First of all I am glad I stayed here even though it isn’t really in the centre of Athens, nor in Monastriki, which I’d searched for. However, it is only 9 minutes by Metro from the city centre and the Sepolia Metro station is right outside the apartment. In fact I walked all the way to the Acropolis from the apartment. How long did it take? I’m a writer and yearn to absorb the atmosphere of marvellous cities like Athens. I stop to watch playful children with their kittens, sample the many friendly bars and cafes en route, and do a little shopping. Oh, and gaze in awe at the railway train hooting and tooting its way across a busy street with NO crossing barriers. I would have missed much of that had I stayed in the centre. I’d say it would take a writer / rambler like me an hour to reach the Plaka but more fool you if you’re in a hurry. I hasten to add that the apartment is only three and half kilometres from the centre.
The apartment then is more like student digs but that’s fine for a few days. There are three double and two single beds, a big sofa that could be slept on, and air con in both main bedrooms. Well-equipped kitchen, bath – a luxury these days of travelling, and a washing machine. There’s no TV but hey, who needs TV when you can emerge from the kitchen or bedroom and gaze over the balcony, with its own table and chairs, and people watch. Honestly, stories were unfolded to me, better than on TV. Man-crisis over a puncture and his pals lifting the car up! Lovers ambling through the trees, Shoppers with excited kids coming and going to the toy /arts and craft shop and TWO good supermarkets I could see from the fourth floor. Wonderful. Sepolia is a vibrant suburban community and I wished I could have stayed longer. From the balcony you have a good view to the south west to Dafni and hills beyond and to the North.
Yes, improvements could be made to the décor but every minute I’d pinch myself and say, “You’re in ATHENS, home to Aristotle, Plato, the ‘gadfly of Athens, Socrates!
Well worth the cost, hence the 4 stars
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