I spent a lot of time before leaving to Houston searching for a good hotel. I was looking for something which was close to shops and restaurants and not so expensive. When I found Athens Hotel Suites , I thought it was my lucky day!
Of course, I knew that for that price I couldn’t expect something luxurious, but the impact was different than the expected. The smell at the entrance make you immediately feel that the place is old and does need a “refresh” everywhere. Furniture are old and damaged; the windows have perhaps never been cleaned and the pots I found in the kitchen were very old and rusty. I cannot used them and after several attempts to get new ones, I bought them. The owner was very generous and gave me one of his, but it was still not new..
The cleaning of the room was just happening by chance, from time to time. I was generally cleaning the room by myself. Often, the trash baskets were almost never empty and never cleaned. Sometimes the room was not cleaned (towel not changed) for 2 or even three days. It happened almost three times.
Cold water is not coming down neither from the kitchen nor from the bathroom. Be sure that brushing teeth or washing face at early morning with hot (not even warm) water is not pleasant. Once, I got completely burnt because the water was simply boiling! I complained more than one time, nothing happened.
Hangers were completely useless and the iron and the table too. I wonder why they are not thinking of buying new stuff … with few dollars, going to Ikea or any other place, you can fibe have clothes hangers for less than 5 dollars!
The kitchen sink was always broken, water was not going down ,,, I was begging them to come and solve as I was using the kitchen a lot and there was always a bad smell because of the stagnant water. They try to fix it more than one time, at the end one of the staff members told me that they never had problem in that room!!
The “gym” is a 4.3 square meters room, with one cyclette more or less working and a broken tapis roulant.
Oh… there is a patio, but it is full of work tools and never clean.
Breakfast is poor and served at the entrance. There is only one small plastic table and a couple of chairs. However, you can take it to your room.
Parking Is not available for free and that is one of the reason (the owner said) for keeping the prices low. Actually , for 80 dollars a night, you can have something more. I am still waiting to get an answer for the tax reimbursement ….
As a positive aspect, I have to say that it is really close to shops, good supermarket, banks and to the theatre district. Staff is not bad, they try to be as kind as they can, but, perhaps, the sacrifice of staying there is too high, above all if you have to stay one and half month ! If they want an advice I tell them: try to renovate a little bit and be more efficient. It does not cost and your customers will feel better. It is a pity: I have to go back to Houston and would love to stay in same area, but Athens Hotel will not see me again. Perhaps , they will be happy too!
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