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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Museum Hotel Athens
Not Bad for the Price
My husband and I went to Athens for 3 nites. We wanted something not too expensive but no dive either and the BW Museum was good.
The room we stayed in was VERY small and basically 2 twin beds pushed together. We didn't mind, they were firm and clean.
The bathrooms seemed fairly new and clean. Our shower however was next to the toilet and the only thing between us was a thin curtain that did not hold the water in that well.
The breakfast that was included was okay - you'd get toast, cheese, sausages, bacon, deli meats, peaches, cereal - the usual type stuff. Nothing to wow over.
The hotel was about a 20 minute walk from the Plaka, Acropolis, etc, so not a bad location. However, I would say that at the end of a long nite walking around the Plaka - the trek home was a little tiring.
Overall, a pretty decent hotel - for what we needed it was perfect.
Une bonne adresse, assez économique à Athènes
Cet hôtel situé juste derrière le musée archéologique et à qq minutes à pied de la place Omonia, est un endroit très agréable pour résider dans la capitale grecque. Très récemment rénové, l'hôtel propose des chambres agréables et très propres. De surcroît les tarifs sont modérés par rapport à bien des hôtels athéniens. Vraiment une bonne adresse. En plus le bus qui s'arrête au pied de l'hôtel va directement à l'aéroport
Week of fun
I just returned form my 14 day trip to Greece to various locations. My first stop was to beautiful Athens. I found this Hotel at last minute to fit my family of five. The owner was great in helping me get my fmaily situated and everything. The location of the Hotel was not as great as some of the others but right behind the Archeological Musuem was a great position. I was traveling with two small childrenand i felt comfortable in the area at night walking around. We were a 5 minute walk to the Metro which took you direct to either Stymagna Square or Acropolis Station. From either one you have access to all the main sight in Athens. The hotel had a beakfast every morning starting a 0700 until 1000. It was a typical European/American breakfast. Everything was great. Occasionally cold with the Air condition in the morning but we all got passed it with some fresh coffee and tea. The rooms we stayed in was a family room with two beds with a fold out couch and a roll in cot. I have not complains about the sleeping arrangements we had plenty of space. The hotle offers a elevator and spiral stairway. The room was very comfortable with two seperate TV's, three phones,medium sized balcony, and with a bath and a half. (Shower with Toliet) The only complaint i had was the water in the shower would change unexpectatly from warm to cold and back without touching anything. The hotel had a smal bar in the lower lobby area for a starter before heading out during the night. I can not say anything bad about this hotel, I would definately recomend to family and friends.
Not to bad for 3Stars
I was in Athens for the Eurovision Song Contest. The entire city was packed and Hotel prices were high. This hotel said they had free Internet. It was free, that is when it worked. The Hotel staff had no idea of how to handle any issue so everything was left for chance.
The rooms were clean and the bathroom looked renovated. If you have a bath expect the floor to flood since the piping must be blocked or to small to cope with all the water and the drain in the floor overflows the water!
The weather was over 35C but the receptions excuse for the AC not working was that the system was still on heating! The common areas are not air-conditioned.
Be careful when choosing a triple room. The unfortunate 3rd has to sleep on a sofa. Do not bother asking the reception, the manager is always away and the solution will be passed on from shift to shift!
All in all the staff are not cruel so you do feel a certain since of security since the area is not the safest to be if you are alone in the middle of the night.
All in all it is a good camp for the night and has a good proximity to Omonia Square to travel in and out by the surprisingly efficient Metro.
Well not being so acquainted with 3 star hotels I must say that is passes as a place for a week. Make sure to see the sights and wear yourself out to appreciate the room better!
P.S. Mind that the lift does not bit you. Make sure the second door of the lift is closed or else the lift will not work!
Clean, inexpensive, safe and central location.
We stayed here for 4 nights in March 2006 and, in the main, found it to be very good.
It is well located in a quiet, safe area of the town centre and it is a 10 minutes walk from both Omonia and Victoria metro stations. From the hotel all the main attractions are easily accessible. Due to overbooking, we were moved to the Best Western Museum on our arrival at its sister hotel, the Best Western Zinon. It turned out to be a change for the better, as the area around the Zinon looked run down and less safe.
We never had evening meals at the hotel but only 5 minutes walk is Exárhia Square, where there are fine, authentic Greek restaurants and bars (I recommend Rozalia on Valtetsíou 58).
Like another reviewer we found that the room was on the small side and had an inner facing balcony, but we didn't ask for a change. However, the room was clean and well furnished Likewise the bathroom. Make sure to ask for a non-smoking room if that is your preference.
The buffet-style breakfast is passable but not overly varied with options of cereal, some hot food, hams and cheeses, and toast.
The staff have good English (as do many Greeks) and were reasonably helpful.
On the whole, we were happy with our stay in this hotel and enjoyed all that Athens had to offer.
The bathrooms could be better
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Hotem Museum from 11th to 16th March, 2006. When we first arrived to this hotel they gave us a tiny room in the last floor (7th) with a small window facing residential buildings (we could cleary see what other people were doing just by looking through the window). We complained about it and we were able to change it for a bigger one with a large terrace, on the same floor. This room was good and clean and the terrace offered some good views and a sensation of open space. The deco was ok but it didn´t seem very new. The air conditioning could not be defined in its temperature, we could only choose to turn it on or off. But the main problem was the bathroom: instead of a bath tub there was a shower with a curtain that didn´t stop the water to go out and create a flooding in the bathroom. If you are thinking of staying in this hotel, make sure to ask for a bath tub and a balcony.
The breakfast was good, they offered an english breakfast, but diversity was not their strenght.
Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay because the hotel is very well located. Most buses, troleys and trams stop in parallel street and they can easily take you to syntagma square, which is very close to Plaka and where you can pick up the express bus that takes you to the airport (the fare is 3.20 euros). The omonia square (where you can pick up the subway) is just 10-15m away by walk. Next to the museum there is a small supermarket that is very useful for small buys. We found the surrondigs very safe (there were always people in the streets) although one of the ways leading to the museum (the one between the school and the arch. museum) should be avoided at night because it has no lights.
Stay in this hotel if you are looking for something not very expensive, close to the main attractions and in a safe area. Look for another if you want comfort and a romantic stay.
Will definitely return to 'The Museum'
I was staying as a lone female traveller, taking a quick break in Greece (my first visit). Accomodation well-placed - 10 minutes to Omonia Station by foot and there is a bus stop immediately outside (although area very quiet) Interesting 'boho' kind of area behind the Museum and the Uni. Staff very friendly and helpful, breakfast perfectly ok (I have paid much more and obtained much less.) Rooms very clean, area quiet. The bar-man 'Steve' recommended a local restaurant which was very good - authentic and very reasonably priced, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. All in all, a very good experience. I arrived having booked only 2 nights, not sure where I would go on to next, and decided to return in my week in Greece. Hope to go back next Summer and introduce my children to the wonders of this great country, people and culture.
Best Western Museum Hotel, Athens
Four of us stayed here in September 2005. The area was generally quiet, quite close to a number of restaurants, and of course right opposite the Archaeological Museum. The rooms were spotless. The buffet breakfast was just about adequate - lots to eat but not very good quality.The folks at reception were very friendly and helpful.
Stayed here for three nights in September, 2004, in a non-smoking room in the new wing. This hotel is superb. The room was spacious and very well appointed. Everything is new and of good quality. Located immediately behind the National Archaeological Museum and a fairly short walk to Omonia, which is the nearest Metro stop. The staff is helpful and pleasant. I will certainly stay again!