The staff at this hotel are excellent and we'd like to particularly commend Elena on her help in securing for us one of the few honest taxi drivers in Athens for our ride to the airport when mass transit went on strike. Otherwise, we found the hotel to be solidly average. Breakfast was a disappointment (though we had just come from Turkey where the breakfasts are spectacular, so the breakfast here may be the Greek standard), WiFi rarely worked, and our room had a very odd layout (but was perfectly clean/serviceable). There is a Spar supermarket one block away and the truly excellent Attikoi Bakery is close by on the corner next to the Ambelokipi Metro station. In contrast to other reviewers, we found the location to be a negative. In terms of access to the Metro and sights, it is perfectly fine. The location near the US Embassy was, surprisingly, a problem. The area is filled with Kevlar-wearing, assault rifle-toting security agents and is ringed with surveillance cameras (so street crime is probably rare) but there is a police-state feel and walking in front of the US Embassy (which is hard to avoid unless you only approach this hotel via the Ambelokipi Metro station) can be problematic, if not dangerous. The goons positioned inside the mirrored boxes that ring the US embassy feel emboldened/entitled to harass passers-by and, in our case, detained us for no particular reason. They demanded to see our passports which they then said they were "keeping" as they threatened to arrest us. When we asked what the basis was for being detained, we were told: "We Greek police, we do what want, you want jail?" They never did explain why they detained us and they did seem to be enjoying causing distress as they toyed with our passports. Whatever our offence was, it must not have been too serious as they allowed us to continue on to the hotel after several tense minutes. Needless to say, we went no where near the US Embassy after that experience (which occurred on the main avenue in front of the embassy during the middle of the day). While this experience was not the hotel's fault, we would not stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEST WESTERN PLUS Embassy Hotel, combining understated luxury with the comforts of a modern hotel, provides unforgettable moments of pleasure. The hotel has direct access to the Syntagma Square and the archaeological sites of Athens.It is located between two metro stations just three minutes from the stop "Ambelokipi" and five minutes from the stop "Music Hall". Within walking distance of many public transport stations, it constitutes an ideal choice since everything is easily reachable.This is a 4 Star boutique hotel that is centrally located at the foot of Lycabettus Hill, near the American Embassy, the Concert Hall as well as major private and public hospitals. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with LoveHolidays, Travel Republic (UK), Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, TripOnline SA, Agoda, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly, Cancelon and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your Best Western Plus Embassy Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- g r Louis Athens Hotel