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I've been in Athens for two days now, it's interesting coming to Europe after two months of living in Asian/Middle Eastern countries.
Everything is decidedly more western; the prices, the toilets, and the tourist traps. I landed in Athens and took the metro to my hotel. It's a small, 5 floor walk-up pension with shared bathrooms, and of course …
An evening with locals Tuesday May 4
I decided it was a good night for a splurge. After spending a few hours relaxing in my dorm room I gussied up and went out. I had read about a couple of fabulous restaurants and I wanted to see if I could sneak into one.
The trouble with being a solo-traveler is when you dine alone you don't …
Woke with the sun in anticipation of my big travel day. I don't know why, but I still get all excited and a little nervous when it comes to boarding the big bird. I know it will be a long day, or, er, 2 days of travel, but I’m just tickled to death that I’m on my way.
Athens waits, and with it a city in the midst of turmoil as …
Sean and I spent Fri through Sun afternoon in Athens. Stayed at a hotel right in the middle of everything which was cool, even though the place itself wasn't.
Fri besides checking out the town a little and trying to find some real greek food (Mousaka and Gyros) ended up paying 28 euros! to do laundry. Or I should say, have a dry cleaners …
It began with an innocent yet savory glass of Plomari ouzo, followed by another, then countless more. Relaxed and waiting upon a late night supper, our outdoor table offering superb views of the floodlit Acropolis above, we watched the world go by, and for a brief moment we felt Athenian. Startled out of our reverie by the sound of breaking glass, …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Tempi Athens
Rude and unhelpful
We stayed at Hotel Tempi about 2 weeks ago. The guy at the desk was extremely rude and unhelpful during our one night stay before waiting to take the ferry. He refused to switch on the air conditioning, saying that it was not hot enough, and then in the morning would not take a credit card payment despite all the guide books advertising this as a real advantage. Our room was ok for the price but the staff really spoiled the start of our trip - we booked another hotel for the departure. Will never stay there again.
My husband and I usually stay in luxury hotels, but Athens hotels will be prohibitive during the Olympic Games. My husband's company offerred us a room at $550 Euros per night (about 665 US$) and that's just more than we want to pay for 11 nights in Athens. Although we have yet to stay at the Hotel Tempi, the proprietor is very gracious and helpful, and he speaks perfect English. Luckily for us, we were in Athens this month, March 2004 (staying in a luxury hotel); so, we were able to go and check out the Tempi. It looks clean and the location couldn't be better, and, as I said, the owner is very nice We have been promised a clean room with a private bathroom at a fair price, and that will be fine for us. I hope our experience there lives up to our expectations.
Defintely worth a return visit
I stayed at the Tempi last year and utterly loved it. I hate hostelling and at this hotel I could afford my own room - albeit with a shared bathroom. Everything was scrupulously clean and the staff were friendly. Contratry to a few negative reviews I have seen in places - there was always hot water and no problems with the plumbing. I would definitely stay again - in fact I can't wait to go back. The location is fabulous too!
The best location
At the Tempi Hotel the owner told me if I had any questions, then there were always somebody here 24 hours. That proved very helpfull since the touristinformation is miles away from the center. I had many questions in my 3 day stay, all were succesfull answered without that impatient fealing I had picked up elsewhere.The room I got was quite and clean, spotless in fact. They did to my surprise not do breakfast, instead they had a kitchen where you could make your own. Coffe and tea were free, I just had to buy my own milk. The best was ofcourse the location, it was near to everything, Acropolis, Monastiraki, Plaka, the lot. Would I go back? Definately. I will recommend this to everyone.
Just returned from a backpacking tour of the Greek Islands which commenced in Athens. Contrary to many web-based comment Athens was a joy. We wanted to commence our trip with our hotel booked and found the Tempi Hotel on the net. It is in an excellent location near many restaurants & other eateries. Quiet, convenient, attractive etc, etc.
The hotel is simple and clean. The mattresses were new and the staff helpful. Strongly recommend your consideration.
Stayed at the Tempi 5 years ago. On a budget so we had a room with no toilet which was roughing it. This year I booked a room WITH shower/toilet, 6 months in advance. Mailed the hotel to be absolutely sure they would be ready for us next month and they said they never got our confirmation!!! I sent them a copy of my e-mail which stated "...please accept my reservations"... for the days I inquired about and they played dumb. They offered me a room with no shower/toilet and I said "No way". I will never stay there again.
I was on a three month contract working for a museum in Athens and was forced to leave the hotel I was in due to the cost. The Hotel Tempi was cheap and very clean. It is a three minute walk from the Plaka, five minutes from the Monistiraki Railway Station, restaurants are a two to five minute walk, the Agora and Acropolis a 15 minute walk. The owner was very helpful, always a "good morning" and "where are you going today?" The area is somewhat quiet, albeit Sunday mornings you wake up to the bells ringing at the Metropolis church just at the corner. If you are used to hosteling, the upper floor rooms are the cheapest. The roof top patio is excellent on any night when you can sit with a bottle of wine, a block of cheese and some olives and just watch the city lights, with the moon rising up over the city. Loved it and will go back.
Very helpful owner!
Great hotel if you are on a budget. Very clean, quiet, good location.
Owner was very helpful when I needed to get a bus out of Athens - phoned my holiday company, checked prices of taxis, found out number of bus for me etc. Speaks good English. Room booked easily on internet.
Credit card payments taken.
It is very hard to find a budget hotel in a major metropolitan area which is as central and inexpensive as the Tempi is. I was very pleased to see that the hotel is still operational since the 2004 Olympics are looming and real estate is at such a premium in Athens that lots of other hotels formerly rated at 'D' and 'E' class (now known as 'H4' and H5') are abandoned and/or razed awaiting new, more expensive development. Granted the Tempi lacks an evelator and a/c, but the exercise is good and they do provide oscillating fans. The views (especially from the street-side upper stories) are terrific for Lykabettos and the Acropolis. I never noticed any smell from the toilets and the en-suite bath arrangements are no better or worse than for any other hotel I have stayed in in Europe; one just has to watch where the water flows. I last stayed at the Tempi in 2000 and found the proprietor very helpful, if a tad crusty. Just his nature, I think. His wife was very helpful when I had a minor accident while entering the stoop of the hotel. Nice folks. I'll stay there again.
Hotel Tempi, Rather cheap, Owner gets rather angry when you cancel bookings and calls hotel owners in area and tells them not to give you a room... big laughs