Travel Blogs from Athens
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 …
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 …
... was the first proper lunch after 3-4 days.
After having such a satisfying lunch we decided to go to our last stop before leaving Athens, the National Archeological Museum, and the one that it’s actually really nice and have a lot of information about the Greek history. Besides it has a special show room where we could see pictures of ancient shipwrecks with statues and different objects found at the bottom of the sea and brought up to be displayed.
Finally we ...
... allows them to figure out the colors so we saw some statues that were painted. We all seemed to prefer the unpainted statues. They now are also able to clean the statues with a laser. The female statues were always fully clothed while the males were always naked. The Parthenon was rebuilt at least 3 times. The first time it was destroyed by fire and the Turks destroyed it when they conquered the city. On the way home we watched the Changing ...
... carving of a boat into the side of the cliff before you reached the walls surrounding the acropolis. This was a tribute to Athena and being as it was carved into the rock it could be destroyed or taken away! We listened to some more information on the layout of the site and then we had free time to see the acropolis, the views from the top of this hill and then to explore the modern town of Lindos. We took lots of photos of the still standing sections of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cecil Hotel Athens
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.