It's around 10 years since I stayed a this hotel, and even though the price has gone up considerably since then, it's still good value...clean, functional and in an unbeatable location for seeing the main historical sites in the old city. It is also very accessible - just a few minutes' walk straight up Mitropoleos Street from the Monastikiri metro station - while the view of the Parthenon from the rooftop terrace, which is equipped with stylish sofas and chairs plus sun-loungers, is memorable.
I travelled with my two sisters, so booked a triple room, and was promised three single beds. In fact, the third was a sort of put-you-up, some three inches shorter than the others and with a hard side, presumably generally used for children. That said, it was comfortable and did its job well. The other downside of having a triple room was the lack of space - the third bed made access to the wardrobe somewhat tight! We also had a balcony overlooking the warren of little streets in which the hotel is based, and a well-equipped bathroom.
Breakfast was a help-yourself affair offering fruit juice, cereals, cold meats, tomatoes, jams, bread, tinned fruit, toast and cakes, plus baked beans, scrambled eggs, and small frankfurter sausages. The menu was the same each day, and the highlight was always the greek yoghurt with local honey.
What makes the place stand out, however, was the friendliness of the staff, and a genuine commitment to helping guests make the most of their time in Athens. One of the team greeted us at breakfast on the first day to find out if we needed any help with our plans for the day or stay. We thought she must be selling tours, but far from it - she made no attempt to sell us anything, but took great care to recommend routes tailored to our needs, giving us some great tips along the way. Likewise, the manager came round to ask if we had everything we needed, stressing that if anything wasn't to our liking, we should let them know so they could do something about it.
- 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