Travel Blogs from Athens
After breakfast and confident on the Metro we headed to the Acropolis. It turned out the sleep in was not a good idea as it was now 10am and several cruise ships of passengers had arrived. Not one for negotiating a tsunami of tourists we decided to come back early tomorrow.
With temperatures in the mid thirties we headed to Panathenaic …
Day 117: We arrived mid afternoon from Barcelona and caught a taxi to our hotel and was surprised to see that the picture that I had in my head about what Athens would look like was way off. For one thing Athens is a lot more dirtier and uninviting then I thought, graffiti and rubbish everywhere and just not what I was expecting. We didn't do …
Arrived in Greece at about 12.30. Had a long drive to Athens and already noticed its alot warmer. It was about 35 degrees and cooled down to 32 degrees for the night. We arrived at the Novotel at about 5.45pm and went for a swim on the top floor. Soaked in the amazing view of the acropolis. It was beautiful.
Had dinner in a small …
... and bustling and empty. Much different than expected! The bus ride itself was not AS enjoyable as hoped, for it was very hot (double decker bus!) and uncomfortable. Not long after that, we took a tour of the National Archeological Museum in Athens, which was all vey interesting! Museums are not always the most exciting of activities, but it was very informative and our tour guide was very nice and helpful! That night we had an "open house" at our ...
... flavor with chocolate chips mixed in and chocolate cake on top. We were given some time to wander around and shop. At the end, we visited a small cathedral that was being reconstructed, but the parts that were visible were so detailed and gorgeous! Tomorrow is another at sea day! Authored by Emily D Quotes "Stupidity is unlimited." -The Tour Guide "I thought the movie was messing up. I was like, 'What is that noise?! Oh, he's whimpering.'" -D, talking about Loki and Hulk in ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Athenes Athens
Not the safest feeling neighbourhood but the quality of service and accommodation was very good. The hotel is handy to the Metro giving good access to all historical sights. Dinner on the rooftop looking across at the Acropolis was spectacular.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Athenes Athens
This hotel was selected and booked for me by a 3rd party. Before taking the trip I read the lackluster reviews so I was prepared for the worst. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Although it would have been nice to stay in a classic old Athenian hotel with Greek character the Novotel was perfectly fine. It is exactly what one would expect in a modern chain hotel. I was there for 4 nights in early January and the roof top pool was closed. The lobby staff was pleasant and they were very helpful in booking day trips. The breakfast room is nice and the food is plentiful. Don't approach the hotel from Makedonias street or you will not have a good impression. Approach from the front. The hotel is very close to the train station and the Metro Station at Omonia. I would definitely consider staying there again.
Clean modern hotel with friendly service. Reception staff were very helpful and gave us tips on the best places to visit. We only stayed here for one night as a stop off on our way to Halkidiki. Rooms were big but average, bathroom was large, modern and clean. The pool and restaurant on the roof had fantastic views across Athens and over to the acropolis. There is also a restaurant on the ground floor in case it's too windy on the roof!
Una maravilla de piscina
Estuve allí una semana. El hotel estaba bien, igual que la situación. Sólo hay que caminar unos minutos hasta la estación de metro más cercana y la plaza Omonia, donde hay muchos restaurantes y servicios, está a 15 minutos a pie. La habitación era bastante grande, con una cama grande y un sofá grande, no muy moderna, pero cómoda. El baño era nuevo y moderno. Lo mejor: el restaurante, con una vista muy bonita del jardín. La piscina no es muy grande, pero las vistas de la Acrópolis y Lycabelos la hacen inolvidable. El desayuno, el mejor que he tomado en un hotel: para todos los gustos, muy variado, sorpresas todos los días, muy sabroso y buena comida. La gente que trabaja allí es amable y atenta. Volvería, me gustó mucho.
¡Piscina en la azotea con vistas a la Acrópolis!
El Novotel Atenas se ajusta al nivel esperado de la cadena Novotel. Nuestra habitación era espaciosa y estaba equipada con una cama cómoda, tele por satélite, balcón y un buen baño privado. El personal de recepción hablaba un inglés impecable y era muy atento. Seguramente, la piscina de la azotea es el punto fuerte del hotel, porque es el sitio ideal para refrescarse después de un día de turismo o simplemente para disfrutar de unas preciosas vistas de Atenas. El hotel está a un paseo de 10 minutos de la estación de metro de Omonia. Siempre nos sentimos seguros paseando por el barrio, aunque en algunas zonas se veía un poco descuidado y cutre.
Pleasant enough but rooms need refurbishment and area is rough
Located in one of Athens's more downmarket areas the hotel has the facade of a standard Novotel offering.
The rooms, however, are in dire need of refurbishment and the food is very average.
In addition there is a strange lack of atmosphere or character to the hotel (even for a Novotel). Bland would be the best description.
Streets surrounding the hotel are a bit rough with a good collection of alcholics and junckies in the vicinity.
Nevertheless central enough, and, for the money, decent.
The Novotel has very friendly staff at the desk (Lia was my contact, she was very nice) however
Rooftop pool with acropolis view!
The Novotel Athenes conforms to the standard expected for the Novotel chain. Our room was spacious and equipped with a comfortable bed, satellite TV, balcony and a good ensuite bathroom.
The reception staff spoke faultless English, and were very helpful. The rooftop pool is probably the best feature of the hotel being a great place to cool off after a day of sightseeing or simply to enjoy a great view over Athens.
The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the Omonia metro station. The walk always seemed safe though the surrounding area seemed a little messy and seedy in places.
Wonderful swimming pool!
I stayed there for a week.
The hotel was ok, as so was the location. you have to walk just a few minutes to the nearest tube stations, and Omonia square, with plenty of restaurants and facilities, is at about 15 minutes by foot.
The bedroom was quite big, a big bed and a big sofa, not very up-to-date, but comfortable. The bathroom was new and modern.
the best: the restaurant, with a very nice garden view; the swimming pool, not very big, but with views to Acropolis and Lycabetos, unforgetable; the breakfast, the best I´ve had at a hotel: for all tastes, many things, surprises everyday, very tasty, good food.
The people working there, kind and helpful.
I would go back, liked it very much.
very small lobby, rooms with cheap furnitures, pool o.k. the area terrible not very safe. the restaurant nice. a very average hotel-needs renovation. rooms are not so clean. business center good.