Travel Blogs from Athens
Finally arrived in Athens. What a welcome sight. Disembarked from aircraft, collected luggage, negotiated passport control, went thru customs check (non existent) and caught a taxi - all in under 20 minutes, must be a record for an international airport.
Finally got to our hotel, The Plaka, only to find our room was unavailable …
Vickit stayed here on Jun 16, 2013 during their trip titled: Vicki and Ian European adventure June/July 2013.
A good night's rest helps after a wonderful but long day yesterday. The opera was as magical as I had hoped.
Today we go to Delphi, a full day tour. It takes about 2 hours to get there. It will be nice to be driven today (in a good way), a break from walking. Though I must say my hip is doing darn well, knock on wood.
Still no answers on the photo front. We'll see.
We had a wonderful trip to Delphi yesterday. The drive through the countryside was beautiful and interesting as our tour guide filled us in on so much Greek Ancient history. The terrain looks like the central valley of CA- is that Fresno- oh , no, it is Thebes-listening to the story of Oedipus traveling from Thebes to Delphi. Delphi is up high on …
I don't know the Greek word for a rest but that is what we are doing now. We took a tour to the Acropolis this morning. It was hot and crowded on top of the hill but worth the trip to see the temple of Athena and get a spectacular view of the city. We then went to the new Acropolis Museum where most of the statuary and bas relief from the site are …
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Original hotel wasn't available (rooms were damaged by schoolies), so they arranged for us to stay at their partner hotel - Hermes Hotel. Very nice stay. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was your typical european fare. Very good location for exploring the Plaka district and the Acropolis. Highly recommended.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hermes Hotel Athens
Heavenly Holiday at Hermes!
Had the pleasure of staying here for 4 nights before a cruise of the Islands and loved it. Great location, w/in walking to the Acropolis and many cute tavernas and shops. Great prices also and friendly staff. Rooms are boutique-style with private balconies and plush red-velvet chaise-lounges, bathrooms are private all marble, naturally with great supply of towels. Elevator is a one-person-but what do you expect-it's Greece! Breakfast incl'd in rate. Very fond memories and will come back to Hermes next time I am in Athens! TOP NOTCH!
Clean, good bathroom, great location for the Plaka. Would definitely stay there again.
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Nicely refinished rooms, but small. Good location near Plaka.
Terribly managed. Came back in the evening to find beds unmade and dirty towels still in place. Manager. "What can I do? Staff has gone home." (Back to his magazine.") Can you at least get me clean towels?" "No. who would watch the desk?" "Can you direct me to the laundry room so I can get towels?" "Oh, no!" "Can you switch my wife and I to a different room?" "Oh, no." "Wht not?" "Well, um, the air conditioner might not work!"
Room amenities: One plastic drinking cup for two people. One small wood chair to sit on.
This place is best avoided. Nearby are several attractive hotels which will probably be superiour.
The best part about this hotel was the location. It is very central and less than a five minute walk from the airport bus and very central to most all sites. The staff were generally nice however would not allow a late check out (even an hour late). The room I stayed in had a balcony but it was shared by two other rooms and did not have a view. But it was very nice to have the balcony. The rooftop garden did not have view either. Rooms with balconies are very small. I traveled alone but if I was with someone it would have been too small, there's no room for two suitcases. The rooms without balconies are large enough for two people. Overall, I thought it was a little overpriced for what it offered 115 euros/night. My last two nights I stayed at another hotel for only 50 Euros and it was quite comparable though the location wasn't as central.
I enjoyed staying here. The hotel is centrally located and is well appointed. Staff was very accommodating. Rooms are well designed.
Great place to stay in Athens.
Hermes Hotel was a welcomed rest after two busy weeks of traveling. The room was spotless, the bathroom facilities were modern and Western, the beds cozy, and the staff was helpful. The breakfast was not anything special, but it was still better than most we had in other towns. And the location was excellent--an easy walk to the Acropolis, great restaurants, major shopping streets, and major bus stops for getting to and from the airport.
Hermes hotel,great location
I stayed at the Hermes hotel, Athens for one night in October 2004 and then as it was fully booked, moved to its sister hotel, the Arion for one further night. I found the Hermes extremely pleasant. It is a modern hotel, with a great location for sightseeing and shopping in central Athens. The decoration of my room was modern and the bathroom marble. Everything was extremely clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there or at one of its sister hotels again.
We stayed at the Hermes Hotel last weekend (end of October) and loved it. The room was very nice...chic walnut panelling, a balcony w/ 2 chairs and a table, and excellent bathrooms. Our only less-than-satisfied area was that breakfast wasn't anything special (ie. toast and jam). The location was excellent but not at all noisy. Staff were always helpful with our questions, professional, and flexible. I'd definitely recommend this hotel and I'll stay there again.
I just got back from Athens with two other friends and we stayed at the Hermes Hotel located in a quiet street in the Plaka area. Room was very nice and clean, with properly working air conditioner, cable TV and marble tiled bathroom. Only complaint was not enough hanging space for towels, and that half glass partition in the tub (instead of shower curtains and popular in European hotels) that make it difficult to shower without getting the entire bathroom floor wet. Breakfast, which was included in our room rate, was nothing special -- no fruits, unless you count those chunks in the jam. Overall, we were very satisfied with this hotel. Close to the Acropolis, the flea market, Syndagma Square and the Ermou shopping area. Walking distance to Omonia Square, Psirri and Monasteraki area. Lots of Greek tavernas and restaurants serving international cuisines. I would go back to this hotel if I ever visit Athens again.
Good location--lovely bathrooms
This hotel was in a great location on the edge of the Plaka, but not on a noisy street. It was clean and had brand new marble bathrooms.