Saint George Lycabettus
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Would not stay here again
My husband and I recently stayed here on our way back through Athens. It is a nice boutique hotel to look at once you get up the hill, however it is rather far from the Acropolis. We both like to walk and explore cities and this hotel is definately not situated in a location to do so. The staff was completely useless - they don't tell you there is a shuttle service for guests to Syntagma Square and the Acropolis unless you ask. We were used to unbelievable service on the Greek Islands from the first portion of our honeymoon and this hotel did not even come close. The rooftop pool is nice but this is not enough of a reason to stay at this hotel. If I were to go back to Athens I would opt to stay in Syntagma Square.
Oh what a hill...
Only Stayed at the St. George for a couple nights, but I found the hotel/staff to be quite good. I had a room on the 1st floor (which is like the 3 floor in North America) and apart from a lone tree I had a exceptional view of the Acropolis. Walking anywhere was quite easy The Kolonaki (Athens upscale shopping district is nearby) and Sytagma Square / the Plaka were also not too far (once you figured out where to go on the map. The good thing about wlaking to thos areas was that they were downhill... trying to walk back was quite a bit more difficult and I had founs a couple times that after a long day of walking, that I would just as soon take a cab back!
overall I thought it a great hotel and I would stay there again.
Good location in Athens, nice 4/5* hotel
The hotel is well located at the foot of Lykavittos Hill in the residential Kolonaki neighbourhood - a good base in Athens, only a 20 min walk to Plaka / Acropolis, with plenty of local bars & restaurants. The view from the rooftop pool / restaurant is superb (as is the view from the top of Lykavittos hill - well worth the climb / funicular ride). The hotel has been mainly refurbished and has a boutique feel (we had 1 night in a non-refurbished room on second floor which really did need upgrading, but the refurbished room we stayed in was pretty nice). Booking direct with hotel was cheaper than Expedia etc. Do watch the Athens taxi drivers (particularly those picking up from airport) - they try everything on (charging night rate in day, giving wrong change etc) - the radio taxis booked by the hotel are a much safer option - a fare to / from airport should be ~€25 (inc around €5 of extras over meter amount for tolls, luggage etc).
Disappointed - Not a 5 stars
We stayed there over easter 2004 and I was slightly disappointed. This hotel does not deserve 5 stars by European standards, more like a good 3 stars, 4 at best.
Rooms are really, really small.
The hotel prides itself on design etc but our room definitely did not reflect that. Bathrooms are supposed to be marble but ours was plain tiles and a bit drab.
Breakfast was OK but really expensive for what is a fairly standard buffet.
The concierge service was not really helpful. We asked them to rent a car as we knew it would be difficult on easter weekend. 10 mn later they told us they had tried all major rental companies and that nothing was available. We then went directly to Avis and sure there were some cars available. Same type of experience when looking for a nearby restaurnt on Sunday evening.
On the other hand, the view of the Acropolis is really nice and the hotel is still within walking distance of the main tourist areas.
So, a decent hotel but nothing to rave about, especially considering the price.
This must be the best hotel in Athens.I have stayed both at the Intercontinental and and the Sheraton chains, but this privatly owned hotel is definetly the choice for travelers in Athens.The best location in Athens and the facilities and service are simply perfect!
The definition of the Boutique hotel !
This is definetly the best hotel in Athens. I have stayed in almost all of the 5 star properties in Athens , but this place really makes a difference.They have completly refurbished the property , in a boutique / life style theme and the location and the service needs to be seen to be believed.Briliant!!
My favourite hotel in athens
This is my favourite hotel in Athens. Its not 5* in international standards (rather 4*) but its kind of cool.
But its rather better to stay there in summertime when you can take advantage of the small rooftop pool (perfect view of Acropolis). The hotel bar (frame) in the garden across the street is very nice.
Breakfast on the terrasse in the 6th floor is also great.
Rooms are rather small and packed. take the Acropolis View Room with a small balcony.
Nice for Athens
Generally, even the high end hotels are not very nice in Athens. This hotel, while slightly dated, is still in a great part of town, has above average service, and has a great pool area (and breakfast) on the roof of the hotel with views of the whole city. I would recommend staying there if you want to stay in a good place in the center of the city and don;t want to pay Grand Bretagne rates.
Dated & disappointing
We requested a room on the fifith floor to take advantage of the views of the Acropolis - these were certainly stunning. More than can be said for the roof top swimming pool which when we found it (down a warren of grubby corridors) was closed, empty and surrounded by builder's rubbish. We estimated the hotel was part full as about half the exterior was draped in blue netting and scaffolding. Staff were plentiful but slightly disinterested. The bistro style restaurant called Frame was much more preposessing and welcoming than the dated and drab sixth floor affair. Breakfast was served up here though and the views are certainly amazing - about all that recommends it. Rooms were too cramped - bruises to prove it as every possible item of hotel furniture was crowded in - low table, arm chair (no room for two), desk, television stand, upright chair, trouser press, luggage rack, wardrobe. They need a design consultant to sort the whole place out. I daresay it's gearing up to exploit the Olympic clientele next year but in the meantime check out the state of play. It's certainly lost the edge on what the guidebooks portray.
Give me a two star anyday!
I have been to Greece many times and to many parts of the country. I have stayed in hotels or guesthouses with no stars or just one or two and I have always enjoyed my stay. I was booked into this hotel for a conference. I have never stayed at a hotel of this 'standard' before and I hope I never do again. However, in my experience of this hotel, parties from 11.30pm until 4am in the morning do happen. When you ask when is the room on the third floor going to stop shaking because of a party on the sixth you are told at four in the morning. I and other people who stayed there that night received no apology. Noise I can forgive, ignorance - no. Until the Olympics get gong alot of hotels are being refurbished. I guess experiences like I had are going to be taken for granted as hotel owners know that there isn't alot of competition for standard at the moment in Athens. The views from the breakfast room are great but when you haven't gotten any sleep the night before come at a price.
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An Excellent Choice. Repeaters Love it…Why not you?
The more you stay in the St. George Lycabettus hotel the more you appreciate what it offers….this is how I feel. A 3 night stay …
... leg of lamb with potatoes. It was a hands on class and we drank wine before it started, while we were cooking and then with our dinner. The older gents sitting at a nearby table heckled us as they waited to see if we would share some of our creations. We did.
We enjoyed our big city experience but it was time to venture into the hillsides and visit more ancient sites and hear more fascinating stories of the history of Greece.
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... 3 hours made it a very bearable day. Not to short but not too long. Also the stop in Istanbul was convenient so we could get our Turkish Delight fix - its not great lokum compared to stuff in the city but a few pieces satisfied our craving. It was amazing because I hadn't eaten hardly any sweets while in Greece so when I ate 3 pieces of lokum, the sugar rush was instant and strong. Sugar is powerful.
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... boat out to the "Volcanic" island one day and walked up to the top. A very cool thing to do, even though I managed to wear the most impractical shoes ever for the task. (For some reason, I thought we would just be circling in the boat around the volcanic island, no climbing it. My mistake. I have learnt from this error and have the blood blisters to prove it). In Santorini we stayed in a place called Villa Murano, in Fira, the centre, and took the bus to different places. It ...