Central Athens Hotel
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cafeng>Greece May 21-29, 2009
After a long flight to Philadelphia, and then a longer flight to Athens, sitting separately on crowded US Airways planes, Sharrone and I arrived 9am local time in Athens on Friday, May 22, 2009.
We had planned to take the metro to downtown, but at the ticket counter discovered that the …
Just arrived in Athens
42 degrees and rising.
Boys just visited the Acropollis, watched the changing of the guards had a lovely afternoon, Jane and I sheltered in the hotel in Air Con.
Public Holiday here today so nothing at all open, hoping we can get a take-away pizza for dinner.
Will be pleased to leave Athens …
Thepedro stayed here on Apr 27, 2011 during their trip titled: Thepedro's Great Adventure.
... Kanellakis –the sommelier who happens to be a professional, followed each time we had something different to pour a different kind of wine and explain the difference of the flavour. The tannins in red wine find a match in the proteins of meat and there are many vigorous white wines ideal for specific food. The heavier the red meat, the more intense the red wine will be. It was something like playing with our senses the time there. (Reservation is needed)
... hours, especially with the rainy cold weather! Then on to Motrastraki for upscale shopping! But hey, Karen got four sweaters for $45! Not bad!! By this time it was around 6:30 pm and our feet were killing us! We stopped for a bite to eat and well, since every menu seems to have Italian food, we went for pasta! Wow!!! How delicious! By far the best pasta sauce we have ever had!! Now time to use our Spa facilities! The hotel has an indoor pool and several ...
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Nice hotel in the Plaka
The Central Athens Hotel was a good choice in Athens. The location was great, with excellent access to both downtown, Syntagma square, the Plaka, and the Acropolis. The room was quiet, clean, modern and comfortable, with a real queen bed and excellent shower. The sink was one of the tiniest I've seen, but that wasn't a big deal. Although the view out the window wasn't notable, the rooftop terrace had a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the surrounding area. At sunset, everyone came up to enjoy the spotlights being turned on to the Parthenon.
The only problem was that the street was not well lit enough. Make sure to ask the desk for the most direct route to the Pedestrian area, as the side streets are all too dark.
Athens has come a long way!! I've been twice before, and it has improved dramatically (for visitors, at least). They've replaced the busy road around the Acropolis with a nice pedestrian way, which was super, and cleaned up things in general a lot.
The hotel is in an excellent location, convenient to the main subway line, all the toursit sights and plenty of restaurants. The rooms are clean and modern. There is a wonderful view of the acropolis from the roof deck. The breakfast is a typical mediocre european continental buffet but the breakfast room is very pleasant. The staff was terse and unfriendly but did not detract from the stay too much. Overall, it is a good value and I would recommend staying here.
Wonderful hotel and location
I stayed at Central Hotel 2 night at the end of August 2006 ...
i booked through email a standard double not smoking room ensuite ... no problems with my booking: i got immediately what i asked for.
the hotel always answered to all my emails in max 2 days.
great room (number 310), spacious, with air conditioning and tv, with good bathroom. everything was tidy and immaculate. the only defect was the basin...it was little but this doesn't cause big problem to us.
people at the front desk are nice, the same for people in breakfast room.
buffet breakfast full of everything...
perfect location among syntagma square, the cathedral and plaka . we went everywhere on foot, at night it is in a safe street just around the corner of plaka, so near plenty of taverne and restaurants.
a wonderful thing...on the roof garden there is an amazing view of the acropolis and... there is a jacuzzi... free! we had been into the jacuzzi 2 times waiting for the sunset looking the acropolis.
great hotel! i recommend it!
Note that I have not yet stayed in this hotel, but I have reservations for late August.
The reason for my review is because the communication with the hotel is extremely bad. Before booking I contacted the hotel via e-mail and they answered immediately. But after booking I have been trying to contact them again for some matters regarding my reservation (at least 6 times), via e-mail and through their web page and I have not gotten a reply yet.
So, if you want a hotel which will be easy to communicate with, this is not for you, but if you don't mind having to call direclty and spend A LOT of money on phone calls, then go ahead.
We stayed at the Central Athens Hotel in June 0f 2006. We found the room to be dirty. The carpet was rough siisel type material. Therre was a very large black stain around the refrigerrator and the carpet itself was not clean. The room was for three people, the third bed was very uncomfortable and consisted of a fold out cot type bed with very flimsy slats that did not support the body of a 15 year old boy who is average weight and height.
The people running the hotel were friendly and helpful and the breakfast buffet was good.
Perhaps we just had a bad room. I booked this hotel on recommendation of a travel agency in Athens and checked reviews before I finalized the hotel stayd. Almost all the reviews were very good. So perrhaps I just had a bad room. At 165 euros per night for three people the hotel was overpriced considering the factors I have mentioned. I would not stay here again.
Nice little hotel, great location
My family and I really liked the Central Hotel in Athens. It's a very short walk from Syntagma Square where the Metro stop is. It's well situated in the Plaka near several nice eateries and also very close to the main shopping street.
My husband and I were travelling with our kids, ages 5 and 10. We stayed in a "family suite" that had two seperate bedrooms with attached baths with a connecting passage. It was great to have two bathrooms as well as privacy and a little extra space. It was good value for money too.
I do agree with a previous reviewer that the bathroom with the frosted glass window would probably not be comfortable for people who were travelling together but did not know each other very well. But for family/spouses/near and dear friends it's fine.
I think the hotel was renovated 3 or 4 years ago so the furnishings are all modern and in good condition. The highlight was sitting up on the roof garden enjoying the amazing view.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, making calls on our behalf when there was a language problem. There was a taxi strike on the day we left but they had put up plenty of signs over the hotel in advance, telling guests about the strike and they helped make alternate arrangements for people who needed to get to the airport.
If you're looking for a clean, comfortable base from where to explore Athens I would highly recommend the Central for it's great location, rooftop views and helpful staff.
Nice & clean hotel with helpful staff
We are just back from Athens. Central hotel is nice, clean and centrally located. You can reach the Cathedral in 1 minute and the Ancient Agora in less than 5. Rooms are small, but clean and the view from the roof garden is gorgeous. Staff at the reception desk is kind and helpful, as well as the staff at the buffet breakfast. We were allowed to keep one room until 2 pm and were also helped in finding a pharmacy on Saturday (almost all pharmacies are closed on Saturdays and the ones which should be open, are closed as well...). In order to find good prices, I would recommend contacting the hotel directly by e-mail.
Have a nice stay in Athens!
Great Decor, a problem with the bathroom
We stayed at the Central Hotel in 1988 when it was called the Aphrodite, and liked it then for its great location, view of the Acropolis from some rooms, the great roof-top terrace, friendly and helpful staff, and air conditioning which worked well in the summer, all at a reasonable price. As the Central, it still has all of these things. It was re-done a few years ago, with a great decor. However, we found one major problem, which was that the high-concept decor, which looks great, has the bathroom wall in etched glass, with some clear areas, making the bathroom not all that private. In addition, the glass door to the bathroom does not reach the top or bottom of the door frame, so there is little privacy from that standpoint, either. If this kind of thing would not bother you, then this would be a great hotel.
Loved the rooftop view
This hotel is located in a small side street in the Plaka area. The street doesn't have much on it, and is a small dark street, but don't let this put you off. The location is excellent, within easy distance of the main shopping areas and many of the major attractions. Plenty of restaurants nearby. The rooms were clean, even if the carpet was a bit stained and worn, and the size adequate. Many rooms have a private balcony. Breakfast was nothing special but good enough. The best part of the hotel was the roof terrace with a fantastic view of the Acropolis. Although there was a bar up there it was never staffed. You can order drinks from room service, or purchase wine and food from local stores and bring your own. The rooftop jacuzzi was disturbingly dirty the night we arrived and then empty the next two nights, so we never got to test it out.
My parents stayed in the Hermes Hotel next door and we all agreed that Central was nicer and a better deal.
Nice Value hotel
We were recommended this hotel by our ground operator. The rooms were small, clean and did look at the Acropolis from the back. They were quiet and the AC worked great. Breakfast was very good and the staff were very friendly. The location of this hotel was EXCELLENT and right in the Plaka where you could walk anywhere and have a great meal and shop without having to take taxi's. One of the nicest features of this hotel is a GEORGEOUS roof deck with Jacuzzi's and a bar where you overlook the acropolis at night and can have sunset drinks or evening drinks with a spectacular view. Enjoy!