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Ionis Hotel
Ranked #203 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Reviewed 27 May 2012

I recently stayed 6 nights here, and I wish I spent the extra money to stay at a location in a better area, with a better breakfast, a place that smelled better, and was just a better place. Days are bad, nights are way worse. First experience (9 am in thre morning) was a kid cooking up some heroin. The hookers appeared to be old women (or men). Once inside the hotel, the facilities are ok, JUST OK. As an American, it is tough to get used to the cigarette smoke everywhere (the lobby, the elevators, the hallways, the room, the lounge, but worst of all the towels) ick. The breakfast was poor at best. There are no restaurants or bars in the area that are safe to enter. While it is convienet from the Metro, you will have to walk the gauntlet of undesirables to get to your room. Every night was an early night because I did not feel safe walking the gaunlet. I am a tall, confident man, who has travelled the world extensively, and this was the most uncomforatable I've ever been. YouR visit will be better if you stay in a better hotel.

Room Tip: AVOID AT ALL COSTS. You will thank me later.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights in February 2011, after having a horrible experience at the Ionis' sister hotel, the Apollo Hotel across town. The Apollo was undergoing construction, and the conditions there were so miserable I finally cried uncle and asked to be moved, anywhere. They finally relented, and drove me to their sister hotel, the Ionis Hotel. The Ionis is located in a dodgy part of Athens, and I understand that makes some travelers wary. I didn't have any trouble there, even when venturing out at 10 pm in search of a Gyro. It is located in a rough part of town, but don't let that dissuade you. It's a pretty good hotel, and for the money, I think it's a good value. It's a couple blocks walk to the Metro station, maybe 5 minutes on foot, and in the morning, you can see the streets come alive with all manner of Greek custom and flair. Inside the hotel, the large lobby has free internet on computers for guests to use, and the front desk staff is very helpful and accommodating. They speak passable English, and the rooms (my room, at least) had a large balcony, and 2 large beds. Plenty of space, and it came with a nice bathroom. Clean and well appointed, the room was well cared for and it was a pleasure to sleep there. I had a good stay here, a pity I didn't start my journey here instead of the under-construction Apollo Hotel. It's in the heart of Athens, and you can experience the daily life of Greece all around you. I like that sort of thing.

Room Tip: Ask for a Balcony view, of the bustling street below.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

The place where the hotel is located is absolutely the worst place in Athens. It was reflecting the economic and political situation of Greece unfortunately. Drug sellers, thieves and prostitutes were everywhere.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank selim2399
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

Once inside the Ionis Hotel, it is a very pleasant place. The rooms are large, with balconies to sit and watch the weird goings on in the street below. The breakfasts are a delight. The staff are helpful and the rooms are clean. Sadly, the street in which the hotel stands is seedy, even by Omonia Square standards! I'd still recommend this hotel for seasoned travellers, and for couples - but for a woman on her own, it's a rather daunting experience getting back to the hotel entrance late in the evening.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on one of the upper floors - the lower floors are inhabited by school trips and unive...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank YorkshireGypsygirl
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

We have really enjoyed staying in the Hotel Ionis and we have been here for a couple of weeks now. OK the streets around are unpleasant, but once inside the hotel is clean, friendly and excellent value. The breakfast is very good.

The location is the major drawback and late at night there is a feeling of 'running the gauntlet' on the last few streets. That said nothing bad has happened to us. There are far worse areas in any big city.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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4  Thank scrabblemad s
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

The room was well cleaned and linen changed daily. The front desk was very helpful. You feel a bit unsafe since you can see the prosstitudes and drug addicts roam around. Otherwise the place is well worth of money.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank wasantha65
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

walking into a convenience store less than fifty metres away from the ionos hotel, a woman approached me and my three friends and told us that we should be wary of our bags, money and documents because we were in a dangerous area. walking back from our search for rations, so as to not have to leave the room again for the next three days, a friend began to wander past a group of less than friendly/healthy looking ladies. worried that she would be dismembered we quickly ushered her back to safety, alas, the women had laid eyes and followed us until we were well out of eyeshot. not a great introduction to omonia, especially for four young teenage girls who were travelling alone. the windows, thankfully have two thick protective outer casings to protect the room from those who would see the ledge extending from the wall, an appropriate invitation to rob the room blind. the room is adequate, however this is overshadowed by the less than safe vibe the area emanates. the scenery from our window seems to be stolen from both baghdad and slumdog millionaire, complete with loud indian music and squealing babies. after being at the ionos hotel for five hours fridge filled with survival supplies, i have already started searching for more hospitable and less life threatening accommodation. if you have a suicide wish, come on down

Room Tip: don't come here
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: 41 Chalkokondili, Athens 104 32, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Omonia
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #203 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Hotel Class:3 star — Ionis Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 102
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