This hotel has received a number of reviews based on its location. There is a feeling it is in an unsafe area (or at least that is what I expected before I stayed there, based on TripAdvisor reviews).
Certainly, there is some evidence of the area being a little 'edgy'. After all, you are in a major capital city so you are likely to see some things that don't happen in a cosy suburb ! My teenage son and I spent a week here and we witnessed a couple of drug deals (kids pulling up in cars, small packets exchanged for money). But that's it.
The whole area north of Monistiraki square is a honeycomb of small streets. Some are quaint and have lovely Tavernas waiting to surprise you. But on others you will find, throughout the day and more so in the evening and night, knots of mostly young men, of diverse ethnic backgrounds, hanging around. This can feel threatening but at no time in the week we were there were we actually threatenend by anyone. More to the point, we were obviously tourists, and might be expected to have expensive cameras and money on us, but not once we we even asked for money, let alone with menaces. We passed by, minding our own business and no one attempted to stop us or even address us.
It is understandable that in a foreign city, 'confronted' by gangs of young males, some people might feel frightened. In some of the reviews, there is a sense that these young men are threatening because they are immigrants. Actually,we saw a lot more evidence of young entrepreneurs, working really hard, all day and night to succeed in difficult economic circumstances. A more typical immigrant story. The biggest nuisance was having to step around the piles of empty cardboad boxes outside the numerous shoe shops in the area !
The hotel itself is a little basic, but it is good value. Fantastic views of the Acropolis and really well located for all the attractions you would want to see (easy walking distance).. The staff were really helpful and attentive, and very friendly. Rooms are clean and serviced daily. Air conditioning is available but this is an extra charge.
Apart form the mosquitoes, we were very happy at the Evripides and would dfeinitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Athens close to the Acropolis, Evripides Hotel Athens is the place to be when you want to go sightseeing! It is conveniently located within a short walking distance of all the main archaeological sites, Plaka, athens most picturesque district and within easy reach of many attractions such as museums and galleries. There is also a metro station nearby providing easy access for those coming from the international airport or from Piraeus port and for those who want to explore the entire city. Evripides hotel offers comfort and high quality services by our friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are functional and relaxing, warmly decorated with traditional touches creating the ideal environment for a pleasant stay in Athens. ... And don't miss our roof garden on the 7th floor overlooking the Acropolis and providing a panoramic view of Athens, where your breakfast is served and where you can enjoy a drink in the evening! ... more less
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