The Herodion is in pole position for every major Athenian landmark: the New Acropolis Museum, the Roman Herod Atticus theatre, Plaka, and the Parthenon itself are all just moments away. Much of the surrounding area has been pedestrianised, making it easy to stroll between the sights.
Bedrooms are a bit of a let down, compared to the spacious, tasteful lobby and spectacular roof terrace. But there are plenty of welcome features, like all-natural Cocomat mattresses and pillows, and grey marble bathrooms with bathtubs. Rooms on the first floor haven’t been renovated yet, so try to book a room on the upper floors, most of which have Acropolis views. Most rooms at the rear have small balconies overlooking a schoolyard.
Sun loungers are dotted around the roof terrace, which is even more magical after dark, when the statues from the Acropolis Museum next door seem to float in the night sky. There are loads of squishy sofas in the lobby for flopping in after sightseeing.
Eating and drinking
The menu might look like standard tourist fare, but the food in the pretty, plant-filled conservatory is surprisingly good. There’s a bar in the lobby, but it’s much more fun to ring room service from the rooftop hot tub and enjoy a cold beer with a view.
There are two rooftop hot tubs (for a small charge) and a 'water spray' area for cooling off (hugely popular with kids).
Old-school but very accommodating. Most of the staff have been around forever. They might be a little jaded, but they know what their customers want and have the lowdown on the local area too.
Who stays there
American tour groups and families en route to the islands.
If you insist on an Acropolis view, there’s a 30 euro surcharge but you’ll be given one anyway if it's available.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Plenty of space to relax in summer or winter
- As close to the Acropolis as it gets
- Rooms are small and rather dated
- Bathrooms are cramped