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“Great location for seeing historic Athens”
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AVA Hotel Athens
Ranked #2 of 325 Hotels in Athens
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great location for seeing historic Athens”
Reviewed 9 June 2009

We stayed at this lovely small hotel when in Athens for a conference recently. The conference venue was a few stops away on the fantastic new metro built for the Olympics - its a winner - clean, efficient, safe and cheap and the nearest station just a short walk from the hotel! This hotel is just under the Acropolis, and all the historic areas and archaeological sites are within comfortable walking distance. The area is mostly pedestrianised, and full of tourist shops and tavernas, but still very pleasant to wander around.
The hotel itself is very comfortable, and the staff and service excellent. They are planning to redecorate soon, which will make it even better, although we had no complaints about the furnishings in our executive suite. It had a functional kitchenette, large living area and very comfortable king size bed. From our balcony we looked up to the Acropolis, and down to Hadrian's gate and the temple of Zeus. Nice touches were sparkling wine on arrival in an ice bucket, and a gift box of baclava to apologise for some minor noise relating to decoration of a nearby suite. Breakfast was not included but very reasonable at 12 euros
We chose this hotel on the basis of other tripadvisor reviews, and once again, we agree with other travellers that this is a lovely place to stay and enjoy Athens.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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Naples, FL
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Reviewed 2 June 2009

The AVA Hotel was the right choice for us. We were able to walk or take the Metro to the main sites in Athens, and the Plaka, with it's winding streets and many restaurants and shops, was at our doorstep. The staff is very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast is included in the room price, is served in a beautiful room and had a wide assortment of choices. Our executive room was large, comfortable, and quiet, even though it faced the street.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Irvine, CA
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

We were a group of 10 and took 3 rooms (2 quads and 1 double). The rooms were large, even by US standards. The quads were the size of a large suite style room. The double was also very large. All had kitchenettes, which we didn't really use, but could be convenient for some. The staff was warm, welcoming, friendly and extremely helpful on all issues. The location in the Plaka was perfect, with street side balconies just below the Acropolis and above Hayden's Arch. (No street noise issues.) Easy to get to on the bus or the subway. The lobby is not fancy, but is nice, clean and functional. They have a computer for internet access in the lobby which is very helpful for flight confirmation and check in. If I return to Athens, this is the first hotel I will consider.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

This hotel really deserves its number 1 rating. The location can't be beat - you're close to everything important and good restaurants too. The rooms are big and clean and all the staff we met were helpful and charming - making us feel right at home. Excellent breakfast too!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2009

This was my second stay at this Hotel. My previous stay was in Nov 2008, right during the week of the riots. The hotel staff remembered me and made me feel at home since the moment I arrived until the moment I left. This time I traveled with a colleague and he was also very well impressed with their warmth, friendliness, and professionalism.

The location is simply excellent, in a very quiet street, in the Plaka District, right next to the Handrian's Arch, and within walking distance from the Acropolis Metro Station, the Acropolis itself, restaurant, shops, etc, etc.

The standard rooms are very spacious, and include the bed, sofa, TV, kitchenette and a dinning table with two chairs. The bed and the rest of the furniture is comfortable. The suites are huge, and from the terraces you can see the Acropolis. For my needs (solo traveler) the standard room was more than enough, and it faced a patio between buildings, which made it very quiet.

There's a nice size desk and high speed internet access (ethernet wire) included in the price of the room, and they tell me that they are planning to add WiFi in the near future. If you need a longer ethernet wire and/or a splice they will lend you one at the front desk.

Best Regards to all the Staff of the AVA Hotel Athens.
I look forward to going back and to seeing you as soon as my trips take me to Athens. Keep up the good work.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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Newmarket, Canada
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Reviewed 24 May 2009

Once again we stayed at the Ava were not disappointed. It's a great place to kick off your holiday. When you arrive tired from the airport from the long haul flight it's nice to have a friendly face behind the desk, then they arrived a few minutes after check-in with champagne and chocolates, nice touch! The breakfast is very good and great way to start your active day. You can walk to all the sights, great restaurants around the corner, it's an easy walk to Syntagma square with your luggage if you are taking the bus to airport (metro not running at the moment), subway just around the corner for easy getting around. But it's the friendly staff that will keep us coming back. So, until next time, cheers!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 May 2009

I booked the hotel on the strength of the reviews on tripadvisor. It was for the final night of my honeymoon after a cruise which docked in Athens.

I loved the location, the hotel was spotless and reception staff were friendly and helpful. Maybe it's because of our beleaguered pound at the moment, but I couldn't help but feeling the hotel wasn't excellent value for money - particularly when put up against some of the hotels and deals available on some holiday websites.

The emphasis on the room is purely on the functional (which it was perfectly), but there are very little frills and the decor is plain. Personally, I would have rated it as a good 3 rather than 4 star hotel.

It's the perfect destination depending on your trip, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to otehr honeymooning couples.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: AVA Hotel Athens
Address: 9 - 11 Lyssikratous Street | Plaka, Athens 105 58, Greece
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Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Plaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#1 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#2 Green Hotel in Athens
#4 Family Hotel in Athens
#13 Business Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — AVA Hotel Athens 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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