bothered us.
Great places to visit are the National Gardens and Lake Vouliagmeni. Take the E22 bus from the junction between Syna and Akademias Streets. It is very fast. If you need taxis walk to the junction between Evripides Street and Athinas Street and hail a cab there. It is about 3 euros cheaper than calling a cab to the hotel.
We loved our trip and strongly recommend visiting Athens and staying at the Evripides.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Athens close to the Acropolis, Evripides Hotel Athens is the place to be when you want to go sightseeing! It is conveniently located within a short walking distance of all the main archaeological sites, Plaka, athens most picturesque district and within easy reach of many attractions such as museums and galleries. There is also a metro station nearby providing easy access for those coming from the international airport or from Piraeus port and for those who want to explore the entire city. Evripides hotel offers comfort and high quality services by our friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are functional and relaxing, warmly decorated with traditional touches creating the ideal environment for a pleasant stay in Athens. ... And don't miss our roof garden on the 7th floor overlooking the Acropolis and providing a panoramic view of Athens, where your breakfast is served and where you can enjoy a drink in the evening! ... more less
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