We stayed just one night in Athens on our way to Istanbul. We chose the Arethusa because of its location close to the Acropolis area and easy access from the airport.
The hotel is by no means grand or luxurious, but our room was bigger than average for a European mid-price hotel, and it was clean and comfortable. The air-conditioning worked OK and there was no external noise - although we did get a bit from the corridor at one stage but nothing that disturbed us or prevented a good night sleep. The bathroom is small, but the shower had good pressure and plenty of hot water.
Wireless internet is available for free, but we found it was slow to the point of stopping in the middle part of the evening. Later at night (when I assume less people were logged in), it was fine.
The breakfast had a good selection of food available, but all of very average quality. Acceptable for a quick starter. The reception staff we good - not exactly talkative, but helped us with directions and general information, as well as storing our bags in the morning while we had a walk around.
The key benefit of the Arethusa is definitely its location. It is a 15 minute walk up to the Arcopolis. It is also on the edge of the restaurant and retail area. The restaurants and bars start on the street opposite the front door, and with a few minutes walk there are literally dozens of busy, vibrant places to choose from.
Access to the hotel from the airport could not be easier - just take the X95 bus ($5 Euro) from the arrivals area and it drops you at Syntagma Square - the hotel sign is visible when you step off the bus.
I would not recommend staying for more than a couple of nights at the Arethusa, but for a short stay, its perfect location lets you can maximise your time in Athens.
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