What a place to enjoy a stay in Athens.
This 15 suite boutique hotel is a home away from home with generous size suites, great staff, and a fabulous location (don't even think about the Grand Bretagne or the King George or the Electra that are pushed by some travel agents). They may be great, indeed grand hotels but the Ava Hotel kills them for location, cost and (I'm sure), the personal touch
We had a street-facing suite with a view of the Acropolis to the right and Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus to the left. A small balcony enabled you to take in these views while people-watching below and enjoying a very inexpensive bottle of Greek wine , available from shops with a few hundred metres.In fact, everything you want to see and do in Athens is within a few hundred metres
The place was equipped with a small kitchen , a sitting area with good quality furnishings, free and effective WIFI, plenty of plugs to charge your electronic gear (bring your two pin converters though), a King size bed and a huge bathroom with quality toiletries. And of course, the complimentary welcoming bottle of bubbly went down well!
Breakfast is good with a combination of some cooked food and wide ranging continental fare, and even freshly squeezed orange juice.
A couple of things they might add to make this great little hotel even better would be a bathtub in the very spacious bathrooms, and some seating on the small balconies.
They also are inclined to recommend some larger (touristy) restaurants rather than some smaller nearby ones (for example ask them to direct you to To Kati Allo run by the Constantinos family for generations and only a five minute walk away.
The Ava Hotel scrubs up well in TripAdvisor ratings - have a look at the Tripadvisor awards proudly hanging adjacent to the reception desk. They deserve their high rating.
They even ran to spotting in my passport upon our checking in that it was my birthday a couple of days away, and a bottle of champagne, a card and a small gift appeared by magic. At my age, birthdays are embarrassing, but the Ava people made it one to remember
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AVA is a boutique Hotel situated at Plaka in the middle of the Historical Centre, at the foot of the Acropolis, on a quiet street. Surrounded by the worlds most renown monuments of Greek Civilization: Parthenon, Zeus Temple, Hadrian Arch, Agora etc. AVA offers spacious Suites & Apartments with all the amenities and comfort of an upscale Hotel, plus the exclusiveness and privacy of one's own home. AVA is a non smoking hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athens Ava Hotel