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“clean friendly hotel in a fun area”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Carolina

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Hotel Carolina
Ranked #164 of 325 Hotels in Athens
Lahore, Pakistan
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“clean friendly hotel in a fun area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

Spent one night in athens at this lovely hotel.
the location is amazing if you want to stay in the centre close to or within the hustle and bustle of athens. its two minutes walking from the monastiraki metro station from where the metro takes you straight to the airport. it is also where the flea market is and a five minute walk is the plaka area which is a charming bazaar of handicrafts jewelry and other touristy goods amongst many cute little eateries and restaurants.
the staff are friendly and cheerful. the breakfast was pretty good: the basic fare plus eggs.
prices in this part of athens are generally high but i found this hotel to be a very good deal. definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

This Hotel was perfectly located and close to all the main attractions in Athens. We reached it easily from the closest subway stations (Monistiraki) and walked to all the venues we visited during our stay. The room was more spacious than we thought, clean and recently updated, but the bed cover looked like it had been used for century!! Our room was on the 4th floor and had a balcony with a view on the Acropolis and were not bothered by any traffic noise at all. The breakfast was also excellent as was the wireless internet connection which is not common in Europe (well, at least not in Greece). We will definitely go back.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Peoria
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32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

My wife & I picked this hotel because of its ratings on Trip Advisor & hotels.com (85% positive) and its rates and I wasn't disappointed. I got a very good rate because it was one of the smaller rooms & without a view (disclosed in the offering). In retrospect, I was just as glad, because I suspect the street side rooms might have had some street noise and the view wasn't really anything but a narrow one-way street with rooftops and storefronts. I found the location exceptional, one block from the edge of the tourist oriented Plaka, in the sector where the shopping for actual residents of Athens begins, around the corner from the 1 Euro store (like a Dollar Store). It did mean that all of the stores closed early on the hotel's street, so that it seemed a bit lonely till we rounded the corner a dozen meters from the entrance, were there was one of the many sidewalk tavernas and a half block more to the eternally lively Plaka.
This was one of the cleanest hotels I've ever been in. The paint was fresh, and even the grout in the very small bathroom was meticulously clean, not a grey spot anywhere, and the baseboards were likewise spotless, as was the ceiling trim. I'm not usually too finicky with such things as I look for bargains in large cities where most accommodations are unaffordable and easily accept some compromises. I'm usually happy with faded elegance. However, the only compromise was the size of the room, which for a large city wasn't really that bad either - I've certainly had smaller in big European cities.
The breakfast was very good - more than adequate and more than I expected. Some more fruit selections besides peaches would have been nice, but at least there was some fruit, and of course, there was that fine Greek yogurt, and cereals, cold cuts and breads.

The air conditioner was very quiet and well up to the job of keeping a room in Athens comfortable in the summer, a feature that's been problematic in the past for me in economy hotels.

The staff were all very helpful with advice. The first night I called the desk about how to use the room safe, and they had a staff member up shortly who eventually, after trying to repair it, replaced it - all this at 10 at night. The photos of the room speak for themselves; this is a small room in an economy hotel, but exceeded expectations. If I return to Athens, this is where I'll stay!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Balsam, North Carolina
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112 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2011

We recently returned from a five night stay at the Carolina Hotel in Athens. Our experience as exceptionally positive. The folks at the desk were courteous and always helpful. Though we had a basic standard room, it was well appointed, had a very comfortable bed, and was immaculate. The breakfast buffet is very good, as well. The hotel's location is perfect...only minutes from Monistriaki Station on the Metro, and only a short walk from the Plaka. It is located on a quiet street, with lots of good places to eat nearby...especially on the streets near the metro station. If you like smaller hotels that give you the real flavor of the country that you are in, then the Carolina is perfect! We recommend it without hesitation!

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2011

This hotel was perfectly located for us- between the Plaka for our daytime excursions and Psirri for our late-night fun! The staff was very helpful and nice. The free internet was a great bonus! The room was quite small, but clean. The breakfast was adequate. They have an old-fashioned elevator which was fun to use!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

We got to Athens at 3:00 am and had no problem checking in. When we made the reservation on line we reserved the rooftop room which was really charming and what I expected from a hotel. The buffett breakfast was great. The staff was great and welcoming of us. They had alot of knowledge about Athens and the surrounding islands. When we checked out we had kind of a huge wait till our flight to another island and no problem of us leaving our luggage while we toured more of Athens.
This will be the only hotel I will stay in Athens.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Cardiff
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2011

Large, simply but adequately furnished, room. The first three nights of our stay we had a room with an Acropolis-view but this was not available for the last night so we had to move to a standard double; we were happy to do this as we didn't feel the view (as shown in the accompanying photo) was worth the extra charge. The continental buffet breakfast was good (bread, cake, cheese, meats, fruit and yoghurt, tea and coffee). The location is excellent, a five minute walk from the Monastiraki metro station and ten minutes from Syntagma Square.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Carolina
Address: 55 Kolokotroni, Athens 105 60, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Plaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #164 of 325 Hotels in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Carolina 2*
Number of rooms: 31
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