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Alassia Hotel
Ranked #206 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Reviewed 23 April 2009

We were told by a travel agent this was a 4-star hotel. What a disappointment! The beds were uncomfortable and the pillows were gross--lumpy and dirty. The bathroom plumbing left something to be desired.

It was 'spring break' while we were there and many students were booked without enough chaperones to keep them under control. This poorly insulated hotel allowed us to hear not only the noise coming from other rooms on our floor, but from the elevator, and from other floors as well. We slept very little in 4 nights with the noise from these school groups and the city location.

The first night our room faced the street and we were awakened by people on the balcony of the vacant building across the street yelling, fighting, and dogs barking. It was frightening! Needless to say, not much sleep on this vacation!

The next morning, we tried to check out, but we had a limited budget and no refund was available since we had booked through a travel agent. We felt stuck. We did request to be moved to an inside room.

The view from our inside room was of a vacant building that people partied in at night--as evidenced by the new stashes of empty beer cans and bottles that appeared on the open window ledges there in the morning. The view from the front of the hotel and the breakfast room was of another vacant building that served as shelter for homeless and rowdy behavior at night.

We learned that Omonia Square is not a safe area--especially at night. Taxis had trouble finding this hotel more than once and the subway from the airport was not fully constructed or open on Sunday evening, so when we arrived it was a harrowing 3 hours getting to the hotel between the subway, city bus, and a taxi for the last two miles.

The only good thing was that the two desk employees were very kind. I felt sorry for them as several times during the four-day stay we witnessed people at the desk checking out and/or demanding a refund for the misery.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed 22 July 2008

Me and my girlfriend went to Greece in mid-July and stayed at the Alassia Hotel.
Previous to the departure greek friends told us that the Omonia square and its surroundings have the highest crime rate in Athens (except maybe for the Piraeus port area) but we thought it couldn't be that bad. Well: IT WAS.
The street is very dirty and the hotel overlooks an abandoned building (see picture) where at night people come and go from jumping the fence.

I wouldn't describe myself as the worrying type, but I confess I did not feel safe walking back to hotel after 9PM.
As soon as the shops surrounding the hotel start closing, homeless lie on the sidewalk and groups of people engage in suspicious trades. Not to mention the prostitutes standing at every street's corner.
One night I even saw a woman injecting herself with some type of drug just a few doors' from the hotel's entrance.

Please note that nothing ever happened to me or that I was harassed by anyone, except maybe once for some pocket change.
It's just not nice to walk in that area after dark.

As far as the interior of the hotel, you get what you pay for.
The rooms are small but clean and the AC worked alright. There is daily maid service but the towels are changed every 2 days, so if you leave them on the floor they will just get picked up and folded back on the shelf.
Showers don't work so great and you usually end up getting water all over the bathroom, so better take one in the morning before going out for the day.

If you go to Athens and just want a cheap bed, then the Alassia might work for you. But if you want quality to come with it, then look somewhere else.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank asgzz
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Reviewed 12 May 2008

The Hotel rooms are small even on European Standards. The taxi we took from the airport couldn't find a place to park in front of the hotel, he left us half a block away. It's dark, the elevators are small (european standard), the clerk and reception desk could use some fine tunning towards dealing with non greek tourism, the bathroom size is very small. The breakfast buffet was fine. The location is good for walking around but is not across the street to any site. The lobby is dirty, doesn't look like the pictures I saw on the net of the hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MEDTRAV
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Reviewed 9 April 2008

visited Athens with my wife for 4 days early march. this is the second time we stayed at The Alassia hotel which was recently refurbished . We liked the new wooden floors and new decoration in the rooms. Service was once again very good and a late check out was given without any charge. Hotel's position is excellent 1 minute from the metro and in the commercial centre of AthensI will definitely go back.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank bere1
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Reviewed 30 March 2008

I have really no complaints- and am very surprised about the comments about red light districts and hookers here. The hotel is spitting distance from Omonia square, the hub of modern Athens. It is walking distance from the Archaeological Museum, the Exharchia neighbourhood, the central market, and a 30 min walk to the old center. So it is not in the tourist-trodden Plaka district- which I liked as i preferred to see the real Athens rather than just tourist traps.

Now, about the hotel- we paid 70 EUR for a double with breakfast. we asked for a room with balcony which we got. No great views but nice to get some fresh air and sit in the sun.

The room was fine- the hotel has a modern design, simple and straightforward. When we came in the safe had been left locked by the previous guests and the front desk had it fixed immediately. We requested and got a late check-out. Given the price we paid, i thought the standards were excellent.

  • Stayed: March 2008
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1  Thank Hello_Bamboo
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Reviewed 3 December 2007

A cheap hotel right in the heart of the city. No red light district here (!!!) but you get exactly what you pay for; cheap service.
Neirther our room was cleaned during our 4 night stay in the hotel nor were our towels changed. In fact they were folded carefully and placed on a dirty shelf under the sink. The view from our room was horrific. Cement blocks and garbage. No ray of light could go through that. The receptionists (apart from one young man) were politely indiferent to any of our needs. In fact they gave the impression that they would be annoyed if you requested any assistance. A waitress gave us a weird grin when we asked for an irish coffee and we had to change our order because she didn't know how to make it (although it was in the menu). Breakfast was ok. One could definitely find something to eat and I must admit that all the food was freshly prepaired. All in all I would only recommend this hotel to those that don't have too many exprectations or needs. Go back? No!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank Anita03
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Reviewed 9 July 2007

we stayed in this hotel for 2 nights upon arrival and again 2 nights, 2 weeks later on our departure. If all you want is a bed with a few simple amenities, this hotel is ok. Our air conditioner was broken the first 2 nights and only blew air but the room never cooled down. Upon our return, the same thing happen. We called the hotel desk to have the A/C fixed, after our room was still sweating hot after 8 hours. The hotel maintainence man came up and in a very rude way told us that it is our fault it didn't work, because someone pushed all the buttons on the A/C remote. He set it to what we originally set it to and the room still did not cool down. Athens in July is miserable heat so keep this in mind. The A/C in the rooms of the other people in our party work fine, so I guess it is hit or miss.
This hotel is also located in a very shady area of Athens. Hookers on all the corners at night and you can view people doing heroine and dealing in the side streets. The cops in the area are on foot and are armed with machine guns in this area. I would not advise walking around in this area at night. If you are looking for comfort and ease, DO NOT stay at this hotel! If all you want is a bed and shower, this is the place.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Address: 50 Sokratous, Athens 104 31, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Omonia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #206 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Price Range: £40 - £54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alassia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 82
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