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We stayed in a hotel in the heart of Athens. The hotel had double, double glazing on the windows, that's 4 pains of glass! It was great no traffic noise, but also no fresh air. It was called the Art Hotel and displayed local art, it was every where, in the dining room, in the rooms in the hallways and the foyer. We tried, but couldn't find any we …
... nice and showed us some things coming to the hotel. We checked in and I must say, I missed Hilton's. We were upgraded to the executive floor and given a room with a view of the Acropolis. They even left us a fruit and wine plate for a welcoming gift. They had drinkable water from the tap, a comfortable bed, and even a private balcony.
We're gonna get some rest before tomorrow's sight seeing day.
... our bags and immediately went for dinner and we were not disappointed. Just the best food here, I actually think I like it better than Italy. Also food and cab fare here is MUCH cheaper it is kind of nice. We got home late and went to bed, got up early this morning and took a cab to Acropolis where we toured the remains of several ancient buildings and archaeological remains at the museum. We then walked for ...
... doing jumping jacks and drank about 4 pitchers or water. It was really good, but very spicy! We all tried each other’s plates though as we always do. We sat around talking for awhile after our meal like real Greeks. After dinner we went back to our own rooms. Kayla, Cahner, and I played 2048 on our phones and got pretty upset each time we lost. It was a pretty funny for a few hours! I love having them as my roommates.
(Tuesday) This morning we left at 8:30 AM to ...
... Then on to the wonderful Novotel Athens. This did not disappoint. Just wonderful. And jumped straight in the pool...several times! And the view over Athens is AMAZING. And the view of the Acropolis ..... Has to be seen to be believed. Everyone could not believe it.... Apparently I was the only one who really looked up the hotels on the tour so this one took people by surprise. Anyway, much swimming....then out to dinner at a Greek restaurant ...on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Art Hotel Athens
Great small hotel
The art hotel is a lovley small hotel about 10 mins walk from omina square station, one of the great things about this hotel is the staff are so nice and helpful, something you dont find often in Athens hotels these days, the hotel is nicely decorated and the breakfast room lovley with a decent buffet breakfast, the rooms are clean and comfy some are a bit small but the bathrooms are done out real nice, yes the hotel is in a busy area but we had no problems, all in all this is a great little hotel in Athens i will stay here again.
A very pleasant stay at The Art Hotel
This newly renovated hotel is a great choice for people wanting access to the center of Athens.
The hotel had a driver meet us at the airport. We felt that we were in good hands from the moment we arrived.
The hotel's location is a short walk to the national museum, and a quick local bus ride to the Acropolis. 5 Euros paid for an all-day bus pass, so we were able to visit many sites without further expense. And the bus wasn't crowded.
The suggestions by the Art Hotel reception staff as to where to eat were right on target. We requested "Authentic Greek" cuisine with local atmosphere. We didn't want tourist trap food, and they guided us to the perfect locations. Their touring suggestions were very helpful also. They sat down with us and went over many attractions and how best to see them.
We had made a reservation for another hotel on our return from Santorini, but canceled it and decided to stick with The Art Hotel, since we doubted that we were going to find a better night stay.
I loved it and would highly recommend to anybody wishing to stay in Athens
I stayed at The Art Hotel in Aug 05 it was fab! The staff provided excellent customer service ... so friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommned this hotel to anybody planning a trip to Athens. I will certainly be returning.
Quiet room in busy city
We booked this hotel via Internet and were a bit frightened that it might be noisy. Well, we were relieved! The rooms are stylish, but cosy, and the staff is very friendly. And, most important, as the hotel is situated on a really busy corner: the windows are soundproof! Breakfast is decent, in a nice room. The neighbourhood is alright; after all, it's downtown in one of the most-crowded European capitals. There are people in the streets at any time of day/night, so there's no need to feel unsafe. Good value!
We just stayed in the Art Hotel about a week ago. It was a great place to stay. The people are really friendly (especially the old guy at night - he got us pizza hehe). The breakfast is good in the morning. They have cereal, crossiants, toast, eggs, ham (meat stuff), sandwhiches you can make. The room was decent! They had a tv, airconditioning and a fridge that kept our coke cold. They don't have ice you can get, but that is common in alot of places your staying in Europe. The bathroom was really cool looking - only draw back that there wasn't a shower curtain, which I don't care if I get the floor a little wet (plus there is a drain - its obvious that is the design). The place was a great stay! The area was fine! I don't know what other people were talking about. It was pretty close to the Omonia station, which took us everywhere around the city. The next stop away is the one for the Parthenon and all that... Just know that if you get into the airport to late they stop the metro after a certain time so a taxi ride is expensive to downtown - also a taxi ride to the omonia station is like 2-3 euros.. not that bad... (we didnt want to walk a couple blocks with all our luggage =P)
A boutique hotel in the big city
I found this hotel on the Web and really liked it. A boutique in the centre of the big city, "It looks cute and must be very cosy", I thought then. And it was!
Nice and clean rooms, a comfortable hall, a cosy restaurant, an original decoration (Japanese type, canvas paintings, china) justifying its name.
I was surprised that my Greek colleagues didn´t know anything about this hotel, instead they recommeneded a couple of others. Though I was going on a business trip, I felt very reluctant to be alone there, in such a big city, locked up in a "solitary" room of a 9-storey hotel. And I can say honestly that I found a totally different atmosphere in the Art Hotel. The staff was friendly and nice, the night I arrived there I was served coffee to my room (free-of-charge!) and
every day I was treated as if I had been the only guest there.
Finally I understood why nobody knew anything about Art Hotel.
The thing is that it was recently refurbished, just before the Olmpics took place in Greece. So I thought I owed those wonderful people a praising review. I sincerely recommend this hotel and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
An excellent choice
We stayed here for 4 nights (with American friends). We all thought it was great. No problem with location (as per previous reviewer) with absolutely no fear of crime, threats or intimidation, did see a couple of 'business ladies' but they were no bother. Being 5 minute walk from Metro (Omonia Square) was great and allowed us to get almost anywhere in the city within 20 minutes. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. A great value choice: we would use again.
Funky, stylish hotel - poor location.
We stayed at the Art Hotel in April 2005. Please make sure if you make a reservation here that you get the right hotel as there appear to be two that are similarly named. This one is located at 27 Marnis Street. The hotel is stylish and unique, with great art and design throughout. The rooms are somewhat small (normal for Athens) with contemporary furnishings and marble tiled bathrooms. The bathrooms have tubs with a hand held shower sprayer - but it's quite difficult to try and shower while holding it and there is no shower curtain so it gets water everywhere. The breakfast served each morning was quite good and staff was relatively friendly. I would have given the hotel a four star rating, except for its very poor location. It is probably a six or seven block walk to the subway and the neighborhood is filled with many working class folks, but also with prostitutes, drug addicts and drunks. I would not have wanted to walk alone in this neighborhood by myself late at night. As a result of the neighborhood, there were no neighborhood cafes, bars or shops that could easily be found. The hotel itself though was great.
Most Friendly 4 Star Hotel
Had a week here in March 2005. We've stayed in 20 different 4/5 star hotels in the past 2 years and this is by far the most friendliest. It is family run and we were so touched by one of the family's help and assistance that we bought her a bunch of flowers on the last night!
Cute rooms-medium sized but characterful design and well located.
Great little hotel!
Stayed at this lovely family-run four star hotel for 6 nights and had a great time. The staff are really friendly, always ready to advise on places to go, things to do and fix problems. It's got a very good location as far as travelling around the city goes, much is close by and the nearest Metro is a good hub for getting further afield. Very nicely decorated with pretty art around. The rooms are not huge but not too small either. Definitely recommend Hotel Art if you are coming to this lovely city!