Movers and shakers debrief one another in the buzzing cafés on pedestrian Valaoritou Street. It’s a scrum at lunchtime, but much quieter in the evenings. Around the corner is Voukourestiou – the most expensive shopping street in Athens. A couple of blocks downhill you’ll find the chain stores of Ermou; a couple of blocks uphill, the designer boutiques of Kolonaki. Syntagma Metro is a 5-minute walk.
Bland but functional: beige carpets, pale wood closets, leatherette armchairs. Superior rooms are less monochrome, with maroon bedspreads and curtains. Big balconies (on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors) are a bonus. Marble bathrooms are bigger than average. Rooms at the back are rather gloomy – best avoided.
The small white marble lobby – typical of so many Athenian hotels – is easy to miss among the sea of tables belonging to the street-level café.
Eating and drinking
A respectable American buffet is served on the mezzanine floor. You can order 24-hour room service from the Pavo café-restaurant – open day and night for coffee, snacks, and Mediterranean dishes of the day.
Perfunctory. Don’t expect a smile from the taciturn receptionist. Housekeeping staff are much more helpful.
Who stays there
All sorts – single business travellers, thirty-something groups of friends, older couples, actors on tour. This is the sort of middle-of-the-road hotel that will appeal to everybody.
Prices drop by about 10% in low season (July and August).
- High-Speed Internet
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Convenient and chic location
- Café culture and shopping on your doorstep
- Uninspiring décor
- Lower level rooms can be noisy during the day