Being honest, I only care if a place is clean. However the extras can sometimes be marvelous. It's easy to find, a quick 4 block walk from Sygrou Fix metro stop. Located on a busy in-city roadway it feels a bit daunting but the warm interior is an inviting oasis and the neighborhood behind the hotel is quaint and peaceful. On arrival we were met at the desk by the marvelous smiley Souzanna with perfect English, who offered us each a glass of fresh apricot juice. Our room on the 4th floor had a double bed made out of 2 twin beds pulled together, unfortunately a common thing in Greece, but soft and comfy with plenty of pillows. The place was spotless including a tiled bathroom with a lovely shower/tub with standard amenities and a "sanitized" paper ring over the toilet seat. The main room had a good shape carpet floor, art on the wall, great AC, good closet space, a sturdy built in luggage rack, an old fashioned TV, which we did not try, and nice lighting controlled by the room key in a master switch at the door. The nearby highway was loud with windows open but completely inaudible with AC fan on and windows closed. There were fluffy towels and bathrobes and 2 free waters in room. Having read about it we went up to have a welcome beer (we bought on the street) on the rooftop garden with an absolutely priceless view of the lighted Acropolis and Parthenon. Just 4 blocks away in the neighborhood was a green pedestrian space where we had a marvelous Greek salad and vegie (Green) pizza at Mystic Pizza, which was among other eateries, pubs, coffee shops and a bakery. We elected no breakfast which was a good sounding buffet for 8Euros/person. All this in November cost us only 43Euros/night, and everyone on the staff was friendly, helpful and spoke English fluently. They sold us our tickets to the Red Bus city tour , which is a great intro to the city, and has a stop very near the hotel where you can get on and off at the start and end of the tour. (FYI the yellow bus seems to go to the same spots and had fewer riders. We are not sure what the difference is.) This is a fabulous value near the center of Athens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 1.5 km away from the Acropolis, Hotel Ilissos features a roof garden bar overlooking the Parthenon. The Sygrou Fix Tram and Metro Station are a 10-minute walk away.All elegant rooms are soundproofed and air-conditioned with satellite TV and radio. Fridge and minibar are standard. A work desk is provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilissos Hotel Athens