A '70s style, well-maintained building (underwent a full renovation ahead of the 2004 Olympics and a more recent lobby refurbishment), the Acropolis Select feels like a sturdy, loyal friend you can rely on. Very close to the Acropolis and its museum, it has everything a traveler needs in a compact and neat packaging. While very close to all the touristy spots it is still located in the leafy, quiet residential area of Koukaki.
YOU SHOULD KNOW You are in the residential neighborhood of Koukaki, south of Filopappou Hill, a 10-minute walk from the Acropolis and literally around the corner from the Acropolis Museum.
Practical, comfortable guest rooms have cheery yellow paintings and relaxing earthly hues, and come equipped with their own kettle (not always provided in Athenian hotels). With a competitive price tag, it is nice to see such welcoming details as the small fruit plate and bottle of water in the room, compliments of the house.
About a dozen rooms look toward the Acropolis. Ask for rooms 401–405 for the best views.
On the smallish side but with a hair dryer that works efficiently and strong shower pressure. The bathrooms could do with further updating in the near future.
Comes with a comfortable sitting area with light wooden coffee tables and large brown sofas that feel homely and welcoming, so you can easily spend some time here relaxing. The lobby has been brought up to date, and makes a good meeting point. It has a small bar and fast Wi-Fi (which is free throughout the hotel).
The elevator is really small, but does the job, just about!
Breakfast is served at the Parthenon restaurant with daffodil-color walls and contemporary, scroll-back chairs in tomato red. No further meals are served in the hotel, so you will have to venture out.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Lunch and dinner are served at the partner hotel Herodion about 40 meters away.
Close to the metro stops Acropolis and Syngrou Fix, which are both a quick walk away (5-10 minutes). There is also a tram for connection to Piraeus and the southern suburbs of Athens just beyond the Museum of Modern Art. If you have a car you can park, the hotel can arrange parking for you for 10 euros per day.
Strofi (10-minute walk) and Dionysos Zonars (15-minute walk) are two well-known establishments with wonderful Acropolis views. Both have gentrified traditional Greek cuisine and in the past have hosted well-known actors and politicians. Mani mani is the Maniot restaurant (5-minute walk) that brings the Peloponnese closer to home with homemade pasta dishes and the most emblematic dish of Mani, sygklino (salted, smoked, aromatic pork). Sfika (5-minute walk) is a Greek-style tapas bar (serving mezedes) where you can find mouth-watering barbequed meat dishes for a diminutive price tag.
Drupes and Drips (10-minute walk) is a happening little bar with Italian aspirations. Great antipasti, serving wine and spritz (also try the artisanal, unpasteurized beer Tholi by Tinos island microbrewery). Exotic-looking Tiki Bar and cool Hitchcocktales are also great choices and less than 5 minutes away on foot.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is a no frills hotel with helpful staff, a very sympathetic makeover with Italian design furniture and an extremely friendly price tag for its unbeatable location.