The King Jason Hotel is a decent choice if you only need to stay for a few nights: I don’t see it as a hotel where you live a week and actually enjoy it. Although the location is not the best of what Athens has to provide, if you’re on a tight budget you will see that many of the less expensive hotels are located in this area and with that said, this street is not as bad as some of the others. If possible, go as up as possible, the 6th floor has a nice view and you even see Akropolis.
Internet connection on 6th floor didn't work very well, weak signal. Might be better closer to the lobby. Bathroom toilet didn't flush good so at least the one in our room deserves a retirement soon. Other than that it was a fairly clean bathroom for that price class: nothing special, but OK.
In the standard rooms you have a tiny TV (12 inches or so), a minibar / small fridge, a phone and a useful security box. The beds are fine, the only thing that first bothered me that the blankets were just a felt and a sheet, which might be because of the hot days and chilly nights = double function.
Basic buffet breakfast from 6 am to 10 am. Bread, cereals, fried egg, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, cookies, juice.. the lack of some fresh fruits was the only negative thing.
When I called to a travel agency to book a hotel, the woman in the phone told me she would not recommend the area near Omonia as it has a really bad reputation. The sad fact is though that this is the area of most budget friendly hotels. The better hotels are closer to Sygmae, Akropolis or Piraeus but the price difference was so big that I didn’t even consider any of them. The good thing is that it’s a short walking distance to the more tourist friendly areas from King Jason, and you have two metro stations nearby. If you avoid the suspicious streets, then it’s not that bad. Sure, there are some stripper clubs on the same street as the hotel. The building on the other side of the street is a popular “ladies house”. You can see drug addicts with their heroin needles on the open street, if you walk closer to Omonia you’re likely to see polices arresting people and dealers offering you drugs on the street, you will see prostitutes in the evenings and you must always look after yourself, and your bags. As a woman I would not walk on those streets alone during the nights without male companion (and even with male companion it’s quite intimidating, but after the first night you almost got used to it), over 90% of the people you see are guys. Sokratous is one of the worst streets, we actually walked it one day but if it’s that crazy at 17 pm, then I would not want to know what they’re up to at 22 pm. Walked home another night from the restaurant street near Akropolis and no people bothered us, so it's not that bad as it might sound, they generally seem to mind their own business.
+ OK basic buffet breakfast
+ Close to metro stations (Omonia and Syntagma)
+ Although old, the rooms are fairly clean
+ Nice view from top balconies (Akropolis, sunset etc)
- No WLAN on the top floors (poor connection)
– Located in a drug / hooker district, potentially not very safe at nights
– Bathroom toilet flush didn’t function very well
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