You'll see the hotel as soon as you step out of the Metro station;right in front of the Monastiraki Square.The receptionist on our arrival was very accomodating,helpful and friendly.He gave us a map and marked the attractions(ruins) that would be of interest to us.When he knew that it was our fist time in Athens,he gave us a big room with a balcony (for a few additional Euros-found out on checking out but it was ok,not much) and view of the Monastiraki Square and the Acropolis.The views,day or night, were breathtaking.
However,the "room with a view" has its downsides: Monastiraki Square is always full of people,activities, noise.If you are a light sleeper then ask for a quiet room.Although the windows and doors are double-glazed the sounds of drums,shouting people,car honks and everything else can be heard from the room.It usually quiets down at around 2-3 in the morning.
Breakfast was enough to keep you going all morning til lunchtime, at least for us.There were differrent choices of breads,cereals,eggs,cold cuts,cofees and teas,orange and peach juices,butter,jams,Greek yoghurt,fruits.I loved their sausages!The best part was the view of the Acropolis from the breakfast room which is on the top floor.It is also a bar at night,which can be really noisy.We could hear the music and noise from the bar outside our room,but they close the hallway doors at night to keep the noise away from rooms.
There are many cafes/ restaurants ,bakeries,ice cream shops around the hotel,and it is along the high street so if you are "ruined-out/templed-out" you have the shopping option.Syntagma and Plaka are just a few minute-walk from the hotel.
They also booked a taxi for us on our check out day,going to the port (cost 20 euros).
Overall I would recommend this hotel for a decent price,location,cleanliness,staff service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are proud to give an A to the best of Athens. A for Athens is the new city design hotel in Athens. Located just across the Acropolis and above Monastiraki Square, A for Athens offers a truly unique viewing experience to the city’s most famous monument. The hotel is next to Monastiraki station, which serves for easy transportation to and from the Airport and Piraeus Port and sets all the city’s excitements in walking distance. ... more less
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