I stayed in this Athens mansion turned hotel for six nights at the end of June and the beginning of July. Its location is excellent: in the old Plaka district a short walk away from the Acropolis. Plaka is at the heart of tourist Athens, with restaurants nearby, but I chose to eat in the Psyrri district, which is within walking distance of this hotel. The Monastiraki district, with its craft and antique shops, is also not very far away.
The hotel is in a Neo-Classical building. As a single guest I was offered a choice of either a single room with an en suite bathroom or a small double room with a separate bathroom. I chose the latter, which consisted of a good-sized bedroom and a small toilet/shower room across the corridor.
This hotel does not have a lift, but I did not find the two short flights of stairs to my room a problem. The room was air conditioned, with an easy to use, effective and quiet system. The mattress on the bed was not the most comfortable that I have slept on, I found it thin and hard, and the sheets seemed somewhat small for the bed.
My room overlooked a pedestrianized road. I did not find this to be noisy, as has been reported. The only exception to this being when a loud cheer went up when the Greek football team scored the winning goal in a World Cup football match; it would be somewhat churlish to complain about this, especially coming from England, where winning World Cup goals were somewhat lacking! I did not find the other guests noisy in the night, a complaint made by another reviewer.
The room key has to be left at reception when you go out, a fact noted by a previous reviewer. I do not feel that this involves any inconvenience; most hotels have access to the rooms, and the spare key held by the staff was useful when I locked myself out of my room, as I usually do!
The breakfast was very good, and included in the price of the room. One report has pointed out that the breakfast room is small, but this is an old building and I found the size perfectly adequate. For breakfast there was a range of foods: cereals, meat, cheese, bread, rusks, olives, croissants and pastries, along with tea or coffee. I found the orange juice too sweet, as did another guest, but this is only a minor complaint.
To sum up, I think that this hotel was excellent value for money. The building had character, and the friendly and helpful staff provided a personal touch. My only complaint of any note would be about the comfort of the bed, but I should like to send a big 'efharisto' to Jasmine and her colleagues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Acropolis House is a preserved mansion of the last century, in excellent condition. It is consisted essentially of two different buildings together. The oldest of these is a stone manor house about 120 years old and the other is well-built four-floor building of 75 years. In 1965 it was modified to a hotel from the family Choudalakis, which operates since. Generally the hotel is a two star family business with character, providing security and full service to both families, and unique people who respect the identity of the hotel. In total the hotel has comfortable single, double and large rooms for families. The Hotel Acropolis House has a non smoking policy in all areas. Guests may smoke in the terrace of the first floor. Hotel Acropolis House is located at the gates of Plaka having so the advantage of being close to all the interesting places without the disadvantage of the hustle of the people and vehicles visiting the site. It is situated in a stunning location, either for professional or tourist as it is a 10-minute walk from the monument of Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum, 3 minutes from Syntagma Square and the metro / bus and 2 minutes from the commercial and business center of Athens. Near the hotel there are parking, museums, pharmacies and the tourist information office. The hotel has a breakfast room, which served continental style breakfast very early in the morning for early morning flights (from 07.30 Until 10.30). There is luggage storage and safe for customers. Finally, Hotel Acropolis House has a library, with a rich collection, to borrow books from. This is himself occasionally enriched by the customers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Acropolis