We paid €55 for one night here, a bit of a treat to ourselves after a long trip staying in cheap hotels (usually no more than €35/ night). What a rip off! The room was just as sparse, if not sparser, than all the other cheap places we stayed, and in several ways it was much worse! There wasn't even breakfast included like in all the cheaper places we stayed. We were in a twin room rather than a double simply because there were no doubles left available for the day we booked, which was fine, however we were on the floor second from the top, very high up and no elevator. Again, not too much of an issue for us though some might have not enjoyed it. What I did have issues with, however, was the constant noise all through the night and early morning. Our room was ensuite but the other rooms around were not, and we were kept awake by the pipes making noises as the rest of the floor showered in the communal cubicles just along the corridors. Because of all this, doors were constantly opening and shutting as people went in and out of the corridor to use the bathroom and showers. And in the morning (around 7am no less!) maids started clattering around and literally yelling to each other in the corridor and stair well! So we had a constantly interrupted nights sleep followed by no free breakfast to make up for it.
Also, the shower ran dry and hot and cold and lost pressure as I tried to use it at the same time as other people on the same floor. This was absolutely ridiculous, and even if I put up with it, it wouldn't have exactly been easy to squeeze in a shower when none of the other ten people staying on the same floor were running a tap. I ended up crouching underneath the tap,splashing myself with luke warm water to get the soap off that I could and resigning myself to not having an actual shower until I got home from the airport the next day! Also, the bathroom had not been cleaned well - hair on the tiles.
Our window had black plastic roll-down shutters which made the room feel very secure, even though we were already several floors above the city streets. Our view looked straight onto a wall, and if we looked right, straight into the window of the room next door.
Wifi signal was free and very strong, the staff member we spoke to at reception was friendly, and the location was excellent. From the street outside (was was beautiful in itself, cobbled street in a main shopping and cafe area) we could see the acropolis, and it was a five minute walk from Monastiraki metro.
HOWEVER this does not justify the cost for us at all as we stayed only five minutes away from the Tempi only a few days before in a much nicer hotel, for much cheaper and free breakfast. I firmly believe that the fact that the hotel was on the pretty Eolou Street rather than the next street over (Athinas) which is a bit more like regular Athens rather than a tourist area, is what shot the cost up, rather than the quality of the hotel. To take it a step further, before that we stayed near Omonia and the cost was significantly cheaper for a hotel, despite the quality being similar. Yes the street outside was not as picturesque, but it was still within walking distance of the acropolis and five minutes from a metro stop!
For anyone interested, we stayed in the Cecil Hotel on Athinas st, and at the Marina Hotel near Omonia and both were better value for money.
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