The Hermes was recommended to us by friends, and we were not disappointed. The hotel is lovely and the friendly multilingual staff are wonderful.
The room was small* but scrupulously clean and everything worked.
There was endless coffee/tea/biscuits, a small bottle of wine on arrival, excellent breakfast (included in our rate of around 110 Euro for a double room with balcony).
There is a small terrace on the roof, with lounge chairs, etc. We were also encouraged to visit the Hermes' sister hotel (the Plaka) a few blocks away, whose rooftop terrace (with bar) gives an amazing view of the Acropolis, especially at night. Worth the trip.
The following are extra things that were done for us during our 5-day stay in May 2013:
- accomodated our upside-down sleep schedule by cleaning our room as late as 6pm;
- provided laundry service (9 Euro for a large bag) in just 6 hours instead of the advertised 24;
- knowledgeable concierge service: helped us plan what to see, how to maximize our time, when it's worth it to book a tour and when to "just get on the bus and go yourself" (most of the time), etc;
- recommendations and directions regarding whatever we asked about as we exited the lobby
- i expressed idle curiosity as to whether i might expect to pay a "tourist rate" for drycleaning -- the manager took time to check the local rate for me (turns out drycleaners tend to use a standard industry rate table);
-impromptu language lessons to help with our limited Greek
The location is excellent, the amenities were great, and the service was wonderful. I highly recommend this hotel.
*Probably unnecessary note for travelers from the U.S.A.: As is normal in Europe, one can expect smaller rooms, fewer amenities, etc compared to the same number of stars in an American hotel. As well, the lifts in older buildings tend to be a retrofit, so they're often tiny. Just saying.
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- Also Known As:
- Hermes Hotel Athens