Travel Blogs from Athens
Greetings from Istanbul! After many weeks of anticipation, my study abroad is finally under way. We kicked off our summer with a whirlwind visit to Athens. Classes haven't even started and I've already learned so much! We had a guided tour of the Acropolis Museum complete with hundreds of ancient Greek sculptures. Fun fact: acropolis derives from …
... tour departure. Wrong. Wrong. Sean woke up in a panic, checked his ipod and it said it was 12:51 pm! Steph then verified with her iPad that it was indeed the correct time. As we were 6 hours late for plan A, we needed to make a plan B. So we quickly gathered ourselves and made our way to the Acropolis. It was indeed a self-guided tour. It was hot and sweaty as we climbed our way ...
Our drive continues around the end of the Greece and on to Athens. As we get closer we pass small suburbs and commuter areas. And then into Athens. Our first stop is at the Panathenaic Stadium located on the site of an ancient stadium that for many centuries hosted the Olympic games. These games were mainly track events where the athletes competed in the nude. These games were held in peace which is why the symbols of peace are still used in many of the Olympic logos containing ...
... beautiful marble streets teeming with tourists had a glass of wine and a beer in front of one of the little tavernas and then continued on our way stopping in this amazing bar that had a million different liqueurs. It was so cool we tried a few different ones having so much fun. While there we met this flaming gay man by himself who was getting drunk off one shot! I chatted him up and convinced him to get a fish pedicure with me! (there was NO WAY Sinisa ...
... couple at dinner the other night and well…you can guess what happened next. All of a sudden I couldn’t say my “r’s”. I didn’t know if Jason stomping my foot under the table was an accident or on purpose. I was always taught that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but maybe not in this case.
It’s getting later in the afternoon, and I’m bored with the sun. It’s so hot ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Titania Hotel Athens
Horrible rooms and breakfast
My husband and I stayed at the Titania for one night. The lobby of the hotel was gorgeous and very promising. The room was worse than disappointing. The furnishing were worn and looked to be second rate. The free breakfast was disappointing...it was self-serve in a very large dining room.
The hotel hosts many conferences and college trips. We were woken up several times in the early hours by American college students returning from a late night out and hanging out in the hallways. For the cost of the hotel, the rooms and the breakfast was terrible.
Good location, Small clean rooms
We stayed here as honeymooners in June 05 for 3 nights. I would give this hotel a 7.5 out of 10 overall. For location, I would give it a 10. It was 5 minutes walk from the Athens University, the library and parliament (all of these were located in a very nice, manicured area). It was also only about 10 minutes walk from the Plaka (which is where much of the shopping is). So we would walk out our hotel lobby door and in 10 minutes, we would end up somewhere great! The Acropolis is also very close-by. I would say about 20 minutes - 30 minutes walk, but we took a cab to get there because it was so humid. Cabs are so cheap in Athens! A 10 minute cab ride was only 3 Euros or so (ie/ $4.50 CDN). Our room was small, but there was a huge wooden closet (very nice) with drawers and a large area for hanging things, we were only here for 3 nights though, so didn't completely unpack. We ordered the video movies option, which was 30 euros for 24 hours (expensive) But you get access to about 25 different "new release" English movies. For instance, Collateral w/ TCruise, SharkTales (kid's movie) etc. The room was clean, our view was of another wall (not very nice) but at least some light came in and it was quiet for sleeping (we requested a room away from the street) The breakfast is quite ample, you sure won't go hungry here! I would rate it above average.
The Titania Executive Rooms are very large, have a small balcony, and we had a nice view of the Acropolis. The regular rooms were quite small and suitable for one business traveler, but not for an extended trip. Although the street is VERY busy, the balcony door blocks out the noise. The area is quite safe, but nothing going on in the evenings there. This hotel caters to small 'conventions', so be prepared for a crowd at breakfast etc. Our room maintenance was a bit erratic, but nothing that was intolerable. It would be nice, though, if there was a pool to relax at after a hard day of sightseeing.
Touring the city
24May05. Just retnd from 6 days in Athens & 7 day cruise to Greek Is. & Turkey. Titania Hotel, Athens is excellent but altho considered central, is a 20 min walk to the Plaka, Monasteriki and other sights. Spectacular view of Parthenon from rooftop at night. Depended on public transport as due to the heat and after shopping, too tired to walk back to the hotel. Very clean & safe city but watch out for cars & gazillions!! of motorbikes. Don't take the walk signs seriously! Local buses leave Akademias street out of the city and for 40cents one way, you can enjoy an over 1 hr bus ride along the coast w/beautiful views. Make sure you buy a ret. ticket. Always validate your tickets on board public transport as inspectors do check. Fortunately we did, as one did hop on altho' tour guides claim it rarely happens. There are tons of great websites on Athens & Greek Islands and prior research will save you oodles of time. The Monasteriki flea market & Changing of the Guard ceremony on Sunday mornings are great. Tackle the Acropolis in the a.m. when its cooler. Santorini is amazing, shopping in Mykonos expensive, but tons of variety in Rhodes.. Istanbul & Kusadesi, Turkey were great. Loved the trip and highly recommend it to travellers..
Sue.. Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Not central for the average tourist
This hotel is very good, it is clean, the beds are o.k. the included breakfast has lot of choices, the front desk staff were quite helpful (with the exception of one older gent) I just feel it is advertised as "central" but for the places that tourists want to visit these are a metro ride or quite a walk away. I would question the "5 min." walk to the Acropolis. It is near the Omonia sq. We were at this sq. three different times and never felt unsafe, although we were warned about the area. I read somewhere that you should only stay in Athens long enough to see the sights and than head out to the Islands. This is so true, They are the treasures of Greece!!
Excellent staff; excellent value
One of the few hotels in Athens with a double "family suite", which we needed for ourselves and our two young children. Reasonably priced at around US $200. Very nice lobby, excellent downtown central location, and serviceable rooms.
For us, what made this hotel outstanding was the friendly staff. Greek people love kids, and everyone from the doorman to the front desk were high fiving our kids, tousling their hair etc, from the moment we arrived. When our son gashed his eye on a piece of furniture after falling off the bed, they came up to take a look, called around to find the best local hospital to administer a couple of stitches, called ahead for us, arranged a taxi, and even provided some of the medication from their emergency stash. We would definitely stay here again.
Good facility, nice central location.
spent three days 7/04. Facility was a good 4 star. Clean, neat and you could tell it was upgraded in the past few years. The windows were double paned and very effective at keeping the city noise levels down. It's located about halfway between Syntagma and Omonia squares and is central to just about everything including the Metro (which is fabulous). Breakfast (included) was good by European standards, about average by US standards (We North Americans are used to a different preparation of some items). Staff was courteous and helpful. I'd return in a heartbeat.
We stayed here in Feb, yes when it snowed! The hotel was nice but busy, the lobby was always full of people, the few lifts were struggling to cope with everyone trying to get on board. The breakfast was efficient, but basic.
The staff were generally friendly - however the walls were quite thin where we stayed - and errrm we were entertained into the small hours by a couple in the adjoining room.
The hotel is very central, if not in the most peaceful areas, but it felt safe wandering around even late at night.
Three days in Athens
I wasn't expecting much from Athens but I was some what surprised. There is more to see than I expected and the people were very nice. I can especially recommend the Titania hotel. They treated us very well especially at 3:10 AM when we had to leave for the airport. They arranged coffee and pasteries for us before we left and had the cabs waiting for us exactly on time.
Our stay at the Titania Hotel was marred by faulty air conditioning and an argumentative hotel staff who refused to believe there was a problem. The first night we stayed there, the room was a stifling 26 degrees celsius! We told the hotel desk clerk twice and he insisted there couldn't possibly be anything wrong with the hotel's 6-month old air conditionig system. He said to check that our window was closed all the way; we went back upstairs and noticed that the sensor on the window, which controls the a/c in the room, was missing. We told the same hotel clerk and he said he would have the repairman check it out but he never did. We complained again that evening, and the next day, but they would not change our room. We couldn't open the window because we were on the street side and the traffic was incredibly loud. The second night we got a more receptive clerk who said to give it some more time and he would change our room if necessary. He also sent the repairman to check it out; he insisted it was fine until my husband pointed out the missing sensor, then shrugged and left the room. As it was nearly midnight and we were leaving at 5 a.m. we chose to stay in the room, but I really regretted it when we woke up in an even hotter 28 degrees (C). A call to my travel agent resolved the problem for our stay at Titania on the second half of our trip. This time the a/c worked fabulously and we had a nice quiet room with a balcony. Overall the Titania is not too bad, except it's undergoing tremendous construction. The entire facade is under scaffolding and occassionally the elevator didn't work but they seem to be working out the kinks. The location isn't bad, just a (very clean!) one-stop subway ride to Syntagma Square and the Plaka where all the action is (and where I'd probably chose to stay if I return to Greece). The price (118 per night for a double) didn't seem overly pricey for a major city at the beginning of tourist season. The breakfast buffet is terrific and your coffee cup will always be fullomantic atmosphere and an amazing view of the Parthenon. My suggestion, if you stay at Titania: request a room away from the street, and simply don't allow the clerks to treat you rudely if there is a problem with the a/c, or anything else.