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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Reasonably priced
- Convenient location
- Some kitsch touches
- Light sleepers should avoid front rooms