We chose the Athens Gate for the view of the Acropolis from the rooftop restaurant.
After arriving at the hotel, we were grateful to learn that our choice of hotel was good for other reasons as well. This hotel also offers quality, style, comfort and location. More of that in a moment. Right now, let's get back to that all-important view of the Acropolis.
Many years back, I lived in Athens in the Plaka when it was worth visiting and a couple of other places. That experience taught me that the Acropolis is at the heart of everything in Athens, not just in a geographical sense. That magificent and beautiful temple shines over the city, day and night, teasing the soul from every angle.
That's why we booked the Athens Gate.
We got exactly what we hoped for. As you dine at the roof top restaurant, the Acropolis seems so close you feel you could touch it. What's more, the view over the rest of Athens is no less enticing.
And what about other aspects of the Athens Gate?
LOCATION - the Athens Gate is convenient. Yes, there are fancy hotels down the back streets of the Plaka and near Syntagma Square (and other places of course). But try hailing a cab from any of those. You won't have that problem at the Athens Gate.
Then again, why not walk? Cross the road out front of the hotel and find yourself in the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus.
Walk a couple of safe blocks back from the hotel and find yourself in a welcoming pedestrian zone with upmarket tavernas.
Walk a little bit further to find the Acropolis Museum. And then onto the Acropolis itelf. And the Plaka. And just a little bit further to Syntagma Square. And Monasteraki. And on to ... and I think you're getting the idea by now!
As we said, you can pick up a cab out the front of the hotel, and drive for a seafood sensation at Pireas Harbour, or take a coffee on top of Mount Lycabettus, or go wherever else your heart desires!
COMFORT - the Athens Gate was refurbished six years ago. Other TripAdvisors have commented about how the refurb has stood the test of time. The rooms are very comfortable, spacious and the bathrooms are well-appointed. We were fortunate to have a balcony, meaning we had extra Acropolis time. That's a bonus of travelling off-season, but the room would have been very nice and comfy anyhow.
STAFF - we loved the reception and restaurant staff! We travellers know, don't we, that the staff make such a difference when on the road. At the Athens Gate, nothing was too much trouble, and our questions were answered patiently and with genuine concern. And the lovely plate of sweet Greek delights on check-in really hit the spot.
ROOF TOP DINING - Or just for a relaxing drink in the evening! Taking breakfast whilst watching the Acropolis, and the Temple of Zeus, never grew old. It wasn't just the view, though. This is a quality restaurant, with good ingredients cooked well and served with a genuine care. After dinner, it's hard to tear yourself away from the place - you, too, might find yourself dreaming the evening away with a good companion, a glass of your favorite and a view of Olympian gods.
RECOMMENDATION - the Athens Gate won't be for everyone. It'll be a little pricey for some. For others, the extra cost will be worth it given the extraordinary views, appointments to comfort and location. We have no hesitation in recommending this 4 star hotel to all seekers of magic when staying away from home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Athens Gate Hotel is located in the historic district of Athens exactly opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It is 400 m away from the Acropolis, 200 m away from the new Acropolis Museum, and on the doorstep of Plaka, the heart of the tourist district of Athens. It has recently been taken over by new Management, and fully renovated. Its style is modern and simple, as befits the area. New features include LCD TV in all rooms. In 2015 The Athens Gate Hotel was announced best case Hotel, under a research conducted by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in order to identify energy consumption patterns and best efficiency in buildings in Attica Hotel sector. ... more less
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