Amalia Hotel Athens
Amalias 10, Athens, Greece, 10557
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Amalia Hotel Athens
I must have walked past this hotel hundreds of times, but never paid it much attention. But since it was thoroughly spruced up between 2005 and 2007, the Amalia is much improved. It’s part of one of the oldest hotel chains in Greece, and service is rather old school. Rooms are modern, pleasantly bland and very spacious.
Although it’s on a busy main road, the location is one of the hotel’s biggest advantages. It’s a few blocks to the tavernas of Plaka, the shops of Ermou Street, and the Parliament building and Metro station at Syntagma Square. The National Gardens, the only proper park in central Athens, is right across the street.
Aim high: rooms on the lower floors are exposed to roaring traffic day and night. (Although double-glazed windows does help block out most of the noise). Instead of a park view, I’d go for a side room on the 4th or 5th floor with views of the Parliament and Lycabettus Hill. Even standard rooms are very spacious. The neutral décor is nothing special, but everything is immaculate. Rooms have either green or orange accents and pretty botanical prints. New carpets have recently been laid in all the rooms, which has definitely spruced things up considerably.
The glass-fronted lobby bar is popular with Greek grannies at tea time, but seems rather forlorn. The bizarre butterfly decorations are out of keeping with the business-like décor.
The breakfast buffet is what you'd expect from a middle-of-the-road hotel. In theory, the mezzanine restaurant also serves dinner, but with so many cheaper, cosier options in walking distance, I wouldn't recommend it. Sadly, the roof garden is currently out of action.
Efficient old hands who sometimes seem to be going through the motions.
Older cruise passengers on stopovers (mainly in spring and autumn), European holidaymakers, and a few business travellers.
Prices are generally lowest between November and March (except Christmas), but you can get good deals in August too.
It's worth paying the extra 15-30 euros for a deluxe room.
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- Amalias 10, Athens, Greece, 10557
- Free tags / Keywords:
- central, modern, City views
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service