A mixed review for the Plaka Hotel as I feel it could be so much more if they just put a little more effort into it. So lets have a look at the Pro's and Con's....
The hotel itself is very easy to find and ideally located to travel around Athens, its certainly its best attribute. The main quire with the parliament buildings and tomb of the unknown soldier is a 5 to 10 minute walk away and its even less than that to visit the old Agoda. There are also a plethora of shops and places to eat right on your doorstep. If I was to return to the hotel then it would be for this reason.
Checking in was ok but we'd added an additional day at the beginning of our week's stay which meant having to go through the process of checking in and out again after we'd already done it...apparently the "system" doesn't allow the staff to use good judgement! Our room was clean but we did have to get the housekeeping staff to come and sort the beds into the double and single we'd asked for rather than three singles. If you choose this hotel then I would suggest a room higher than the first floor as we spent the week looking out of our window at air conditioning units and a brick wall (see the photo).
Internet access...if like me you needed to work while away then be aware that the internet access is pretty terrible and half the time it didn't work at all....it would have been faster to send a postcard than an email!
Staff were polite and and full of smiles, as long as they didn't have to deal with any problems or concerns. There were a couple of exceptions but for the most part I found them somewhat reluctant to deal with issues as they'd rather you said everything was brilliant. However I must comment a lady (Elsa I think) who runs the bar on the rooftop, she was great and couldn't do enough to help.
Breakfast was part and parcel of the deal and reasonably well laid out. I'd avoid the "hot" selection as most of it is processed rubbish but they have the usual cereals, breads, etc. The fruit, olives, tomatoes are great, oh and the yoghurt!!...OMG the yoghurt and honey was fantastic!
As many reviews have already said, the view from the rooftop is great and you can stay there and drink away for as long as you like. there are plenty of seats but the hotel could do with getting more cushions for their whicker seating as only half were kitted out. I can't help but think that the hotel have missed out on an opportunity here. It may be due to the licensing laws but if they got their seating sorted and offered a range of hot snacks, etc then I feel that could be a good money earner...just a random thought.
So to summarise...if you want a hotel with easy access to everything then this is your place as long as you don't expect too much from it. I would stay again but wouldn't rush to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Most central hotel situated in Plaka district. Strategically located for visiting all main archaeological interests especially the Acropolis and new Acropolis museum, as well as Ancient Agora, Parliament, first Olympic stadium, Benaki museum, Cycladic museum, National garden. Two streets only away from metro station Monastiraki, with direct line from the airport and the port of Piraeus. 50m from the main shopping street Ermou and Plaka touristic shopping area with taverns and bars. Splendid view of the Acropolis from roof terrace not to be missed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athens Hotel Plaka
- Plaka Hotel Athens