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Our room #605
It can be considered both a Family oriented and a Business clientele hotel. Even though it was fully renovated 6 years back, it is SO NEAT, and spotlessly clean that it seems like it was only renovated a year ago! It is a non-smoking hotel and its modern simple touch of the interior is cozy and functional.
LOCATION: I can give one word for its location….SUPERB!
It is just 500 metres from the Acropolis, only 100 metres from the New Acropolis Museum and a 10 minute walk from the bus stop where you get the X95 from/to Airport for 5.00 euros. In this case there is no need to worry about taxi fees which would have cost you more than 40.00 euros –one way!
It is so close to the Commercial centre of Athens and yet away from the area where once in a while demonstrations take place. It is only 1 block from the Athens Acropolis Metro stop. For tourists who have just a couple of days, even hours but want to see much and on budget with no time to waste in transit, this is the ideal hotel to stay with no regrets.
WARM WELCOME: I was touched by the warmth of their welcome here from the moment we stepped in until we left. We were offered cold fresh water and ‘loukoumi’ –a turikish delight! I am indeed surprised why it is called turkish delight since it is Greek!! In minutes we were up in our room with no delay.
STAFF & MANAGEMENT: I can highly speak of the friendliness of the Staff and Management –happy faces, impeccable service, professionalism and open-hearted people that indeed made our stay unforgettable. The guys at the reception are eager to help with knowledge of the round area so the guest can rely on their precious tips.
You see, “Attention to the Guest” is the first Priority out here, with many guests keep coming back for years. Repeaters are upgraded depending on availability.
For the last 4 years I have been the Local Expert of Greece and Cyprus on a site that has to do with tourism, and with my expertise knowledge I try to help and advice visitors with tips and suggestions that will make their trip more interesting. When I come across tourists in hotels I like chatting with them trying to dig out possible negatives from their stay or from their trip. Well, I chatted with several out here and there was not even a single person to mention something bad regarding this hotel. On the contrary they were sorry that they had to leave and only wished they were able to stay longer.
I noticed that the staff works on the least detail for the comfort, preference, taste and style of each and every guest. The people at the reception -I remember Kiki and Stelios but even though I miss the names of the rest they were all amazing. I had a long chat with Chrisa the young lady at the Bar on the Top Roof, I also talked with Dimitri Tsivikas, Thomas and Michali, and George Kaloudis. I found them skilful, professional and very attentive. Keep up the good work guys!
ROOM & BATHROOM: We had room #605 overlooking the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It had a minimalistic feel. I cannot say that it was big but it was spotlessly clean, functional, and comfy. I loved the idea of the oblong window by the bathroom wall. It made the bathroom brighter, and I could have my shower and at the same time watch the news, or enjoy the spectacular view of the ancient temple and greenery extending through the wide balcony window.
The bathroom was quite large with a centre piece of furniture with shelves for the towels which were bright white and fresh.
Toiletries –the “Karavaki” brand were ample.
Double-glazed windows keep traffic noise away ….but I always carry my earplugs just in case! Rooms on the lower floors surely have more noise so have a set of them in case you are given a room on a lower floor. Coffee/tea facilities are only provided in the suite but as a traveller again I have my own miniature kit for my afternoon coffee. Of course there is the alternative of the Roof Top Bar where you can enjoy your drink overlooking the spectacular view.
COMPLIMENTARY TREAT: I appreciated the two tiny dark chocolates and the sachet of lavender I found on our Queen bed…for sweet dreams! A nice gesture indeed!
FACILITIES: There was a safe in the room, a mini bar, a hair dryer and a flat T.V. set. Huge mirrors –on the whole surface of the wardrobe proved handy as well. I asked to see a few rooms just to have the whole picture of what the hotel has to offer and out of the 99 rooms, 60 have Queen beds, some are twin bedded, but the one and only Junior Suite has a Jacuzzi bath tub and shower, -the bathroom of the suite overlooks the Temple and the beautiful path park beside it. I also asked to see a budget room which I found indeed beautiful, spacious and comfortable with the only negative that overlooks walls. This won’t be a problem though if you are busy all day long and out of the building. All rooms are identical in size, décor and colour with the only difference those in lower floors overlooking buildings. It certainly worth paying some extras for a room with a view!!
All rooms are equipped with an electronic sign system next to the door for the “Do Not Disturb or Make up the Room”.
FOYER: It has great contrast to the outside pavement on the high road, the foyer opposite the reception desk has a modern touch, and it is comfortable with a wall fireplace. This must be extremely popular on cold winter nights.
LOUNGE: The lounge on the side of the ground floor is nicely furnished with comfy sofas that blend perfectly with the modern stylish interior. There is a smaller corner bar out there where I had a cocktail and my husband enjoyed his snack the second day of our stay. The service was great.
Wi Fi CONNECTION: High speed Wi Fi is available throughout the hotel. In the lobby and restaurant/bar for free. (There are two computers in the lobby with a printer). You can purchase an internet card from the reception for use in the room and the cost of course varies. For an hour it will cost you 4.00 euros, for a whole day it is 14.00, the two day card costs 24.00 and for 4 days the cost is at 36.00 euros.
CONFERENCE ROOM: Just above the reception desk on the mezzanine level there is a reception area with a Conference and Meeting Room which can accommodate up to 100 people. Services include a quick and convenient copy service, and fax. The whole area is ideal for hosting a conference, organize an event, or arrange formal dining.
BREAKFAST: In an attempt to congratulate the Chef for the excellent cuisine and an amazing breakfast I had the opportunity to meet Stratos. Breakfast out here was honestly beyond my expectations –everything was fresh and delicious and the variety rich.
It is actually an American Breakfast based on Greek fresh products of the best quality. I loved the idea of ‘koulouri’ and ‘bougatsa’. I urge you to try both. Spinach pies with puff-pastry were also delicious. There was a fresh chocolate/vanilla cake daily, orange and grapefruit juice, sausages, omelette, rice pudding, honey and fresh seasonal fruit, amazing coffee, cereals and milk and many more. I was not happy with the fried eggs though because the yolk was dry. (Omelette however was good)!
THE VIEW: I have never before been to a restaurant as close to the Acropolis as this one -Listed as #4 Roof Top Views of the World! The view is spectacular no matter what time of day or night you come here. It is no need to get out searching for a restaurant with a view if you have all this at the place where you stay!
TIP: Between us, restaurants in the touristy area of Plaka are not only expensive but a rip-off. At the same time you cannot be sure of the quality of food offered. I am talking about the spots where tourist agencies book to host tourists and you don’t see Greeks around. Try to avoid them!
The view of the city from the hotel's Roof Top is possibly the BEST in the whole of Athens.
EXPLORING/ROUND AREA: Be sure to have on a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Central roads have been transformed into pleasant pedestrian walkways but if you plan to walk up Plaka’s steep alleys you will surely need them.
Besides the Syntagma Square and the House of Parliament the National Gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Gate which are all in short proximity you can take the way around the Acropolis Hill –known as the Archaeological walk of Athens” as it passes through the most significant ancient sites of the city, giving the opportunity to start the tour from many different points. The ideal part of the tour starts at the Acropolis Metro Station and ends up at Monastiraki. In other words, -a circular walk along 3 pedestrian roads. Dionisiou Aeropagitou, Apostolou Pavlou and Adrianou.
Tourists can use it to visit the Acropolis,Dionysus Theatre and the Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis Monuments and the famous Agora. It ends up at Thission and the Temple of Ifestos, -an area full of spectacular views of the Acropolis, with many café bars and the popular Monastiraki Flea Market.
I mentioned above that the location of the Hotel is simply superb because with one outing the tourist can have it all: the Acropolis, ancient sites, museums, unique photo angles, coffee breaks and a stroll in Plaka, with its beautiful neoclassical buildings. I urge tourist to use the subway to return back to the hotel in case they start feeling tired!
In all, I highly recommend the Athens Gate Hotel for all the above reasons and I will definitely return. Thank you guys for making our stay interesting….especially the guys at the bar and restaurant.
Address: 10 Sygrou Ave. 117 42 Athens
Comparison: about average
Phone: +30 210 9238302
Some years back, this hotel was one of the best in Athens.
I used to visit it a lot on different seminars and during the English exams where students had to sit for their certificate. I always found it expensive to be honest, until a relative came here for 3 nights.
Internet is not free, and it costs really much. If I am not mistaken it was 15 euro a day where on other hotels nearby internet is completely free. If you want to use the mini bar…forget it. It is so expensive. 4 euro for a bottle of small water!
There are many kiosks all around, so don’t bother!
I believe more attention is given to those coming here for their seminars than to their guests. It is unfair.
Unique Qualities: The rooms were comfortable and clean, and one very positive thing I can say is its location. Indeed the location is excellent especially for people coming on business.
But choose to eat out for sure!
Address: 2 Vassileos Alexandrou Ave, Athens, Attica, 16121, Greece
Comparison: about average
Phone: 210 7207000
The Hilton Hotel in Athens
I visited the Hilton Hotel once many years back but never had the chance to stay.
I was on a seminar in Athens and I picked this central hotel for its location.
It is luxurious,with very spacious rooms.
The view from the windows is incredible facing the heart of the city of Athens and the Acropolis, and the Licabettus Hill.
It was May and I enjoyed the outdoor swimming pool.
Of course it is clean and comfortable, but the checking in hour is 2.00pm like in all European countries. I needed to get in my room a bit earlier but I had to wait to be cleaned.
Checking out is at 12.pm.
Address: 46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens, Attica, 11528, Greece
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: From Athens International Airport take Attiki Odos Avenue, which leads to Mesogion Avenue and at the end turn left into Vassilissis Sofias Avenue. Follow the road for 0.6 miles and the Hilton Athens hotel is on the left-hand side
Phone: +30 210 7281000
Price: US$180 and up
Viewing the Acropolis
If you plan to visit Athens and be away the whole day, then book here for sure.
It is a safe place, but don’t expect anything luxurious or romantic here.
Good location because it is central, but the hotel needs a refreshing.
Have in mind that there are two wings and when you book ask to be given a room in the new wing.
It is popular with many Cypriots and people coming from England. My closest friend stayed here several times, but this summer I had the chance to come here and see a friend for a while.
Breakfast was adequate and it was fine as that day I had breakfast with my friend.
There are different toiletries in the bathroom which are basic.
There is free wireless internet which is extremely slow, and many times she could not get connection.
It badly needs renovation.
Address: 5 Diomias Street, Syntagma, Athens
Comparison: about average
Phone: 210 3238034
The view of the swimming pool from our room
Hilton’s name stands for excellence and somebody coming here expects consistency in quality and service. The hotel has been fully renovated some years back to a luxurious, sophisticated 5-star environment. It has become one of the best, if not the very best hotel in Athens, -a home of luxury and privilege. An award of recognition was gained when the hotel was voted as the most popular business hotel for 2010. As a professional guide writer I am always on the go, and have the chance to visit and comment on many hotels throughout the world. I spent one night here many years ago on a seminar and 3 unforgettable nights now after the renovation and the difference is obvious. I urge people to choose this hotel for different reasons.
It is located in one of the most impressive boulevards of Athens, only 25 minutes away by direct subway from the Athens International Airport. It is not more than 10 minute walk to Syntagma Square, or 2 minutes on foot to get the metro for the shopping and cultural district, to wander through the city’s bustling business and shopping areas.
Great attention has been given to the newly renovated guestrooms and suites with emphasis on the elegance and comfort. The Executive Floor is luxurious with a private reception, and this luxury extends to rooms and bathrooms with extra facilities. From the moment we stepped in, up to the moment we left we were made to feel special.
Our room was overlooking the Acropolis and was on the 10th floor. It was stylish, clean and comfortable with excellent air conditioning and double-glazed windows. The amenities on the Executive floor differ with provision of daily business newspapers and complimentary access to the Hiltonia Spa which is beyond expectations. I did not visit the gym but what I really enjoyed was to exercise in the indoor pool which I found amazing with the different massage devices which are really effective. Devices like swimming jets, water cannon and a water bicycle makes the swimming pool unique. Believe me it is worth all the money.
Our Executive room had all the amenities of a 5* hotel including a mini-bar with everything one would dream of. (Mind you, it is quite expensive, and if you move anything from the mini bar it is automatically billed on your account). The office desk had two direct dial ISDN lines and voice mail and I spent a few hours out there daily. The marble bathroom with separate shower suite was a delight but what added more elegance was the deep bath and the many toiletries provided daily. The hotel uses exclusively the Crabtree and Evelyn products which include body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, sewing kits, shoe shines and shower caps, bath tablets, robes and slippers. The complimentary plate of fruit and a 500 ml bottle of fine red Greek wine was a nice treat which we appreciated.
In reality I am not fond at all when it comes to buffet breakfasts, lunch or dinners so we preferred the extensive continental breakfast selection at the Executive Lounge on the 11th floor. We tried it the first morning and noticed that it was ideal for people like us who watch our diet. It included high energy and fibre and low calorie dishes which we enjoyed and this made us feel like home.
I am closing this review with a memorable experience from the terrace of the Hotel. Athens is always beautiful and enchanting especially if you see it from above. The Galaxy Bar and Restaurant offer this exceptional, spectacular and panoramic view of the Athenian landscape extending out to the coast behind the Acropolis where some ships can be seen (weather permitting) in the distance. On the side and in short distance there is the Lycabettus hill. As it gets dark all this is transformed to magic. Under a spectacular display of stars enchanted by this unrivalled view, indulge in the stylish surroundings and feast your senses from a variety of dishes. Of course some of them are expensive but I believe you deserve this treat.
I had the chance to talk to several guests during our stay and the only negative I kept hearing was the high charge of internet (18 euro a day, or 30 Euro for 2 days). However, I urge people to check out the very low cost package which lasts until the 17th December. I am referring to the Cultural Weekend which includes tickets for 6 Museum visits, and access to the Spa and indoor swimming pool. I believe it is a bargain not to be missed!
Address: 46, Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, 115 28 Athens, Greece
Comparison: about average
Phone: 210 7281 000
Room 505 - Our room on the 5th floor
Starting with the location of the Hotel which is in one of the most trendy and elegant districts in Athens, it offers the best of Athens just in walking distance, right in the luxury areas of Kolonaki centre, -a place of celebrities and shopping.
The hotel has a long history behind it with the 4th generation overtaking the business the last 10 years and this is another reason that makes it so special and a gem in the city of Athens. It is a wholly Greek family business with no trace of fatigue.
During our 2 days stay I did feel the luxury class services offered to guests, -the fundamental motive of the staff and management here. There was a taxi strike and we were given a reminder leaflet upon arrival which proved very helpful since we had forgotten all about it. It is a hotel where guests are treated like VIP guests no matter the kind of booking they have made. Professionalism is at its highest point, and the management seems to be doing an excellent job providing an ambience that guests will surely want to return. It is indeed a home of luxury and privilege and over the years has established and proved that it is one of the finest hotels in Athens.
Our spotless charming room was not very big but it was stylish, comfortable and cosy. The bed was huge with an up and over bed head canopy which provided a creative and sophisticate centrepiece,-only wished I had more time to relax here.
We had a surprise indulgence an hour after we arrived of some ouzo. Our little balcony was facing the Acropolis and it is magic sitting out here after sunset when the lights are on. What breathtaking views we had!
I can admit that our bathroom was not very big either, but for our comfortable stay we had all amenities needed which were included in a kit, and there were ample of toiletries with the name of the hotel on, besides the 3 huge bottles of shampoo and bath gel above the bath tab. Towels were bright white, and bathroom robes and slippers were provided as well.
The coffee and tea making facilities were also appreciated.
The American buffet was more than adequate with a great variety of cereals, omelette, sausages, salmon and mushrooms, cakes, jams, fresh orange juice, ham and cheese, bacon and anything one would dream of. Kyriakos the Cypriot supervisor of the restaurant has been working at this hotel for more than 25 years and he was telling me that the majority of people working here are dedicated to this hotel. I believe having people working in the same business for so many years, surely makes the difference and this is where professionalism and the success of the business comes!
The one and only day I spent here was actually not enough to visit the Sensia spa and when I asked to visit it I was told that it opens at 1:00 pm which was too late for me. I spent an hour up the terrace by the outdoor swimming pool enjoying a refreshing drink where I talked a lot with Nico, whom I found exceptional. He is responsible for the bar and the area on the terrace, with higher studies. I noticed how people greeted him with a smile that showed that he is doing a good job out there.
Le Grand Balcon on the 6th floor, -popular in all Athens and not only, is transformed to magic as it gets dark with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Acropolis and the Lycabettus hill which is in short distance. In reality, a multifunctional spot operating as a Sophisticated Gourmet restaurant with exceptional dishes, a Dancing hall and occasionally a Conference centre.
If you appreciate fine art you will find a great collection of inspiring and breathtaking works of art and paintings all over the premises. I was so amazed and absorbed by the beautiful collection having a feeling that I was walking through an art gallery until I came across the S G Art Gallery found at the mezzanine of the hotel.
In an attempt to find something negative I am obliged to mention that more businessmen would choose this hotel if it had a free internet connection. Of course there is a free wifi connection in the lobby but it is extremely slow. I had my own laptop and my own connection here since I live in Greece, but for foreigners this is a problem. At the basement of the hotel there is a parking lot but guests have to pay because it operates as a different business.
In all, our stay was exceptional, I would certainly love to return and I highly recommend it to all.
Address: 2 Kleomenous Street, Athens, Attica, 10675, Greece
Comparison: about average
The impressive pool area
We spent 2 wonderful nights at the Margi, and I want to state that the hotel is beyond better than what it shows on the net. The hotel is nestled between the sea and pine forest. Within a 5 minute walk there is a wonderful public beach and yet another private one a bit further. I am referring to Astir Beach although I don’t consider the 15 euro per day cheap but its worth going there just for a try. Of course you have the waiter service, sun bed and quality facilities. I went there once when a friend came from the U.K.
Margi is the ideal place to unwind away from the busy centre of Athens, yet very easy to come here by E22 bus directly from Syntagma in less than 50 minutes. I find the hotel’s location practical for people travelling around the business areas of the city. Ideal for people who want to avoid the city centre completely and be close to the Airport which is only 30 minutes drive away. I did not dine at the hotel so I cannot tell of its cuisine but there are several good restaurants in less than 7 minute walk serving mostly sea food.
I found the hotel cosy, very stylish and chic in a minimalist Moroccan style, perfectly balancing discreet luxury with a cosy Mediterranean ambience. I noticed that great attention is given to detail. I don’t think that there would be anybody finding something negative to comment on. Those who do so, just lack good taste and no matter where they are they will surely find anything to complain and they do it out of habit. Margi has a character and you are pleasantly surprised discovering new nooks and crannies where a subtle light, an artefact or mirror has been used to enhance the overall effect.
Candles are lit as it gets dark, and the overall effect is stunning. Every single corner is different from the other, and depending on the light you get a different perspective. It is just magic!
We had the Executive room #408, which I cannot say was huge. On the contrary I found it moderately sized elegantly simple and comfortable with the balcony overlooking the pine forest and the window opposite the bed overlooking the beautiful coast. It was as if we were in front of a painting when we were looking through this window! It was cold and windy outside and the sun was shining brightly in the room making it warm and cosy. The room was clean with all the amenities that a 5* hotel should have.
I found the bathroom spacious with a modern walk-in shower and I was happily surprised to find the popular Korres toiletries here.
The American breakfast was more than adequate and had everything to meet the most demanding expectation. Breakfast starts from 07:00 till 11:00 am.
I am not fond of pools and I find them mostly decorative but the bar and pool area is truly amazing surrounded by an elegant terrace decorated with purple sofas and beds to lie down.
Staff seems professional and the service is excellent. It is very positive seeing young people working in the premises. Even the owner of the hotel is a young man full of enthusiasm and eager for the very best of the hotel. We had the chance to meet Janette at the reception, always smiling and ready to help with the clients’ demands.
Free Parking was surely appreciated, although wireless internet is not free here. It costs 5 euro for 2 hours and 10 for one day. I was told however that very soon this will be settled.
As a Guide Writer, I need to state that Vouliagmeni is a beach resort and there are no shops other than some restaurants in the round area which are not cheap though, and I don’t recommend this location for people who want to visit Athens for site-seeing. It is much too far out to have a base. The city centre is between 45 minutes and an hour’s drive from the hotel the soonest!
On the other hand one can visit the fabulous Lake of Vouliagmeni which is a natural lake fed by underground caves with a year-round temperature of 25 degrees Celsius well known for its therapeutic properties, just a 5 minute drive from the hotel.
There are local sporting activities available such as tennis, basketball and volleyball in the area next to the coast.
Most of the beaches entail an entrance fee, the price is quite reasonable if you spend the entire day there where you can have lots of water sports to amuse yourselves with. Windsurfing, water skiing, Jet skiing, canoeing, diving, boating, snorkelling and sailing are some of the most popular sports in the area.
In all, it was a great stay, and I would love to return, and probably next time try the cuisine that I did not have the chance to try on this stay.
Address: 11 Litous Street, Vouliagmeni, (Kavouri) Attica
Comparison: about average
Phone: +210 8929 128/143
Room 403 -Athenian Panorama
We spent two unforgettable nights at the Royal Olympic Hotel when in Athens celebrating my birthday.
The location is more than perfect away from the centre where the protests take place from time to time, but still close in an ideal spot opposite the Temple of Zeus. It is about a 7 minute walk to Syntagma, but there is a bus stop just opposite the hotel for somebody who does not wish to walk.
We had the Athenian Panorama Room #403 on the 4th floor just opposite the Temple of Zeus with an unbelievable view, a room with many windows flooding with natural light. For several minutes I was standing looking outside instead of unpacking. The outside beauty had turned our window into a live work of art. This beauty became more impressive later on in the evening with lights coming from the Archaeological Temple, further behind the Lycabettus Hill and from the lighted buildings and streets around.
The room was big, beautifully decorated and very impressive with huge mirrors making it look even bigger. There was hidden lighting on two sides and three or four stylish brass sconce with yellow lamp shades with a couple of paintings on the walls that added more luxury to it. The navy blue thick carpet with yellow/gold designs was matching with the stylish curtains, the bed and the sofa set. Even the marble on the small table was matching with the colours of the room. The bed was huge and comfortable and I appreciated the side corner desk where I had my laptop to check for possible urgent e mails.
There was a separate, very impressive closet to slot our bags with shelves on both sides and a central mirror with a stool or seat. A side velvet curtain made this little spot look more impressive. We had a complimentary big bottle of Greek red wine with a bowl of seasonal fruit - a treat from the hotel which we surely appreciated. There were no coffee facilities in the room however. I usually carry with me but I did not this time. I always love to have my morning coffee in bed as I wake up early much before the restaurant opens and it was my only disappointment.
Something else that highlights our room are the two separate connecting rooms of the marble bathroom and toilet which is beyond expectations impressive with a real king size bath tub, with stylish tap and shower facilities in the colour of silver and gold. The hotel uses exclusively the Jade by Caterways products and skin essential gentle soap,-all toiletries found in a sea shell.
There is a separate very spacious shower room all in marble with a thick glass door and an impressive glass handle. There are so many mirrors in the bathroom area and the lights are really bright out there that it is so inviting and personally I spent much time here.
Breakfast was on the Roof Garden and it truly included everything to meet the expectations of the most difficult guest.
We had dinner the first night at the new Gourmet Ioannis Restaurant and we found everything so fresh and tasty – a creative cuisine so beautifully presented. What a breathtaking view from up there! So close to the Acropolis as well. We thought to dine somewhere outside the second night since Athens is full of nice restaurants but we could not resist the cuisine of the hotel. Besides, it was the night of my birthday and I wanted it to be very special. The chef, Kostas Tsigas works miracles of art and taste and the Grand Master of the Restaurant Dimitris Sanidas was telling us about the fresh raw materials used here and the attempt of the chef to combine old traditional recipes with modern conception. Every dish was exceptional and I was so thrilled that I am going to write a separate review. I cannot say that dishes are cheap, but it is worth spending a bit more from time to time. It won’t disappoint you I am sure and I urge guests to visit it even for once.
Internet is totally free here –the oasis for businessmen. There are many meeting rooms each with its own unique character and charm.
I found the staff professionals and they were all very helpful when I needed them.
The hotel has a small swimming pool in beautiful gardens but it was closed since it is winter. I highly recommend the hotel as guests can find the absolute elegance of style and taste, and enjoy the ultimate of discreet luxury and warm hospitality here.
Address: Athanasiou Diakou 28-32, Athens, Attica, 11743, Greece
Comparison: about average
Phone: +30 210 92 88400
Room # 132 on the fourth floor
I wanted to visit Pasalimani and Mikrolimano for some pictures for my guides and I decided to stay at a family-run hotel so I booked at Lilia after reading some reviews on the net and luckily we were not disappointed.
The hotel is located on a quiet neighborhood very close to the picturesque marina in Passalimani. The road is quite narrow, with lines of cars parked on the right side, -a bit difficult to find parking space if you have a car, however the location is great.
The University of Piraeus is very close, and there are times when students stay here until they find permanent accommodation. Tourists who want to catch boats to the islands find the hotel ideal, and people who want to spend a couple of days in this beautiful location close to the marina and yachts with the nice café-bars and restaurants are thrilled with this location.
From the airport take the Express bus No X96 El. Venizelos –Piraeus (leaves every 20 minutes). The cost is 5 euro and duration approximately 90 minutes. Come off at Dimotiko Theatro and pick a taxi to Passalimani which I believe is the best alternative to come to the hotel from this point on. The hotel is not very far just let the taxi driver drop you off at Gregoriou Lambraki Avenue to the point that meets Zeas street. It is about 130-150 meters upwards, easily go on foot.
Lilia was recently renovated -the owners who are two brothers and a son were really very helpful and nice people. The reception area is not huge but comfortable creating a cozy ambience nicely decorated. There was a small bar with different drinks but we did not have time for a drink as most of the time we were out. The surround area is so beautiful that you only need the hotel to sleep. The rest of the hours you will surely want to be out.
We had a descent and adequate breakfast in the morning including cereals, yoghurt, ham, eggs, honey and marmalade, cake coffee or tea. The breakfast area is really small with just a few tables, but this does not matter at all. It makes it friendly and warm.
We had room #132 on the 4th floor. We were informed that our room was a little bigger than other rooms (included a small hall). The spacious verandah overlooking the street is an asset to this room. The view of course is mostly roof tops but you can catch a glance of the marina if you stand by the edge. It was very cold to sit outside and enjoy it since it is January but it can surely be appreciated during the summer months. The room was comfortable and clean, with nice bed quilts making a contrast to the color of the wall behind the beds. The small wardrobe included extra blankets. The mini bar was empty but we bought a bottle of water from the huge Carrefour Market which is very close. The room had both central heating and air conditioning and a very small old-fashioned TV set sitting on a stool on the wall opposite the beds.
The bathroom was not big but it was ok with a shower and a hairdryer. Don’t expect a plastic shower cap or other extras besides a shampoo & shower gel –two in one. These are found in 3 or 4 star hotels. The Hotel is a 2* hotel and not 3, but I have seen 3 star hotels with less amenities, very poor breakfast and dirty. It can easily be called a 3* hotel, if it included a swimming pool of course!
In the evening I recommend taking a taxi (4 euro) and get to Mikrolimano. If you come early take a stroll first and then dine at Zorbas Seafood restaurant which I highly recommend. Everything was so fresh, service excellent, location magic!! Find my comments on this restaurant on the Restaurant Tips.
Places of interest are accessible on foot and the hotel is not very far from the main harbor, the shipping companies and all tourist attractions. It is also close to the exhibition centre of the Piraeus (OLP) and also to the Karaiskaki and the Peace & Friendship stadiums.
I highly recommend it for a short stay, as I found the people friendly, the place clean, breakfast adequate, internet is free here and the location the best.
Address: Zeas 131, Passalimani, 185 34 Piraeus
Comparison: less expensive than average
Phone: +30 210 4179108, 4179346
Sunset - Poseidon Hotel
We spent two nights here even though comments on the hotel were not the best but it was a challenge for me. I know well by now that some people are exaggerating in their reviews while others don’t really know what they want. Many will book a 3* hotel and expect or demand services and facilities of a 5*. Before I go further I want to write that Poseidon can be considered a 4* hotel. Of course there were neither pens, a memo pad, a shower cap or a shoe polish sponge –all these can be found in 4 stars but in reality how much do these count…I just wonder!!!
The fact that we parked the car in the small hotel’s car park was the first positive. The moment we stepped in we were made welcome and in all I was impressed with the quality of service. The ladies at the reception were all warm and kind and they impressed me on how well they were dealing with the guests and giving info. It is a hotel that makes you feel like at home.
We had room #604 on the 6th floor (a suite) just below the restaurant. The highlight of this room was its bathroom. Instead of a wall there was a huge glass window and door with access to the balcony. The room was spotlessly clean with nice finishing touches, beds comfortable, and towels bright white.
There was a very small old fashioned TV set but with such beautiful views who would want to watch the telly -other than the news!!!
We had a surprise indulgence with fruit and a bottle of water upon arriving. The mini bar helped to keep water cool, the desk in the corner next to the balcony had become my favourite spot as I was there working on my laptop when I was not out.
Internet is not free but I found the internet fee extremely reasonable compared to other hotels in Athens. The hotel provides a Wi Plus card (prepaid) for 5 euro that lasts 90 minutes. 10 euro for 200 minutes and a day card for 15 euro which is not bad at all.
Breakfast was more than adequate. I was happily surprised to find home-made spinach pie in the morning, three kinds of cheese, ham, boiled eggs and omelette, sausages, croissant, apple pies, honey and jam, cereals, yoghurt, orange and grapefruit juice, coffee and tea, and all these in a 3* hotel!! What more can one expect!! Or were we in a 4* hotel instead!!
Buffet lunch and dinners at the roof garden were plentiful as well and always included soup besides the main dish which to my surprise had both fish and chicken the first day, veggies and roast lamb the second, along with salad, fruit and dessert. Seeing many locals enjoying a culinary dinner the first night we decided to do the same as I wanted to test the culinary skills of the chef and we were not disappointed at all. Whatever we were brought was delicious providing a wide selection of Mediterranean and International fare.
The enchanting views of the Saronic Gulf and the Attic sky from the restaurant are breathtaking. With every moment that went by there was a change in colour of the sky. In other words this hotel is ideal for people who love capturing the morning sunrise and sunsets. We spent two nights here and what my camera captured was totally different from the previous. Besides the good chef, the roof garden restaurant attracts many locals who drop by for an afternoon coffee, dinner or a business meeting. The hotel’s conference halls are fully equipped ideal for business forums.
During the summer months the beach bar & café opposite the hotel offers refreshing beverages and the traditional tavern serves seafood and Greek delicacies. The roof top bar and swimming pool were also closed at this time of year but out of curiosity I climbed up to the top for some amazing views of Athens and the sea as far as the eye can see. This is another spot I have to experience on my second visit, and of course I cannot comment on the sea or the beach at this point.
I am finishing my review on the hotel commenting on the location. It is the ideal spot for public transportation. The street below is really busy all the time and it might be a bit noisy I can admit, but the tram stops right across the street with multiple bus lines for Athens, Piraeus and the Airport. The bus stop opposite is called Edem. Take bus B2 from Akadimia or the tram from Syntagma and bus A1 from the main port of Piraeus. The Airport bus X96 will drop you just outside the hotel. If this is not wonderful then what!
The beachfront, ideal for a stroll, becomes crowded on weekends. Families with children, people jogging, bicycle riders, is a daily scene. Not ideal area for shopping. There are some café restaurants in the area but I don’t see the reason to leave the hotel if what is offered here is really good and the service exceptional. I want to thank the people at the restaurant who were doing a good job even though very busy since the hotel was almost full.
I highly recommend it. I shall surely be back and comment on the top beach bar swimming area, the restaurant opposite the hotel and the beach -things that I missed this time!
Address: 72 Possidonos Avenue,
Comparison: less expensive than average
Phone: + 210 98 72 000
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