I stayed at the Titania on a recent business trip to Athens. The hotel seems to cater for tour companies which might explain the mediocre rooms and average breakfast as the tourists will be rushing to get out all day sightseeing.
The lobby is very grand with a cafe to the left. After 10pm this will be filled with people making use of the free 1hr wifi which they say is only available in the lobby but I managed to connect to it from my room also.
The reception staff are very friendly and courteous and do a very good job, even when faced with 40 tourists and their coach loads of luggage. The breakfast staff are a little more stressed, but still manage a smile. Breakfast is a good spread of hot and cold items, cereals and some traditional Greek items. However, the juice comes out of a machine and appears to be a water/syrup mixture. The Olive Garden is the redeeming feature of the Titania, a rooftop terrace area and restaurant where you can have a drink/meal and enjoy a great view of the Acropolis, Lycabettus hill and the sprawling city of Athens. Food is good but expensive as you are paying for the view.
The rooms are basic and clean but a bit on the small side, the bathroom I had was very small and I had to manoeuvre myself like a gymnast to use the bath in the mornings. The walls are thin and you often hear the people above and next to you, if you are near the elevators you will hear that going up/down all night. The room I had faced out onto the other side of the hotel and the space between us was where the extractor fans, a/c units and other such utility items are located, so no view at all. If you have the option ask for a front (street) facing room.
Although the report sounds quite negative, the hotel is an OK base for any tourist trip to Athens as you will rarely be spending your day in the hotel room. As such the hotel is in a very good location for getting buses/trains around Athens. You're a 10 minutes walk to Syntagma square, less than 20 minute walk to the Plaka area at the foot of the Acropolis, 35 minutes to Lycabettus hill, and about 3 minutes to Omonia square.
I was a bit disappointed that the gym/fitness facilities did not open early or late enough to fit a workout in around long office hours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Panepistimiou Avenue, right in the heart of the Historical and Commercial Centre of Athens, in between the city’s major squares, (“Syntagma” & “Omonia”), the recently renovated TITANIA Hotel, creates its own history in the art of Hospitality.Surrounded by the most important monuments of the Grecian History, such as the Acropolis, the Parliament, the Archaeological Museum, The National Library, as well as the modern commercial shops and the city malls, TITANIA offers to its guests a great number of choices, not only cultural but also in entertainment. Everything is within walking distance from the Hotel.The impressive area of the Reception with well known Grecian themes of inlaid mosaics in the Pentelikon marble, the Dome & the popular ‘La Brasserie” creates the right setting and mood from the very first moment, whereas the 385 functional rooms ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay. ... more less
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