I stayed at the Faros for 3 nights, using it as a base for visiting the Saronic Gulf islands on day trips. It's well located about 10 minutes walk from the main ferry gates of Piraeus port and is on a relatively quiet side street. I had a 6th floor room overlooking the street and heard no noise at all on any night. It's not in the nicest locality in the world - there are a couple of sleezy looking bars across the street - but that's ports for you and I certainly never felt in any way unsafe even when walking back to the hotel late at night.
The room was comfortable and pretty spacious with a king size bed. Unfortunately the mattress was a bit soft for my liking, but that's a personal thing. The air conditioning was very welcome as temperatures were in the high 30s even at night.
Staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel has a restaurant but with a limited menu. Fine if you just want a burger or pizza. However, there is a wide choice of eating places about 10 - 15 minutes walk away at the Zea Marina which is obviously where the locals come out to pose at night. There are plenty of pavement cafes and restaurants overlooking the yachts and prices were lower than I would have expected in a posh part of a city. I ate each night for under 30 euros and ate (and drank) very, very well.
The hotel's breakfast is good value at 6 euros. It won't win any quality awards, but there's loads of it. I was never able to eat all that was put in front of me.
Finally, the hotel is well located for catching the X96 bus to Athens Airport - great value at 5 euros - and is about a 15 minute walk from Piraeus metro station if you fancy going into the centre of Athens for the evening or just for a bit of sightseeing.
Very much a hotel that caters for a mix of business and leisure customers, but one I would be happy to go back to again.
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