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... the guards. After that we went to a Lycabettus Hill a lookout where you can see all of Athens, from the islands to the sea. Nice photo op. Last stop was the National Archaeological Museum, this museum contains priceless exhibits that chronicle the birth of civilisation. This quote is for VIctoria - 'What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but is woven into the lives of others' ~ Pericles Our lives were woven interestingly tonight, we ...
... of Athens. Alika advised that with most of the important archaeological sites of history, apart from the obvious detoriation that comes with time,earthquakes/volcanos/land shift etc., there is also the problem of reuse/destruction that comes with the change of inhabitants. After leaving the Acropolis we drove around Athens to see a few of the highlights including a quick photo stop at the old (&restored) original ...
... 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 ...
... the music got louder and the place got pumping and everyone started to get on the tables and danced all afternoon! I met a group of italians who couldnt speak english al that well... but were really fun! Also had a great time dancing with the rest of the contiki group! We then had to head back to the ship for dinner so we could cruise to our next destination. I was so sad to leave mykonos. definitely my favourite ...
... express and I arrived at the airport 3hrs before my flight left - just a little early. :-p. Killed time wandering around, had some brekky and finally on to the flight. Fairly short flight from Milan to Athens - only 2.5hrs which is great. There was a slight hiccup with the baggage. Half came out and then it was another 15 min before the rest, mine included, came out. Baggage claimed, it was very nice to walk out and have someone waiting to drive me to the hotel.
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Loved this Hip Hotel
We stayed here our last night of a three week vacation in Europe. I wished we had been able to stay at the Fresh Hotel more nights. The hotel is in an up and coming area and is centrally located. The hotel reminds me of a small boutique hotel in the Ian Schrager genre. The lobby is small and decorated in the modern style. The staff was very pleasant. The rooms are small but very well appointed and decorated in the modern style as well. The balcony was nice---not much view but this is a big city after all. The food was pretty good and the prices not outrageous for a large European city. The bathroom was very nicely appointed and with very modern fixtures. I loved all of the modern stylish design appointments in the room----great black out curtains on the window, Artemide bedside lighting, flat screen tv, great use of colored glass and architecturally simple furniture. I will definitely stay here again on my next visit to Athens. Having said that, I am not sure this is the hotel for a family to stay in or for senior citizens or the budget traveller....its just a great HIP hotel.
Fresh hotel was a big surprise. I love design hotels and have stayed to quite a few through my trips. I was quite surprised to hear that athens has one right in the center. I was even more surpised when i actually visited it. This hotel brings a whole new fresh attitude in city hotels. Great decoration including famous designer furniture, hip materials, vivid colours and simple lines. The uniqueness of the hotel starts from its fantastic pink reception with the very friendly staff and goes up in the rooms where you get really comfortable beds, wondeful lighting effects and colourfull bathrooms that i would easily copy for my house. My trip was for business but i also wanted to have some fun. The hotel's location was ideal since i could walk almost everywhere. Plaka and Psirri was near by and i could use two different metro lines that were max five minutes walk from the hotel. I had some fun in the hotel as well. The restaurant was amazing and the food was very tasty. I also used the gym although i am not an exercise type of person but everything was so new and high tech that i just had to try. Plus it had a really cool steam bath and sauna room. The price was really reasonable considering that it is a design hotel. And i am not saying that there weren't any problems. Its just that the hotel is so fresh that it overcomes all negative aspects.
Great for the price
Just returned from 3 nights in the Fresh Hotel. The price we received (107 Euros/night) was excellent value: a small but spotless room with a good bed. Large marble shower and pleasant ammenities. My boyfriend couldn't get his computer to work with their internet connection and the staff, though friendly, weren't able to help much with this. Neighbourhood isn't the chic-est but definitely up-n-coming with easy walk to lots of hip restaurants and bars.
We had a marvellous weekend at the Fresh Hotel.
We enjoyed the friendly and very helpful staff nearly as much as the exclusive design all around the hotel. It is not only in the center of most of the historical attractions, but it is even situated right in the proximity of Plaka and Psiri, the most vivid places in greek nightlife.
We loved it
We had a great stay at this bright, modern hotel. It was spotlessly clean, staff were helpful and professional, beds comfortable, power shower, sauna/steam rooms. We ate in the hotel restaurant one evening and the food was delicious, Greek wine excellent and service attentive. The location was good too - we walked nearly everywhere.
We have visited this hotel twice now. We stayed here last year when it was unhip and known as the Athens Centre hotel. In fact, we had a very pleasant stay and the faded 70s "modernism" was appealing in an odd way. In 2003 the hotel was mid-metamorphosis so we were interested to see the results of the face lift.
Now the Fresh Hotel is a fully fledged "hip" hotel and could take its place amongst some of the most stylish and trendsetting hotels around the globe.
The decor is a dazzlingly bright combination of monochrome formica and leather, bursts of citrus perspex and chic pale wood.
The bedrooms are of average size for an inner city hotel but, refreshingly, they are as attractive and stylish as the public areas. Flat screen TVs, deep pile rugs and a funky wet room with coordinated accessories simply ooze cool!
Some rooms do not have balconies but this is more than compensated for by the stunning roof top terrace. Relax on loungers by the pool (small but inviting) or sip cocktails reclining on the huge sofas whilst taking in the view of sprawling Athens in surprising peace and quiet.
So, is there anything wrong with this hotel? Well, the waiting staff have some way to go before their level of service matches the standard of the decor. However, the reception staff are very friendly. The roof top restaurant has only four tables and the food and drink is not cheap by Greek standards (although the prices are probably no more than a similar hotel in London or Paris). The immediate surrounding area is not particularly salubrious but the hotel is within 15 minutes walking distance of Plaka and Omonia Square.
In short, Fresh Hotel is aptly named as it is something completely different in a city where boutique hotels are few and far between. A carefully designed and exiting hotel.
Modern, horrible service and taxi scam to the airport
The Fresh Hotel looks great! Totally modern, very hip vive. Unfortunately, lots and lots of problems-- took hours to get out air conditioning working when we first arrived, I actually had to threaten to leave and get a room elsewhere before they finally sent someone to fix it. Service was AWFUL! But that is true of Greece in general. I had major problems with them putting stuff on my card which had to be removed since it was unauthorized--this was at the pool bar. Very expensive considering it was on the mainland. I probably won't ever go back to Athens, although the Greek islands were beautiful and I'd go back there in a second!
Also, they definitively get a kickback from the taxi drivers who totally overcharge you(we were told that a trip to the airport was about 20-25 euros and the taxi tried to charge us 35)
Can't Wait to Go Back
For amazingly few Euros a room more spacious than any I've had in London or Paris, a staff that was eager to serve, a restaurant that was reasonable and served well prepared food and a location at the heart of everything important.
The rooftop pool, deck and bar have just been completely remodeled and are stylish and contemporary. The rest of the hotel will be closed and completely redone between November and March. I'm afraid the rates will go up, but the work already done makes this 60's hotel look like a feature from Architectural Digest.
Our party of 8 (4 rooms for several nights) is unanimous in its recommendation.
A lot of bang for the buck!
Fine if you don't want to pay a lot for a room
If you can do without the frills and amenities of 5-star hotels, the Athens Center Hotel is a good deal. The furnishings were very basic but the room was spacious and clean. The staff is quite helpful, and even let me leave some of my luggage behind at the hotel when I spent the weekend on one of the islands. Two possible negatives (one temporary): the hotel isn't in the best neighborhood, so you have to be careful going out and about at night; and the roof garden and pool are currently being renovated (scheduled completion in July 2003), so there is a lot of construction activity and noise. Do not accept a room that ends in the numbers 11 to 14, as the outer construction lift is on this side of the building and it (loudly) goes up and down every few minutes starting at 5 a.m.
Had a terrible experience at the Athens Center hotel. After arriving somewhat later and not getting into my room until 11pm, I call the front desk to complain my ac did not work to be told, "yeah the ac is going to be out until wednesday". Furious that they would not have told me this upon check-in I call to make an appoint with the manager in the morning. The next morning at check out the primary manager could not be found. A front desk manager was sympathetic and was willing to give me 20% off if I stayed the following night, in a room that happened to have a working ac. The jerk would not give me a discount on the night I had gotten no sleep! He thought it was perfectly normal to have to pay full price for a room that I stayed up all night sweating in. Costumer service?? I will never go back again, such a crappy experience!