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Best Western Museum Hotel
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Reviewed 1 November 2008

This hotel is also reviewed under "Museum Hotel" where it has received even better ratings.
We stayed here the first two nights (Friday til Sunday) of our Athens trip. We chose this hotel for three reasons. We needed an alternative because our first choice hotel had very high rates that weekend (we moved on Sunday when the rate was lower). The hotel was positively reviewed on this web site and the rate for a deluxe room was very reasonable (104.50E).
Having arrived at Athens Airport, we took the subway to Omonia place (had to change once). By help of a map we easily found our hotel. It is several blocks away, pedestrian side walks in Athens are not made for easy luggage pulling and the traffic is heavy.
As if in trance, we did find the path way where drug addicted people linger around and which is so pictorally described by other reviewers here and under "Museum Hotel". (There is an easy alternative but this knowledge usually clusters when already staying in a place.) Basically we did not find it threatening, on the other hand we wouldn't choose this way as our preferred passage at night.
At the hotel, the receptionist was kind and helpful. Our deluxe room (703) was on top floor. It had a king bed as requested (good matress), bad tv reception (one english channel), was not oversized and the bath room was small. Using the small (micro) shower the low water pressure prevented the worst of an inevitable flood of the bath room floor But everything was clean and in working order though a little tired at some points.
There was a hughe, inviting terrace with a small table and four chairs (and a partial view of the acropolis to the left). There was a minibar with softdrinks, water and beer. It had the lowest mini bar prices I ever experienced in a hotel (e.g. 60ct for mineral water and 2.50€ for a can of beer).
Adjacent to the lobby is a bar where some sort of juice is available for free. I do not know how much they charged for coffee or other beverages. The break fast room became crowded both mornings and staff (2 ladies) were not too fast with cleaning and setting tables. But basically they did their job well. The choice of food was good, a little on the basic side however. Coffee was of good quality!
The area around the hotel is generally safe. The other night we asked the receptionist for a restaurant recommendation. Food there was of very good quality, staff was kind, the athmosphere good, though we were early and the restaurant only 20% full (Greek dinner time is 21.00hrs and later).
We appreciated the internet facility on the lower level adjacent to the bar. Very convenient and a big bonus to the hotel.
To sum up the experience: the hotel is a little basic, well conducted and well maintained. Staff is kind and reliable. The neighbourhood is safe and looked like a typical Athens neighbourhood. The price was even very good. All this in mind, I would recommend this hotel and would return when in Athens.It was a positive hotel experience.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Zurich
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Reviewed 30 October 2008

Based on BW Museum's location near the National Archaeological Museum, I booked this hotel for two nights for a little over $100.00 per night.

Room was clean and comfortable. However, the shower stall was quite small. No issues with hot water in the morning. But, the cramped shower made it difficult to move without hitting the faucet.

The free WiFi was a great convenience. There is a small grocery store and pharmacy next to the hotel. Bottled water at the hotel was 2 Euros for a 1/4 liter. At the grocery store, a one liter bottle was 60 cents.

Balcony faces a busy street but the double paned glass successfully blocks out any street noise.

Front desk was helpful with restaurant recommendations. Be sure to try "Vergina", a Greek restaurant, located in the neighborhood behind the hotel. In order to reach Vergina, travelers will have to walk near the small square which is frequented by some shady characters.

Check out was painless. At my request, hotel made taxi arrangements to the Pireaus Port. Taxi was 30 Euros from the hotel to the port.

Definitely a great location for visiting the museum. On the way to the museum, be careful of where you step....the area is filthy.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled solo
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1  Thank forensicsgirl
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Reviewed 27 October 2008

In a city that can have some exhorbitantly high-priced hotels, we chose this one based on TripAdvisor reviews and were not misled. We had booked to stay there for two days before a Greek Islands cruise and two days following the cruise. We missed our flight to Greece and had to call and cancel the first night, but when we arrived the hotel, sensing our disappointment with losing a day, gave us an upgraded room. When we returned after the cruise, we had requested a deluxe room which had a very large balcony with table and chairs and a view of the Acropolis. (Granted the view was from some distance and with buildings in the foreground, but still exciting to see.) Our room and the hotel in general was clean, well-kept and absolutely acceptable. TV reception was not great (only one English-speaking channel), but who goes to Athens to watch TV?! We did find it strange that our more expensive deluxe room had only a small corner shower that wasn't much bigger than the one on board the cruise ship. The breakfast which was in a pleasant dining area that had fresh flowers on each table, was adequate. There were hot food items as well as cold, but the addition of a better fresh fruit and yogurt selection would have been nice. The free internet available to guests was a definite plus and saved us much time in seeking out internet cafes. The staff in general were professional and courteous. The issue of vagrants and drug use in the park across from the hotel did not present the slightest problem for us because just as other reviewers have stated, there was never a time that there were not at least three police officers stationed on each of the two nearest corners. In fact, there was a police bus parked up the street, and it appeared to us that it was used as a staging area for backup police coverage of that part of the city. Whatever the reason, we felt safe walking both day and night. If you arrive from the airport by train, you can drag suitcases the nine short blocks or grab a taxi to the hotel. Archaelogical Museum across street--very convenient.

Stayed: October 2008
1  Thank US2BaStew
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Reviewed 19 October 2008

The reason why this hotel was selected was because it offered free wifi, which worked very well. The receptionist was extremely helpful is explaining directions to the Acropolis, and organising a taxi for departure the next morning to catch a bus to our ongoing destination.

The only downside is that it is peripheral and outwith the centre of Athens, which entailed a long walk and metro to the Acropolis. Although it has to be said it was definitely worth it !

The room was non-smoking, but it did smell of cigarette smoke (written in case anyone is sensitive, has allergies, or suffers from asthma).

In summary, clean, welcoming, helpful staff, and free wifi ! Definitely worth the money.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Zaare
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

Main train station in Athens has no tourist info, period. In general, Greece has no tourist info, and no one seems to care. Some people are very nice, others very rude, and many speak no english. Take a cab for 5-6 euros to the hotel. By subway it's two stops @ Omonia, but Athens is pretty crazy. Hotel is in dirty area near National Arch. Museum and Polytech University. Lots of drug users in nearby area, but the hotel area is actually very safe, and very hip. Lots of students and locals around. Many good bars and restaurants open very late, and markets nearby.
Hotel is clean and nice. Room is a bit small, but has a balcony. Shower was tiny (smaller than Ralph Macchio's costume in Karate Kid). Narrow beds as in most of EU. Small tv with very few channels. Nice breakfast with hot food, but bad juices. Free fast wi-fi. Two free public computers with wi-fi and printer. Very friendly, helpful, and informative service. 5 minute walk from Omonia subway stop, about 6 blocks away, but close to lots of good restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Thank FrugalFly
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