7 Kapnikareas St, Athens, Greece, 10556
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Plaka Hotel
Don’t be put off by the drab, dated exterior. This is a decently priced, efficiently run place that’s been a base for sightseers since the 1970s. Fully renovated (and soundproofed) in January 2010, rooms are still fairly basic. But there’s a certain charm to the unfashionable interiors and the rooftop bar is a real find.
On the bustling edge of Plaka, surrounded by cafés, souvenir shops, and ecclesiastical outfitters (Athens Cathedral is just around the corner). It’s a short, scenic stroll up to the Parthenon or down to Monastiraki flea market. Monastiraki Metro station is a couple of blocks away; so are the chain stores of Ermou – the Oxford Street of Athens.
I’m not crazy about the yellow and blue bedcovers and curtains, but overall the functional décor is thoroughly unoffensive. Most rooms – and especially bathrooms – are pretty small. Air-conditioned and double-glazed, all 67 rooms have wooden floors, small fridges, and WiFi. Most have small balconies, but only two rooms on each floor have Acropolis views – so steel yourself for disappointment.
The small lobby with chequerboard tiles and leather sofas sets the tone for the rest of the hotel, which makes the best of average features. There are a few sofas and a computer and printer (for a small charge) on the mezzanine floor. But you’re unlikely to spend much time anywhere except the roof terrace, with its lime-green sun loungers and fabulous Parthenon views.
A generous spread is laid out in the pleasant, glass-walled breakfast room on the mezzanine floor. As well as the standard continental fare, there are welcome Greek treats like local yoghurt, honey, cheese and fresh fruit compotes. Free coffee and tea are served all day on the mezzanine – a nice touch. The rooftop bar serves basic drinks and snacks from 6.30pm until midnight, May to October. Room service 7am-7pm.
Dorina Stathopoulou, the manager/owner, has lifted an ordinary hotel into a place where I’d happily return for the helpful service alone. The 24-hour reception staff take the time to offer advice on sightseeing and getting around town, and will gladly help with onward travel services.
Backpackers, island-hoppers, families. Most guests stay just for a night or two.
Prices tend to fall in August.
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- 7 Kapnikareas St, Athens, Greece, 10556
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- roof terrace, city centre, Acropolis views
- High-Speed Internet