Wasn't a bad experience, but I couldn't recommend staying here. Other hotels in the area offer a much better value for the money.
The good: Our rooms were nice and clean. Breakfast was good. Free WiFi in lobby.
The bad: Service was disappointing. WiFi is mindbogglingly expensive for such a low-cost benefit. Spiral staircase lacks railing on all but the lowest and top floors. Elevator is tiny. Electronic "do-not-disturb" system is flawed in that you can't indicate "do not disturb" when you are out of the room. So if you leave your room briefly in the morning or early afternoon intending to return quickly, you might find the cleaning staff in your room when you return.
Details on the disappointing service: Our check-in time was 2:00pm and we arrived around 3:15pm. The woman at the front desk informed us that our room wasn't ready yet. She instructed us to wait in the lobby for about 15 minutes while the room gets prepared. We waited about 25 minutes before our room was ready. What baffled us is that she never apologized for the inconvenience. Granted, waiting ~25 minutes wasn't a huge deal, but I can't imagine *any* other hotel inconveniencing the customer in this manner without an apology. To be fair, she wasn't rude to us; she was otherwise pleasant. This just struck me as bizarre for a hotel that's supposed to be 4-stars.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Athens Gate Hotel