Some of the exuberant reviews would lead one to believe that this place is going to blow your mind....talk about hype! Don't get your expectations too high or you will surely be disappointed.
The positives of this hotel are:
- Close to downtown Athens (10 minute or less walk; $5 by taxi)
- Rooms are different than the usual (wood floors; walk-in shower without tub; other minor style features that make the hotel more "hip")
- Power saving features/"green" building design
- Free parking, above ground as well as some underground
- Cute lobby and bar/bistro area
- Comfortable bed
- Flat screen HD TV (though this is now fairly standard)
The negatives are:
- The wood floors seem to contribute to noise problems; your can also hear people in the halls (doors opening and closing, housekeeping doing their work, people talking). Ear plugs are recommended...
- If being directly in downtown Athens is desired, the Hilton Garden Inn is closer (though this hotel is certainly walkable)
- Some service issues...for example, when I tried to check in at 2:30 p.m., I was told that the rooms hadn't yet been cleaned and inspected. I had to wait in the lobby until about 3:15 p.m., along with at least five other customers (on the positive side, they gave me a complimentary coupon for 2 drinks at the bar).
- Many of the rooms don't have a bathtub, just shower. This might not be an issue for most people, though.
- There is a "club" in the basement that the hotel rents out for events, such as fraternity socials, prom stuff, small scale music gigs, etc. -- this seems to indirectly create a lot of noise and crowding for a small hotel (lots of teenagers tying up the elevators and running around during my visit)
Overall, was stay was acceptable but I was not impressed in the way that some reviewers have apparently been. If you are comparing this place to some of the local, 2-star and 3-star hotels in Athens, yes, it is much better. However, I would likely be inclined to stay at the Hilton when I return to Athens. It is a better location, quieter, and the same price. Along that vein, I really can't say that this place is worth $180 and up -- but okay if you get a deal.
I think that Indigo is worth a try if you are simply tired of the typical hotel decor. This place seems to be aiming to be slightly avante garde, a bit of a hybrid between a normal hotel and the Kimpton hotels.
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