Ok before I begin i must say that I have always used the reviews offered by tripadvisor when researching hotels prior to a vacation. I booked this hotel because of these reviews. I was EXTREMELY disappointed. I have stayed in hostels while backpacking through Europe which were probably at par with this hotel. I do think that this is a very nice 2 star hotel. NOT the 4 stars as advertised.
First, the room we had seemed very tired, cramped and gloomy. Just about everything felt like it will fall off or brake. The drawer doors were falling off. The bed was OK, and the sheets were changed every day, but although they were clean (washed) they were stained. Stains on the sheets, clean or not is NOT something I expect to see or have ever seen in any 4 star hotel.
Second, the bathroom door was a glass door. I guess they thought it would be "chic" and artsy but it was just annoying in a room so small. The door was matted glass but still see through and swung both ways without any locks or door frame. SO since the door didn't lock in to place, you can see, hear and you can imagine smell the bathroom. The shower curtain was dirty and had mildew on it. The shower it self had decent water pressure, but it took some time to actually keep the shower from going all over the place. We could NOT through toilet paper in the toilet as it didn't flush down. I had to use the shower to pour water in the toilet to flush it appropriately. The AC barely worked and it took a few HOURS to get cooler. I set the thermostat at 19 degrees (Celsius) but at no point of our stay did it reach this temperature or close to it. Oh and our phone didn't work for 4 days, although I did advise the staff and was told they'll have it fixed right away.
As for the rest of the hotel...yes it is fairly clean. The breakfast was nice. Coffee, tea, fresh juice, eggs, cold cuts, etc...
I asked about the roof deck as advertised on their site and was told that this is not available and not allowed by the city. The bathroom in the lobby was out of order for the entire time we were there.
The area...this is obviously not the hotels fault, BUT this is something i consider when booking a hotel. Yes it is a few blocks away from a pretty main square - Omonia square. It's one of the main train hubs of the entire city and all (3 lines) stop there. However the walk from the hotel to the square is very unpleasant. Their are prostitutes right around the hotel and lots of shady seedy people walking around. Our taxi driver, on the way from the airport, warned us to be very careful there and try not to walk around there to much at night. Our first night there we understood what he meant and took a taxi back to the hotel every time afterward. Don't let the proximity of this hotel to city center fool you. This is a pretty small city (in comparison to large European cities) and distances are small. So pretty much anywhere in central Athens would be considered "close".
Bottom line, for a 2 star hotel budget hotel, what Art hotel offers is decent. I must say the staff is very nice and friendly and helpful. But this is in no way a 4 star hotel and one of the worsted hotels I've ever stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Athens Art Hotel is 4-star new elegant boutique hotel, operating in a renovated neoclassical building of 1930, situated in the centre of Athens, within walking distance from the national archaeological museum and Omonoia square. The 30 guest rooms and suites are designed and furnished one by one, depending on the room shape, the traffic flow, the focal point and the lighting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Art Hotel Athens