3 Mitseon Street, Athens, Greece, 117 42
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, History, Sightseeing
Best for On a budget - Expert review of Philippos Hotel
If I were a first-time visitor to Athens on a budget, this is definitely where I would stay. You can walk to all the must-see sites within minutes, along the glorious pedestrian walkway that rings all the major archaeological landmarks, and up through the quaint alleyways of Plaka to the Parthenon. The decor is delightfully old-school but has been updated with a few well-placed modern touches. Above all, it's a hotel where you'll really feel welcome.
Central, safe and hassle-free. Although only a couple of blocks from the Parthenon and the new Acropolis Museum, this is a quiet residential neighbourhood. You can walk to all the major archaeological sights, but if you want to venture further afield the Acropolis Metro station is a 5-minute walk.
Cosy and spotless, all 50 rooms have a retro Scandinavian feel, with wood panelled bed-heads with built-in bedside units. The cream-and-tan colour scheme is livened up with cute printed cushions and charming photographs of Greek scenes. Bathrooms are pretty cramped, but they do the job.
Leather sofas, fragrant lilies, and evocative photographs give the small lobby a relaxed and homely atmosphere. You can order drinks here any time of day. There are more sofas tucked away in the sunny conservatory and a couple of computers for guests’ use.
Homemade cakes, boiled eggs, yoghurt and fresh fruit are served in the bright and breezy breakfast room. There’s no restaurant, but guests get reduced rates at Herodion, the sister hotel around the corner. There are tavernas galore in nearby Plaka, but most of them are terrible tourist traps. Instead, try Kyoto, an eccentric Japanese restaurant with spectacular Parthenon views, or Ilias in Thisseion – their grilled lamb chops are legendary.
Most of the staff have been around for decades – a sure sign of a quality establishment. Everyone is good humoured and genuine, from the receptionist to the chambermaid.
Musicians performing at Half Note jazz club, savvy tourists from all over the world, lots of repeat visitors.
There’s no extra charge for the Acropolis view, so it’s the luck of the draw. Rooms 501 and 701 have excellent views. Ask to be upgraded to a room with a balcony if any are free – you'll welcome the extra space.
More information on Philippos Hotel:
- Price from:
- 3 Mitseon Street, Athens, Greece, 117 42
- Free tags / Keywords:
- sightseeing, convenient, Value
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet