We loved the Y Hotel, and are so glad that we took what we thought was a little bit of a risk staying outside of central Athens. The staff were just so genuinely nice that that would probably be enough for a positive recommendation, but there's more to love than just the staff. The buffet breakfast (served from 7am!!!), the in-room coffeemaker, the other amenities, the value, the neighbourhood were all great, and the price was about the same as staying in central Athens at a much lower-standard hotel would have been.
For anyone concerned about the out-of-town location, don't be! A nice 10-minute walk gets you to the Kifissia metro station, which is on the same line (metro line 1) as the Piraeus metro station. Thus, it's a one-seat ride (EUR1.40) to your ferry to the islands, and you will actually get a seat because Kifissia is the end of the line! It's also on the same line as Thissia station (for the Acropolis site via the ancient agora). For those coming from the airport, buy a EUR8 ticket from the suburban rail counter, take the suburban train (you can't go in the wrong direction because the airport is at the end of the line), then switch at Neratziotissa to the metro (free transfer). The price is the same as if you were to take the metro from the airport, and the journey time is less than half because the suburban rail line skirts the city whereas a metro journey requires you to go into central Athens in order to make the switch to metro line 1. (Our journey took 35 minutes; the metro would have been around 75.) The one limitation is that the last suburban train leaves the airport at 2144 (9:44 p.m.) as of this writing, whereas the metro runs until around midnight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Kefalari, Kifissia, one of the most aristocratic districts in Athens, the Y Hotel is a small luxury hotel defined by exquisite style, delicate elegance and warmth. It offers a fresh and modern concept of hospitality: Εverything is designed with You in mind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athens Best Western
- Y Hotel Greece/Kifissia