Athens Lycabettus

6 Valaoritou St, Athens, Greece, 10671

Price from: £72

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#19 of 25
expert-rated hotels in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
3.8
3.8
Eating/drinking:
4.1
4.1
Public areas:
3.6
3.6
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, People watching, Shopping

Expert review of Athens Lycabettus

A surprisingly affordable and serviceable small hotel in a very upscale neighbourhood.

This is my secret weapon: a perfectly decent and very reasonable hotel in one of the fanciest addresses in Athens. The neutral decor may be lacking in flair, but the location makes you feel like a well-connected local: a lively pedestrian street lined with glamorous cafés and boutiques. You’re right in the heart of the action, but without the noise or traffic. There are only 24 rooms and those at the back are less appealing, so book early.

Location: 

Movers and shakers debrief one another in the buzzing cafés on pedestrian Valaoritou Street. It’s a scrum at lunchtime, but much quieter in the evenings. Around the corner is Voukourestiou – the most expensive shopping street in Athens. A couple of blocks downhill you’ll find the chain stores of Ermou; a couple of blocks uphill, the designer boutiques of Kolonaki. Syntagma Metro is a 5-minute walk.

Bedrooms: 

Bland but functional: beige carpets, pale wood closets, leatherette armchairs. Superior rooms are less monochrome, with maroon bedspreads and curtains. Big balconies (on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors) are a bonus. Marble bathrooms are bigger than average. Rooms at the back are rather gloomy – best avoided. 

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Public areas: 

The small white marble lobby – typical of so many Athenian hotels – is easy to miss among the sea of tables belonging to the street-level café. 

Eating and drinking: 

A respectable American buffet is served on the mezzanine floor. You can order 24-hour room service from the Pavo café-restaurant – open day and night for coffee, snacks, and Mediterranean dishes of the day. 

Service: 

 Perfunctory. Don’t expect a smile from the taciturn receptionist. Housekeeping staff are much more helpful. 

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Who stays there: 

All sorts – single business travellers, thirty-something groups of friends, older couples, actors on tour. This is the sort of middle-of-the-road hotel that will appeal to everybody.

 

Price advice: 

Prices drop by about 10% in low season (July and August).

 

Pros: 
Convenient and chic location
Café culture and shopping on your doorstep
Cons: 
Uninspiring décor
Lower level rooms can be noisy during the day

More information on Athens Lycabettus:

Price from:
£72
Address:
6 Valaoritou St, Athens, Greece, 10671
Free tags / Keywords:
shopping, city centre, affordable
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
Kolonaki

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