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Phidias Hotel
Ranked #132 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Reviewed September 22, 2011

This Central Athens hotel is just below the acropolis in a trendy area and just up the road from the Thisseo Metro station which means it is directly connected to Piraeus harbour via the older Green Line and with just one stop to Monastiraki Station where you can switch to the the Blue Line direct to the Airport. So if like me you intend to stop here enroute from the islands, the location cannot get any better than this (and i had no problems checking in past my midnight ferry as you'll find in some Piraeus hotel reviews). On top of this the hotel is at the edge of the flea market area which leads up to the lovely Plaka and with all main historic sites within walking distance (Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Keramikos, Hadrian's Library, the Roman Agora, and the rest...) Moreover the pedestrian area in front of the hotel comes to life after nightfall and is worth every extra penny when compared to the scary no-go areas of the omonia hotels.

The rooms are reasonable and the personnel helpful. Bathrooms could do with an upgrade and breakfast left much to be desired but for a couple of nights enroute it wasn't too bad and the central location more than made up for that.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

I had an excellent 5 day stay at this Hotel. The location is superb, very close to 2 metro-stations (Tisseio and Monesteraki), and in contrast to hotels in Omonia, in a safe, nice, and good neighberhood, close to many taverns and tourist-shops. The service was excellent, and the staff was very helpfull. The idea of the breakfast is typically greek: just a few slices of bread or some cereals. But there is a supermarket 100m around the corner where everything can be found if necessary. The rooms are nice, with good airconditioning! And bed, and sanitary were cleaned every day.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 29, 2010

This hotel's main selling points are its location and its prices.
There are few hotels in this area of Athens, which was completely overhauled for the 2004 Olympic games, and turned into a relatively trendy semi-pedestrian area. The many large coffee shops and their outdoor tables are very popular with locals in warmer months, but upscale enough not to become boisterous.
At one end of the long road is a subway station with connections to both Piraeus and the airport, making it the ideal stopover before/after a visit to the Greek islands. At the other end is the Acropolis. Being able to visit Athens without using taxis or walking through major roads is a boon.
The hotel itself is nothing spectacular, with somewhat tired rooms and obsolete bathrooms, but given the price and location I have no complaints. I do remember from a previous stay that the air conditioning struggled in the summer.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank mos505
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Reviewed June 10, 2010

My son and I stayed at the Hotel Phidias for a couple of nights in late May while visiting the sites of Athens. The location was great. We walked to the Acropolis, the Agora, the Plaka, the Temple of Zeus, the Philopappos Hill, and the Roman Forum. The hotel is right on the pedestrian walkway which encircles the Acropolis and Agora, and a variety of great restaurants are nearby.
The hotel room we had was not very good. The bed was not comfortable and the pillows very lumpy. The room was dated and somewhat small. We had issues with the small shower leaking with each use.
The breakfast was terrible. Everywhere we stayed in Turkey in Greece had great breakfasts with fresh fruit, cheeses, and cereal. The Phidias breakfast was bread, jelly in packets, cheese slices in the wrapper, and cocoa puff cereal. The coffee was good.
If we had to do it over again, we would have spent a little more and stayed at a hotel in the Plaka area.

  • Stayed: May 2010
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1  Thank JohnF_1959
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Reviewed May 14, 2010

Overall this hotel was pretty good. The location is in a super touristy area of Athens. The street that it is on is lined with nothing but cafes that overcharge for dinner and drinks (although just a few streets away are some really amazing, well priced restaurants). There are peddlers everywhere on that street as well as a flea market on Sundays selling mostly fake designer purses. Some staff members are very friendly, and some couldn't care less about you. The rooms are outdated but decently sized and clean. One of our rooms had a balcony and the other just had a sliding glass door with a railing. Breakfast was pretty dismal with only bread and cheese and some cereal. It is close to the Acropolis, which is a huge plus. No WIFI although Athens has a free wifi that we were able to pick up in the hotel with a computer, but not our cell phones.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank anashiba
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Reviewed November 13, 2009

This hotel is definitely a 2-star hotel, but it would rank as one of the best 2-star hotels I've stayed at. So, you get good value for your money.

PROS:
-free breakfast (toast, cereal, cookies, tea, coffee)
-near attractions (across from Ancient Agora; can see the Acropolis lit up at night from front of hotel. Gorgeous!)
-near a metro stop
-on a pedestrians-only street
-room had a very large closet which helped get stuff out of the way in the small space
-friendly, helpful staff (especially Vasilis)
-lots of nightlife nearby although noise level is reasonable
-room-darkening curtains
-extra pillows available
-good-sized shower; worked well

CONS:
-Bed was in poor shape: worn out in the middle
-Decor was outdated
-Toilet worked but was a bit tricky to get it to flush
-no fridge in room
-milk for cereal was always hot! (I guess for the coffee)
-shower was hose only; couldn't hang the nozzle

NOTES:
-It wasn't hot when we stayed here, so I'm not sure how well the air conditioning works

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank msa75
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

About 10-15min (uphill) from the port.
The rooms are very basic and small, but pretty clean.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Phidias Hotel

Address: Apostolou Pavlou 39 | Thissio, Athens 118 51, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #132 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Price Range: $54 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Phidias Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Phidias hotel is located in the heart of old Athens. A civilization of thousands of years is around you and minutes away is the monument of Acropolis. Ideally situated in the centre of the archaeological sites, the Phidias Hotel is 200 metres from the Acropolis, 100 metres from the Ancient Market, and 150 metres from Keramikos. With the metro station just 100 metres away, you will have little trouble travelling across the city. ... more   less 
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