Athens Gate Hotel
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Greece, 117 43
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, Sightseeing
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Athens Gate Hotel
With its unpromising location on a busy highway and ugly 1970s exterior, I didn’t expect to like Athens Gate. In fact, I love it. The large lobby is easy-going and elegant, front desk staff are eager to please and compact rooms are classily designed. But the main reason why I’d stay here is the fabulous view from the rooftop bar, with bird's eye views of both the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon.
Apart from the street-level noise from the lower floors, the location is ideal. You’re just moments from the new Acropolis Museum and the archaeological park circling the Parthenon. The Temple of Zeus and Zappeion Gardens are across the road. Plaka's quaint tavernas are a short walk away.
The hotel was totally refurbished in 2007 and rooms are small but well designed. Wooden floors, flat-screen TVs, and top-quality bed linen are standard. The only decorative features are saucy photos of semi-naked statues above the bed. Compact bathrooms are spotlessly clean. Don’t bother paying for a room with a view – the glass-walled roof terrace has 360-degree vistas of the city’s landmarks. Instead, choose a quieter room at the back – even if you can’t bag one on the seventh floor with an Acropolis view.
The modern lobby is much more spacious than most Athenian hotels, with lots of squishy mauve and taupe sofas for lounging around. The space is divided into different areas: a cosy corner with a fireplace for winter, a free computer for guests, and a small bar at the rear. Black marbles floors, mood lighting, and picture windows overlooking a plant-filled atrium add a touch of glamour.
The whole eighth floor has been turned into a glass-walled restaurant. So you can breakfast overlooking the Temple of Zeus and dinner with the Parthenon for company. The breakfast spread is as impressive as the view and features lots of Greek goodies. There's a snug little bar in the lobby, too.
Exceptionally friendly staff will readily share their insider tips, organise onward travel, and deal with any problems with a smile.
Mostly couples and independent travellers aged 35- to 50-something.
The only difference between superior and standard rooms is the view.
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- 10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Greece, 117 43
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- Great views, good value, Rooftop restaurant
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service