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... them away, as if the cats are special and not to be upset. Last night during an evening stroll at the base of the Acropolis we came across 7 cats of various colours, some sitting, some breaking open rubbish bags,all smiling as though they knew that life wasn't too bad,despite being strays. Dogs too are all around the city, but unlike the cats they are all fast asleep, some in the shade, others in the sun, all flat out on the marble pavements, at the base of centuries ...
... around 630, a lot of people were still setting up their tables and unpacking produce from trucks (so I think it probably only really starts around 8 or so). I had to dodge and squeeze by trucks, but everyone was even nicer than usual, which surprised me. No one had really started yelling, though of course they called out as I passed to come to their stand--I mean, I was one of the few people actually there that early. Nevertheless, I did ...
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Here, from great minds like those of Socrates and Plato, originated ideas such as democracy, a round Earth and even the concept of the atom. But, this is also the land conquered by the Romans, the Venetians and the Turks. Today, the fact that Greece has an unsustainable level of debt has created civil unrest and a threat to the European Union itself. We first understood one way the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSofitel Athens Airport Spata
Top of the range hotel, great location for catching an early flight. Very quite rooms.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Athens Airport Spata
Relax at Athens airport
this is the only hotel if you happen to need to stay near Athens airport for an early checkin. the nearest next one is 45minutes away. This is expensive ($180 per night upwards) but has pool and leisure facilities wonderful comfort, and helpful english speaking staff. It takes 45 minutes into the centre of Athens but the new metro is clean, safe and comfortable, going straight into the centre of the city. Can't recommend it highly enough and would definitely use it in future rather than stay in the city.
The Perfect Hotel Experience
My husband and I stayed there for the last night of our honeymoon as our flight left early in the morning. Even though we had to get up at an atrocious hour, we didn't miss a thing in the hotel. When we checked in and were telling the desk clerk that it was the last night of our honeymoon, we were very surprised and pleased when champagne and strawberries were delivered to us moments after we entered our room for a last celebration. I booked a spa visit and loved the experience. A very nice use of aromatherapy made my massage even more enjoyable. We took a dip in the pool, happy to find the water a perfect temperature and only one other couple in the room making it nice and quiet. The robes and amenities in the room were superb and the shower is something to envy. The beds! So restful with the down mattress and conforters! And wonderful wooden panels to close the window and totally seal out even a speck of light from the airport beyond.
We had dinner in the more casual restaurant downstairs and loved the meal. We also ate a very early breakfast in the same room and were happy to see the earlier opening hours so we didn't have to skip before our long flight home.
I wish we could stay in such extravagance forever. A perfect experience and night!
Go for the bathroom on the expense account
As others say, the bathroom is out of the world. But be careful about the swimming pool I arrived on a sweltering hot day, dreaming about going into the pool....was told that it had closed (at 6pm) and only opened at certain time of the day. Don't think you can arrive on a late flight and relax...for that you'll have to make do with the best bathroom I've ever experienced...showers to die for (and nearly drown in). But at the price they charge they should throw in the back scrubber (human one.....!)
Worth staying there is you are on an expense account or get a good deal and have to be close to the airport.
Convience At The Sofitel
Stayed for a night great room and service but lacks any real view for the expensive rates they are charging customers. Its real best feature is that it is so close to the airport for really late arrivals.
Loved the Sofitel
My husband and I stayed at the Sofitel one night before catching our flight to Kefallonia, one of the Greek Islands. The hotel is fabulous. The staff was wonderful. We had the most comfortable bed and the bathroom was luxurious.
Convenient, and Fancy
We just returned from Athens last night and stayed at the Sofitel the evening before our flight back to the US. The hotel was not only convenient, but the service was phenomenal and the hotel itself is beautiful. The bed was so comfy I didn't want to leave Greece - not that the bed would have influenced my thoughts on not leaving, but it was phenomenally comfy, the room was large by Athens standards, we got a standard room with a queen size bed that felt more like a king.
Book online through the Sofitel site and you'll save. Higher priced than other hotels in Athens, though not having to worry about transportation to the airport is worth it. We paid $220 EU for the evening.
We stayed at the Sofitel because of a late flight getting in from Santorini, and an early flight leaving the next day for the US. You can't beat the convenience of this location to the airport, although it is the only thing is it close to. It is definitely high-priced, but we made the choice to pay more for a few extra hours of sleep (and you also save the 25 E taxi fare each way to/from Athens, which makes it a little more palatable). The room was great - VERY comfortable beds, and a luxurious bathroom. Restaurant prices were too high, so we walked across to the airport and ate there. Breakfast was minimal, although it was available at 4 am (we were told that the full breakfast was available after 6 am, but since our flight left at 5:55 am, we weren't able to avail ourselves of it).
A nice room but not a notch on the Hyatt Thessalonki. The room is over priced and does not even include breakfast. The area has nothing except the airport to offer. The goverment rate of 196 euros is unbelievable as i am unaware of any state employees who could actually afford the room. The 300 euro plus room rate is extortion at best. The Hyatt is half the price for alot better room and full breakfast for two. One can only assume that this is due to lack of competion via a obvious backed goverment control.
Handy and luxurious
Stayed at the Sofitel for one night (if you can call it a night when you get up at 3:30 AM!) because of an early flight--that's really the only reason you'd stay at this hotel because once you're there, you're there unless you want to pay another E25 cab fare and ride for 30 minutes back to Athens. There's nothing else out there except for the airport. Because it's right across from the departure terminal, we checked into our flight 2 hrs in advance and checked our bags, went back to the hotel for the included breakfast (continental buffet starts at 4 AM, regular breakfast at 6 AM), back to our room to freshen up, checked out, and went on to the airport for the short wait for our flight (allow time for security). Price is very high--in the E300 range unless it's on a weekend--we paid E184 then. But it's not worth that much, I don't think, except for the convenience. They can charge that much, though, because they're the only show in town. And from what our cabdriver told us, they'll continue to be the only game in town at the airport because that's part of the deal they made. Can't imagine the room rate during the Olympics! Very modern (it should be--it's brand new). Bathroom is out of this world--soaker tub, steam shower, every acoutrement. Terry robes and slippers, hair dryer, safe. Restaurant and bar are very expensive compared to the rest of Greece. We went across to the airport to eat and got some very good food at half the price. The hotel restaurant was practically empty. It could do itself a favor by adding a restaurant with reasonable prices--maybe a sports bar--to keep their clientele there for meals. I'd stay there again for the convenience but only for one night and only at weekend rates. Otherwise, it would pay to just get up early in the Plaka and get to the airport.
Stayed at Sofitel, Athens Airport, August 2002 for a few hours (flight left 5AM). One of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed in! Seriously, this is an airport hotel and not convenient to Athens city proper, but really nice as far as materials used, amenities, etc. As nice as most Four Seasons, Fairmonts, etc. Why at an airport we don't understand. Need this in Athens the city. Really comfy beds and GREAT bathrooms! This was one year ago and the Greeks are not known for upkeep, but I imagine it would be hard to run this property down so soon. Have a great nights sleep here!@