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Central Athens Hotel
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The room was really small: in two with two suitcases was difficult to move because there wasn't enough space.
The bathroom even more awkward: the sink is so small that you cannot wash your face without wetting the floor and the toilet paper roll just under the sink.
The breakfast choice was very poor, missing even the sweetener on the tables.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Italuz
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

We choose the Central Hotel because it is located roughly midway between the commercial centre of the new town and the tourist areas of the old town. That means about 15mins walk will take you to most of the ancient sites. It's on a sidestreet that seems, at first glance, a little grubby; but the same can be said of much of central Athens and it is close enough to a main drag that you'll feel safe at night. The public areas are very nicely furbished and the bedrooms, while quite small, are perfectly comfortable. I doubt that it's worth paying extra for a view because it's mostly quite built in. The real highlight is the roof terrace which has a spectacular panorama over the city including the acropolis, which looks fantastic when lit up at night. It's the perfect way to end an evening, relaxing up there with a few drinks. I do think however that they could make much more of that resource; if it were staffed and had a few sun parasols then they could also do breakfast up there or serve snacks during the day. That being said we had a great stay here and would have no problem recommending it to others.

Room Tip: Pay for a larger room not for a view
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

My husband and I truly enjoyed our stay at the Central Hotel. While the room was small, it was very efficient -- some very smart designers figured out how to get so much in so little space without feeling cramped. And, it was very clean. But, the real gem here is the rooftop bar. The Acropolis looks so close you could touch it. We started or ended every evening there as it was so pleasant and captivating. Breakfast was also plentiful and everyone we met working from front desk to rooftop bartenders were friendly. I'll go back here when I go back to Athens.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank BinGeneva
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Central Athens Hotel during an 8 week European trip in 2010 and fell in LOVE with both Athens and this hotel!!
We arrived into Athens airport at around 2PM and caught the X95 Athens Airport Express Bus to Syntagma Square. It cost about 3,20 EURO per person and we were in Syntagma Square within 30-45 minutes! PERFECT!!!
From Syntagma Square, we walked to the hotel with all our luggage. (Not the easiest thing due to the stone paved sidewalks, but we got there!!)
The staff weren't too friendly or helpful as they could see us struggling with our bags and didn't once offer to help. Check in was okay, but once again, the staff member was not very welcoming or warm. Perhaps staff need a bit more work on that aspect.
Anyway, that didn't really bother us too much as we were there to explore Athens, not to make friends. We got to our room and found it very clean and tidy. The decor was fresh and minimal. The shower was nice and clean and it had the BEST water pressure out of all the hotels we stayed in! Our room had a little balcony which overlooked the street below which was a nice touch.
We then proceeded to the rooftop. WOW! WOW! WOW! The hotel has the BEST view of the Acropolis! Even the hotels nearby couldn't compete with our hotel's view! It was definitely a highlight for us and stunning to look at for hours on end. Especially of a night time when it's all lit up and glowing in the sky. Absolutely STUNNING!
Also, the location is perfect for the traveler. You can walk to nearly all the sights. We walked to Syntagma Square (1-2mins), Plaka (Excellent!!! Fantastic restaurants and souvenirs!! 10-15mins), the Acropolis (yes, we walked there! took about 30 mins) and the Roman Agora! ALL within WALKING DISTANCE!
In regards to WIFI, we just walked to McDonald's in Syntagma Square and used it for free there. Not a major issue for us, but I do agree with some of the other reviewers that the hotel should have FREE WIFI if they would like to stay competitive.
Overall, my husband and I have very fond memories of Athens and this hotel, especially for it's amazing view of the Acropolis and the walking distance from PLAKA! We would return here without hesitation 100%!!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

Some bulletpoints:

Location: Central Hotel has a good location, a short walk from Syntagma and Monastiraki Squares. Lots of non-Greek restaurants in the area; sushi, Indian, Chinesse, noodles, etc. This will be important if you've been to the islands for 10 days and the only option has been Greek food thus far (which I love, but variety is, indeed, the spice of life).

Wifi: aweful, come on, it's 2011, no wifi? We had friends in a much lesser hotel and they had nice, strong wifi. This is a real 2011 shame. You can walk to the McDonald's a few blocks away though to stay connected or organize your travel options for the day.

Breakfast: Nice. Eggs, toast, fruit, yogurt and...hot dogs, which is a norm for breakfast as odd as that seemed to me. They were good though! :)

Beds: Hard, but if you like that, then you're good.

A/C: The A/C is in the hallway so when you get back to the room and put your key in the energy slot it'll take hours to cool the room...but here's a trick...ANY type card can be put in the energy slot to keep it running all day! We would let the maid come and then we'd go back in and put a credit card in there to keep the room cool. However, with the warm days in the summer and the A/C being in the hallway it did still take a bit to cool down. By the time you fell asleep though it was fine.

Room Size: Average, a bit small.

Roof Top: Very nice, the view is great. We sat up there on two different nights and really enjoyed the cool evening, the drinks (we snuck up some vodka one night with no issues) and the company.

Bathroom: I've saved the best for last...the bathroom in itself is fine, small, but fine. However, there is absolutely NO privacy...NONE. There is a frosted window that seperates the bathroom from the bedroom, so if you look closely you can see what the person is doing in the bathroom. PLUS, the door to the bathroom is only a swinging door that doesn't come to the floor or celing, so if you're making any noises in there (if ya know what I mean) I hope you're sharing the room with someone you don't mind hearing you at your worst!

So, would I stay here again? Nope. Wifi is important to us as travelers...all those, "what time does it open, where exactly is it, how much does it cost" can't be answered and without that access you are simply behind the 8-ball. Plus, that bathroom! Lordy!

Room Tip: Not sure if there is one room better then another.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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