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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 …
Well, I practiced my French for nothing. Our flight to Montreal left late and it was a big mess. No one from air canada showed up and our departure time came and went with no announcements. Walt was running around the airport trying to get answers with no luck. We didn't think we would be able to make our connecting flight to Athens! Finally, the flight crew shows up and we start boarding. This was about an hour and a half after we should have been in the air. On the plane, we were ...
... were a sight to see. It arrived by bus at 9:00 p.m.. Secretly, we hoped we would never be found so that we would remain in this stunning area, drenched by the sun, cooled by the mountain breezes and in the company of a great man - Mr. G.
Next stop - Meteroa --- a geological phenomena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bedrock of Orthodox Christianity.
... confirming our outing together this afternoon at 'Allou Funpark'. I looked up and saw Acropolis Hill before me. The walk up wasn't as bad as Filopappos Hill but it was a good view already when I was up about half way. Acropolis Hill, also known as the 'Sacred Rock' of Athens, is one of the most reconizable monuments in the world and is the most significant reference point of Greek culture. When I reached the top of the hill I was greeted ...
... on the strip and were harassed by a little girl who her mom is probably exploiting for money. She had an accordion, would come up to everyone’s table individually, play literally two notes and ask for money, really pathetic stuff.
Off to Pireaus by metro, the port of Athens and launching point into the Cyclades, the famous Greek Islands. We were looking forward to visiting these notorious islands after visiting Athens. We finally found a pharmacy where ...
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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.
Clean, central and compact
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.
The weather was nice and hot which made all the sights more enjoyable. The Acropolis was great to see although like most of heritage sights around the world it was well a bit of a anti climax. The price of the ticket was 12 Euros which gives you accesses to a number of other historical sights which is all within walking distance and offers a nice stroll for most people. Security is rather low key but nether the less effective. I witnessed on a number of occasions people sitting on a pillar and being shouted out to get off one woman rested her legs on her partners lap on a bench and low and behold she was shouted at to keep her feet on her ground. (all very amusing)
We also went to the National Archaeological museum. One suggestion consider visiting the Acropolis etc and The museum on different days we did it all in one which was hard going.
The lanes around Plaka are great, there are plenty of picturesque bars, restaurants and shops selling everything you could possibly want or not as the case may be.
We ate out at 3 separate restaurants and found the food to be ok but nothing more than ok. The service was usually pretty poor either too slow or too quick. One place in the Plaka area was called I think Ypois, its in a square nice setting but you get a a bottle of water opened for you and poured without actually asking for it and then of course being charged accordingly, the same with bread but this is the norm with most restaurants. Most people don't quibble as the receipt is in Greek so you don't stand much of chance. The restaurant above, we had literally finished our starter and the main course was there ready. I would normally say something but thought it wouldn't achieve anything on account other customers surrounding our table were either in a similar or worse situation to us. ( had been waiting for 45 mins for first course, hadn't quite finished starter course and main was placed on the table. ) we were in and out within 30 mins. 10 of those minutes were waiting for the bill as well as our plates to be removed which hadn't by the time of paying. We left not knowing whether to be angry or laugh. A meal for two and most restaurants seems to cost around 35 pound mark which is not bad but when the service is bad well.......
We explored the metro system which is clean and easy to use and ended up in some lovely places which allowed us to get away from the crowded centre.
We went to see the Olympic stadium which is free to get in but not a great deal to see. We managed to sweet talk one of the security guards in letting us in to see the inside of the stadium. The view was terrific and well worth being cheeky. The whole village looks as though it was just used for 2 weeks and then left to rot, it really is a crying shame that much of the venues have just been left. (contrary to what one hotel staff member said there is a metro station right next to the village.)
On a sour note, take care at not getting caught out whilst travelling on the metro to the airport. The booking office was closed and we were directed to an alternative one at a lower level. We spoke to the clerk and asked for 2 single tickets to the airport. She spoke perfect English and pleasantries were exchanged etc. The tickets only cost us E1 .60 which we both agreed was really cheap and of course started to wander why it was cheaper than what we paid at the other end.... Well 20 minutes late r 2 men on a train wearing jeans and hi visibility vests with identity cards started to check tickets and said that we were to be fined. I wont go into details far too boring but we got fined and there was nothing we could do,. as they said there was a clear sign at all kiosks that you have to pay more to go to the airport. In fairness both revenue inspectors were exceptionally polite. All in all I liked Athens despite some unfavourable experiences. Would I go back again like I would and have done to Rome and Barcelona, probably not.
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.
Great Location-VERY small room
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.
Considering the other hotels in the same area run about $300/night and I paid around $100, this is a good deal, though I think the room would've been frustrating had I stayed, say, 5 days or so.
Seemed Just Right!
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.
Bathroom was modern marble nice and clean, but truly only one person at a time - small. Breakfast was good with a fresh orange squeezing juice machine. Breakfast dining room was a very attractive setting. Having some sense of value in Athens, when we return to Athens, it is the first place we will check for availability and price.
The trip was split first two days in Athens, then on to central Greece - Delphi, Meteora, Mt Olympus and an overnight stay in the beach resort town of Kamena-Vourla. First two overnights were at the Olympic Palace.
Excellent location, but room, even with the balcony with Acropolis view, was a bit drab. We are a bit spoiled trying for Marriotts and Hyatts. However, we are seasoned European travelers, now, so we know what not to expect at many european hotels. The Olympic Palace was about E18. less a night than the Electra, but the mattresses on the beds were just too poor to come back there on our return. Another note, we originally booked at the Marriott-Ledra. Based mostly on Trip-Advisor, we changed hotels at the last minute. So glad we did.
Went to Marriott by car to cancel the last night reservation and see it. Appears to a the beautiful typical Marriott European hotel, BUT TOO FAR from everything for anyone who is going to be a tourist.