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Fresh Hotel
Ranked #34 of 325 Hotels in Athens
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London, England
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“Trendy hotel worth the money”
Reviewed 3 November 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Fresh Hotel for one night in October. We have never stayed in a hotel in Athens (as we normally stay with friends) and this was a very pleasant first experience.

The location of the hotel is excellent; very close to Plaka and the Acropolis and generally very central. We were not bothered by the "seediness" of the area and never felt unsafe.

The hotel itself is very clean, white, and trendy. The room, although small, was comfortable and the Korres bathroom products were a nice touch. Breakfast the next morning was better than expected - good range of fresh fruits, cheeses, hams, pastries, breads, and cereals, along with hot foods e.g. eggs, bacon, baked beans, etc. The staff were also friendly and helpful.

The best thing about this hotel has got to be their outdoor roof terrace, the "air lounge". What a fanastic place to have a drink with a view of the Acropolis! We had both cocktails and coffee and everything was very nice.

All in all, I would highly recommend the Fresh Hotel and when I am next in Athens I will definitely be staying here again. Book it - you won't regret it.

  • Liked — The air lounge and the hotel itself
  • Disliked — Small-ish rooms but this was not bad at all
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2008

I have stayed in a number of different hotels in Athens but the Fresh rates as one of my favourites. Second to none location - 10-minute walk from Monastiraki Metro station which means direct access to the airport, as well as 5-minute walk from Omonoia. Syntagma is a 15-20 minute walk away. All the ancient city sights are within walking distance. The hotel itself is very modern. The rooms are rather small but extremely comfortable and modern. The breakfast was great too. The rooftop pool and bar are a must see! Nothing like a long drink at the end of a summer's day with a view of the fantastic Acropolis and sunset. The only downside for me is that, this is more of a summer hotel than a winter choice - i.e. it doesn't have the "cosyness" that some other hotels do.

  • Liked — Modern Design!
  • Disliked — Views from the rooms looking into the central courtyard bit.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 27 October 2008

Design hotel - very cool design. Everything is excellent and absolutely worth the money. Room very, very small - but not less the promised
Very relaxing roof bar with pool and view to town and Akropolis.
Perfectly located - in the middle.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 16 October 2008

Staying here right now. For the price you would expect the Four Seasons but you have to be realistic. This is Athens like New York so accommodations are way overpriced. That said, the hotel is nice. It definitely looks pretty but don't look too close b/c then you'll see all of the shoddy details and cheap tricks to look chic. This hotel is near the Ommonia station which many locals call the "rough" area. And they're not lying. Athens itself is dirtier than I expected. It's like what New York would have been if they didn't cleanup their act. I really wish they took care of their city more especially with the Olympics being here and all. You'll be fine just travel smart and watch what allies you go into. The hotel is clean, reception is nice and helpful depending upon who you get. Make sure to ask about all of the hotel ammenities. I was checked in pretty nastily b/c I arrived at 9AM and check in wasn't until 2PM. So I didn't find out they had free internet until I started to wander around the hotel myself. They have a gym - which I'll check out tomorrow and a very nice bar on the roof - I slept up there while waiting for my room. Very nice view. Try to get a hotel near Syntagma Square as this is safter and it's exactly where you want to be. Fresh Hotel should be you're backup. It was my backup after Amazon Hotel was overbooked. Pictures to come when I get back.

  • Liked — Very close to Ommonia Station
  • Disliked — Check In
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2008

Great modern decor throughout the hotel with a roof terrace to die for! I stayed here as part of a large group and the hotel seemed to cope quite well with our party and another similar sized party at the same time.

The terrace really does make this hotel with its tiny pool and views of the acropolis. Perfect place for a sundowner.

Room was comfortable with a king bed, small balcony and small shower room. Korres toiletries were good (exactly the same brand as Intercontinental Athens!!) and were replenished daily.

Breakfast was fine with a mix of hot and cold options and great bread. Food and cocktails on the roof terrace were good too.

The location is good and you can easily walk to the Plaka, Acropolis etc. The nearby fish and meat markets are also interesting visits but not for the squeamish.

It was only on my last night that I turned right out of the hotel rather than left and realised the area wasn't quite as pleasant as I had thought with a sex shop right beside the hotel and prostitution rife on one of the side streets, but keep turning left out of the hotel back to the main street and you'll be fine. The area seemed safe enough.

Would recommend for style and central location.

  • Liked — The roof terrace
  • Disliked — Proximity to seedy area.
  • Stayed October 2008
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Reviewed 29 September 2008

I have spent a few nights in Fresh hotels - being on a conference in Athens.

Well, the hotel is in the middle of a bit dodgy area (close to Monasteriki metro station), but that is how Athen's downtown look like- no surprise. As it is in the downtown, it is close to many restaurants, famous sightseeings, market, etc. you can go on foot, metro, any time or take a taxi - which is very cheap in Athens.

The hotel itself was great fun: it provides a lot of extra opportunities for a quality time in Athens. The terrace with swimming pool on the top with the Akropolis view was magnifique! Worth starting the night there with some extra coctails! The la ice bar with -10 degrees was also extra cool: perfect chill-out for finishing the party!

The staff was knowledgeable and helpful, the quality of the rooms and accessories are in line with the stars of the hotel.
overall i would strongly recommend the hotel for all people coming to enjoy the lively Athens in the middle of the downtown.

  • Liked — the pool at the top
  • Disliked — bit of noise during the night
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 September 2008

My husband and I stayed here for the last 2 nights of our honeymoon and overall, the Fresh Hotel did not disappoint.

I admit, driving to the hotel in the cab made me question our choice. Having lived and worked in various areas of New York and Baltimore my whole life, I don't really feel apprehensive in urban neighborhoods but I felt uneasy on certain streets surrounding the hotel. The good news is that those streets can be completely avoided by taking alternate routes or by taking a cab.

The Fresh hotel staff was totally attentive and helpful with suggesting restaurants, calling cabs and giving us great directions and tips on safely navigating the neighborhood. Thanks to the staff, we felt absolutely safe and secure going out at night.

The hotel itself is beautiful--very modern with clean lines. We stayed in a superior room and had a very spacious and comfortable room with a huge bathroom and private balcony. Upon arrival we found a bottle of complimentary champagne and snuggly robes and slippers.

Best of all is the Air Lounge on the roof of the hotel which is open from May through November. The roof is the perfect ending to a day of sightseeing, complete with pool, lounge chairs, couches and a bar. It's open until 2 am and we loved coming up here at the end of the day.

Another highlight of the hotel is the complimentary buffet breakfast that offers everything from bacon and eggs to croissants to greek yogurt to fresh squeezed OJ and champagne. You might want to bring sunglasses because the room is super bright but the breakfast is worth it.

Reading the previous reviews made me very aware of the area before I left New York. Please do not let this sway you from booking a room here. This is a city! One should always be aware of the surroundings. But the hotel and the lovely staff made this a memorable stay in Athens. I will definitely return the next time I am in Athens.

  • Liked — Hotel itself
  • Disliked — Some surrounding streets
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fresh Hotel
Address: 26 Sofokleous, Athens 105 52, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Omonia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#22 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#22 Business Hotel in Athens
#23 Family Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Fresh Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 133
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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