On a narrow backstreet close to Monastiraki flea market, this is the only hotel in Psyrri, a charming district of antique shops, artisans, and ouzeris. It’s a short stroll from Plaka, the Parthenon, and the trendier bars of Gazi.
Unfussy rooms are more beige and brown (with splashes of pink and orange) than ochre and brown, as the hotel's O&B name suggests. All rooms come with free wi-fi and a DVD library, great rain showers and Molton Brown amenities. All-natural Cocomat bedding and Egyptian cotton sheets guarantee a good night’s sleep. For longer stays, choose one of the larger rooms in the new wing. Top-floor suites have private terraces (at a price). You can see the Parthenon from the bed in room 24, but room 22 has the best angle on the Acropolis as a whole. Apart from the suites, there’s not much of a view – most rooms overlook the bustling backstreet. The hotel was recently soundproofed, so noise shouldn’t be a problem.
The colourful, glass-walled lobby leads onto a little bar hidden at the rear. The all-day restaurant, where breakfast is served, is brighter and more appealing.
Eating and drinking
A la carte breakfast is served until 11.30 – perfect for late-night revellers. Everything is made in-house, including delicious spinach and feta pie, walnut cake, and fresh lemonade. Sandwiches, salads and burgers are available all day; try the Greek burger – miniature kebabs wrapped in pitta bread with yoghurt and tomato dips. Mediterranean dishes (pasta with smoked aubergine, tomato and feta, or pork in apple and rosemary sauce) are served in the reasonably priced restaurant.
With 18 (young, eager) staff for 22 rooms, guests are treated as individuals. Personalised service starts before check-in with ‘O&B My Way’: pre-book your choice of pillow, kids’ toys, newspapers, and even bedside reading online.
Who stays there
Young couples and design-conscious business travellers (including Hermes, Burberry and Benetton staff on business trips). Many guests are repeat customers.
The Acropolis Package is great value. For a minimum five-night stay, you get a 30% discount, breakfast in bed, and free entry to all the major archaeological sites.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Personalised service
- Fantastic breakfast – even the bread is freshly baked
- Only a few rooms have views or outside space
- The area is rough around the edges