Travel Blogs from Athens
Arrived in Athens at 3pm local, equivalent of 10pm at home - we have been travelling the whole weekend when you factor in the time change! We were so pleased we booked a private car to meet us at the airport. We knew we would be exhausted and just wanting to get to the hotel in the quickest and easiest way possible, and also concerned that being …
So after spending the better part of 2 weeks (with a short break in between for the isle of wight festival!) packing for both our apartment move and our trip to Athens, we were good to go. Our red eye flight arrived in Athens just before 5 am. We got into the centre of Athens with no problems, but proceeded to find that Athens is a fairly dubious …
... metres back the same way we had come and got a litre of icy cold water for 1 euro. The tourists buying water at the other place must have been some combination of dumb, lazy and rich. We then continued on to the ancient ruins and the attached gallery. For lunch we did what we don't normally do and ate on a tourist strip. The place we chose offered the first 2 drinks free and, with all the rip offs in Prague still in my mind, assumed they would give us free water and then slap ...
... Again I feel Contiki has spoiled us because their organisation was too amazing. This tour is with travel talk and seems to be a bit on the dodgy side but our tour-mates are awesome! There are about 12 so far and a good group of almost all girls and another couple. We spent our first night together eating souvlaki and having drinks on the roof top of our hotel. Great night!
Our last day in Athens started with a giant walking tour where we saw some amazing things! ...
... the brothel), a heart with 20 coins in it (it will cost you 20 coins to try and mend her broken heart), a left foot (its on the left) and a cross (it's before the intersection). There was also a hole in the stone where a candle could be put to light up the ad! One other thing that was cool was the Trajan fountain, this was relatively ruined but in its day it had a statue of the emperor Trajan standing on a globe with an inscription saying that he ruled the world with his foot. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Economy Hotel Athens
Great value, perfect location.
Really easy to get to from Monastiraki/Omonia metro stops (as long as you follow the directions and stay on the main road Athinas and don't venture into other areas like we did by accident). Free internet and breakfast made this an above-average stay, and the location with the Acropolis within sight is just icing on the cake. Great value for the money. Very helpful staff.
We have stayed at the Economy hotel two weeks ago We made a reservatión at this hotel because of all the good reviews that we read.I don,t know how people could say good things about this hotel, maybe we had bad luck but when I go on a trip I don,t wat to let everything in a chance!!!We didn,t expect a 5 star hotel for the price but this is the worst hotel I have ever been to.
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. Hotel is situated in a very good location, just behind the city hall. You can walk to many major attractions such as Monastiraki ,Acroplois, Plaka, Syntagma without using the metro or other transport. My room was clean and nice. It's a single room on the 8 floor with the great view-48 euro per night. The staffs here were very helpful in recommending everything. They were ready to help you in every manner. There were also 2 computers in the breakfast room that you can use all time. I would like to recommend this hotel to budget traveller who want to spend time in Athens. I also got this information from this website. Thanks to the people in Athens forum!
With a rate of Eur70, we did not expect much before arrival. But it did not disappoint us, just like others' review. The location is great, close to metro station omonia & monastraski. So, it's convenient to get there from airport by metro. The room is clean and quiet. I got the room at upper floor facing the back side as requested.
We just stayed at the Hotel Economy for 2 nights. As other users have written, it was very clean and the front desk staff were VERY helpful. Upon check in they provided us with a good map and highlighted some must see sights.
Economy staff friendly and helpful
Good value for ordinary folk, backpackers -- anyone who can't afford or doesn't want to spend a lot to overnight in Athens. As other reviewers have said, the hotel is clean and neat. The location is pretty good, too, fairly close to the pedestrianized portion of Ermou (Hermes, the Messenger, the Greek counterpart of the Roman God Mercury) Street, and Plaka is accessible on foot as well for dinner (live music and singing is on offer in a few tavernas). The desk staff in particular were helpful in giving us detailed directions for making our way to the airport inexpensively, on public transportation, in the early morning hours for a 7 a.m. flight out. I am planning to stay again in the fall of 2005, and would recommend this hotel (intentional pun) without reservations of any kind.
Central location, confortable and clean room, very friendly staff.
Perfect location & Ambiance
Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. It was a very nice hotel. Easy walkng distance to Monistariki Square, Plaka, and National Archaeology Museum. I would recommend eating breakfast elsewhere, it's 8euro for nothing special. There is a great lounge on the roof and it has a relaxing and beautiful view of the Acropolis at night. Spectacular! The room was clean, comfortable, and had a fridge, airconditioning, and tv. The bathroom was good, and the hot water was sufficient. I would definitly come back to this hotel when I vacation in Greece again. The staff were very helpful and provided us with a small pocket size map of Athens, not all of Athens but it included the tourist areas around the hotel and through the Plaka.
We stayed in the Economy hotel for 4 nights in late May 2005.We found the hotel to be pleasant ,clean, centrally located within walking distance to all major attraction as promissed. The hotel staff were very polite & helpfull.
We got a room on a high floor as we requested ,although it had only a small shower it was a nice size room with a balcony.We recomend this hotel.
We stayed one night in this hotel as we arrived in Athens during a general strike - the ferries were not sailing. I called the hotel from Denmark and reserved two doubles without any problems. We were met with all friendliness and installed in the basic rooms just behind the town hall of Athens, one street away from Athinas and the modern agora. The location is known as the red light distrisct during the nighttime - but do not be afraid - we felt safe. The rooms are not too big, but they are nice and first of all clean. The hotel has recently been renovated (Olympics 2004, I guess). The hotel has a shaded roof garden with partial view of the Acropolis. You can buy drinks in the reception and bring them to the roof garden. Breakfast is very good for greek standard: Honey, yoghurt, different types of bread, cereals, milk, coffe, tea, juice and the traditional, but very dry greek cake. We can recommend this hotel as a friendly, simple and basic option. A double costed us 69 euro.