Upon arrival at the hotel late evening, I found the staff to be very welcoming and helpful. I had Pre-requested a room with a view of the Acropolis, as this is one of the positives this hotel boasts. I was given a room without a view but the staff had no problem in offering me an alternative. The view of Acropolis was wonderful. I had booked in for 4 nights.
Very clean; clean towels every day ( in sealed plastic bags, which was a nice touch); everything working - fridge, air con, hairdryer, Tv (but only 1 English speaking channel); safe; balcony; phone in room; room service; writing desk/chair; free wi-fi. No problem getting wifi connection in room.
The not so good stuff:
I have stayed in many Greek hotels/accommodation and there were TWO main gripes with Apollo - 1. The constant loud door banging in the morning was very unsettling and frequently woke me up. Often this was the cleaner going in and out rooms, with little respect for guests who were sleeping. Although the cleaner knocked on my door, she just opened it anyway without waiting which was extremely annoying. The hotel would benefit from addressing these issues. (eg get rubber door trims to prevent banging on bedroom doors?)
2. The quality of the breakfast was extremely poor, the same every day. This consisted of tasteless cheese/ham, cornflakes, watery orange juice, cool hard boiled eggs, cold scrambled eggs, and only margarine for the bread! The coffee was barely lukewarm and just awful. The only chance of a hot coffee is if you order one and pay for it (€2.50). Breakfast staff could be more friendly as they often looked bored and did not engage with guests. Again, it would not cost the hotel much to make the whole breakfast experience better for guests. It would be much better too if you had the option of having tea/coffee making facilities in your room.
The Apollo has excellent reception staff. The hotel is well situated right next to metro station Metaxourghio. I stayed previously in Omonia area of Athens which I felt much less safe in as a solo traveller. I did not find this the case at this hotel. No problems at all that other reviewers have reported about it being a dodgy area. The hotel is basic but clean. Although the shower is small, I have seen a lot worse in other basic Greek accommodation. The view of the Acropolis is great. Note that the rooftop restaurant is not open in March/April. The hotel is value for money in general. An added bonus is the little cafe directly across the road open 24hrs. I found the noise from the busy main road outside horrendous, but found that when the double glazing patio doors were fully closed, street noise was not a problem. Rather, the constant door banging IN the hotel was a problem!
This is not the type of hotel you can sit out and relax on the balcony, due to road noise, but this is understandable if you want a city hotel close to the sights at a budget price.
Yes, the beds are very firm but after you've viewed all the sights in Athens, you should still get a decent sleep. The lift is very small ( hardly wheelchair accessible), but a welcome addition for heavy suitcases as stairs are narrow, steep and marble. Finally, there were no problems in luggage storage once you vacate your room. I would return to this hotel for a short stay, mainly due to value for money and hotel location but what would make this hotel excellent for a 3-star is to address the issues I mentioned earlier.
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