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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.