Peireos Avenue, the main artery between Omonia Square and Piraeus port, is choked with traffic day and night. Keramikos, the ancient cemetery of Athens and one of the capital’s most underrated archaeological sites, is just across the road. It’s a short walk to the hip restaurants of Keramikos and frenetic bars of Gazi, where young Athenians congregate at weekends.
The neoclassical façade has little bearing with the modern interiors. Decorated in gentle neutral tones, rooms are much bigger than average for Athens. I’d choose a front room with an Acropolis view over a quieter room at the back, but light sleepers might disagree. Mattresses are top-notch and most rooms have a hydromassage shower.
Access to the hotel is rather confusing - a ramp leads to a side door (actually the main entrance), and you need to navigate a stairway to find the reception. There’s a pleasant, ivy-covered internal courtyard behind the reception and a cosy seating area with a fireplace for winter. The basement breakfast room is rather gloomy.
Eating and drinking
Omelettes and crepes are made to order at breakfast, which makes up for the setting - a rather dour room in the basement. One of the hotel’s greatest assets is the rooftop bar and restaurant, so it’s a shame it’s only open for dinner during the summer. The rooftop bar stays open until 2am – I’d recommend going for drinks instead of dinner and saving up for a sublime seafood dinner at Michelin-starred Varoulko next door. Unfortunately, hotel guests don’t get priority booking or discounts.
There’s a tiny, uninviting fitness room and steam bath in the basement. Guests are welcome to play the piano in the breakfast room.
Very polite and knowledgable about the area.
Who stays there
Although geared mainly towards business travellers, it’s increasingly popular with leisure visitors.
Parking and soft drinks from the mini-bar are free.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
Pros & Cons
- Great views from rooftop restaurant and bar
- Spacious rooms
- Right on a busy main road
- Rather glum atmosphere
- Rooftop restaurant is only open during summer