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“Oasis in a hot dirty city”
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Eridanus Hotel
Ranked #129 of 282 Hotels in Athens
Reviewed 26 September 2010

We arrived in Athens on a hot June day to find the subways partially on strike so we took a bus and then the metro to Kerameikos station in the Gazi area, about 6 blocks from the hotel. One thing to know about Athens is that it is not pedestrian friendly and many of the sidewalks are narrow and uneven. We were all turned around and were uncertain if we were going in the right direction--when we came upon the hotel. Other reviewers are correct the neighborhood is not pretty. When we walked into the modern walkway and then the cool hotel, it was like an oasis. Our room was clean, the furniture modernish, was in good shape and the bathroom clean and modern. The view was nothing special. The bed was very comfortable and felt good after an early morning flight. We got a good rate from otel.com and it included breakfast. The staff very nice but not fake nice. The rooms had robes and slippers (in my small size which was great) but did not have the Hermes products that were advertised. The bellhop carried our luggage to the main floor which had an elevator. I am fussy about cleanliness and I don't like hotels that are run down. I can't speak to the other rooms but ours was good.

The restaurant upstairs I would recommend for a drink and maybe dessert. The food was just ok. The breakfast was very good and had lots of fresh fruit and other options.

Although the area doesn't look great by day, by night there are some really cute local restaurants and small bars. A 5min walk from the hotel was Athirir that had a beautiful romantic garden and patronized by lots of Greeks (address 15 Kerameikou Street). Next to the hotel was an uber expensive restaurant as evidenced by the model women coming out and the expensive car in the drive.

Also close to the hotel is the hip Gazi area that has lots of sidewalk bars filled with young Athenians. There was a Theatre and some art exhibits there. There were modern looking clubby bars (not my thing) and we ate a nice modern restaurant called TO on Triptolemou. The menus were in Greek but they will give you an English one (if menus are in English from the get go it is usually a sign that it is a tourist trap. Even though Athens is a big city--the people were surprisingly nice and helpful.

I recommend the hotel to those who want to be in an area that has a modern nightlife (I would equate Gazi to Williamsburg or the Lower East Side in NYC. It is also a good location for getting to all the sights.

Say hello to my little doggy friend down the street that will stick his head out the hole in the door.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2010

We spent a weekend in Athens and this hotel was the best thing about this vacation. We asked for a room with a jacuzzi (apparently there are 2 of those in the hotel) and got a very neat room with a large bathroom which included a wonderful jacuzzi. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was wonderful. The only downside is that the hotel is located slightly off the city center, but within a 5 minute walk we got straight to the Acropolis, so the location isn't that bad overall. We'll definitely visit this hotel again if we ever got back to Greece.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank asela_10
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

It all depends on the perspective, of course. In some 3-4 star hotel, I would describe the room as "okay". But for a 5 star wannabe establishment, this is clearly unacceptable. Let me tell you why.

Rooms are advertised as either "standard" or with a "hydromassage". If you check the hotel's official website, you see pictures of standard bathtub, and on the other picture a jacuzzi. It is only normal that you assume that the "hydromassage" upgrade buys you a room with jacuzzi... but no. You only get an additional "hydromassage" shower which is, by the way, right next to the toilet (yes, you've seen in right!), so when you "hydromassage" yourself you also wash your toilet a little bit, and then stand in that water. Gross. And btw, there is no massage effect at all, even from that shower, because the water sprays with in constant stream. Not to mention that the nozzles are microscopic. That's just ridiculous.

So yes, FORMALLY, you get a hydromassage - functionally you don't. Very nice way to treat the customers, really.

Parquet is worn out, furniture partially stained (don't really want to upload them, but I have all pictures upon request), tv-channel selection very limited, electronic housekeeping comm system was not working (but no plain paper "Do not disturb" sign available as a replacement), area absolutely dodgy (only motorbike shops around), breakfast poor (literally: 2 types of salami and 2 types of cheese) - no feta cheese, no olives, no sundried tomatoes... I have seen quite some 5 star breakfasts in my life, and this is just plain ridiculous. I could go on, but let's be fair and mention some nice things.

Guy at the breakfast was really genuinely nice, although (5 star standards again) wearing the sneakers. LOL. I don't mind, but hello - 5 star hotel? Bed is comfortable, you should sleep well.

So in short, you can survive a few days here although it simply can't deliver the 5 star experience, and it shouldn't be priced at that range. I decided to write this review mostly for those people who wanted to book this hotel for some special occasion, and splurge a little bit. Be warned, and don't cry later. I was desperately sad I booked this hotel, even if it was only for a summer vacation few days stay.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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2  Thank RomanGilg
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

The hotel seems to have been remodeled recently and has a modern and clean feeling, so it sticks out in its location as Piraeus Street is rather dumpy and the surrounding area a little sketchy. (As we were getting out the cabbie even told us to avoid walking West or North.) That said, Thissio Square is a gem of an area definitely worth checking out with a ton of restaurants, bars and cafes and less than a 5 minute walk. The view from the rooftop restaurant was beautiful at night although the food seemed somewhat overpriced, but I guess that goes with the territory when you eat at a hotel. No complaints on the room and the people working the front desk were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank x98Hawkeye
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

The room itself is OK, reasonably clean with a larger and nicer bathroom than expected in a European hotel. The queen/double bed was two singles pushed together. The main complaint is that the hotel is not easy to reach with luggage in tow and the street that it is located on is terrible. Piraeus street was one of the sketchiest streets we encountered on our trip to Athens. It is true that you are only about a 6 minute walk to better areas but it was unnerving to even look for the hotel on that street with our luggage (we arrived at night---it was better the next morning). We stayed at Athens Gate the first leg of our trip and for just a little more we were right next to the metro, had a fantastic breakfast included and were greeted by very friendly staff (the receptionist at the eridanus hotel was not exactly friendly). Because of how good our other hotel experience was, this hotel was highly disappointing. My only conclusion based on the other high marks is that the reviewers had no other point of comparison of hotels in Athens.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank odette38
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Reviewed 1 August 2010

Perfect location between the shops and the fun.
We've had a wonderful stay, very large rooms very comfortable;
friendly staff and the top roof restaurant is delicious with breathtaking views on the acropolis.
Also the price is really reasonable for the type of room we've had.

Wonderful we'll be back

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Topcruiser
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

Eridanus was beautifully decorated and a wonderful location to ruins and fantastic restaurants. There is a lovely view of the Parthenon from the top of the hotel as well as a short block down the street. Breakfast is very generous and delicious, offering a buffet as well as cooked-to-order omelets, etc. The fitness center was good. The bathroom was spacious, with robes, slippers, etc. It was a lovely experience!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Address: 78 Piraeus Street, Athens 10435, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#44 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#58 Luxury Hotel in Athens
Price Range: £88 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Eridanus Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 38
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