Our trip was a mix of business and pleasure. It was the perfect place for our second visit to Athens. We visited Greece and Athens for our honeymoon in June 2010 and stayed at the Grand Bretagne. That was also wonderful. Our last visit mostly focused on the key sights, but we missed some of the neighborhood sightseeing. On this trip, I particularly wanted to see more of Thissio, Plaka, and Gazi and just take in more of Athens cultural side. I think the GB hotel is perfect for honeymooners and anniversary celebrations, but O&B was good for this second trip since we had already had the hotel room with the view, etc. in our last trip.
We liked the location of O&B. It's not on the prettiest street. On your way to one of the metros, you do pass shops selling the most random junk (err...or someone else's treasure). But it's so close to Psirri's main hub which is actually almost quaint with cobblestone streets and various restaurants, cafes, and small bars. We stopped by the gelato place daily (Gelatamania?) and found a small, hip bar (name is in Greek but it sounds like Othirio or Thirio) with great loungy music (fabulous DJ) and some creative drinks.
It's within walking distance of Thissio, Plaka, and the Acropolis, as well as Gazi. It's also convenient to two different metro stops so getting around the city is not bad at all.
We hit Athens during Easter weekend so things were a little slower and quieter. Yet, we were surprised by the amount activity despite the holiday. And, we got to take in one of the country's greatest celebrations.
The hotel itself is very nice. The rooms are a little small but just fine. The bathroom was a good size and the shower (no tubs) was fabulous. All the little things (except for the scratchy toilet paper)—comfy beds, sheets, toiletries, turndown service—are what you might expect in a hotel like the GB. The breakfast is included and is very good even if it doesn't vary from day to day...lattes made to order and eggs as well. They left little treats in our room on a couple of the days, too.
The internet was mostly okay but it was a little spotty sometimes. This is also free.
The staff is very nice and accommodating. They don't have irons in the room but they'll iron your item for free!
All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel, especially if you've been to Athens before and are interested in some of the hotel's surrounding social scene (though our room was adequately quiet with the windows closed). Sure, the Grand Bretagne was nice but we had to either cab or walk further to some of the better dining options and to get a drink. I personally like the location of O&B more than those in Syntagma if you're interested in exploring some smaller restaurants, cafes, and want more of a neighborhood feel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- O&B is a cozy Boutique Hotel, in the centre of Athens, next to the main sights of the city and just one minute walking from Thisio Metro Station and Monastiraki area. With its Acropolis Suites featuring private terraces with view of the Parthenon, its elegant rooms and its trendy Bar Restaurant, O&B Athens Boutique Hotel provokes you to experience the new meaning of hospitality and care, giving a new flavor and meaning to the urban lifestyle. ... more less
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