Metropolitan Hotel

Address: 385 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, Attica, 17564, Greece | 5 star hotel
 
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This 5 star hotel, located in the Παλαιού Φαλήρου area of Athens, is near New Acropolis Museum, Parthenon (Parthenonas), and Avenue of Poseidon (Poseidornos).
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsMetropolitan Hotel Athens

      Reviewed by hyperpipe

      Buffet Lunch!

      Reviewed Jun 9, 2014
      by (11 reviews) Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada Flag of Canada

      Delicious!

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      Reviewed by rickenloe

      Metro

      Reviewed Apr 24, 2014
      by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

      Everything included!

      Arrival
      Kallithea, Greece

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      Reviewed by mozgasban

      Metropolitan hotel

      Reviewed Sep 27, 2012
      by (4 reviews) Vác , Hungary Flag of Hungary

      Good rooms, they have air conditions inside.
      Breakfast buffet have very nice variety of choices.
      The hotel offers free shuttle buses to the city center!
      The swimming pool and the view from the top floor is very nice.
      the lobby has free WiFi

      The negative side that it is a little bit expensive and it is far from the city and has no subway or tram station nearby.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Historical Traveler Reviews Metropolitan Hotel Athens

      A Cruise/Conference Hotel

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      This hotel is overpriced with mediocre food and unhelpful staff. I would rate it a 4 star hotel rather than 5. Our stay was dominated by people off cruise ships and conferences. We were also disappointed to find that we had paid more for our room( 3 star standard) than other guests.

      The walls are thin and one is privy to the activities of the other guests.

      I would not recommend this hotel.

      Big Hotel

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      Big Hitel, about 15min bus ride from centre of Athens. There is a regular free shuttle bus, both ways, but on occaison it can fill up very quick and you must wait for the next one or pay for a taxi. Popular with tour groups. excellent breakfatsts, very busy. Regular hotel rooms. A few restaurants in walking distance otherwise must catch bus into town - last bus to return back to hotel 9:30pm.

      Good Hotel, Nice breakfast and toiletteries

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      I stayed in the Metropolitan twice in april and june 2005. Both stays were very pleasant. The second time I had a room with a single bed and it was a bit small. Buffet breakfast was excellent with so many varities of food and fresh juices. The mini bar is an absolute rip off, 4 euros for a small watter bottle that sells for 0.25 euro in the supermarket. Food in general was expensive, 12 euros for a plate of cheese!! They do have a sign for the towels but they will change any towels placed in the tub which i guess is fair enough. I did not notice any dirt or dust. The soaps and shampoo are molton brown all over the hotel, and of excellent quality. The location is midway between athens and pireaus which is convenient but its not a touristic place. The view from the roof top pool and restaurant is nice but not great, the race track in front of the hotel is far from appealing and the acropolis is so far away that you need a telescope to recognize it. The nearest touristic area is new izmir square but in general taxis are cheap and you can take a taxi to athens or pireaus for less than 8 euros. One thing I found strange is that the house maids opened my room door at least three times in the morning to clean while I was still in the room !!! So you might want to use the do not sisturn sign if you stay there.

      Its a good place for a business trip but if I visit athens for tourism I would probably choose a more classical place downtown or a coastal one near glyfada.

      Excellant Choice

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      Stayed here for 5 nights whilst on business in May 05. I travel quite a lot on business and am usually hard to please with hotels finding many faults! However....I really could not fault the Metropolitan in any way.

      The Metropolitan is both a hotel used by business people and tourists, European, British, American and Asian (Thailand Airways Air crew use the Metropolitan for e.g.) There were many Americans there who seemed to be with tour operators (Insight & Grand Circle Tours) who obviously use this hotel as a base for island hopping and cruise excursions.

      I found the previous mixed review somewhat surprising, and I would tend to disagree with most of what was written, except for the comments about the corridors. So i agree, they could do with a spring clean!

      I pre-arranged with the hotel for a taxi to collect me from the airport, which they did efficiently and on time. The Hotel has good size comfortable rooms, Sat TV, AC and double glazed windows (which could also do with a clean!) good storage space and very comfy beds, crisp clean white linen sheets pillows and duvet. Nearly all hotels ask you to reuse towels you haven't used, by hanging them up on the racks, this is common practice at all major hotels I have ever stayed in. The bathrooms were of good size, and decent bath & shower, décor, marble, white ceramic, the complimentary toiletries were all "Molton Brown" which is a well known good quality and fairly expensive brand (in the UK at least!) and there were plentiful supplies of these restocked daily. The one real nice touch I thought was that whilst I was out late (very late!) for dinner one night, a maid had obviously been in to my room and had closed my windows, drawn the curtains, turned on the AC and turned back the duvet cover, also leaving me a little card which gave me the weather forecast for the day to come!

      I only ate at the Hotel during breakfast, which was always busy, good food choice across the board, English/American & continental breakfast choices. The hotel bar was always fairly quiet. We had one drink there, no atmosphere and was expensive.

      Beware tho, the mini bar was VERY expensive, so avoid, i.e. a small bottle of mineral water cost my company €4.20! that's extortionate by anybody's reckoning?

      (Small) Pool and sun roof terrace were good, if you get the weather, we didn't! However the views of the City from the roof terrace are exceptional.

      I found the Hotel staff helpful and courteous, On checking out I asked them to itemize my phone calls and although they couldn't do it on the spot, by the time I had arrived back at my office in London 8 hours later, a fax had arrived detailing all my calls. The rooms also have 1mb ADSL/Broadband connection for your laptops, which was the first I have come across. The hotel also had an "internet café" for only €5 per 30mins usage.

      Although the location of the hotel is a little outside the city centre its not a problem and is actually more desirable (ok yes its still noisy with a busy 4 lane highway to one side). But the hotel itself is in a quiet southern suburb with some nice local tavernas. We particularly enjoyed Arsenis (lots of locals frequent this place), about a 5 min walk away. We found a large supermarket close by also, which came in handy.

      Take the hotel courtesy bus to Syndagma Square, trip takes 15mins, and is a reliable free service to use for all your sightseeing/shopping needs from 0815 thru 2130 daily. Taxi's, tho perfectly safe, were a bit of a lottery, we took a cab ride back late one night and the driver took the long route and charged us (un-metered) €10 (which is still cheap for UK prices), however, when we took a taxi which did use the meter it came to less than €3!

      One thing not to miss when you're at this hotel is to visit the "Planetarium" (Eugenides Foundation), which is literally over the road from the hotel. Having been to London Planetarium, the one here in Athens was far superior; using state of the art 3D Digital technology, with a long 30 min show covering Greek mythology/history and the stars/planets. Kids and adults alike will sit back and marvel in awe!

      To sum up; would I stay here again?, yes definitely, but only if on business or a short city break, because I think its too expensive for a long family holiday. Would I recommend it?, Yes, 100% for sure, it's a great clean modern and efficient hotel with everything you could need. Try it.

      Not what I expected

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      We visited in March 2005 and because of all the great reviews of the Metropolitan, we thought we were in for a wonderful stay at a very nice hotel. We were wrong.

      The BAD:

      The gentleman who checked us in was not rude by any means, but he was not warm and hospitable either. The corridors of the hotel had dirty (scuff marks, etc.) walls and baseboards that needed to be cleaned. The rooms are smaller than they appear in photos, but we were okay with that since standards vary among different countries. What we were not okay with was the temperature of the room, which was very warm. A maintenance person was supposedly sent to our room to correct the problem but we noticed no change in temperature. After complaining a second time, we were told by one of the hotel staff that the hotel's entire cooling system is shut off during the winter months - which includes March. Temperatures outside were in the mid to upper 60's. They recommended that we open our windows and we did so only to be further aggravated by noisy traffic (Athenians blow their car horns "a lot") from the "very major" road that runs alongside the hotel. The bathroom appeared to be clean but I noticed traces of dust in the room and suspect that the rooms are not dusted and vacuumed regularly since my sinus/allergies started to get aggravated a little. We were also surprised by the sign in the bathroom that asked guests to hang used towels on the racks and reuse them "to conserve energy" in lieu of requesting new towels. This made me wonder if the set they gave us had even been washed....hmmm. Also, if you ever stay at this hotel, do not use the snack bar in the room. The prices are hiked up even more so than in America ($3.00 (or was it $4.00?) for bottled water, $6.00 (that I remember) for a snack-sized can of pretzels). We also had to borrow an adapter from the front desk since the one we brought gave out on us and they charged us a whopping $9.00!!! You'd think it would have been complimentary. Where's the customer service?

      The GOOD:

      Although a busy road runs on one side of the hotel, on the opposite side is a quiet (and I mean very quiet to the point that it was hard to believe our hotel and that busy road were just footsteps away) and seemingly safe business and residential area with a mixture of residences, restaurants etc. We took a very short and pleasant walk to a restaurant called "Barb Lazaros" which we highly recommend.

      The ALTERNATIVE:

      We drove by the Athens Hilton a couple of times during our stay and it appears to be a very nicely kept hotel and is in a good location (unfortunately it is also on a busy road, which is almost impossible to avoid in Athens). If we are ever in Athens again (which I doubt we will visit the city of Athens again, but we will definitely be going back to Greece!), we will probably book at the Hilton.

      The best hotel in Athens?

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      There is no doubt that the Metropolitan is now successfully competing with Athens' top hotels. We just returned from an 8-day stay and found the rooms immaculate and the staff among the most professional we have encountered as frequent travellers. They simply could not do enough for us. We have stayed in most of Athens' best hotels and the Metropolitan is now our #1 choice. We disagree, too, with previous comments on the hotel's location. It is actually located equal distance from the centre of Athens, Piraeus and the south coast, making it more convenient than the others on the same road. And, besides, the hotel offers free and frequent shuttle service to the centre of Athens! There are several tavernas surrounding the hotel, too, offering fantastic Greek food at reasonable prices. (Kythira was our favourite. Try the house white wine.)

      Great choice

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      We just returned from our trip to Athens and Greek Isle cruise. The first four nights we spent at the Metropolitan Hotel. It was fabulous!! Very modern, clean and luxurious. Plush down comforters on the bed, granite countertops in the bathroom, nice wood work and details throughout. Very nice fitness center with all of the equipment and free weights you need. Rooftop pool w/lounge chairs and towels were a nice touch. View from the rooftop is amazing on a clear day. Hotel seemed to cater more to the "business traveler", but the front desk staff was helpful at recommending area restaurants and giving advice on city attractions and how much a taxi would cost us to get there. My "better half" teases me about being so picky when it comes to hotel rooms. No complaints about this one. Loved it!

      A little ways out, but very nice

      from

      Stayed at the Metropolitan for 4 days, and it has to regarded as one of the better hotels in Athens.

      Pros- Great hotel

      Cons- Too far to walk to the Plaka/Acropolis etc.

      Cab fair only cost us about 2-3 Euros to or from Syntagma Sq.

      Would saty there again in a heartbeat.

      Big Fat Greek Weddings

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      We choose this hotel based on the TripAdviso's rating...it was great..modern, clean and friendly..until 10 p.m. at night when from the second floor near the elevators we heard pounding music..when we called the Reception, they told us three wedding receptions were being held. We ranted and raved...so the next morning they discounted our room by half...if you go just ask for a room far from the elevators, away from the stairwell...maybe then you won't hear the music from the big fat Greek weddings.

      Great place

      from

      WOW. We traveled all over Greece for 2 weeks and nothing else came close to being this luxurious. The rooms were modern, everything new, clean, comfortable, a/c. Dining was very good as well, best breakfast we had in any Greek hotels. Only thing is it is a bit far away from downtown attractions, so you will need to cab it or rent a car.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Metropolitan Hotel Athens

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
       

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      Arrival
      Kallithea, Greece