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Reviewed October 23, 2011

We stayed at the Baby Grand twice while transiting to and fro Cyprus in October 2011. For posteriority: this was a season of general strikes in Greece, protesting the government's austerity measures. Travel disruptions were frequent, and garbage piled in the streets.

Forget about the "Grand", this hotel is a baby. In our four year old daughter's parlance, that means small. The only "grand" thing about this hotel is the staff's friendliness and helpfulness (if you can ignore some of the cultural/ linguistic hurdles).

Entrance at street level leads you into the hotel restaurant, where all meals can be had. reception is one floor up and introduces the design theme, as the desk is made up from an old/ original Mini car. This floor also hosts the lounge.

The rooms are small (we are used to Asian sized buildings),as are the corridors. All rooms are individually decorated, as are some of the corridors. On first arrival, we were given a deluxe room as requested. This was beautifully decorated by murals depicting trees, giving a very soothing atmosphere to our stay. Bathroom was below expectations, with shower in the bathtub and and a shower curtain. Soaps were made in China and left the skin very dry.

Breakfast in the restaurant was "American" and on the "okay" side- cereals, yoghurt, fruits preserved and fresh, breads, cheeses, pastry, warm serves (eggs, bacon, sausage). Coffee was filter coffee and not freshly prepared for each guest but served from a thermos.

At lunchtime and dinner, basic fare is served. We had dinner once. My wife ordered pasta with salmon, which was not very appetizing. My Greek salad was nice but about 50% more expensive than the fare served 10 minutes walk away on Ermou or Monastiraki streets. As hotel guests, we were treated to a free bottle of house wine.

Of note, Frommer's 2010 guide to Greece states that the hotel hosts the "insanely popular "Meat Me" restaurant with its excellent and reasonably priced meat dishes". This is no longer true, there is only the hotel restaurant which is average at best.

The hotel provided free wireless, a most welcome service. There is on PC available at the lobby bar, but this is maddeningly slow.

On our second stay, we received a very warm welcome, staff remembered us by name. We got an upgrade to a business suite, which consisted of a small living room and a separate living room, the two sections separated by the bathroom and a small corridor. It seems this business suite could still be further enlarged as it is linked to the adjoining room.

Murals here were similarly beautiful and soothing, prompting thoughts of redecorating our home. Bathroom was slightly more spacious and better lit, but still had a shower curtain.

A few words on the area: right next door is the city hall and Kotsia square with a stop of the hop on tourist buses. Omonia metro station is a leisurely 5 minutes stroll away. There is a small supermarket across the street towards Omonia, and the big fishmarket down the road the other way. Walking to Ermou street (restaurants) takes about 5- 10 minutes.

We walked about at all times of day and night and felt safe. However, we were advised that the streets behind the hotel are unsafe as quite some drug dealing is going on there.

In summary, we had a very enjoyable stay, were very happy with the staff but we were not "wowed".

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

My wife and I booked two nights at the baby grand at the last minute and called the hotel for assistance as we did not know how to get to the hotel as there was a taxi strike and they organised for a car to pick us up for a minimal cost. The service at check-in was great and we were offered a choice of rooms (obviously we picked the themed one). The rooms were great and large and it was nice to have a big bathroom after travelling around europe. We had such a nice stay that we booked in for another night on our return to Athens a week later. Metro was a short walk away however there was the usual drug users in the back streets (ignore them and they will ignore you). Overall a good hotel in a good location.

Room Tip: Ask for a themed room.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Noofo
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

The BabyGrand is awesome. The cool, hip vibe is never pretentious or annoying. The staff is friendly & helpful and the rooms are comfortable, spacious (by European standards) and feature ice-cold air conditioning. :)

Lots of reviews on this hotel talk about the "sketchy" area around the hotel. Only if you've never been to a big city (like NYC or LA) would you think that. Yes, it's urban. But common sense of being in a big city is all you need. During the day, it's an easy 15-minute walk to the edge of the Plaka. Train stops are nearby and the hop-on/hop-off tour busses stop practically across the street at the city hall square.

The buffet breakfast the hotel offers looked great, but seemed pricey at 22 euro per person. A great option I'd recommend is Cafe Duetto, just down the street with nice cafe seating on the city square. :-)

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

How do you classify the Baby Grand? Fresh off the island part of our Greek trip, Athens represented the conclusion part of our trip. Being warned in advance that Athens was loud, dirty and busy we had an open mind. The taxi ride from the airport was nice, and our driver as nice as all the other people we had met on our trip. Then we arrived in the downtown portion of Athens.

After numerous warnings from our driver, graffiti laden walls and dirty streets, we entered the Baby Grand Hotel, which looked, well a bit run down as well. We have learnt to not judge a book by it's cover so again, in we go. Cute little place, needs a bit of freshness but quite inviting all the same. Our greeting was welcoming and staff friendly. In the end , we just wanted a nice room and that's what we received. We were located in the seconds floor and our balcony was huge and very comfortable. We were right in the middle of things.

Walking to tourist venues was easy, but the main road was scary at first. After a few treks, we quickly discovered that people here were as friendly and safe as anywhere else, so we let our guards down and enjoyed our stay. The hotel is close to pretty much anywhere important: The Acropolis, Plaka and all the museums.

I could go on but simply put, the surroundings could have been nicer, but the hotel was a good central and comfy location.

Room Tip: second floor balconies are awesome
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank NicChap
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

What a cool hotel. I mean, this place has real character! The front desks are cars. My mother, rather accurately, described our room as having a "Lord of the Rings" feel.

The staff was extremely helpful, pleasant, and courteous. Upon arrival, we were upgraded and a porter helped us take our things to our room. We went to happy hour a few times in their chic art deco bar. We were on the cusp of being too late, but the bartender gave us the 2-for-1 special and brought us really nice snacks. No questions.

The breakfast buffet was wonderful. I'm vegetarian, so this could be a major limitation in Greece, but I always looked forward to their breakfast. There is such a variety-fresh fruits, cereals, greek yoghurt, eggs, cheeses, fresh bread, juices, to name a few things-that I think it would be difficult not to find something that you like. My advice- pay the little bit extra and get the breakfast. You won't find anything else in the area that's remotely comparable and honestly, it was so filling, we could eat a very late lunch and be fine.

A lot of reviewers have commented on the area. Yes, we saw shady people, but Athens is a city. There are drugs, prostitutes, and questionable characters. I found it no more threatening that NYC (former residence) and New Haven (current). Like they say, use common sense and you'll be fine!

Classical Baby Grand made our stay in Athens such a pleasure!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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