Ava Hotel Apartments

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Address: Lyssikratous Street, Athens, 105 58, Greece

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.6

Standout service, spacious rooms and a wonderful Plaka address.

Dutch owner/manager Lucy van Alphen and her Greek husband have created a loyal following at their Plaka guesthouse. I can see why. Lodgings are more like serviced apartments than standard hotel rooms, with fully equipped kitchenettes and all manner of indispensable extras, from fast broadband to two hairdryers and kids’ toys to free newspapers.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
3.7
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

 A quiet residential street on the less touristy edge of Plaka, just down the road from where Lord Byron lodged back in the day.

Bedrooms

Completely refurbished in January 2010, rooms are geared towards the business traveller, with high-speed internet and multi-purpose TVs. But there are feminine touches too, like the satin bed-heads, brocade wallpaper, painted bathroom ceilings and plush bathrobes. Every room has a well-stocked kitchenette, with both a minibar and a fridge – a little touch that reflects the management’s determination to cater to every customer. Suites are the size of small apartments and have glorious verandas that aren’t visible from the street, so you can admire the views across Plaka to the Parthenon in complete privacy. It’s one of the few completely non-smoking hotels in Athens, a city of chain-smokers.

Public areas

The lobby and breakfast area/bar are more 1980s than the high-tech bedrooms, but both will get a makeover this winter. Black and white photos of old Athens line the carpeted corridors.

Eating and drinking

There’s no restaurant, but the front desk staff will happily order you a takeaway or make reservations at a local taverna. Fresh croissants and pies are delivered daily for breakfast.

Leisure facilities

None at the moment, but the basement is currently being converted into a gym and meeting room.

Service

Outstanding. There’s an exhaustive file of useful local information, from walking routes to travel agencies, but staff will happily answer any questions and share their insider recommendations.

Who stays there

Travelling executives and diplomats, plus a smattering of couples and families. About half the guests are Americans, who appreciate the attentive service. People usually stay for more than just a night or two. In fact, one guest stayed for 15 months.

Price advice

Look out for discounted packages in low season. Special discounts for long stays (over one month). The hotel can pre-book museum tickets for a small fee.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Even standard rooms are spacious
  • Gadgets galore
  • Staff who really care
  • The breakfast bar is due for a renovation
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