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... most celebrated healing center of the Classical world. People came to be healed and for sanctuary. With prosperity came monuments and a huge theatre whose exceptional acoustics allow all 15,000 spectators to hear unamplified speech from the stage. Of course I climbed to the top row, and I could hear fellow tourists testing the sound.
Back in Athens, the tour hotel had a spectacular view of the Acropolis, adorned with the famous Parthenon. It ...
... We had a very long trip to Europe, with an hour long transfer.
We transferred in Zurich, Switzerland and had a beautiful view of the Alps!
Arriving in Athens, our program provided bus transportation to our hotel in the suburbs (Glyfada).
After about 12 hours, we arrived in Athens in the afternoon, jet-lagged but ...
... a picture with one of the guards. They must hire them for their height as he was well over 6 feet tall.
"Not open" became a somewhat familiar refrain for the next 2 days as the Easter holiday begins on the Thursday and lasts until Tuesday. Apparently the Greeks we didn't see all go home to family for the holidays. Fortunately, however, there was enough for us to see, do and photograph without everything being open. Not having the crowds was a bit of ...
... have spoken with some native Athenians during and since my trip and they had the same conclusion. Come to Greece for a week...come to Athens for a few days. Make sure to use Athens for the temples, scenery and a few museums, but make sure to also take time to visit the country-side and/or islands. This will help you really appreciate Greece for all that it is worth. Athens and its history are only a small part of Greece as a whole.
Today was our last full day in Athens and of our trip, so sad - we don't want to go home yet. Starbucks coffee and muffins was the choice of breakfast today as we headed off to a hop on / hop off tour of Athens. We walked to the nearest bus stop and jumped on and did a full lap of the city, learning all about it's history. We then got off at the Panathenaic Stadium (first Olympic stadium). We bought ...
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Whole Athens in a Precious Hotel
A very beautiful concept for a city hotel!! Periscope is a luxury small hotel that combines perfection, excellent service, charming staff and the most recently technology services!
I stayed in 402 suite which was very spacious, with all comforts, impressive & luxury bathroom with HACCP floor, corres toileteries and simple but practical furniture! very beautiful pics of athens and impressive lighten pics of athens day & by night!
laptop available for business connection, dvd free rentals, plasma tv, fully equipied mini bar and a sweety welcome of sunseeds in different chocolate colors !!
The breakfast was promissing, the staff extra nice & efficient!
Periscope is actually in the center of everything (kolonaki area).
Don't miss it in your visit to athens.
i will be back for sure!
Great location, great service - a real find
This is a very stylish little hotel in a great location. More importantly, it is really well thought-out and the customer service is excellent - you really do feel that the staff are trying as hard as they can to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
Despite the central location the hotel is extremely quiet and has blinds that keep the light out. The beds are huge and really comfortable. All of these things add up to a good night's sleep.
The bathrooms, too, are big and well-equipped with a powerful shower. There are nice touches such as bathroom scales and robes.
The breakfast was really good and included some items (crepes, mozarella & tomato skewers, a good range of breads), that made it much nicer than the average hotel breakfast.
Only thing to watch out for is the mini-bar and room service tariff, which are quite expensive.
We have stayed in hotels in Athens before and this is the first one I can honestly say was really enjoyable, and that we would definitely go back to.
Great service! Great hotel!
When I checked into this hotel, I immediately freaked out while I was at the front desk when I realized that the last hotel that I stayed in (on one of the Greek Islands) did not give me back my passport and I had a flight the next morning. When the manager, Giannis Liakopoulos, saw that I was stressed, he calmed me down and called my last hotel to sort out the mess. He even followed up with me later to make sure that everything was ok. This was above and beyond what I would have expected, and his calming presence was greatly appreciated. He was a big help.
As for the hotel itself, the room was very modern and chic. There are some really nice touches to the rooms (flat screen tvs, chocolate covered sunflower seeds waiting for you in your room). Breakfast was great. You can make your own crepes (even though they are all cold), and there is a good selection of sweet and savory.
I would not hesitate to stay here again!
Hits the Target
I just stayed at the Periscope and was very pleased. The room I had, a standard, is small but perfectly suitable. They are however, much more plush than most at this price level. As can be read; great beds, DVD players, nice bedside lighting, great bathroom, power blinds, good minibar, etc.
The breakfast is top notch, and the bar has an extensive selection. However, the BEST thing about Periscope is the staff. They were so helpful and friendly. Not only did they answer questions and help out with necessities, but actually seemed to like the guests. The (very cute) morning breakfast attendant came over at one point to explain some old coins that my friend had purchased. The front desk attendants gave excellent recommendations on restaurants and sights. Everything was done with a smile.
The only very slight problem for a light sleeper like me is that since there is no carpeting in the halls, the sound does carry quite a bit. The first night it woke me up when they started setting up for breakfast and I believe a door was opening and closing. The sound carried up a floor and down to my room. I asked if they could move me but that wasn't possible. However, the front desk person said she would ask to be more cautious about the door. It seemed to work. If you are a light sleeper, possibly ask to be on a higher floor.
We stayed here on our honeymoon in 1996. The neighborhood is excellent and within walking distance to many attractions. The breakfast was very good and the property was clean and comfortable.
Style not for style sake
When a facility got style, it is usually less functional. If it's got that too, then call it a wonder. As such this hotel is a wonder. Standard rooms priced just about Holiday Inn rates. It has unique features to offer AND with style. Here is a short list :
* Free Wireless Internet at all rooms and the lobby
* Fresh grounded coffee included in breakfast
* Breakfast ordered from room service is free
* 4 goose feather cushions and a such a blanket on a very comfy beed
* Excellent air conditioning
* Situated at the hip quarters of the city (Kolonaki) yet totally silent street.
* DVD player in the room with free discs to watch
* Excellent bathroom stuff. Beautify armature. Electronic scales.
* Rich minibar (beer 3 EUR)
An all these with a style that infiltrates to whole place, down to the minute detail. But that's not style for style sake. It not only pleases the eye but it also works! (like double electrical shutters). And then there is this lady who comes in the evenings with sweets and lays a towel by the bed. But I couldn't figure what's her trick :-)
Downsides are missing view and not being very spacious. I stayed in a standard room and it totally worked for me.
Just came back from a holiday in Greece.I only stayed at Periscope for 1 night, but i have got a pretty good idea about it. The area where Periscope located at is a very quiet one, yet next to one of the up market districts of central Athens.
Reception is lovely and it s gt a certain style. We only had a standard room and unfortunately the room was relatively small. Yes, it had style but none of the facilities included on the website. The amazing ceiling with pictures from Athens is not available on standard rooms. 6th floor-executive suites have got private jacuzzi.
Room itself is quite nice. Stylish,comfy bed, nice bathroom. (superior rooms have got LCD screens). Still small though. You can also get DVD for free from the reception.
It 's a lovely hotel, centrally located, BUT you can get a lot more for else elsewhere.
The Periscope Hotel A Modern Chic Athenian Boutique Hotel
This hotel is located in the finest area of athens, Kolonaki area. The rooms are very clean, the staff very friendly and very helpful in all aspects of making your stay a relaxing one. The hotel area is safe and great for high end market shopping. Had an amazing stay, definately somewhere to contemplate staying if your looking for the personal touch and a little modern upmarket style.
A wonderful stay
Athenian Inn is a home away from home. Simple but clean rooms perfect in goodwill and service. The staff are to be commended for their service and hospitality A charming place in Kolonaki, a well kept secretAngela Stamatis