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Most of us headed home on June 10. David, Robert, Wilda and I were on the same flight to Canada, and Carol left just before us, Sharon & George stayed on in Athens for a few more days, and Dorothy, Norma, Jack and Alice went to the British Isles for a few days before heading home.
Back home safe and sound, looking over my pictures and …
Yesterday we toured some of the archaeological sites in Athens (Acropolis, Parthenon, National Museum of Archaeology).
Today we were bussed a couple of hours west of Athens to the ancient temple complex of Delphi - the famed Oracle of Delphi.
Our charming and very competent guide (Penny) told us that Delphi is built on a …
The entire day today was spent on a walking tour. We went to the Acropolis first - and this 2500 year old structure is unbelievable in person. The huge columns of marble that have stood there for 25 centuries have defied all odds to remain standing. Greece is currently restoring the structures by reinforcing them with titanium bars and repair …
After two great days exploring and relaxing on Spetses, we took a Flyingcat hydrofoil to Piraeus where a bus picked us up to take us back to the Hotel Hera in Athens. Only a 30 minute drive. This evening we have our last meal together. We started with warm bread with cream cheese and dill. Dolmas (stuffed grape leaf with meat in Bechamel sauce), …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hera Hotel Athens
As a person that relies heavily on the reviews of Tripadvisor.com and the forums that we have at our disposal here on this website, i wanted to make sure that i wrote a detailed review of the hotels we visited on our honeymoon just a few weeks ago (I apologize ahead of time for the lengthy review). This is information about the Hotel Hera and i hope it helps you all with your decision making!
Stayed five nights at the Hera Hotel in September 2005. We booked a standard double room. If you want a view of the Acropolis, you MUST request it in advance. The fifth floor is the floor of preference. Our room was modern and adequate. The hotel has a convenient location, within easy walking distance of the Acropolis, the Plaka and Metro station. The breakfast was very good. The hotel staff, although friendly, did not go out of their way to accommodate. The Roof Garden staff, on the other hand, were exceptionally friendly.
We took a metered cab to the Airport for 24 Euro.
This is worth the long reading if you have any intention of reserving a room here.
The hotel is nice (brand new and clean rooms) and the location is good (close to Acropolis, Plaka, and other major attractions, and it is a quiet street). Staff is courteous and very professional (international style: 'Greek flavor' is missing).
Wonderful hotel in a perfect location!
Like many hotels in Athens, Hotel Hera was renovated for the 2004 Olympic games. They did an excellent job. For about $140 (US) a night, we got a hotel that appears brand new. The rooms are spotless, slightly bigger than the average Euro room and feature king-sized beds if you want one. The decor is beautiful and the bathrooms are roomy with marble all over. There's a rooftop bar that offers a great view of the Acropolis and a nice taverna that offers a complimentary full breakfast. The best thing about the hotel, however, might be the location. Not only are the Plaka and the Acropolis within walking distance, but the Akropoli Metro station is literally a two minute walk. We would stay there again without hesitation.
What a nice surprise the Hotel Hera was. My cousin who lives in Athens suggested that we stay there. She knew it had been remodeled for the Olympics and that it was the first venture into the hotel business for the owners. The people at the desk couldn't have been more pleasant. We arrived at 1:00 am due to plane delays and they were waiting for us with open arms. We had two double connecting rooms because we have two children and they were able to accomodate this. As you may well know, many european hotels do not have connecting rooms. Although the rooms were very small, we did have a nice view of the Acropolis. A room with a view is not necessary here because the rooftop restaurant has a lovely view as well. We had booked a cruise with an early morning departure and they had two taxis waiting for us just as we had requested the night before. I would definately stay here again. For the price in Athens, you can't beat it. We had to stay near the airport for one night and we paid 100 euros more for that room which wasn't any bigger or nicer at the Sofitel. Take my word for it. I've been to Greece 5 times and I know what's out there.
The Hotel Hera is newly renovated (June 2004) and is an extremely modern hotel. We stayed in room 502 which had a private balcony with a view of the Parthenon on the Acropolis.
Fabulous Hotel, certainly not a scam!
My mother and myself have just arrived back from a 4 night break at this wonderful Athens Hotel. The staff were friendly and welcoming, the room was excellent, beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. Excellent location for the Acropolis and Plaka Area.
Newly renovated hotel just outside of Plaka with view of Acropolis. Due to low tourist activity during the olympic, we were able to get a double room for 100 euro (typical rates are 400 euro/night). Only hotel I know of that doesn't charge for internet use. Staff were courtesy and accomandating.
Please beware - if you are considering booking at the Hotel Hera in Athens via an internet booking site such as (commercial URL) (as we did) DON'T, as this is an internet scam. We arrived in Athens just after midnight and made our way from the airport to the Hera hotel - the hotel does exist, but it is not the 2 star, 65 Euro a night hotel promised on the net, but rather a 5 star, 300 Euro per night hotel that will have no record of your booking. The man at the front desk told us that this happens quite often - people come in with a bogus confirmation number, having paid between 40 and 80 Euros per night. In fact, he said that the while the hotel was closed last year for renovations, people were still showing up with so called confirmation numbers. It took emails with our credit card company, and a report to the Athens tourist police to get our $$ back - you have been warned!!