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Travel Blogs from Athens
Hello again! I am wrapping up my Greek experience, and it has been interesting! I left Santorini looking for a less crowded island. That's exactly what I got. I arrived Folegandros for what I thought would be two days of relaxing. There is NOTHING to do on the island -- no sports, no history. So, I started and finished reading Crime and Punishment …
... have spoken with some native Athenians during and since my trip and they had the same conclusion. Come to Greece for a week...come to Athens for a few days. Make sure to use Athens for the temples, scenery and a few museums, but make sure to also take time to visit the country-side and/or islands. This will help you really appreciate Greece for all that it is worth. Athens and its history are only a small part of Greece as a whole.
... reading explanations of the statues and carvings in front of you. Put all the pieces together and they tell stories such as the battle for the rule of Athens between Poseidon and Athena.. Athena won with her offering to the people of an olive branch over Poseidon's staff. We zipped home, picked up Spiro and Dean and headed to Deb's Mum's place. I had stayed with her last time I was in Greece and we both wanted to catch up with her. Olga ...
... times :) It was sad to say goodbye to my friends and Rome that night!
Friday morning was spent getting to and figuring out the rental car and then once we got it we started the drive to Assisi. Getting through Rome was quite interesting, especially since there was a transportation strike that day we had to avoid (luckily we could get our car!!!). I was in the front seat during the whole week, helping my dad navigate thanks to our trusty "Surly," the GPS app on my dad's ...
After a 10-hour flight from Dulles to Istanbul, a 3-hour layover there, and a 1-hour hop thence to Athens, we arrived via 45-minute cab at our downtown airbnb lodging—a studio apartment a 5 to 7-minute bus ride from the Acropolis, last night. The owner met us at the door, let us into the apartment, and we were on our own.
To say that today has been full would be putting it mildly. We started at the Syntagma Square, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Electra Hotel Athens
Good location, terrible room
Very centrally located hotel... but I was unlucky with the room - I got a tiny interior room with big air conditioning units outside my window so it was too hot and noisy to open window, and the air con was killing my throat inside... so I had a very bad night's sleep.
Make sure you have an room facing the main street near the top floor if possible.
Would not book there again
We stayed at the Electra Hotel for 2 days earlier this month (May 2006). The room was extremely small. This was supposed to be a deluxe room. We had to walk sideways between the desk and the bed to get to the other side of the bed. The bathroom was equally small. When you open the door it reaches almost all the way to the toilet. Therefore we had to go between the toilet and the tub to open or close the door. The space between the tub and the toilet was about 6 inches wide.
We were a group of eight and occupied 4 rooms. All the rooms had the same problems. One room had a charge of 2 euros for a Sprite which neither of the 2 occupants had. They refused to take it of the bill. We do not recommend the Electra and will never book a room there again.
Just got back from 3 nights in Athens staying at the Athens Electra Hotel which hugs Syntegma square. The flight into Athens was trouble free and the airport adjoins the station which can take you straight into Athens and beyond for 7 euros. Unfortunately first impressions count. The booking office clerk was rude and irritated at our asking what type of ticket we required and the platform number, Thankfully a member of public came to the aid of a group of equally bemused tourists and directed us to the right location. Once that was all over, the journey to Syntagma square was trouble free and quite pleasant. The hotel is a couple of minutes walk away. The plus about this hotel is that it is in a central safe location. Plaka, and all the tourist sights are within easy walking distance. The room we stayed in was small and didn't have much of a view. The bathroom was also quite tiny. We were only there for 3 nights so it didn't really matter as we were out most of the time. There were no tea and coffee making facilities, so we would get take outs from McDonalds across the road, there was a hairdryer and we had clean sheets and towels daily. Above all the hotel was clean. Breakfast was average but ample.
Muy buen hotel
He estado dos noches en este hotel y estoy encantada con la elección.
Es un hotel con todas las prestaciones y el personal tiene un trato muy correcto y gran disponibilidad.
La habitación estaba bien de tamaño (el baño era muy pequeño), muy limpia y acogedora.
La ubicación también es muy buena: Tiene la mayoría de sitios turísticos cerca. Si quieres salir por la noche está muy cerca de la Plaka y del Psirri (las dos zonas más típicas para salir) y, además, la zona es segura para pasear. Está en la zona de tiendas caras de Atenas.
El hotel es algo caro pero se corresponde con los servicios que recibes.
Would Stay Again
Nice accommodations. Hotel seems to be newly renovated.
I had a single and the room was very small, but appropriate for just crashing for one night...If staying for a few days, I would recommend spending a few more euros for a larger room...and one with a view...mine was 501 (i think) and i had a view of a concrete building.
Friendly and helpful staff checking in and out.
Great location...steps from Syntagma Square and a quick walk to Plaka and the Acropolis.
Room service was a treat...good price for a great portion of food.
Great Hotel for First Visit
We stayed at the Electra October 7,8 & 9. A fellow tripadvisor had said you could see it from the Syntagma metro station. That was great! The room was very nice as was the complementary breakfast. The staff was most helpful. We took metro to the Acropolis and easily walked to the Plaka district. The Electra had all we wanted for our first trip to Athens. We recommend you stay there.
On our honeymoon to Greece, we stayed our first 3 nights (Aug 30-Sept 2, 2005) at the Electra Hotel as part of a travel package. Loved the central location--with great shopping outside your door, close to metro line, walking distance to the lively Plaka district, and many dining choices around. Clean rooms and courteous staff. The only drawback was the double bed--2 singles pushed together--not the best for a good night's sleep. The daily breakfast was delicious compared to the other hotels in Greece we stayed at, complete with a fresh-squeezed orange juicer. Would stay there again!
Convenient & Comfortable
Convenient to Plaka and transportation hubs. Room was small but comfortable. Staff was friendly. I considered it pricey but the convenience was most appealling.
Stayed there for three days from the 10th of May through the 13th. Can't beat the location: less than 200m from the "Syntagma Square" Metro station. You can easily see the hotel sign from the Metro entrance so orientation is easy. Staff is friendly, checked in quickly and was off to my room. The free breakfast is also very good, with a good choice of food and drink. However, the room I had was extremely small with a "double" being two singles put together. This was no problem; the real issue was the bathroom. The toilet was right up against the opposite wall. Don't want to go into detail but I'm 6'1" so this was inconvenient to say the least.
Just returned from Athens on November 16, 2003 after visiting Athens and Central Greece. Stayed at the Electra Hotel for one night. Found it better than the other 4**** hotel used at the beginning of the trip. It cost E 126. Certainly not the cheapest, but not the Grand Bretagne price either, but right across the square from it. If you want to be in the heart of everything and close to most everything in Athens - easy walking distance, this is a recommended choice. Anywhere else, the METRO is a block away on the square. It is in the hustle bustle area and the main shopping mall street, which we personally like. The room was not really large, but bigger than most. It was a rear room with two twins and sofa bed. Bed was very firm, like most every bed we had in Greece, but you did not feel the supports like in our earlier hotel.