Hotel Acropolis House
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Acropolis House Athens
The hotel had an antique atmosphere for its articles of furniture, some of the staffs were homely, and it looked like a family-run hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Acropolis House Athens
Basic Clean Rooms, Great Location and Service
Good Plaka Location (one block from the Church of the Metamorphasis) for a basic, clean hotel. If you are expecting spacious bathrooms, elevators and balconies, look elsewhere for more money. Price includes simple breakfast; all non-smoking rooms. Outstanding staff! Would stay there again. Also look at the Adonis Hotel across the street which has an outstanding roof terrace with a view of the Acropolis.
Great location, friendly staff
We found the Acropolis House Pension in the Plaka to be in a great location. The staff was friendly and helpful. The price, which includes breakfast, was quite reasonable. The hotel is old, so don't expect the Hilton. But my family enjoyed staying there. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in Athens.
'An Affordable Safe Haven' for budget travler
I found the Hotel to be clean. The Staff was very personable, helpful and charming above all. I was travelling alone and a man followed me back to the hotel and tried to come up to my room and the night clerk stopped him short. The Hotel is well located and within walking distance of the Acropolis.
Welcome to Athens
I have stayed at the Acropolis House on three occassions. I found the staff to be very friendly and helpfull. The rooms are clean and comfortable, good breakfast is served. Rates are good. Situated in the heart of Athens on the edge of Plaka. On a Sunday morning you wake to the sound of the bell from the Orthodox Church along the street and there are wonderfrull views of the Acropolis lit up at night Not top of the range but a great atmosphere and as authentic a taste of Greece as you will get in its Capitol. Wouldn't miss it any time I am in Athens.
Great place to stay. Rooms with a vieuw (and terrace) -first floor.
Reasonable prices and friendly owner
Old style pension
I have stayed at the Akropolis House on at least six different occasions. Obviously, I like the place. I like the reasonable prices (especially with the Euro skyrocketing), I like the staff (whether they are in a good mood and talkative or whether they are a bit grouchy), I love the old building (a former mansion), I love the street (a pedestrian walkway that takes you right to the heart of the Plaka), and I love the modest breakfast (warm bread, jam, good coffee, tang-type juice, hardboiled egg, and, of course, a few olives). Most of all, I like it (and this is why some folks don't) because it's NOT a 'real' hotel, with shiny surfaces, big lobbies, chilling air-conditioning (some rooms have it), and staff trained by corporate travel-types to smile whenever they speak, even if they are being of no help whatsoever. The staff are real people who, if given a chance and not treated like "staff", will be happy to talk with you forever about anything, including the neigborhood and the sites, or the history of the area and the current challenges facing Greece. But yes, be forewarned, the lighting is weak, you carry your own bags up marble stairs, the rooms are modest, some have private bathrooms across the hall, all that. But i always found the rooms and bathrooms sparkling clean (i wouldn't stay if it wasn't so).
Akropolis House has many, many return guests. All of them aren't fools.
You're in the old part of Greece. Want to stay in a shiny hotel? go elsewhere. want to stay in a lovely old converted mansion with some character? Stay here. Tell Panos and Timoleon hello.
chris from sf
It's life - you don't get what you don't pay for!
Was suspicious about the review from NY, NY. It doesn't pay to expect too much if you don't pay too much. I've stayed 4 times over 10 years at Acropolis House. I chose it for its location, location, location.
Rooms small, basic, but clean - if jaded. I thought staff were cold - but changed my mind by second day. In fact they are very friendly and react well to a warm approach - like most Greeks! It's time a bit of money was ploughed back into upkeep, but I still recommend it to friends who take it for what it is - and there's a certain style about the place. Style, not class. I'd like to see what NY NY can get for the money in central Manhattan! For me, I'll continue to stay at Acropolis House and spend the savings on great food and wines in Plaka - and it's a short downhill stroll back to bed afterwards!
I had very good service the hotel management, owners and staff were fantastic, the rooms are not modern but clean & basic and the hotel in a great location. I met people from all over the world most were returning guests...that says more to me than anything. Fantastic stay!!
i have stayed at the acropolis house three times. it not modern. it is not initially friendly. but it offers safe, clean accomodations at reasonable prices in the best neighborhood (the plaka), a short walk from the acropolis. please understand that this is not a high end hotel that caters to guests demands. they have a variety of rooms in this very old guest house - some with air conditionioning and private baths - but do not expect american standards compared to a "holiday Inn" in the states. if an american or european walks in and begins making demands, he will not be met with courtesy. if their rooms are full that is the end of the story. what you see is what you get. my experiences at this hotel have been very good. paying guests are treated very well.
there are very many customers that return on every trip to athens. this hotel functions very well as a "base of operation". for this price range you will do much worse elsewhere. if you want more amenities, spend a couple of hundred dollars more a night and stay at the electra palace.
Horrible horrible horrible
I have seldom stayed in a worse place anywhere in the world. I have travelled extensively as have the 3 other people with me and we all hated it here. The rooms were shabby, bathrooms were dangerous, public rooms filthy and need painting, and very inefficient and sometimes very nasty personnel. I cannot for the life of me understand how this place got good reviews. Perhaps years ago it was nice but now it is vile. Or perhaps they paid someone to get a good review. All reviewers ought to reassess this place because they are misleading travellers. The only thing to recommend it is the location; there are many other properties in Plaka. I strongly advise avoiding this place.
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... pants was open and his wallet missing. Hopped off the bus in a flurry and took a taxi back to the hotel to call the bank to cancel his credit card. Then off to the police to report the theft ("loss") and get a record of their report. The Greek have generally been so very friendly and concerned about how friendly they all are to us even apologizing for a vendor who ...
... OF BUDGETS: The hotel's high standards ensure a memorable stay whether booking at a luxury suite or a more economic room. Something to be considered before booking is that there are rooms of different budgets. Besides the luxury suites that offer the finest views of the city with their private balconies, there are others more economic, while the interior courtyard rooms offer space and comfort and are ideal for younger guests or those who intend ...
... I started to learn a bit about the various types of pottery, the early black-figure vases of 4th c. BC, the red-figure period and then the white-ground technique.
I was very interested in the exhibition about the Antikythera Shipwreck. The wreck was discovered off the islet of Antikythera by sponge divers, who brought up some artefacts in 1900-01. Then in 1976 the site was surveyed and artefacts raised by ...
... points of a city, you can understand a lot about it.
After the Parthenon, we decided to just casually wander around the Acropolis (how many times am I going to say that sentence….) We found some cool caves, where we hung out and made the acropolis ours. After this, we headed down the mountain to the Agora, the Temple of Hephaestus, etc. Overall a successful experience.
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... war from ancient times until World War II. Really, there was one room for Ancient Greece, one for medieval times, and then onto Greek independence in the nineteenth century. There were loads of cool stuff though. Lots of intricately decorated guns and uniforms and such. The WWII part was the best though. There were a lot of German guns and equipment. It was around this time that Victoria and I realized that we had no idea which side ...