We really enjoyed our stay at City Circus, short but very sweet. The hosts are wonderful and provide you with great local recommendations for restaurants, sites to see, etc. As for restaurants, ask them! We wasted way too much time wandering around trying to find restaurants highlighted in my guidebook only to find them closed or major tourist traps. We went to a great neighborhood spot recommended by the owner the first day and were really happy with it.
The walk from the Monastiraki metro stop (coming from the airport) and Thissio (coming from the port) were quick and safe (in my opinion). The areas to/from are definitely urban and might be a little bit intimidating to those not used to a city environment (i.e.: graffiti, abandoned buildings, young people hanging out outside, etc) but we loved it and never felt unsafe. Psyrri is filled with bars, restaurants and is perfectly convenient to all of the historic sites you're most likely planning to see. We walked EVERYWHERE, including the Acropolis, Central Market, National Gardens, Lycabettus hill, National Archaeology Museum/Exarchia (all highly recommended).
The hotel/hostel itself is fantastic- creatively decorated and serving a really wonderful and complete breakfast with homemade products from the islands and family farms. You sit at a communal table and there are really interesting art and travel books waiting for you to peruse.
We stayed in the budget double- 60Euro/night with a private bathroom. It's very clean and has everything you need. Light sleepers, take note: One window faces the street and the other opens up to the stairway to the lobby. All this to say that at night it can be a bit loud so wear earplugs and/or turn the fan on.
So for those looking for a cool travel experience complete with a great breakfast, helpful staff and solid location, stay at City Circus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City Circus is an alternative travelers space for the restless voyager, the escape artist, the acrobat. It's in the heart of Athens, in the hip Psirri neighborhood, beside numerous eateries and watering holes and a short walk from worthwhile sites. City Circus is in a 4-story, restored early 20th century mansion, complete with fresco-ed ceilings, wrought-iron balconies and baroque tiles. We’ve dressed it up with vintage furniture, reclaimed materials, modern design elements and street art by a selection of fresh local talent. ... more less
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