Amalia Hotel Athens

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Address: Amalias 10, , Athens, 10557, Greece

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

Large rooms overlooking the National Gardens.

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.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

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.

Service

Efficient old hands who sometimes seem to be going through the motions.

Who stays there

Older cruise passengers on stopovers (mainly in spring and autumn), European holidaymakers, and a few business travellers.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Reasonably priced
  • Convenient location
  • Some kitsch touches
  • Light sleepers should avoid front rooms
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