Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Achilleas
21 Lekka str, Athens, Athens, 10562, Greece See on Map
This small 34 room hotel bang in the middle of Athens' main shopping district (near pedestrianized Ermou street) and not too far from the sites combines modern amenities and a central location with the personal service that comes from being family-run--and a price at the lower end of its category.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The slightly gloomy street and the building are not Athens’ finest, but the location, a little gritty but very safe is a top hip spot near some of Athens' hippest drinking holes.
Spicy mustard-colored guest-room walls contrast nicely with dusky blue bedding and leopard-print
curtains in the basic but clean and comfortable rooms. The 30 square meter triple and quadruple rooms feature two bedrooms separated by a door and can be ideal for families with children or student groups.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms on higher floors have a balcony.
The bathrooms are small. Worst case; white tiles (some cracked), pokey little sinks and an odd shower
concept with what can only be described as knees-bath sized tubs. Best case; cream tiles, large sinks and
either a shower cubicle or a little bathtub.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a much needed, but gradual upgrade of the bathrooms going on.
Walk under the sky blue barrel ceiling entrance to the long, sleek lobby where black and white diamond
tiles alternate down the center. It’s dotted with comfortable seating, in keeping with the two-tone motif,
as well as a little workspace.
YOU SHOULD KNOW It’s the most modern aspect of the hotel.
The adequate Continental buffet breakfast is served on the mezzanine floor. Beyond this and some
snacks, there is no more food on the premises. This is not a problem however as there are many great food
options nearby, that suit every wallet.
There is no hotel bar, but that shouldn’t really be an issue, as it is in the middle of Athens’ hottest bar
YOU SHOULD KNOW Across the street is a top coffee joint, Artisan, which will more than satiate any caffeine needs.
The nearest metro station is the very central Syntagma Square (4-minute walk); that has direct trains to and
from the airport (45 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 a taxi rank on the far side of Syntagma Square.
Try the old time classic Kapnikareas (5-minute walk) for Greek food and live Rembetika music. For simple and
sumptuous traditional cuisine To Paradosiako (aka Evgenia) (5-minute walk) is not to be missed. Stop over
at Not Just Falafel (3-minute walk) for quick and delicious Middle Eastern eats. For afters or even befores (well in fact anytime!) Le Greche on Mitropoleos is the place to go for home-made gourmet Ice Cream (7-minute walk).
Fancy a refreshing beer? Well there are over 200 international beers stocked at Barley Cargo (3-minute
walk). Baba Au Rum, the much-vaunted cocktail bar of town is only 5 minutes away. Boiler (10-minute
walk) offers psychedelic, grunge and garage alternatives. It’s busier later, from 11ish on. Nearby Toy
Café (5-minute walk) is an old-time drinking favorite.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s tricky to find decent digs for that price in central Athens. Many of the best museums and sites are
well within walking distance and the metro is very close. It’s not a hotel you really want to hang around
in, but its location is ideal for exploring Athens’ many facets, historical, cultural, gastronomical, and
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