O&B Athens Boutique Hotel
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Waking up, I don't think I'd ever had quite a sore back from a bed in my life. Bec was similarly afflicted with a sore back, albeit not as bad as mine. Clearly the bed was made for littler people than us, as I could touch the headboard and wood ends if I stretched my toes. It also screeched like a banshee every time we fidgeted on the mattress. Unsurprisingly, but thankfully, the flights fell through and my money was returned. Happy but ...
Feeling a little tired and run down, we slept in this morning. When we woke, we went to have lunch at same place we did yesterday. We both got chicken souvlaki, but Hannah got no sauce and added lettuce and gouda cheese. They told us the fryer was heated up, so we couldn't have fries, but as we left they gave us some (they don’t cost extra!).
We decided that we needed to ship some things home, extra clothing for hot weather (we will no longer ...
Red Tape Rules !! Yay :)
Well, Dean and I set off this morning to debate the powers to be of the oldest civilization on earth..
Needless to say, I got as far as the front door...
Problem number one appeared to be a complete lack of interest in talking to anyone that did not understand Greek, we were a pain in the proverbial... It got worse from there...
We met a lovely couple of Ladies intent on making the most of our ...
... and famous site. Athens has the Acropolis museum and the Acropolis. I visited the Acropolis museum, which is not included in the price of the Acropolis and it basically goes over a history of the Acropolis. One of the really cool things about this museum is that it has glass bottom floors and you can see the ruins underneath your feet! It's quite interesting to be standing on such ...
... market atmosphere in the shops great fun! We had the biggest and best lunch at a sidewalk cafe starting with sharing a Greek salad, fresh hot bread drizzled with olive oil and oregano served with tsaziki to dunk in. That would have been enough for our main meal we both agreed, but along came the mains Bronte had lamb souvlaki with pita bread, tsaziki, fries and salad veggies, I got traditional lamb with potatoes, in lemon sauce baked in paper ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews O&B Athens Boutique Hotel
Great hotel, accomodating, hidden location
We stayed in this hotel for 5 days in September. The location is not in the best part of Athens and is in fact somewhat hidden (i.e. some of the taxi drivers do not know where it is) but it is within a couple block walk of the Monastiraki train station and old Agora. The rooms are clean and the bathrooms among the biggest in the various hotels we have stayed at. The breakfast, which is included, was excellent. Service was warm and hospitable. They charged for internet access but this seems the norm for Greece. There are some very good restaurants nearby but you need to know what you are looking for (good food over ambiance). Would definitely stay there again.
Cheap furniture, dirty location, bad service
Don't be fooled by the swanky pictures on their web-site or the questionable reviews below.... this place is located in perhaps the worst part of Athens. The street is full of adult rated shops, discount mattress sellers and burned out shop fronts.
We had a look at it after booking from London on the way through Athens on our way to Mykonos, and immediately cancelled our booking (12 days in advance of our stay).
The hotel still charged us for the first night (210 Euros) - despite the 12 days notice (their web site asks only for 7 days notice).... shocking.
It is furnished with trendy looking but clearly cheap furniture, and amounts to a shop front in a dirty back street..... try somewhere else....
Initially, I would like to thank you for your comments. However, I would like to take the opportunity and give some necessary explanations:
Your first reservation in our hotel was made through a booking engine that indeed asked for 7 days notice in case of a cancellation. We cancelled your reservation without any charge although you cancelled it 4 days before the expected arrival date. However, the second time that you made a reservation at the Ochre & Brown Hotel, you booked it directly to us. In our confirmation letter it is clearly stated that in case of a late cancellation (less than 14 days prior to arrival), the guest will be charged for one night, which was exactly what we did even though your reservation was no-show and the hotel had the right to charge the whole stay as settled in our confirmation letter.
Furthermore, concerning the location of our hotel, Ochre & Brown Boutique Hotel is situated in the upcoming area of Athens, the Psirri area with the antique shops and the flea market opposite to Monastiraki. Therefore, it is normal to see old shops with antique stuff for people to buy as this is one of the oldest and most-visited areas of Athens. However, there are not adult-rated shops as you mentioned.
Even though we did not have the chance to welcome you at the Ochre & Brown Boutique Hotel, I sincerely hope that in case you visit Athens in the near future, we will obtain the prospect to show you the true meaning of hospitality that Ochre & Brown Hotel offers.
Excellent, intimate athens hotel
It was a real treat to stay at Ochre and Brown on our return from the islands this year. Above all, the staff were outstanding and made the stay memorable - service really could not have been better or more helpful or friendlier! We were absolutely delighted.
The hotel design was modern, minimal but with nice attention to detail and comfort, and avoiding some of the obviousness and charmlessness of many 'boutique' hotels. Fabulous shower!
The bar was pleasant and the breakfasts generous and delicious - we had ours delivered to our room for a small surcharge, and it felt luxurious!
The area was great - we've always stayed in Plaka previously, and by contrast Psirri felt raw, real and energetic. Some great places just around the corner for eating or drinking coffee and people watching. The area heaves on a Friday and Saturday night, so it's really worth booking to eat, and on Sunday morning, the flea market sprawls right up to the door.
We will look forward to staying again next time we're in Athens.
Trendy and super location
We find this hotel has a great location , very trendy and clean with a staff that did everything to please us.We stayed here 2 nights before returning home after a trip to Crete and Spetses it was perfect . We recommand this hotel ,it is a small hotel with a personal touch.
My wife and I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights at the end of our island hopping honeymoon, the hotel is stylish, intimate and in a good location for exploring Athens by foot, both day and night. Above all else the staff were extremely helpful and welcoming.
Tim and Ange
aged 39 an 31.
Perfect Hotel in Athens
I stayed at this hotel in Sept 2006. I found it to be very clean/ stylish with friendly staff. It was perfectly situated for two days sightseeing in Athens. I would strongly recommend this as a place to stay.
We stayed in the hotel for 2 days in April. It's very centrally located, only a few meters walk from the subway station. The hotel is new (it opened in December 2005).
The rooms are very clean and have very comfortable beds, new stylish furnishings and high-tech equipments (CD & DVD players...).
The breakfast is generous and the personnel polite, smiley and helpful. Taking all this into consideration, it was an excellent value for money.
The elevator is indeed small but since there are only 11 rooms in the hotel we never had to wait in order to use them.
We are looking forward to visit it again soon
Not so good
It is not so good. The staff is not so friendly and we had problem with the air-condition! The location is good but the hotel is not a four star hotel! The servibce is for two stars!
What an amzing little hotel! The Ochre and Brown is small but perfectly formed. It is stylish and comfortable and located in the coolest part of the city (Psiri) near to some great clubs and restaurants. The rooms are not huge but they are comfortable and have all the amenities you might require. But the best bit is the amazing service you recieve from really friendly and attentive staff..... nothing is too much trouble. The breakfasts are huge and really tasty by the way! Definately stay here if you can it's well worth the money.
Having just returned from a 4 night stay, we fully recommend Ochre & Brown to those looking for a really good non-chain modern exceptionally clean hotel very well located in the centre of Athens/near the main tourist sites and newly trendy districts of Psiri and Gazi.
We took a larger non-city view room which was just the right size, with a fab bathroom complete with a large walk-in shower and big showerhead - the perfect room to "come home to" after a busy day. The breakfasts were a real contrast to those found in many European hotels - among other things, fresh and (almost too) plentiful - even the continental breakfast (in our room rate) came with eggs done as you like them and a choice of coffee type (e.g. filter, expresso etc) - pretty unusual in our experience of the typical continental breakfast. All the staff were professional, extremely helpful and friendly, no matter what time of the day or night we happened to venture in.
We will certainly return there.