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“Iffy - not bad but not great. Also a fire risk??”
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Hotel Metropolis
Ranked #56 of 326 Hotels in Athens
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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“Iffy - not bad but not great. Also a fire risk??”
Reviewed 30 May 2010

Hmm, a bit of a hit and miss. Easiest put in a pros / cons list:

Pros:
* Very friendly and helpful staff
* Breakfast is cheap (€5) and adequate
* Very convenient location (halfway between Syntagma and Monastiraki)
* 24 hour reception

Cons:
* Rooms are a bit grotty and the top sheet of the bed (i.e. the quilt) was very dirty and stained
* The electrics / wiring. I couldn't believe some of it - our phone was hardwired to a wire coming out of the wall with just twisted wires, no insulation (OK, low voltage, but still bare wires). The mains sockets are extremely old and do not grip appliances in meaning they spark almost constantly and whatever is plugged in loses power all the time. Also the TV is hardwired to the mains. I think this is a fire hazard, but I'm not an expert.
* With the above in mind, no fire escapes (or no obvious ones) and no smoke detectors?!
* Location is right by Athens main cathedral. Cathedral = bells. Starting around 6am and every 30 minutes until midnight. Forget sleeping if this sort of thing wakes you
* Lumpy pillows

All in all we'd have stayed somewhere else if we had the choice. We booked too late so were a bit stuck. Its not an awful place, but not great. I wouldn't stay again.

On the upside, the staff are amazingly helpful.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, ON
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

Metropolis was a good 1 night choice! It's location is perfect, walking distance to the Metropolis through the Plaka so you get to do both at the same time! Front desk is helpful and rooms are clean. Beds are alright (again for 1 night), washrooms are so small so that wasn't great but it did the job. I would recommend this hotel for a short stay as it's perfectly located in a great area!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

Pros: If you are travelling to Athens on a budget, this hotel is the hotel for you. 1) the location is excellent. It is approx. 3 blocks from Syntagma square and metro stop, A block away from the shopping area Ermou street. 10-15 minutes walk to Monasteraki and Plaka , the busy tourist area. In short, it is walking distance to all major neighborhood to see. The street itself, Metropoleos, is well lit at night, fairly clean, and safe to walk on at night. There is a fair amount of traffic during the day and on the weekends evenings, can have the occasional car blasting their radio as they drive further into town. There is also a great dessert place right on Metropoleos, as you head towards Syntagma. Next to the hotel is a reasonably priced family restaurant that serves really good souvlaki and an awesome greek salad. 2) The building itself is old but kept clean. The rooftop garden has one of the best view of the Acropolis. We brought our snack on the rooftop and had a wonderful time simply resting and taking in the view. As for the room, we were on a budget and opted for a small double bed room with shared bathroom. Our room was on the third floor and it had a decent view of the Acropolis and the main cathedral of Athens. The sheets were clean and the bed a little firm but comfortable. Our room was tiny but it had a big enough armoir to allow us to spread out our things. The window opened quite wide to allow a good breeze but the room is equipped with an AC. Overall, the room was comfortable. 3) The staff were nice. This hotel had the same staff tending to the guests everyday. We liked this because we got to know them and felt more comfortable leaving our valuables in our room. They were also helpful in helping us with the internet connection, directions to many tourists sights and also letting us know useful information such as a general strike on the day we were to leave. They offered to help us make tranportation arrangement to the airport.
Cons: 1) There is only one bathroom for those that have opted to share. The bathroom was cleaned daily, however, some of the guests that were using it, were a little inconsiderate. They would forget to flush, leave huge wad of toilet paper in the bowl (it's common sense not to throw paper in toilets) and leave used towels on the floor. The staff should really check after peak hours to keep the bathroom clean. We strongly suggest to splurge extra on the rooms with the bathroom. If you really are on a budget, simply get to the bathroom early. Also remember to request not to be placed in room 25, as this room is right next to the shared bathroom. 2) If you are a light and sensitive sleeper, the cathedral bell chimes every half an a hour. It's not as bad and you get use to it. We were often so tired from our day that it didn't bother us at all. In fact, it added to the charm of the place. You are after all in Europe.
In general, if you plan on simply finding a safe place that is comfortable, clean, and close to everything, Hotel Metropolis is the place for you!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

+ The location of the hotel : one of the best neighborhoods in the heart of Athens. Lots of public transport and activities nearby.
+ The price tag : it may appear high, but for a decent hotel in Athens and that kind of neighborhood is a good amount. We had a room with two beds (a double and a 1.5 bed) for 50 euros. And we were only a couple.
+ The building: it's cute and the owners keep it in a good condition - when we arrived someone was taking care of the paint on the walls. The large Bougainvillea is also a delight.
+ The cleanliness: the furniture was old but it was quite clean, and the bathroom and beds as well. The floor was so clean that it was sliding! The towels were clean as well, although a little rough at touch.
+ The windows and view : the windows have double glass so there is an absence of noises during the night. we had a great sleep. In our room the window was in the whole wall and it provided great light. There were also dark red curtains that were effective for darkening the room. We had a nice view in Mitropoleos street between the beautiful Bougainville's branches. We also had a balcony. Kind of narrow but cute.

- The toilet : when it was flushed ,the water was overflowing. It was kind of disgusting and we had to put down the cap before flushing.
- Hand soap: It was absent, although some shampoo was provided.
- Stairs : Kind of dark but not really a problem.
- The sleepy old gentleman in the reception at nighttime: I can understand that though, since night shifts are difficult. The other receptionists were quite professional.
- Fridge: there wan't a fridge, which was not very handy for storing water or/and fruit juice.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

This hotel had a great location in the centre of Athens - everything within walking distance, good restaurants nearby. The hotel was basically clean and the owner helpful. The en suite had just a shower and was VERY small but at least we had our own. The price was good 70 euros a night and 5 more for breakfast. The balcony was also very small - but at least we had one! I would recommend this hotel for a short stay when you will be out most of the time. There was a rooftop breakfast area with a great view of the Acropolis as well.

Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 October 2009

We stayed for two nights at the end of September in a double room without balcony and with a shared bathroom. We booked over the internet and got two single beds despite booking a double, this happened to us frequently throughout Europe.
I was expecting a budget hotel and therefore wasn't too put out by anything!
The room was definitely basic - the furniture reminded me of boarding school - but the beds were comfy (I prefer a firm bed). There was a small basin (no plug), wardrobe, desk, TV, air conditioning, twin beds and a large window with heaps of sun.
Generally very clean although spoiled by a couple of hairs on the sheets of one of the beds. The top of the wardrobe was very dusty but who puts stuff on the top of a hotel room wardrobe (except me)???
The shared bathroom was on another floor and the shower plughole blocked easily. I managed to shower immediately after it was cleaned and had no problem, but my husband said the bottom of the shower filled up within a minute or two and then water went all over the floor. When I mentioned this to the cleaning staff they went straight away to try to fix it. I didn't go back to check if they were successful. I'm not sure how many rooms shared the bathroom but we never had to wait longer than 10-15 minutes. However the only toilet for our room (and the only toilet available for us to use) was also in that bathroom which was a little annoying.
The rooftop was nice; we didn't have the 5 euro breakfast, but went up in the evening to enjoy the view of the Acropolis.
The front desk staff were excellent - friendly and knowledgeable.
The location cannot be beaten - very close to Syntagma Square, airport transport (bus and metro; we tried both), the Plaka, Acropolis and the Agora. Neither can the price - 50 euro/night for two in the Plaka was awesome value. However next time I think I would pay a little more to have a private bathroom

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 22 October 2009

I did extensive research before booking my hotel in Athens. We were only going to be there 1 night & during the day we were going to be out sightseeing in Athens. 2 things made up my decision, price & location. The reason I gave this hotel 5 stars was because I knew what I was getting into before we arrived. Make no mistakes about it....this is a budget hotel...if you are expecting any over that, you will not be happy.

When we arrived in Greece, the metro was on strike, so we had to take the bus. Because everyone else did too, it was packed & not at all a comfortable ride, but we were told the hotel would be only a few blocks from the bus stop. However, there was a demonstration blocking a few of the streets on the bus route and the driver could not get by, so he just dropped everyone off & we had a bit of a hard time finding the hotel.

We finally found it from the flowers on the outside of the building that is in all the pictures. We ended up using those flowers everytime we couldn't remember how much further we had to walk to the hotel. They let us check in early & were very kind to carry our luggages up the steps. We were on the 2nd floor. The room was VERY basic, but had all the necessities....like another reviewer said, it didn't look dirty, just old. The balcony was nice sized and although we had no view, it was nice to sit out there after coming in from our day of sightseeing and just people watch. The beds were fine, as well as the shower. At this hotel, it is all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!!! It is steps from the Plaka, Syntagma & Monastiraki. There are great restaurants nearby as well as shops. The service here is also wonderful. The young man at the front desk was very kind with every question we asked....even one as stupid as helping us use a phone card we had bought to call home. There was a breakfast on the roof for 5 euros, but we did not try it. We instead went down the street to a small cafe for some coffee and yummy yogurt, even though they don't eat this for breakfast, it was a great treat for us!!!!

On the day of our check out we had a late night flight and they offered to store our luggage in the closet for us. This day the metro was back at work, and it was just a block or two to the station from the hotel. And a great ride to the airport.

If I did come back to Athens, I would definitely stay here again. I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat for someone who wants to explore Athens & not spend all their money on a hotel.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Metropolis
Address: 46 Mitropoleos Str. | Plaka, Athens, Greece
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Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Syntagma
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#35 Family Hotel in Athens
#40 Romantic Hotel in Athens
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Metropolis 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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The Metropolis Hotel is a small intimate hotel with an Acropolis view in the prime central location of the Plaka district and 2 blocks off Syntagma Square. The Metropolis provides all amenities and comforts that a traveler has come to expect. Warm hospitality and attentive service will help make your business or leisure stay in Athens extremely pleasant. ... more   less 
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