I stayed at the Fresh Hotel with a friend for 2 weekends that sandwiched a week in Mykonos. I found the Fresh Hotel on Tablet and in the Wallpaper City Guide and it definitely lived up to the expectations set by these two publications.
First things first though, the hotel is in what some may call an "up and coming' neighbourhood - rather dodgy, close to Chinatown and be prepared to see some rather colourful characters at night but this all added to the charm. And, it was only a 2 minute walk to the metro station or 10 minutes to Monasteraki. And, even coming home alone at night I never felt unsafe (am single female).
But the hotel - WONDERFUL! My friend and I treated ourselves to an executive room that had a little private balcony (the hotel pics make it look like it's bigger than it is, but still nice to have) that had a direct view of the acropolis, amazing at night. The room had one double bed and one pullout out couch, so perfect for 2 friends. Big-ish bathroom (although beware flooding from the shower) and very indulgent bath products.
The second weekend we just stayed for less than 24 hours before catching a flight so booked the standard room which was much smaller , no bathtub and a view of the afore-mentioned chinatown, but still quite nice.
The staff was incredibly helpful (and apologetic in the face of the Greek taxi strike) and in the end arranged shuttle service for guests to the airport, if needed. We had amazing recommendations and enjoyed every place the staff mentioned.
A definite highlight of this hotel is the pool and outside terrace on the roof, Again with views of the acropolis, truly amazing! Pool area is small and sometimes crowded but on a 'half' level down are big lounging areas with staff service, so the drinks and food can keep on coming (just one note to be prepared for the drink prices, but this seemed to be all over Greece...with cocktails an average of 12 euros a glass...). Also great breakfast!
All in all great hotel, would recommend for people who like a modern, lively environment and who don't mind a colourful neighbourhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Downtown in the heart of Athens, Fresh Hotel is a stylish, urban resort, with unconventional atmosphere, cool and thoughtful service. With simple lines and vivid colors in a minimalist, sleekly designed sanctuary, the Hotel surrounds guests in absolute calm. The joy of life takes on a new meaning in Fresh Hotel. The Fresh Hotel is located right in the heart of Athens, next to the beautiful Town hall, and only a few minutes walk from Syntagma Square and the old market place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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