We stayed at the Novotel both before and after a week staying in Crete. The hotel is comfortable and clean. The pool, bar and restaurant on the roof are fabulous and the vie over the roof tops of Athens is great. e got a great deal through a late hotel booking type website (not sure which) for a family room. Double bed and good pull out sofa bed.
We had no problem with the staff ho were all helpful. We were allowed acess to the room on our return at 7.00 am ( very helpful as family very tired as ferry from Crete docked at 5.30am). We did not expereince any thing going ,issing or being interferred with.
It is true that the area is not in the least up market and more nervous travellors might feel uncomfortable. We always travelled using the underground (6 min walk to Larissa Station). The area is fairly run down and there are plenly of people hanging around on the street etc. But we had no trouble at all - even hen wheeling our cases to and from the hotel. There is a lot of grafitti around - but that is true for various areas in Athens.
It is easy to get yourself into undesirable areas easily though so you really need to sticl to the main roads from the staion to the hotel. We ere generally back by 9pm to make use of the roof top bar etc. But if you don't feel comfortable just take a taxi.
In our expereince the hotel as great. The children loved the pool and as it was so hot when we stayed it was heaven to have a place to cool off after a day of sight seeing.
I would say don't be put off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a family holiday or a business trip, the Novotel Athens is designed for natural living. This 4 star hotel in the centre of Athens is close to Omonia Square, Larissis station and the National Museum and features spacious, ergonomic rooms for your comfort and well being. Get down to business with internet access and meeting rooms. Relax in our modern, open plan bar and restaurant with well balanced Mediterranean cuisine or at the rooftop bar and restaurant beside the pool. Free onsite parking. FREE wi-fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Athenes Hotel Athens
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