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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Athenes Athens
Enjoyed the stay
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.
Great Rooftop Pool
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!
The hotel isn't walking distance to the main attractions. We got a taxi up to the acropolis (entrance fee to the Acropolis is only about 12 euros each). However we got a horse and cart ride back down again which was a much better way to see Athens. At the end of the ride the driver recommended a restaurant to us in Plaka. Although we realised that he probably had some kind of commission deal we still went along as we thought it would be a lot less expensive than the touristy restaurant at the top of the acropolis. We weren't disappointed as we had a lovely authentic meal in a quiet, leafy street and would go here again if we returned to Athens.
Tip - if you're planning to get a taxi from the airport don't listen to the limo / mercedes drivers who assure you that their cars are the same price as a normal taxi. They quoted us 90 euros but our 'normal' taxi was only 24 euros.
If we went back to Athens we would stay at this hotel again as it was a comfortable hotel, good value with a great pool.
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.
Hotel: average Location: poor
The Novotel has very friendly staff at the desk (Lia was my contact, she was very nice) however
Location: on Michael Voda Street (6 minute walk from the Larissa Train & Subway Station) is OK in the day; but at night can be dodgy- so dont recommend walking after dark.
The restaurants are 2- up by the pool (garden cafe, and the one by the lobby). Food is average and perhaps overpriced (about Euro 15 for an entree)
The rooms are old, and although I got a special deal of Euro 83 on the net; the standard rate was Euro 140 and that is HIGH for this propoerty. [At the time of writing this the Holiday Inn was offering Euro 99 which is much better value]
The pool on the terrace is amazing; with a view of Piraeus port on one side and the ruins of the Acropolis looming large in front. If you are not really one for ruins, an afternoon by pool will give you free access t the acropolis :)
The hotel is not bad, but I won't be selling it to you for a business trip or a romantic getaway. It may serve your purpose if you are with a group of 20+ and on a educational / sports trip.
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.