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... is an ancient Greek temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. On the north side, there is a large porch with six Ionic columns, and on the south, the famous "Porch of the Maidens", with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns. We were running out of time so we didn't stay too long. All the archaeological sites are only open till 5pm today and closed tomorrow. It's was 2pm and we want to visit the Ancient Agora and Temple of Olympian ...
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Athens. Small, unique and personal, with great food, I always leave feeling happier. I love the salads, meat dishes and the chocolate ganas desert, which you simply MUST try. Good value for such great quality of food as well. Reserve at least 3-4 days in advance http://www.tripadvisor.com.gr/Restauran t_Review-g189400-d790052-Reviews-Aneton ...
... the sporting culture.
Our first task of checking out the modern culture was quite easy, as all we had to do was walk around and take the city in. We had based ourselves in an outer suburb that was truly Greek. There were no tacky souvenir shops, no menus with "tourist" specials and no spruikers selling open top bus trips to all the sights. Yep, this was the real Athens and it was great. Little cafes were bustling with Greeks’ drinking coffee, discussing ...
... turkish delight really has shocked the system. In hindsight, in Turkey, I was sugar overloading and my body got use to it. Now, its the opposite so I'll have an adjustment period.
After the museum, we walked up to the Acropolis which is not just the big temple but the whole hill. The big temple at the top is called the Parthenon, which unfortunately is under renovation for another 30 years so it was impossible to get a clean photo. The structures around it ...
... I expected so he said he would ask Newton. He made tentative steps to see him and Newton sent him back to the desk and we were told to remain as is.
Being an impatient kind of person from time to time I thought "Bugger that for a joke" so down the stairs I trotted and saw Newton. It turns out we were on a guided tour into Athens and the rest of the day was on our own until returning to the ship at 5.15pm!! I told him that was not what I expected and I did ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Zinon Athens
Not too bad at all...
We stayed at the hotel for a few days in June this year. The hotel is pretty good for the price. We especially like the flat panel tv in the room. The bathroom, like all hotels in Greece it seems, was small, but cleaner than most we had had during our trip.
The neighbourhood surrounding the hotel is not clean and some may find it scary, but we had no problems at all and found some good restaurants and shopping nearby.
The room had no view at all (a cement wall) and was small, but clean and relatively new. Breakfast was pretty standard, too, but there was something for everyone (and we're picky).
We couldn't get the same rate as we got on the internet when we asked about returning to the hotel a few days later, so we switched to another.
Nice little hotel, horrid neighborhood
The other reviewers failed to mention how awful the immediate neighborhood is here. While the hotel itself was perfectly fine to nice (clean, well-maintained, fresh paint, nice tiling), and the desk staff were particularly good (better than some luxury places we've been), you can't overlook the stinking piles of trash on the street corner, the graffiti, and the people hanging around, the boarded up neighbors. We took a cab back at night because we felt unsafe. Zononos is a busy, even lively, but dirty street leading to Omonia Square, with food shops, good for cheap eating. But I would not recommend staying in this area south of Omonia; go north & east, stay closer to Syntagma in the plaka or just north of there. The location is good only in the sense that you could walk to the plaka or hop on the metro at Omonia. The street noise was not completely blocked by closing the windows & drapes, but mostly. The AC worked fine too.
Good Value for Money.
Very good value for money, paid £53/ night through Hotelclub. For once this was a hotel that was exactly as advertised. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfast was sufficient. I found the area ok, so long as you stick to the main roads on an evening when walking around Athens. The staff were pleasant and vey helpful. Only criticism being that it was a bit noisey as the walls are pretty thin.
All in all, a very pleasant stay. I would definatley recomend it to anyone wanting a base to explore Athens and is not planning on spending too much time in the hotel.
Great little place
We had some great time in Athens. The hotel was clean and tidy and the hotel staff was more than helpful. They gave us great advice of how to get around, suggesting restaurants and places to visit.
Very pleasant all the time and willing to give answers to our questions.
As for the hotel location, it is exaclty in the center of the city, close to touristic attractions and all means of transportaions.
Great value overall. Congrats to the owner for making the correct choices on running this nice little hotel.
Good basic hotel
We only stayed in this hotel overnight as a stopover for another flight but it was fine. The room was very nice and modern with very good reception service and good bathroom. At the end of the day it is a best western so you get what you pay for...not the Hilton but clean and well above basic standards. We only paid 80 euros with breakfast.
Bathroom was very small but nice and modern so not really a problem. Actually really liked the hotel and was perfect for a stopover. Do not think I would have wanted to have stayed here for too much longer simply because i like more luxurious hotels and the location of the hotel is not the best. It is fine as you get taxis into town but our two taxi drivers both warned us that we were not in a good part of town. I would not recommend walking around this area at night if you can help it.
Overall Good Hotel
Good Hotel, Good Price, Good Location. Hotel has been fully remolded and rooms look very nice, though they are small. The patio in our room was giant, but it had no patio furniture to be able to enjoy it. Elevators are old and small but work great. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Breakfast was also good. I would recommend it to anyone.
Perfectly fine, budget hotel.
Our 8th floor room was a bit small, but we had a large terrace that was about the same size (or larger than) the room. However, the terrace had no furniture and the air quality in Athens bothered us, so we didn't spend a great deal of time out there. The staff was very helpful in getting us booked for a tour to Delphi and in general guiding us around. The furniture in the room was comfortable, the bathroom of much classier variety than I'm used to at Best Westerns, and the AC worked great. The breakfast is not great, but it's exactly the kind you get at a BW in the States. A good value.
Good for the money
This hotel is a very reasonably priced. We checked out yesterday (5/30) and paid only 62.50 E for 3 people. The room is very small, the air conditioning is an on/off deal and the bathroom is cramped and old, but it's close to the Metro (1.5 blocks, mostly pedestrian zone). The breakfast is very good and the staff at the front desk are extremely friendly and helpful. Won't do if you are looking for high end, but if you are on a tight budget it's a bargain.
No graet style
If you are seeking a bare bones, neat, inexpensive place and do not care about surroundings, this is for you!!!!
As I had seen my wife off by plane that morning and was taking the train the next day, I wanted a place with relatively easy acess to the Larisa station. Therefore I chose the Zinon because of the Best Western connection. It was pragmatic.
I wouldn't suggest this place for someone arriving in Athens after a long voyage as it is quite plain & the immediate neighborhood lacks charm. But I was able to walk to two excellent non touristy restaurants during the rainy day I was there.
Richard E. Hayes