For a start, some of the reviews that suggest the area is dangerous are, in our opinion, incorrect. Yes, the area is a bit scruffy, but we never felt unsafe. Even late at night it seemed to be perfectly safe to walk around the area, as there is so much traffic passing by. We were never hassled by anyone and didn't see any type of crime or feel any threat of crime.
The hotel itself has a very nice reception area and bar. The dining room is nice and the breakfasts were of good quality with a reasonable amount of choice.
The bedrooms are a bit small and the decor is a bit out-dated. However, the rooms were clean and perfectly acceptable for a short stay. There are several useful features in the rooms such as a safe, a fridge, and air conditioning (all provided free). The flat screen TV had (surprisingly) quite a lot of English channel TV stations, which was also nice.
The bathrooms have a shower and a tiny bath. The bathrooms are very clean and have a hairdryer provided along with complimentary shampoos, soaps, etc. Unfortunately the bath is so small that unless you're a young child (or a midget), then having a bath is not an option!!!
The best thing about the hotel is its convenient location, which is literally only one minute's walk from the underground station. The station is only a few stops from the Acropolis and all the other main attractions. This makes the Crystal City hotel an extremely convenient place to stay if you want to get about quickly and easily on the excellent cheap underground system (which incidentally, is very safe, even at night).
We would definitely consider staying at the Crystal again for the convenient location, and would recommend it for anyone who wants a reasonably priced, basic standard hotel for a short stay in Athens.
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- Also Known As:
- Crystal City Athens