Travel Blogs from Athens
... of being a feast for the mossies...tough one isn't it! Went with a bit of both. And did spray myself with areoguard at some point in the night! We packed up and reluctantly left our bags in a store room next to the reception...hoping for the best! Off we went in search of some old stuff and culture. We found it, eventually. Wandered on through 'Zeus's Temple' then attempted to get into the 'acropolis museum' but our tickets weren't valid for that ...
... completely in Greek (Posso costeeve tiropita? Neh, Pahrakhlo!).
We returned to the hotel for afternoon classes.
For dinner we returned to TsiTsi, again enjoying meat platters ( though I am getting a little sick of meat and want some seafood!)
Also we had fantastic desserts of chocolate cake and honey coconut cake. I walked back early to the hotel to get a full nights’ sleep. Tomorrow we have a long hike to the ...
... both day and night, when it is lit up.
Athens is known as the cradle of democracy. This region was the leader in democracy, philosophy, poetry and drama (all Greek words).
We were 11 in our tour group, including Erja, the tour coordinator. (She’s Finnish-American and lives in Maine. I went on her Russia-Helsinki tour last year.) A good, local guide took us on an all-day walking tour of some of the highlights of Athens. Lunch at ...
... the Athenian culture during the time of the Parthenon and the temples. Heading up from the south side the first major site is the Theatre closely followed by the Auditorium. Much of the seating for both of these remains intact. The Auditorium is particularly impressive because of the height to which it stands, and originally was covered by a roof. An unbelievable architectural feat for the time period! Onwards brought us to the west side from ...
... station because I had very clear directions to find the tour operator from that point. So, I changed my tack. Now I just started asking if we were close to the Acropolis, and finally, we were. Off we got and were able to find the metro station and ultimately the tour operator. This was more an exercise in "git r done". That and I thought it only courteous to advise the operator that we were held up although I had no expectations of being able to catch up with the tour. Alas, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Wheelchair accessibility
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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.
My first stop in Europe
As my first stop I wasnt sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that this hotel was so good.
The room was a decent size for a single (double bed) and the bathroom excellent.
The breakfast area and food was really very good. The yoghurt was a dream (with honey even better).
The staff were friendly and courteous and helpful.
The hotel is in a very central spot with only a 10 minute walk to the Acropolis and an excellent jeweller on the way (Turn left at the Ist street up the hill and follow up towards the Acropolis. This jeweller shop was 1/2 the price of anyone in Plaka)
The walk to Plaka was also about 10 minutes (the getting lost in Plaka took hours..... but in the end I always found my way back home.
Close to restaurants and general life this hotel is a real winner.
I'd go there again.
We really liked this hotel!
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.
Great place to stay in Athens
Athens was the fourth trip of year for our traveling team. We found the
Philippos Hotel to be an outstanding place to stay when considering
price and quality. Rooms were small but were spotless. Linens were
changed daily. We had a small balcony on the shaded side ot the hotel.
There was a kisok for all of our special needs. The Acropli was less than
five hundred feet from the hotel. The Acropli metro stop was around the
corner and provided easy acess to the airport. Statigma Square was ten minutes away by foot. Don't miss the changing of the guard on Sundays.
The Placa provided shopping opportunities. Don't miss the Turkish yardsale
on the other side of the Acropli, near the Roman Agora. Do walk through the Central Market! Great shopping and you can bargin. Took two tours with Key Tours. The three island tour is okay and the tour to Delphi was great as we had an outstanding guide. The food on the
Delphi trip was outstanding. The street signs were at times confusing, especially when three different names were used. The Phillipos Hotel is
easy to find, especially when using the Acropli for a landmark. Make sure you book tours in this country. We saved $30 on each tour because we paid in dollars not Euros. Can't wait to go back. Don't use a guide at the Acropli, they rip you off at 30 Euros per person. Just buy a book.
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.
Would go back!
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!!