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Fodor's Expert Review AVA Hotel & Suites

Lyssicratous 9-11, Athens, 10558, Greece See on Map

Natasha Giannousi-Varney

On a quiet side street in the Plaka neighborhood, this lovely small hotel is ideally located for all the major Athens attractions and has become a firm favorite among leisure and business travelers alike. Many are content with the "Regular" one-room layout suites, but others, especially those on a longer stay or with children, opt for the "Executive" and "Exclusive" suites, which come with separate living space, small kitchenette, and large balcony. There is a feeling of discreet luxury throughout the hotel, which remains hugely popular despite the top price echelon and the lack of some hotel amenities (main meals not served, no pool or gym, no parking etc.).


Each of the 16 rooms and suites are spacious, bright and look more like apartments. The pale-hued furnishings are elegant, comfortable, luxurious and pleasant to the eye--the overall feeling is of a home-away-from-home. There is free high-speed, in-room Wi-Fi, a safe large enough for a laptop and strong air-conditioning.

The bigger suites have larger balconies, some of them with views of the Hadrian Arch, the Temple of Zeus and of course the Acropolis.

Regular Suite
Photo: Regular Suite
Executive Suite
Photo: Executive Suite
AVA Exclusive Suite
Photo: AVA Exclusive Suite
AVA Grand Suite
Photo: AVA Grand Suite


Nice modern bathrooms, most with spacious showers, and slightly kitschy ceiling paintings. You will enjoy the Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.

AVA Grand Suite
Photo: AVA Grand Suite


Black and white marble floors, ornately carved wooden colonnades, plaster replicas of Ancient Athenian friezes. This along with warm professional staff is what greets guests at this boutique establishment.


There is a decent, light but ample, European breakfast buffet with fresh juices served in the dining area and bar on the ground floor next to the lobby. There is a kitchenette in every room for those who want to kick back and enjoy a nibble on their balcony.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast is the only real meal served; it is not always included in the price so check before booking.


There is a pleasant hotel bar next to the lobby, but it’s nothing to write home about. But with Plaka on your doorstep and Syntagma pretty close, there are many excellent options for having a drink out.

The management does go that extra mile; a bottle of champagne awaits every guest upon arrival.


Getting Around

The nearest metro stations are the Acropolis (5 minutes by foot and one stop from Syntagma) or Syntagma (10-minute walk). Syntagma station has direct trains to and from the airport (45 minutes). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport, it will take about 35 minutes and it will cost around 35€ during the day and around 55€ at night (12 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.). Arrange pick up (c. 30€ each way) from the airport through the hotel. There is no hotel parking.


A few steps from the hotel is excellent if a touch dated, Daphne’s restaurant (2-minute walk) serving Greek/Mediterranean food. Don’t miss the old favorite Byzantino (5-minute walk) with traditional Greek food in the heart of Plaka. Enjoy Mediterranean dishes in an al fresco setting on the beautiful ancient square of Lyssikratous at Diogenis (3-minute walk). To finish off your outing, you can try hand-made ice cream from Le Greche near Syntagma Square (7-minute walk).


Few Bars in Plaka are better that colorful boozer, Vrettos (5-minute walk). For exciting cocktails make sure to hunt out Ipitou bar on the pedestrianized street of the same name (7-minute walk). Great nibbles and an excellent selection of top Greek wines can be enjoyed at Winepoint (5-minute walk). For a different experience, catch a movie and a drink with an amazing view of the Acropolis at the outdoor rooftop cinema of Cine Paris (5-minute walk). All Greek to me? Worry not. Most films are in English with Greek subtitles.


Located in Plaka, there are few better places to stay when visiting Athens. This small boutique hotel is intimate yet spacious and the service is excellent. Most sights of note are walking distance and the only time you may need to catch a ride (except coming to and from the airport and ferry port) is hopping on the Happy Train for a spot of extra sightseeing.


Business, Views
16 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service Yes
Free Parking


Phones: 210-325–9000

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