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.
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