Great Rooftop Pool A review of Novotel Athenes
Clean modern hotel with friendly service. Reception staff were very helpful and gave us tips on the best places to visit. We only stayed here for one night as a stop off on our way to Halkidiki. Rooms were big but average, bathroom was large, modern and clean. The pool and restaurant on the roof had fantastic views across Athens and over to the acropolis. There is also a restaurant on the ground floor in case it's too windy on the roof!
The hotel isn't walking distance to the main attractions. We got a taxi up to the acropolis (entrance fee to the Acropolis is only about 12 euros each). However we got a horse and cart ride back down again which was a much better way to see Athens. At the end of the ride the driver recommended a restaurant to us in Plaka. Although we realised that he probably had some kind of commission deal we still went along as we thought it would be a lot less expensive than the touristy restaurant at the top of the acropolis. We weren't disappointed as we had a lovely authentic meal in a quiet, leafy street and would go here again if we returned to Athens.
Tip - if you're planning to get a taxi from the airport don't listen to the limo / mercedes drivers who assure you that their cars are the same price as a normal taxi. They quoted us 90 euros but our 'normal' taxi was only 24 euros.
If we went back to Athens we would stay at this hotel again as it was a comfortable hotel, good value with a great pool.