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“To avoid if you want a night sleep above a night club and be cleaned off your cash !”
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Fresh Hotel
Ranked #32 of 325 Hotels in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“To avoid if you want a night sleep above a night club and be cleaned off your cash !”
Reviewed 12 May 2009

We were impressed on arrival and loved our room, but so should you at 300 euros a night. The bar and terrace were too impressive with nice selection of drinks though the staff where helpfull, there was no interaction what so ever...too busy clearing trays and tables...
The room (suite on 5th floor) was great on arrival with good design touches
It all went downhill when at around 1 am we could hear screaming noises coming from the street of under the hotel club (Ice bar and club). Worse the stomping base (even on the 5th floor) left us not to sleep until complet exhaustion got a hold of me at about 3.30 am !
Did complain but the night manager could not do anything....70 euros were taken off our bill but at 230 euros this was by far the worse stay in a so called luxury hotel I have ever been.
We were told this was a one off but argued the case a an old flyer showed a party the night before, and one the day after !
Keep your cash and run away from this nighmare unless you are like many clubbers in the hotel prepared to sleep during the day by the pool that seem to be quieter !
Location is a mixed bag of pick pocketers as seen on the day but also a bustling fish market worth a look...not for the faint hearted and could not wait to get out ! Cops on the street corners were too busy smoking away....and hudling like a pack of wolfs in ray bans.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

Fresh hotel has some good things going for it, ruined mostly by the rudeness of most of the staff. It all starts from the security person outside the hotel , who was constantly loudly swearing (I was unlucky enough to understand as I also speak Greek). Then the porter who would constantly give us a very disapproving look, for whatever reason, I suppose our young age put him off. At the reception some of the staff are professional, but again some of the older staff, presumably the owners, were also very rude and unhelpful. On one occasion I had to return the Wi-Fi card as it didn’t work in the room (They charge EUR 10 for it). After much deliberation the receptionist decided that it was ok to refund. However, much to my horror, the charge did appear on the final bill, as well as a daily charge of EUR 10 for the parking, for which we were previously told nothing about. Charging for this sort of amenities is totally unacceptable for a hotel of this class and even more unacceptable the fact that we were not properly informed in advance. Oh, and they haven’t responded to an email I’ve sent them about it. On another occasion I asked for a one-use toothbrush. Did the receptionist really have to ask my room number and my name, and check it up on the system, before giving me one? More rudeness followed by some of the staff at the bar on the top floor (us actually having to walk over to them to be given a table). The only courteous and friendly person was the room-service girl.

All in all, positives:
- Chic, designer hotel. Nice place to just sit around and relax.
- Nice, bright rooms.
- Good breakfast

Negatives:
- Very rude staff.
- Location: It’s so dodgy they actually have to employ a security person outside the reception.
- Quite small: Although it boasts about gyms, spas and pools, they all are very tiny and not really useable.
- Profit maximisation attitude: Seriously, charging for parking?

Conclusion: Avoid, better ones out there!

Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Zanesville, OH
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2009

Very stylish. Great breakfast. Average service. Exorbitant price. I'd definitely look further if I were looking to stay in Athens again.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank zrooster99
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 30 April 2009

We stayed one night at Fresh before going to the Islands...it was overall pretty easy to find, great location for jumping on the Metro to the sites and the best breakfast we had on our whole trip. The front desk staff were very pleasant, and polite. The room was tiny as expected for Europe but very clean and when you turned on the t.v a welcome note with your name popped up..nice touch. Loved the toiletries as well...we were able to go to a local coffee shop etc...my one complaint that I let slide and I will assume it was a fluke was someone vacuming at 10pm in the next room..that was a bit annoying, which woke my daughter and I up at which time we looked out our window to the back alley and saw a couple of prostitutes making a deal...this was amusing for my teenager and because we were safe in our room it made for a good vacation story, but had we stayed longer we would plan our day being back and or coming in through the main street and not the back alley...but overall after 6 hotels this one was one I would stay at again..very clean and modern ...

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank 2fun4maine
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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2009

Stayed there for 2 nights in April, 2009. We got a double room facing the back of near by building.

I like this hotel for the service. Staff at the counter is helpful and friendly.

Hotel is about 10 min walk from subway station Omonoias. Very convinient. However, you don't feel safe walking around at night. I am sure Athens is a safe city just when there are drunk people or people are selling drugs on the street you don't feel relax. By the way, there is a night club on the ground level. Saturday night the noise will go on till 2, 3 am in the morning.

Room is small and the AC is not working too well (got really hot and stuffy)

Free internet is on the second level. There are three computers.

Our room rate didn't include breakfast so can't comment on it.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank sushib
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Faenza, Italy
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2009

this is a fantastic place to stay in athens. it is just a few steps from athina street, in the heart of the city.
It is clean, modern, with everything you might need during a holiday or a business trip.
The staff is friendly, multilingual, and really helpful under any circumstances.
There's a swimming pool, a sauna, a business centre and plenty of places to go for a drink or a good meal in the nearby area.
if you plan to have a self tour of the city ask for the free map at the reception and for some advice!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
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Thank CSIJen
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2009

Fresh Hotel is an absolute gem. We stayed there for one night en route to Crete and I can honestly say we found it faultless. The welcome was excellent, the room was magnificent (I think they upgraded us, simply because they could), the rooftop pool and bar had a great atmosphere and the food was excellent, we loved the location and the breakfast in the morning was just sublime (everything from warm artichokes to figs and more). All this, and a sound night's sleep as well. Faultless.

Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Sleepophile
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Additional Information about Fresh Hotel

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:
#20 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#22 Business Hotel in Athens
#22 Romantic 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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