you would be hard pressed to find a better (tourist) hotel in Athens. we had a small suite with kitchenette (which was great since we kept buying olives and Fine Wine is just up the street). the staff are fantastic - super accommodating and constantly go out of their way to ensure your happiness. altho we never took them up on the offer of cooked breakfast goodies, the cold buffet was more than adequate anyway.
definitely, you could find cheaper places to stay in Athens (esp right now) but the price is actually correct at AVA for what you get. bed was super comfy, good aircon and good size (reminder we did have a 'suite'). only complaint on the room was that the showers was teeny - one of those curved door jobs. but everything worked 100%.
location is *amazing* you are "in" Plaka - took us all of 5 mins to get to the entrance to the Acropolis - but not IN amongst all the touristy crapp - just around the corner from it so when you hit your street on the way back to the hotel it's with a small sigh of relief. there is even a laundromat :) just down the street which we made use of since we were on a long-ish trip.
also, WiFi worked well. no gym, but doubt this is v. standard in Athens (if you need that 'full services' experience then go to the Bretagne)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AVA is a boutique Hotel situated at Plaka in the middle of the Historical Centre, at the foot of the Acropolis, on a quiet street. Surrounded by the worlds most renown monuments of Greek Civilization: Parthenon, Zeus Temple, Hadrian Arch, Agora etc. AVA offers spacious Suites & Apartments with all the amenities and comfort of an upscale Hotel, plus the exclusiveness and privacy of one's own home. AVA is a non smoking hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athens Ava Hotel