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The sounds of shops opening on the street below awoke us. It was another glorious day in Athens. The mild temperatures and clear skies of the previous day had carried over. While we were still tired, we hurried to get ready because our itinerary was very full. We headed downstairs for another scrumptious breakfast. After finishing, we went back to …
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We arrived in London at about 10 a.m. It didn't take long to realize we were in London. The air in the runway tunnels was a lot colder than the one we left behind in San Francisco. Still, it felt great to be back in London. That familiar rush of adrenaline swept through me as we walked through the hallways of Heathrow. Even though this was going to …
... after breakfast we took the shuttle bus to the Terminal building where we then took the coach into Athens, which took about 25 minutes, mainly because of the heavy traffic. We were dropped off at the Andrian Gate and made our way to the entrance to the Acropolis, which was only a short distance, no more than five minutes. The entrance fee was 12 Euros each. We made our way up the steep path, along with quite ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Adrian Hotel Athens
Excellent hotel in great location
I only stayed here for a night, but it was excellent. The staff was extremely helpful and the location was very central. The breakfast is great and the view of The Acropolis is fantastic. The room was clean and a decent size with a great balcony/patio. I would defintely stay here again!
We stayed at the Adrian Hotel mid-April, 2005. It is located in the Plaka neighborhood right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, near the Tower of the Winds, the Ancient Agora, the many market stalls of Monistiraki and just a 10 min. walk from the Monistiraki Metro stop. (which is very handy for a 45 min. metro ride to & from airport). This hotel is by no means fancy and its street appearance is a bit run-down, but the rooms & baths are very clean and moderately large by European standards. The continental breakfast offers a nice spread with terrific freshly squeezed orange juice. Once in-season arrives, breakfast is held up on the rooftop terrace with gorgeous views of the Acropolis and nearby well-kept neighborhood. The staff is friendly and cooperative in every way. A great value, and we would definitely return!
Okay place to stay in Athens
The Adrian is well located in the Plaka. I found the rooms to be drab and not well lit and the night manager (I arrived late) to be very rude. I stayed on the first floor and could hear the noise from the printer at the reception desk all night long. The roof garden breakfast was okay though the view is great.
Okay choice for Athens but at this price, you could do better.
Perfect central location
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights. It's a prime location in Plaka central to everyplace. The rooms are comfortable and the hotel hosts a buffet breakfast room. This place is ideal if your checking out the sights in Athens as a central location. It's not a luxurious hotel nor does it claim to be but is very clean and comfortable at extremely reasonable rates for a european city. Well recommended.
The best thing about the Adrian is location. It is a very short walk to major metro stops, the acropolis, ancient and roman agora, plaka, etc. We chose to pay the extra few euros for an acropolis view, and flt it was well worth it. The room was average sized with adequate beds and space for everything, and a large closet. The bathroom was also good, except our shower was strange (sit down/stand style, no bath). The room was overall very good. The only downfall came when one of us got a little sick and decided to stay in for a night. The television was very small and got almost no English speaking channels. It did get CNN full time, but poor reception. At night we found some movies in English with Greek subtitles, so that was helpful. All in all I highly recommend the hotel for its great value, cleanliness, and location.
Adrian Hotel, Athens, Greece- Have been staying there for 30 years
I have been travelling to Athens for 30 years and have stayed at other hotels, but have always gone back to the Adrian. The staff changes, but is always great. The service is good. The rooms although not extravagent are always clean and the rates reasonable. Its just like going home. I enjoy the closeness to all the sites, the shops and restaurants. Its a great place stay.
I stayed at the Adrian for the entirity of the Olympic Games, paying a suitably Olympian rate. I'd be happy to go back at ordinary prices, which appear to start under $100 per night.
For 3 fabulous weeks my husband and I explored Greece to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was the trip of a lifetime. Stayed for 2 nights in a moderate, yet clean hotel in the historic district of the Plaka in Athens. The Adrian Hotel was on a quiet street within walking distance to the Acropolis, flea market in Monastiraki, shopping, and other ancient areas of interest. Our balcony looked out onto the Acropolis. Breakfast was included each morning on their rooftop garden dining area. The breakfast was good and satisfying. We then took a ferry to our first island, Mykonos. Stayed for 2 nights in a great hotel called the Poseidon Apartments. It came with a small kitchenette, which we did not use. Breakfast was also included in our stay. We had a great view of the Aegean Sea from our small balcony. When we arrived in Athens and Mykonos the end of May, the weather was terrible. It was rainy, cloudy, chilly and in Mykonos very windy. Our third day in Greece the weather cleared up, but it was still windy on Mykonos. We rented a scooter and drove to Super Paradise Beach. A lot of naked people! It's a clothing optional beach, so if you aren't used to nude sunbathing, keep your sunglasses on and your eyes straight ahead! It was a minor culture shock to us, but the beach was beautiful. The water is still very cold the end of May. We also drove into the interior of the island and came to a pretty little town named Ano Mera. We had a fantastic meal in the little taverna. The waiter took us into the taverna and showed us a large case full of cold salads. All different kinds. Showed us another case full of hot foods. Delicious! The tiny, back alleys of Mykonos are wonderful to explore. Easy to get lost, but not so bad you can't find your way out. Lots of T-shirt, jewelry, and "cloned" artifacts shops. Our stay came to an end and we boarded another ferry for Santorini. It was a 7 hour ride on a very nice cruise ship type ship. The ferries in Greece are run on time, and have nice accomodations. Most are equipped with cabins that can be rented for the evening if you're on a long passage. Get to the ship early, as the good seats are taken first. Especially in high season. We went at a great time of year, when it hadn't gotten too hot, yet and there were still many wildflowers around. Coming into the caldera of Santorini was breathtaking. The catastrophic eruption of a volcano around 1500 BC sunk the middle of the island. The top of the volcano is still visable above the water and tours are given daily where you can walk up to the top. But seeing the contrast between sheer reddish and brown rock with the white of buildings across the rim and down the sides of the cliffside, is truly amazing. Make sure you have arranged transportation to your hotel from the port as taxis are sparse and many are already reserved for other clients. I'm so glad we had arranged for transportation before we arrived. It was chaos! I can only imagine what it would be like in high season. We stayed in the western part of the island in the smaller, more intimate town of Oia (or Ia). When you arrive by ferry, it's the first town you see perched precariously on the edge of the caldera as you come into port. The houses look like white icing spilling down the sides of a cake. Our hotel, Esperas Traditional Houses was fantastic. The staff there was courteous and made us feel very welcome. The view was indescribable. My eyes couldn't drink it in enough. Our breakfast, again, was included. We made friends with several other guests, (mostly honeymooners!) The bartender and his wife (who is the wonderful chef!) and especially another young lady who worked the reception desk went beyond the call of duty to make us feel welcome. These 3 folks made our stay extra special. It was a short walk from the hotel to the town of Oia. Buses run frequently and are not expensive. However, we did rent a jeep for 2 days in order to get around the island. Santorini has several wineries and is known for it's wine. We went to the Boutari winery and had our own private tour. There is very little rainfall in Santorini, so all the grapes are grown close to the ground to absorb any moisture. All the wine produced in Santorini is white. However, Boutari particularly has wineries in other parts of Greece so they have many kinds to taste. Santorini is very romantic and it was by far my favorite island as far as beauty. But we had to leave this heaven on earth and travel to our final island, Sifnos. We chose Sifnos because it is not as commercialized and touristy as the other more popular islands. It's terrain is more rugged and it's less inhabited. It, too, was very beautiful. We stayed in a very tiny town called Vathy. It's so small, that the road runs out and you have to walk along the beach to your hotel. Yannis Xanthakis owned the Xanthakis Apartments. They were neat, clean and had a small, nice, kitchenette that we utilized. This was the only place we stayed where we didn't have breakfast included. We were right on a beautiful bay where yachters come from all over Europe to anchor. We ate at a great taverna that was very laid back and had delicious food. One time, my husband and I were on our way back from exploring and sightseeing around the island, when the neighbors of Yannis were sitting on their front porch eating and drinking some local wine, when they toasted me and invited us up for a glass of wine. They were very friendly and hospitable and happy to talk about their lives. It was a highlight of our trip. Most everyone in Greece speaks English. Some better than others. But we had very little problem communicating with most everyone we came into contact with. We snorkled for the first time here. And even though it was June, the water was still chilly. Our last and final stop was a week at a timeshare resort in the Peloponnese. Again, we were on the Aegean Sea and could see the island of Hydra from our resort. We rented another car and took off for ancient Corinth, Epidauros, Mycenae and the old capitol city right after the revolution, of Nafplion. We met a couple from England and a couple of ladies traveling together from Australia that we became friends with. Our timeshare resort was the biggest disappointment of our trip, but we were able to make the best of it. It was the only time we ever ran into very rude and un-cooperative people. Since the incoming of the euro, Greece is not as inexpensive as it used to be. But if you look there are still some great deals to be had. I had contacted a travel agency in Greece and worked with a wonderful lady that helped me plan our trip. She was in constant contact with me via email and everything went like clockwork. I would highly recommend using a greek travel agency as they know the ferry schedules better than anyone in the states. They also know their own country and can recommend places that aren't necessarily full of tourists. We concluded our trip by going back to the same room we had in Athens at the Adrian Hotel. We didn't find out until our last day in Greece that there were some great ruins behind our hotel. Since it was a bank holiday, we were able to get in free. We didn't take travelers checks. We only used ATM machines which we found everywhere we went. That was easy, and we only got out the money that was needed for several days. There are a lot of places that do not accept travelers checks and credit cards. Don't try to leave from Athens as soon as your ferry comes in. The weather can be unpredictable and ferries get cancelled quite often when the seas are rough. Take at least another day before flying home. We would love to go back another time. It was well worth the money spent. I would definitely spend more time on the island of Santorini. As they say in Greece: kalo taxidi, which means, good journey!
Very Nice Hotel for price
Stayed at Adrian Hotel Nov 2001. Was very nice, large room. Had balcony with view to Acropolis, (with some pine trees in the way). Great buffet breakfast was included for about $52 a night, at that time. Hotel right in middle of the Plaka district and was easy 5 min walk to Acropolis.
Convenience and View at Plaka
Value for money in a perfect location. I have stayed here several times and the staff have been courteuos and helpful. The rooms are adequate and the breakfast on the roof terrace has an unbelievavble outlook to the Acropolis..