Set centrally but on noisy Sygrou Avenue, the beautifully restored late 19th-century neoclassical building has been transformed into a respectable little boutique hotel. Gold painted gaudy antique furniture sits quite comfortably in high-ceilinged rooms, a mark of the architecture of the time. The location, though not Athens' most beautiful, is prime for visiting the city’s top attractions old and new as everything is ramblingly close.
The 22 well-appointed rooms range from small doubles to larger family sized rooms with a laddered mezzanine bed space for the kids. The beds have comfortable Cocomat eco mattresses and the rooms are finished with wood antiques. A complimentary bottle of water will be left daily in your room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms opening onto the busy avenue do get affected by some street noise.
The bathrooms are small but practical, with shower cubicles. Some of the towels are a little worn around the edges--a little bit like some parts of the hotel.
Marble and wooden floors decked with Persian-style carpets, antique furnishings, and golden framed mirrors and paintings add character to the ground floor lobby and adjoining areas. It makes for a lovely change to the cement and steel that confronts travelers on the Athenian roads just outside.
The only food served at this lodging is breakfast. The buffet runs from 7-10 a.m., is fairly standard fare and though nothing too exciting to write home about, it will set you up nicely for the day. The dining area in the basement is not only on the small side, it’s also not in keeping really with the style of the rest of the hotel.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is fresh orange juice which you have to squeeze yourself.
The hotel doesn’t have an actual hotel bar and serves coffee and soft drinks during breakfast time only, but with so many great bars on your doorstep, it’s not something you'll ever miss here.
The nearest metro stations are the Acropolis (5-minutes by foot and one stop from Syntagma) or Syntagma (10-minute walk, or 5 minutes by taxi). Syntagma station has direct trains to and from the airport (40 minutes). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport, it will take about 45 minutes and it will cost around 35 euros during the day and around 55 euros at night (12 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.). There is no hotel parking, but there is an inexpensive car park behind the hotel.
Less than 5 minutes away is the excellent Mani Mani where you can enjoy specialties from Mani, a ruggedly handsome region in the southern Peloponnese. Dine with a stunning view of the Acropolis at the Acropolis Museum restaurant terrace, which serves brunch, lunch but dinner only on Fridays (5-minute walk). O Psaras (15-minute walk) on a mazy Plaka side street is a go-to for Greeks and tourists alike, with renowned traditional Greek food. Fancy a snack? Guarantee sandwich shop is a must, mustering up some of the best tastes within sliced bread in Athens (5-minute walk).
If you like your wine, try Winepoint (5-minute walk) with its excellent selection of top Greek wines and some fine nibbles too. Across from the Acropolis Museum is Old School (10-minute walk), a great spot to enjoy a beer or whiskey. If you don't want to miss an important game whilst on vacation, Athens Sports Bar (5-minute walk) has most of the biggest sporting events on satellite TV, they also have quiz and Karaoke nights (not for the faint-hearted).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel is a beautifully restored old Athenian building and as such has heaps of character. The staff is friendly and helpful and, of course, location matters especially if you like to go everywhere by foot--for some, the best way to explore a city. Its neoclassical beauty does come at a bit of a cost, all things considered.