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Hotel Tempi

29 Aiolou str., Athens, 10558, Greece

Natasha Giannousi-Varney

A convenient location, just a short, pleasant stroll from Plaka, the Roman Agora, and right on the happening Ayias Irinis Square and its trendy bars. Double-glazed guest room windows keep out the noise--an especially welcome feature on weekday mornings when the shops on pedestrian-only Aiolou are open and the coffee lovers are enjoying the sunshine in the busy square. A good value for the center of Athens although expect to share a bath for about half of the rooms available. Single rooms are located on the 5th floor, and you will have to negotiate five flights of stairs every time, as the small lift is used only for carrying luggage.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a hotel/ hostel category of lodging.

room

Think basic 1980’s style rooms, simple, boxy, plywood furnishing, and laminated wood flooring. Every
room has A/C and satellite TV. The lift for luggage only goes up to the 4th floor. So if you stay on one of the top floors (there are 5 in total) prepare to handle the daily exercise.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Several rooms have good views to the Acropolis and to the church of Ayia Irini out in front.

bathroom

Plain, clean and functional, the bathrooms have small, open shower cubicles. Of the 24 rooms only 14
have en suite bathrooms.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The cheapest rooms have shared bathrooms.

lobby

The functional lobby is just a check-in desk, from behind which stairs lead up to rooms. There is also an
elevator, but it is used for luggage. A poster recommends having breakfast at a couple of the neighboring cafes, offering a small hostel guest discount.

dining

No breakfast is served on the premises, tea and coffee are complimentary if you make it yourself. There is
however a shared kitchen where guests can cook up their own meals.

drinking

No hotel bar; no problem! Many of Athens’ best bars are right on your doorstep.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The nearest metro station is the very central Monastiraki Square (5 minutes by foot); that has direct trains to
and from the airport (45 min). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport, it will take about 45-50 minutes depending on downtown traffic and it will cost around 35€ during the day and around 55€ at night (12 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.). There is a taxi rank on Monastiraki Square.


Restaurants

Try the old time classic Kapnikareas (a short 3-minute walk) with Greek food and live Rembetika music. Mama
Roux (2-minute walk) serves up ethnic dishes with a healthy slant. Thanassis (3-minute walk) is a favorite kebab and
souvlaki taverna just off Monastiraki Square. On the square in front, stop for a super tasty souvlaki at Kostas, a little hole in the wall (lunch only).

Bars

Hop over to Rooster, a gay-friendly bar and café (1-minute walk) at buzzy Agias Irinis square. Also on the
square is Throubi (2-minute walk), a trendy little drinking hole. The always humming Six d.o.g.s. (5-minute
walk) is a hip multi-space space bar complex, with live gigs and the odd theatre performances. After a
more indie scene? Meander up a couple of alleys to Boiler for some underground vibes (5-minute walk).

WHY WE LIKE IT

It’s all about location at this hostel-type place, set in the regenerating historic quarter of Athens. As mentioned above,
some rooms even have views of the Acropolis. The free Wi-Fi has a good signal throughout the hotel.
Once out the front door, most of the best that Athens offer is right round every corner. It’s no coincidence
that Athenian flock in their droves to the square every weekend.

QUICK FACTS

24 rooms, 14 with bathroom
Breakfast No
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar No
Cafe No
Room Service No
Yes
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 210-3213175

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