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Up at 6am - poor porter what a lovely guy - carried my bags up the stairs and down the streets to the reception. Gave him another tip and said good bye.
Caught taxi to port, Ship left at 8.10am, big ship, find a seat on deck, really sunny day. Fell asleep for about an hour then woken by sound system saying we were pulling up at...... for …
Good sleep. Sunny - probably best couple of consistent weather days of our whole trip. Had brekky downstairs and walked down street and found Athens Flea Market. Wandered through and spent some money. Athens have also had and are still having a garbage strike - rubbish all over the place. Sad.
Walked through the streets past lots of old …
... critic I asked for different plates to check and rate the restaurant.
Well, what I had was simply incredible! It was fun to be there and I had a feeling that I was taking part in a game that kept surprising me from the very beginning to the end. I believe unless you come here to experience all this ritual flow of the menu you cannot totally understand it. There is a playful atmosphere and the way each dish is presented (we had an amazing lady called Anna) and in seconds ...
... shirt even without us asking for a discount! As much as we know that we can bargain down the price of things, it's hard to do so knowing that those few extra Euros are going to mean more to them than they do to us. So as we are walking down the flea market CJ sees something in the distance, grabs me by the arm, and says, "we need to go there!" Yup!! First Starbucks we found in Greece! CJ was such a happy camper! What a perfect stop after walking the city for ...
... soulvaki joint (pictures in another post), and wandered the picturesque pedestrian streets and little alleyways. There was also a frozen yogurt trip thrown in (best frozen yogurt ever - the Greeks really know their dairy, and it shows - I've heard the Greeks eat more cheese per person then anywhere else in the world). After a couple hours lounging (and drinking more wine) on the roof top bar, we called it a night. It's been real, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cecil Hotel Athens
OK for a budget hotel
My wife and I stayed at the Cecil Hotel for 3 nights in April, 2005. Arriving after several nights in Paris, my 1st impression of Athens was that it was a pit. Rather dirty and broken down. The Hotel is walking distance to the Plaka and the immediate neighborhood is rather fun. The Hotel staff were very helpful and nice. Our rate (82 euros/night) was OK, as we were on a budget. I believe that most all hotels in Athens are overpriced, so the Cecil is probably reasonable. Our room was fine (upper floor), the shower was tiny!
The nearby Acropolis was very interesting and the views from the roof of the Hotel at night were great. We used GO TOURS while in Athens and were very pleased. The 1-day bus tour to Delphi was very nice, great scenery!
I'd recommend this hotel, for the $. If you can afford to, stay in someplace nicer. Prepare yourself for a rather funky town, an OK Cecil Hotel and nice people! We were on our way to the Greek Islands (which we loved!) so staying in Athens for a few nights was part of the deal. Next time, I'd head straight from the Athens airport to the islands!
This hotel informed me of being overbooked 9 days prior to my arrival. Thus they transferred me to their sister hotel which I refused. I had e-mails confirming that for 2 months they knew of my arrival. This is the worst experience I've had to date. I got a full refund and went to another hotel but this traveler is not going to just let it go. I'm going to legally pursue this matter esp since it started my honeymoon on a bad note.
For all that want to go be careful....this might not be the first time it happened.
The Cecil is conveniently located within walking distance to Plaka, Omonoia square, the Monostiraki, the subway, the Acropolis, and just about anywhere else you need to go in Athens. Our room was on the top floor with a view of the Acropolis from the terrace (no view from the room). The room itself was small but clean. When our friend came to visit us, they were very accommodating and sent us an extra cot for her. Good place to stay on a budget.
Nice and easy
this old hotel was revamped end of the nineties and we use twice a year for our trips in Greece;they combined a successfull remodeling with the respect of the old style of the house (painting,decoration,lights);
we appreciate the correct prices and the perfect location near Omonia,Monastiraki,the Plaka,the Acropolis and last but not least the vicinity of the metro station leading to Pireaus as well as straight to the airport;As we travel at least twice a year to Greece,we made this hotel our favourtite stopover point.
Nice place with potentially great views
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Cecil in May of 2004 and we liked it a lot. We stayed on the top floor where there was a beautiful terrace that offered views of the Acropolis and all of downtown Athens. It was a short walk from the new subway station and it was very quiet even though it's on a major street. The continental breakfast was fabulous, very filling and fresh. The help at the front desk was good, helping us out and giving advice for meals etc. We had lost our luggage and had to call the airlines several times to figure out when it would come. The guys at the front desk called and talked to them for us as though they were doing it for us as friends. I don't know if they treated everyone this way or not, we had a great experience with them, and we came away with some fabulous night shots of the Acropolis. I'd stay there any time.
Wouldn't stay there again
I stayed at the Cecil in June 2003 with my mother who was unwell. When we arrived the man at the desk couldn't even reach out a hand to hold open the lift doors for us. He was so rude. My daughter was arriving the next day and we asked about transferring to a larger room. He couldn't be bothered answering us. Well, the first room was tiny, we could hardly turn around in it (it was clean enough though). And we were kept awake all night by terrible traffic noice - we had requested a quiet room. The next day we got a helpful person on the desk and were transferred to a triple room which was much better and quieter. We booked an extra night for when we returned from the islands and requested the same room again. Everything was OK when we got the helpful guy on the desk but the other one was just awful. He was on when we left and I tried to find out how much we had to pay for the larger room and extra night but he just brushed me off so we got a free night's accommodation which I felt made up for the poor service!! The location was handy but the breakfast wasn't up to much.
Not upscale, but perfect
We stayed here for four nights in July of 2003 and thought it was perfect for our needs. It's not fancy, but it was clean and we loved the European feel. The location was fantastic-right in the Plaka, and just a few minutes from wonderful food, scenery, and people-watching. Our last night, we stayed on the top floor, and had a wonderful view of the Acropolis from the rooftop. It was also an easy, ten minute walk to the bus station for the airport.
The rooms were decent-sized, with incredibly high ceilings. Tiny bathroom, much appreciated air-conditioning, and wooden blinds that kept the room completely dark for jet lagged, midday sleeping. The spiral staircase was very pretty, and we also liked the ancient wrought iron elevator (with an evil eye charm hung on the inside of the shaft). Breakfast was fine, and they had a lot of good guidebooks to read while you ate. Only caution? The squeakiest beds in the world-makes it impossible to be discreet.
We arrived at the Cecil, after a long ferry trip, at 1 AM. I didn't notice the cleanliness at that time. But in the morning, I was so grossed out, I couldn't leave this hotel fast enough. There were smears of bloody-looking gunk on the wall and questionable bodily fluids on the blankets. It was horrible. I can't stress that enough. And the staff got argumentative with me when I told them I wanted to check out early. Awful place.
Not the best place, but ok for a very tight budget
I stayed at the Cecil Hotel in late March, 2004. The location was very convenient ~ close to Monistiraki Square, within easy walking distance of the Plaka and Syntagma, and very close to the metro. I was not happy with the cleanliness of the hotel, though. Prime example: the water glass in the bathroom had been used as an ashtray by the previous occupant of my non-smoking room. Housekeeping left it there dirty throughout my stay. Also, the room smelled musty and smoky. Some front desk personnel were nice, but others were bored and unhelpful. I thought I had been locked out of the hotel one night because the door wouldn't open. I had to buzz to get in, and the man at the front desk was asleep and didn't wake up at first. On a postive note, it was very inexpensive. I had originally booked it over the internet, but when I contacted the hotel directly they quoted a 5 euro per night lower rate.
When I got there, they honored the lower rate instead of the price I originally booked, which was nice. In spite of the price, I'll stay somewhere nicer next time.
This was a great place to stay. Book over the internet for a substantial discount (depending on which web site you use). It was clean, safe and had an ok breakfast for Europe. Location was great too.