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Central Athens, modern & clean hotel Nov 06, 2013
After reading lots of reviews I decided on a stay at A for Athens, it sounded fairly central, had easy access to the transport system and would hopefully be ideal for my first solo trip to Athens.
A for Athens turned out to be the perfect location for seeing the sites, I managed to explore everything I wanted to see by foot. I choose a room without the view to keep within my budget but this really wasn’t a problem as you get the same view during breakfast and when visiting the cocktail bar.
Located on Monastiraki Square the metro station is just across from the hotel it has a direct route to the airport for €8 and also has the Port at the opposite end, it’s a great way of getting around the sites if you are short of time. Taxis also queue up at the square so you won’t be stuck when the Metro closes for the night. Taxis to the airport are fairly expensive approx €50 between midnight and 5am, €35 any other time, if the metro is still open I would recommend using that as it was cheaper, takes approx 40 minutes and you don’t get stuck in traffic.
There are lots of eating places, bars and shops nearby.
The rooftop view at breakfast of the acropolis is amazing (6th floor), this area turns into a cocktail bar from mid afternoon into the early hours and appears to be very popular with the locals, I have read some reviews saying that they could hear noise from the bar throughout the night, however I stayed on the 3rd floor and didn’t hear any of this. Be warned though Monastiraki Square seems to be a very popular place for people to hang out on an evening and because of this gets very nosy until well into the morning hours, I recommend you pack ear plugs, I had a non view room and could still hear the noise, it didn’t really bother me too much but I expect if you had an acropolis view facing the square it would be quite sleep disturbing.
Breakfast was included and fine for a couple of days, it was buffet style and there was a choice of cereal, Greek yoghurt, fruit, eggs, bacon, croissants, pastries, cold meats etc Juices, coffee and tea were included.
The hotel has 3 lifts, one giving direct access to the rooftop bar and the other 2 for hotel guests only, the lifts are quite small and slow, I tended to use the stairs more often than not since I was only on the 3rd floor.
The room I had was large, modern and very clean, the bathroom was to the same high standard and the shower was excellent, the bed and pillows were comfy. The cleaners were in everyday making the bed and providing clean towels.
Fridge, hairdryer, slippers, safe, flat screen TV, and Wi-Fi were all available in the room, but no kettle/tea/coffee facility. The room included air conditioning however I do not think mine worked I complained a couple of times but was assured that it was working!
Reception staff were friendly and helped out with any questions; even providing me with the metro time to the airport on checkout.
If I ever visit Athens again I would definitely consider staying here for a couple of nights. I paid £75/night for a double room with breakfast (1 person), staying in June 2013.
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A for Athens Overview
This establishment is a city boutique hotel, built in 2011. It offers a total of 38 rooms, all elegantly furnished in a cosy atmosphere. The hotel is air-conditioned and features an all-day bar and restaurant with magnificent views of the Acropolis and Monastiraki Square. Guests are welcomed in the lobby, which offers a 24-hour reception and a 24-hour check-out service, as well as a hotel safe, cloakroom and lift access to the upper floors. Currency exchange facilities, a newspaper stand and an auditorium also feature. Guests can enjoy use of the TV room, cafA© and bar, as well as the hotel restaurant. Additional facilities include a bicycle storage area and, for a fee, a car park and garage facilities are also available. Guests may also benefit from the free wireless Internet access. Room and laundry services are available for additional fees. The hotel also offers bicycle hire.
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