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Balasca Hotel
Ranked #216 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Reviewed 4 October 2011

this hotel was booked for us by our hotel manager in zakynthos after we decided to head home via athens. after booking it i read the reviews and to be frank was dredding it! the hotel isnt in the best area and just minutes away are gangs of drug adicts, prostitutes and rent boys. very intimidating. the hotel has been a grand hotel in its day and still has brass and marble public areas which were clean and spacious. we were lucky enough to stay on the 7th floor with a view of the acropolis. people staying on floors 5 or lower would get a view of social housing with washing hanging over the balcony. we were lucky. the room was carpeted which is unusual in warm countries. the room was clean but dated. the aicon was very noisy too. the staff were great (except one) and helped organise taxis etc during a strike day. for the price midsummer in a major city it wasnt too bad and i would stay again although i would as for a 6 or 7th floor room with a view!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

This is a hotel with small rooms and quite run down. I wouldnt stay more than 1 night and just for the convienience of beeing close to the train station to northern greece. The area of the hotel is wery poor and is not for persons that are scared easily. But i think Athens as a hole is a city to go out of as soon as possible, altough you dosent have to be afraid because crime levels isnt that high in Athens.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

The hotel has good location - near railway and metro stations. We lived on 6th floor with view at Acropolis. The room is small but quite comfortable. Free stable wifi, hairdryer, fridge, little balcony. Bathroom needs renovation. Aircon is very disturbing. It has 3 modes: low, medium, high. Even at low level it blows too strong. It works periodically like 30 min on, then 10 min off. And the worst thing is that its very noisy. So we had to put it off to be able to sleep. Streets around are noisy too so couldn't leave balcony open. Sleeping can be a problem, especially in summer when it's hot and stifling.
Breakfast was decent and more than enough for me. Price is good. If i need to stay night or 2 in Athens i will come back to Balasca.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank glamour85
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

The hotel is located some 5-10 mins walk from the Larissa train and metro station, so the area is by definition somewhat shady. It's safe to walk around during the day, but at night you may not want to deviate from the most direct route from the metro to the hotel.

The hotel itself is quite old and worn-out, but it must have been quite luxurious in the past. We only stayed for one night, which was perfectly fine, and the reception staff were kind enough to check us early. We decided not to take breakfast and found several great bakeries/cafes just around the corner.

In general, this may not be the best located and most charming hotel in Athens but it was perfect for our purpose and definitely a great value for the money we paid.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank AlexandrinaS
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

Close to the metro, which is great. Wouldn't want to be walking alone late at night in the area. The staff were 99% grumpy, and the rooms were basic, but they were safe and secure. Skip the meal service at the hotel and go around the corner to the lovely taverna across from the church.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank kiwi_wanderer81
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

Ok if u want to spend the bare minimum.. You get what u pay for..

  • Stayed: June 2011
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4  Thank Aussietravellerr
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

First of all- this is good enough 3 star European Hotel. There is no aircondition in the room but have a great view of the city (if you are staying on the 5th floor and above). 2nd Advantage is you are close to the Metro station. Lobby area is small- but hey you are in Europe.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank cianmodel
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Additional Information about Balasca Hotel

Address: 45 Liossion, Athens 104 39, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #216 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Price Range: £30 - £58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Balasca Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Balasca is perfectly situated in the center of Athens, overlooking the Acropolis and the Lycabettus hill and within easy access in Athens’ major sites.Hotel Balasca offers 83 spacious and recently renovated rooms,all equipped with private bathroom and balcony,high speed free Wi-Fi access,fridge,satellite T.V.,A/C,phone,hair dryer,etcA tasty breakfast buffet is served every morning in the hotel's restaurant.The hotel has also a comfortable lounge and a bar area for guests to enjoy refreshments after a busy day or before a night out. The hotel restaurant provides Greek and International cuisine made of fresh and local products.Hotel Balasca is located between Larisa Station(metro,suburban,railway) and the National Archeological Museum which makes it an ideal base for exploring the city as you can reach Acropolis or Syntagma within 5 to 10 min.,using the subway ... more   less 
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