Travel Blogs from Athens
Liz and I check into Philippos Hotel in Athens for our weekend check out of Athens and surrounding bits.
May/June was a good time to travel because the climate was pleasant and the crowds tolerable. We couldn't imagine what it would be like in the summer. Someone told us that 70% of the city leaves for the islands in July and August. Generally, we found Greek people friendly and helpful, although English was not as widely spoken as we heard. We found …
... during a war and from other rulers ravaging the place. There is a large renovation project that started back in 1984 where construction workers are trying to put all of the pieces back together like a giant puzzle. I’m not sure when the project will be completed, but my guess it’s going to take a while. There are more pieces of marble and stone on the ground than clothes on the floor in Jason and Riley’s closets. ...
... on Greece that even had a cutter to convert the routine sims to a microsim. This seems to relate to the obvious lack of uptake for smartphones over here..... You see many of the locals still using the old small Nokia type phones and they still mainly sell these in the vodaphone stores.... interesting that Vodaphone seems to be one of the major players in Europe, and curiously their service is also renowned for unreliability - sound familiar! On to Rome and ...
... across when we arrived was a good size turtle! Leah was in heaven.
At the Acropolis, a woman approached me (she said she was a tour guide and showed me her badge) and asked me if she could buy my hat, the one I was wearing, a wide brim nylon hat from REI! I said no because I needed it for the day and for my vacation. She then asked if she could pay me for it now and then I could mail it to her after my vacation...I ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Philippos Hotel Athens
Excellent, but now the rates reflect it
We (two university professors) took our group of 21 students here in 2003 and while we were apprehensive that it was not directly in the Plaka, we found it to be our favorite of the many hotels we have stayed in in Athens over the years. It is perfectly located; our students were treated as well as we were (a rarity); the rooms were immacualte and the breakfasts excellent. We are very disappointed that this is no longer a bargain hotel, or we would be back every year.
As my first stop I wasnt sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that this hotel was so good.
This hotel has a great location. It's actually in a real neighborhood -- each morning we saw children going off to school and people headed to work -- and yet, it is also just two short blocks from the Acropolis, a very short easy walk to the Plaka area, and not too far on foot to Syntagma or Monastriki Squares. (Plus there's a closer underground stop at Acropolis that is only two blocks from the hotel. If you fly into Athens take the underground to the Philipos for 11 Euros per person, or else the hotel can send someone to pick you up for about 40-50 Euros.) In addition to its great location, our room at the Philipos was large, clean and comfortable. The bathroom was also good. The staff was friendly and responsive. It was also quiet at night. The breakfast buffet that was included in our price had a wide selection and was agreat way to start the day. You can probably pay less money to stay in other places in Athens (which is an expensive city), but for us the superb location and reliable cleanliness and comfort of the Philipos was well worth the $180 USD or so we paid per night to stay there for four nights in March 2005. We would definitely stay there again, or at their sister hotel around the corner, the Herodion.
Athens was the fourth trip of year for our traveling team. We found the
Great stylish hotel with quiet and close location!
We stayed at the Philippos Hotel at the beginning and end of our stay in Athens and were really pleased.
The staff were nice and quite accomodating. The rooms were lovely and large. Our first room had a perfect view of the Acropolis. Bathrooms were large and clean with tub/showers. My only complaint would be that the breakfast was pretty limited.
The neighborhood behind the Acropolis was perfect-- close to the center but not too close.
We will definitely stay here again!
Clean, Neat, Tidy
Phillipos is clean, helpful, nice. Not four seasons nice - but above your average place - esp. for americans who are used to real bathroom/tubs/showers. we loved it. liked having the included breakfast (no eggs/bacon - but did have cereal, bread, yogurt, figs, kiwi, etc). DO NOT GO TO VITRO CAFE - PHILLIPOS PUSHES IT - IT IS AWFUL. Horrible food at high prices - and the most annoying piano/mandoline combo ever - they played "I'll have it my way" for a good 45 min. while we were there. Would happily go back to Phillipos. MOST EXCELLENT BAKERY on the backside hotel - sweet, nice people - excellent sandwhiches and pastries. mmmmm......easy to get to the metro from the phillipos. nice balcony with tables/chairs.
We stayed here for only one night after a week in Istanbul at Four Seasons and Radisson cruise. I wanted a place that was clean, well-located, and reasonable as we were leaving at 5AM for the airport. I was VERY pleased with the Philippos. It was clean with spacious rooms; I was not expecting great charm and the rooms are quite simple. However, the balcony with view of the Acropolis at night was quite spectacular and the neighborhood is quiet. The staff is very friendly and we were directed to a local restaurant, Vitreon (also recommended by NY Times), sat on the sidewalk under the trees and had 10+ food for under $40 for two. If you are looking for 5-6 star charm, this is not the place; if you are looking for value, location and a pleasant experience, I would highly recommend the Philippos. Happy traveling!
Neighborhood near Acropolis
If you only have a night in Athens, this hotel is in the shadow of the Acropolis. Nothing fancy, but the staff was helpful and courteous.
Located in a residential neighborhood and a short walk to Plaka. Huge balcony with view of Acropolis (and of apartment life in Athens).
Great little hotel
Rooms are clean, comfortable, secure. Great balcony view if you ask for it. Staff is professional and courteous. Good breakfast included with room rate. Easy walking distance to most popular areas with metro access about 2 blocks away. Lots of great cafes nearby. Herodion hotel, a sister hotel to Philippos, is only 2 blocks and has a 5th floor terrace with a great, unobstructed view of the Acropolis. Fantastic pictures at night when it's all lit up. Would highly recommend this little hotel, we loved it. October, 2003.
Loved the Philippos Hotel
My husband and I stayed in this charming hotel at the base of the Acropolis. It is in a pretty residential area of Athens and walkable to the Plaka. The most amazing detail of the hotel is that the rooms (with balconies) look directly up at the Pantheon which is ablaze with lights at night. You can sit on your balcony with a glass of wine and enjoy the view!
Buffet Breakfast is served and included in the price.
This is not a deluxe hotel, but a small recently renovated 3*
Definitely book the rooms with a view of the Acropolis!!