Apart from the street-level noise from the lower floors, the location is ideal. You’re just moments from the new Acropolis Museum and the archaeological park circling the Parthenon. The Temple of Zeus and Zappeion Gardens are across the road. Plaka's quaint tavernas are a short walk away.
The hotel was totally refurbished in 2007 and rooms are small but well designed. Wooden floors, flat-screen TVs, and top-quality bed linen are standard. The only decorative features are saucy photos of semi-naked statues above the bed. Compact bathrooms are spotlessly clean. Don’t bother paying for a room with a view – the glass-walled roof terrace has 360-degree vistas of the city’s landmarks. Instead, choose a quieter room at the back – even if you can’t bag one on the seventh floor with an Acropolis view.
The modern lobby is much more spacious than most Athenian hotels, with lots of squishy mauve and taupe sofas for lounging around. The space is divided into different areas: a cosy corner with a fireplace for winter, a free computer for guests, and a small bar at the rear. Black marbles floors, mood lighting, and picture windows overlooking a plant-filled atrium add a touch of glamour.
Eating and drinking
The whole eighth floor has been turned into a glass-walled restaurant. So you can breakfast overlooking the Temple of Zeus and dinner with the Parthenon for company. The breakfast spread is as impressive as the view and features lots of Greek goodies. There's a snug little bar in the lobby, too.
Exceptionally friendly staff will readily share their insider tips, organise onward travel, and deal with any problems with a smile.
Who stays there
Mostly couples and independent travellers aged 35- to 50-something.
The only difference between superior and standard rooms is the view.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Easy access to major sights
- Knowledgable staff
- Elegant interiors
- Jaw-dropping views
- Roaring traffic outside front-facing rooms
- Compact bedrooms