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... way to wrap up the day and just put myself in a relaxed and tired mood. I was exploring around the lake for rope swings and cliffs to jump off for a bit of fun and to my luck, there was a rope swing. Yew! The swing looked a bit doggy at first but I saw some other tourists and locals use it and it was perfectly fine. Once I saw people doing a massive run up, hanging onto the ...
... we got to see a lot more of the countryside. We both got a few hours of shut-eye before an evening arrival. For the first time, we chose to use AirBnB and stay in a house with other people living in it. We rocked up in the suburbs to the house and this lovely older lady Sonia and her partner (name not remembered) just had a spare room in the third floor of their house that they rented out. Our stay was terrific, as we got a coffee machine ...
... then just as we are about to get into the lift the reception guy calls us back and says Sifnos is very good and a ferry leaves for it at 7.00am in the morning. Well bugga me. You tell me the odds, if that is not an omen then I know zip. I am not about to tell the Vella's as no one least them would believe me so leave this up to M-L. Not sure they believed her at first but once so their can only be one destination - Sifnos here we ...
... columns that overlook the courtyard to the Acropolis. I made sure to take a picture with the "carrie"atids J Michael gave us 15 minutes to explore on our own, so we walked to the water fountain and sat down! It was very hot and by that time very crowded with tourists. Next, we walked to get some ice cream and coffee before going to the Acropolis Museum just below. The museum is only a few years old and very aesthetically beautiful. It was very modern and felt like we were ...
... It was a heck of a walk getting up there, so I stayed for about an hour before heading back down. I also realized when I got up there that I think I had already come up here before with my dad. The scenery looked very familiar, but that’s ok, it was a nice day for a walk anyway.
I hiked back down and made my way slowly back to my hotel. I needed to just rest my legs for a few minutes, so I went back and had a short siesta. I headed out ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Elysium Hotel Athens
Great little hotel!
Our stay at this hotel was a pleasant surprise. It is small (16 rooms) and there is no large classy lobby to impress you. However, the rooms and hallways are beautifully appointed in a very minimalist way. They make the most of the small space. More importantly it is spotlessly clean. There is a lovely roof top breakfast room where a full breakfast, eggs and all, is served and included in the price. THe manager is the most delightful person, very anxious to please. He gave us some really excellent recommendations and was willing to help in any way he could.
THe location is two blocks from the metro station at Omonia. This square is very busy and not quite as attractive as some others, but convenient and safe. We would defintely stay here again.
Clean and Tidy
The Best Western Elysium Design Hotel was very clean and tidy and the breakfasts were okay-simple and filling. The noise does travel from the corridor to the rooms very easily. It wasn't the cosiest hotel I have stayed in as there is no soft furnishings and and it is very IKEA. Proximity to sights is good although Plaka looks alot nicer and there are not very many nice restaurants in the area. The area is a bit dodgy but we never felt unsafe.
All in all a nice clean hotel with friendly staff.
Great Value for Money
The excellent rating I have given this property is not on the same scale as an Intercontinental property. Rather, it is an indication of the value for money. You get more than what you pay for with this hotel.
The location is excellent. It is close to what was described to me by a native as the 'Picadilly Circus' of Athens. Keeping this in mind, the area may not be upscale, but it is safe, it is busy, and it is convenient.
The approach to the hotel may not provide you with the greatest of first-impressions, and the lobby area is tiny. Actually it's more of a hallway. But this is a small property of about 30 rooms, so the amenities are going to be few and far between.
The rooms are smart, clean, and well designed. For a budget property, you will find that they have maximized the space. Most importantly, the rooms are spotless. The bathroom is cleverly designed in minimalist fashion, but with a good shower, and nice lighting. Internet access is provided free of charge with an in-room router.
Breakfast is more than what you'd expect, with a good choice, and a terrific location in an enclosed conservatory on the roof (with not the greatest of views - but plenty of sunshine.)
Service at this property is incredibly efficient and friendly. They give reliable, sound advice, and because this is a small establishment, there is sincerity in their desire to make your stay a pleasurable one.
The hotel is in walking distance of all the major attractions. Taxis are plentiful in this area. I wasn't intimidated by the area at all. The Metro is just two blocks away, and you can be at the airport using Athens new subway/underground lines within an hour - door-to-door! For under EUR3.00.
When you are not travelling on business, and you are spending your own money, this property is an excellent choice. Athens is a city where you are out exploring during the day, and enjoying the nightlife when the sun goes down. This hotel provides you with all you need as your base - clean, well-designed rooms, a good breakfast, good location, and friendly, welcoming staff.
Great stay for a city trip
We stayed for a weekend at the Best Western Elysium Design Hotel. The rooms are very clean. Not to big, but large enough. The staff was very friendly and helpfull. The breakfast was ok. Nothing special, but enough to get you started. In the hallways most of the design is from IKEA. So nothing really special.
The location is also good, it is a rougher neighborhood. But we never had a unsafe feeling, even a night returning from Psiri.
All in all a nice hotel to stay if you visit Athens for a short stay.
I must admit, when I first arrived I was a bit shocked at the location. It was a bit of a rougher neighbourhood. We went up to our room and I fell in love with it. (very ikea). Sure, it's small, but than again so is most other European rooms. We booked a city tour and it stopped at a Traditional Taverna with dinner and dancing. It was OK but be aware of the outragous prices for the pop and beer(they neglect to forwarn you).
The area around the hotel has lot of undesireables (hookers) but I still felt safe. We also walked to the Acropolis which took about 30 minutes and we walked down the street where all of the locals shop. It was a fantastic experience. The breakfast on the roof was amazing.
The manager (or assistant manager) was wonderful and knowledgable and speeks prefect English. I would definately stay at this hotel again if I make it back to Greece.
We stayed at Elysium in July for 3 nights before heading to Santorini. We found the hotel to be an oasis in the desert, the surroounding area was a little bit on the grotty side of life but this hotel was great. Conveniently located near the Metro station and within walking distance to the Plakka area and the surrounding attractions. Our room was a little small but certainly not a concern for the quality of finishes. Our ensuite was clean and modern, including a massage shower, bedroom neat and clean. The staff are fantastic, friendly and very helpful. The rooftop breakfast included in our stay was perfect for a big day's sightseeing, excellent buffet breakfast for the price.
Only criticism is the accoustics between the room and the corridor, sound travels too easily.
We would certainly stay again and would definately recommend this hotel to fellow travellers. Enjoy.
Good value for money
We have stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in August 2005. It is a very good budget option in Athens, for a small rate you get a decent clean room in the center of Athens.
Positive points are:
- Rooms are spotless clean
- Supermarket and bakkery at walking distance
- 10 min walking to subway station
- Friendly staff
- Airco works very well.
Negative points are:
- Rooms are VERY VERY VERY small (it was very difficult to acommodate our two suitcases in the room).
- Arrive early for breakfast, they do not have enough bread everyday.
- 10 min walking to Omonia square is ok, but late in the evening it can get a bit unfriendly and it feels unsafe (although nothing happened to us). There are several prostitutes at about 50m from the hotel door. Nobody will attack you, but it's definetely not a nice sight.
We did not have any problem with noise during the night. Maybe because we stayed on the last floor.
I wouldn't have any issues in staying in this hotel again. For the price, it's a nice option.
The deisgn hotel, athens.
This hotel is in a great location, handy for Omonia square, about 10-15 minutes from the Plaka and within walking distance of many places.
The staff are very very helpful and friendly.
The breakfasts on the roof are amazing, really fill you up for the day ahead and once again the staff are very accommodating.
The beds are comfortable and the rooms have everything you need, they are however small and can be noisy, however the shower was excellend, and the rooms had air con, cable TV and wireless broadband access.
For the price I would recommend this hotel, but request a quieter room if possible as although not on a main road, the junction it is near is quite noisy!
Don't expect luxury - or even a good night's sleep!
We've just returned from a few days in Athens, where we stayed at this hotel. There were good points and bad points! The good points - the hotel is located very close to Omonia metro station which is one of the most central on the metro network and you can get anywhere easily and quickly. The shower was really great, and breakfast is served on the roof garden, which really wakes you up! The staff were very helpful and tried their best with few resources. The rooms are clean and in good shape. For the price I paid - EUR37 pppn, it was an appropriately resourced hotel.
Now the bad points - on first impression, I found the room really really small! It's well designed in that there is enough storage room etc with so little space but ultimately, it's a tiny room. We were in Room 12 on the first floor and as there are no carpets anywhere in the hotel, sound reverbrates from every corner - we could hear all that happened at reception and in other parts of the hotel very clearly (basically, it was impossible to get a quiet night's sleep). While steps had been taken to reduce noise from traffic outside, it was the inside of the hotel that now causes a real problem! Bring earplugs! The rooms are air-conditioned but the AC is definitely temperamental! (no pun intended...)
While the location is great, it's not exactly a safe place for us 2 female travellers. Coming home late at night, we did get approached almost every time by men who loiter on the street - although thankfully, nothing happened. There aren't really any bars/restaurants in the immediate vicinity either. Overall, for the price, I wasn't expecting anything better. I would still recommend it, but just remember to bring earplugs!!
Not too much car tooting
Located among the mad cluster of Hotels just off Omonia Square, in the Hotel District, the Elysium offers standard, though comfortable fare.
The rooms are certainly a little on the poky side, with the bathrooms looking great but lacking a certain something on the practicality side (woe betide anyone with a range of toiletries they wish to set out, in non-existent cabinets and shelving!). Some rooms look out onto a fairly busy side street so be on your guard for noise at night.
This is offset, however, by some fantastic breakfast offerings and friendly and approachable counter staff.