Parts of this hotel seem like they have been renovated recently. The lobby, the restaurant, and rooftop were all nice. The rooms are mildly comfortable, but the room we stayed in had a shower so small that every time we used it, water covered the entire bathroom floor. Also, the bed was hard as a rock. The entire hotel smells slightly of cigarette smoke. Even though we were in a non-smoking room, the smell has permeated the entire building. However, the biggest downside to this hotel is its location. During the day, you can walk to almost all of Athens, and the hotel is about three blocks from the Omonia Square Metro station. But we had several Athenians tell us that Omonia Square was the most dangerous places in Athens to be out at night. When we would tell people where we were staying, they would act surprised and very concerned about us being out after dark. Therefore, whenever we left the hotel after dark, we had to take a taxi directly from the door of the hotel to where we were going, which was expensive and a pain. Although the price of this hotel is attractive, if you are a tourist, I would recommend staying closer to the Acropolis area and the Plaka, where it is safe to wander around at night.
Another small detail: when you leave this hotel, they ask that you leave your room key at the front desk. They keep all the keys in little slots behind the desk. When you come back into the hotel, you just tell them your room number and they hand you the key. It seemed like a very unsecure system to us because the desk attendant rarely seemed like he was paying attention when he handed out keys. We finally started just leaving the hotel without giving our key back because we did not feel like our stuff was safe in our room when we left the key with the front desk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Polis Grand Hotel, a fine 4- star hotel in the heart of the historical and commercial center of Athens. Since 1974 we have been personally taking care of our guests in our 100 renovated rooms, combining modern high-standard services with the tradition of genuine hospitality.The hotel's central location offers easy access to the public transportation means, the Eleftherios Venizelos international airport and the Piraeus and Rafina ports, the major exposition centers, public services and organizations, the downtown theater stages, the museums and art galleries, the best commercial shops and malls, the entertainment scene, the sports events venues and the most important tourist attractions of Athens. Thus, Polis Grand Hotel in Athens, makes an ideal accommodation choice for both business and leisure travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Polis Grand Athens
- Hotel Polis Grand