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|Andromeda Athens Hotel
Timoleondos Vassou 22, Mavili Sq., near the U.S. Embassy
Phone: 01/643-7302 through 01/643-7304
|Athens's newest luxury hotel caters to
business travelers with a mixture of deluxe rooms, studios, suites, and penthouses. The
spacious rooms have a salmon color scheme with quilted headboards, wall-to-wall carpeting,
and TV (computers and fax machines are available on request). The hotel is on a quiet
street, and the bedrooms have double-glazed windows. The White Elephant Polynesian
restaurant is one of the city's best. If you are Greek, please note that though you may
not get first dibs on the rooms, the price drops by half. Also available is a limo
service. AE, DC, MC, V. 30 rooms with bath, 4 suites and penthouses. 2 restaurants,
minibars, business services, meeting rooms, airport shuttle.
89-93 Syngrou Ave., near Neos Kosmos
|One of Athens's most posh hotels, it has a
marble atrium lobby with a central fountain, mirrored planters, and a private art
collection. The rooms are very spacious, with sitting areas, marble bathrooms, and thick
carpeting. The Kublai Khan restaurant is known city-wide for its Far Eastern cuisine,
including Mongolian barbecue. In the morning a shuttle takes guests to the airport, and
then until 9:30 PM it travels hourly between the hotel and Constitution Square, 15 minutes
away. AE, DC, MC, V. 520 rooms with bath, 38 suites. 3 restaurants, 2 bars, pool, health
club, shops, business services, convention center, meeting rooms.
Vasilissis Sofias 46
Phone: 01/725-0201 through 01/722-0209
|A 200-year-old olive tree with a Turkish
cannonball lodged in its branches adds an earthy touch to the glamorous entrance, with its
multilevel lobby of variegated marble. Opened in 1963, this is still one of the top hotels
in the city, giving an impression of calm confidence amid the comings and goings of
various conventions, banquets, and meetings. The spacious rooms have a subdued color
scheme and carpeting; double-glazed windows and thick curtains buffer the street noise.
The huge balconies face either the Acropolis or Mt. Hymettus. The executive floor has
private check-in and check-out, a private lounge, and business facilities. The Byzantine
Café serves a Sunday brunch, a rarity in Athenian restaurants. AE, DC, MC, V. 434 rooms
with bath, 19 suites (3 with hot tubs). 3 restaurants, 2 bars, pool, massage, sauna,
shops, business services, convention center, meeting rooms.
Vasileos Georgiou A' 1, Syntagma Sq.
|Built in 1842, the GB is an Athens
landmark, and its guest list over the years has matched its colorful history. During World
War II, it was headquarters of the Greek, German, and British forces, in turn, and when
Churchill was visiting on Christmas Eve 1944, a plot to blow up the hotel from the sewers
was foiled. The hotel's marble lobby is graced with antiques, plush sofas, Oriental rugs,
tapestries, and ornate chandeliers. The most coveted rooms are the Syntagma rooms, with
Acropolis views and huge balconies facing the square, but the ones overlooking the
courtyard are quieter. Lounge areas on each floor have velvet couches, antiques, and
etchings; the ceilings are so high that corridors seem like tall tunnels. Afternoon tea is
served in the Winter Garden, and in the GB Corner (not particularly known for its food)
you can sometimes catch a glimpse of politicians taking a break from Parliament.
Continental breakfast is included in the rate. AE, DC, MC, V. 341 rooms with bath, 23
suites. Restaurant, 2 bars, business services, meeting rooms.
Michalakopoulou 50, Ilisia
Phone: 01/724-8322 through 01/724-8329
|This favorite among businesspeople was
completely refurbished in 1996, and the lobby is quite striking, with a glass-enclosed
shopping arcade, a coffee shop, and a monolithic sculpture in the center. The light,
modern rooms now have voice mail, satellite TV, and video, as well as double-glazed
windows; those on the fifth and sixth floors are quieter. The rooftop pool has a pleasant
garden with a cozy bar. AE, DC, MC, V. 190 rooms with bath, 4 suites. Restaurant, bar,
Syngrou 115, near Neos Kosmos
|The Ledra has earned a reputation as one
of the most efficient and attractive hotels in this chain. The lobby piano bar sits below
a spectacular 1,000-crystal chandelier; Kona Kai, the Polynesian restaurant, is excellent;
and the Zephyros Café has a bountiful Sunday brunch. The rooftop pool has a view of the
Acropolis that is breathtaking at sunset. The pastel rooms have vast closet space and
armchairs, and some have views of the Acropolis. The Executive Level offers fax and
secretarial services and a private dining area. Shuttles run hourly to and from Syntagma
Square. AE, DC, MC, V. 258 rooms with bath, 1 presidential suite. 3 restaurants, 3 bars,
pool, shops, business services, meeting rooms.
|St. George Lycabettus
Kleomenous 2, Kolonaki
|This hotel, in a great location on the
wooded slopes of Mt. Lycabettus in upscale Kolonaki, has a splendid view. Getting there,
however, involves a steep, short walk or a ride up (remember: taxis are inexpensive).
There are sumptuous rooms and suites, and in late 1995 the hotel opened the decadent Maria
Christina presidential suite, inaugurated by the Duchess of Kent. The hotel has an
attractive ground-floor bistro and its trump card, Le Grand Balcon, a rooftop restaurant
with good food and a panoramic view. Continental breakfast is included in the price. AE,
DC, MC, V. 162 rooms. 2 restaurants, bar, pool.
15,000 DR.-23,000 DR.
Webster 10, Acropolis
Phone: 01/921-7303 through 01/921-7305
|This hotel in a quiet neighborhood below
the Acropolis has a roof garden and pleasant rooms, half with Parthenon views. An American
breakfast (cornflakes, eggs, ham, and cheese) is included in the price. The staff in the
homey lobby is efficient and friendly, and major sights lie just a stone's throw away. AE,
MC, V. 32 rooms with bath. Bar, air-conditioning.
Karageorgi Servias 16, Syntagma
|A good choice for those who want to stay
near Constitution Square, the Astor is convenient, with amenities, such as TVs, usually
found at more expensive places. The rooms have modern furniture; request one above the
fifth floor for a memorable view of the Acropolis, which may also be taken in from the
roof garden where guests enjoy their (included) Continental breakfast. AE, DC, V. 131
rooms with bath. Restaurant, bar, air-conditioning, room service.
Haritos 22, Kolonaki
Phone: 01/723-8097, 01/723-9552, or 01/721-8756
|The best things about this hotel, with its
flowering plants, white stucco walls, dark beams, terra-cotta tile floors, and watercolors
of Greek scenes, are its location in the heart of Kolonaki and that it is quiet. Opened
more than 20 years ago, it has a loyal clientele of return visitors, so you must book well
ahead. The lounge and breakfast room has an open fireplace, and Continental buffet
breakfast is included in the price. Guest rooms have modern bathrooms, carpeting, radios,
and traditional Greek spreads on the wood-frame beds; the upper rooms in front have
balconies, some with a view of Mt. Lycabettus. The street has little traffic, but there's
occasional loud conversation at the popular Ratka restaurant nearby. AE, DC, V. 28 rooms
with bath Bar, air-conditioning.
Mouson 7, Filopappou
Phone: 01/923-5151 or 01/922-0777
|This small, unpretentious hotel is on
Filopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis, ideal as a base for wandering around the heart of
ancient Athens. It has no restaurant, but it is at the low end of the moderate category
and is well worth considering. Continental breakfast (included in the price) is not
mandatory; without it, deduct 700 dr. per person. AE, DC, MC, V. 37 rooms with bath.
Breakfast room, air-conditioning.
Vassileos Pavlos 75, Kastella
|Beautifully located on the hill above
Mikrolimano, the rooms here are fairly large and pleasant, with TVs; some rooms on high
levels have a sea view. The spacious roof garden is landscaped with flowering plants and
has a splendid view of Mikrolimano and the yacht club. AE, DC, MC, V. 32 rooms with bath.
Restaurant, bar, air-conditioning.
Valaoritou 6, Syntagma
Phone: 01/363-3514 to 01/363-3517
|This convenient hotel at the edge of
Kolonaki has a gregarious atmosphere and pleasant service, but the "pedestrian"
street is sometimes filled with motorbikes. The comfortable rooms all have balconies
(those overlooking Acadimias are smaller), and about 10 now have TVs. The lobby is
cheerful, and the optional Continental breakfast is served in a pretty breakfast room. AE,
DC, MC, V. 39 rooms with bath. Restaurant-cafeteria, tea shop, air-conditioning.
Vassileos Pavlos 105, Kastella
Phone: 01/412-1425, 01/412-6589, 01/411-5887
|This pleasant Piraeus hotel is quite
suitable for families. The rooms are attractive, and many have balconies. The price
includes Continental buffet breakfast. The furniture is modern wood, and there are
marble-top tables, blue spreads and curtains, and tile floors. AE, MC, V. 74 rooms with
bath. Restaurant, bar, cafeteria, air-conditioning, meeting room.
Kapnikareas 7, Plaka
Phone: 01/322-2096 through 01/322-2098
|Close to many sights and the Monastiraki
Square metro, this hotel has a roof garden with a view to the Parthenon. Double-glazed
windows cut down the noise; the highest floors are the quietest. All rooms have TV and are
simply furnished; those in back from the fifth floor up have the best Acropolis views. AE,
DC, MC, V. 67 rooms with bath. Air-conditioning.
Kifissias 43, Ambelokipi
|Perhaps the most inexpensive A-class hotel
in Athens, the President is a favorite of athletic teams and tourist groups. The staff is
professional; the rooms, though unexceptional, are quiet and have city views (the
Acropolis is visible from the sixth floor up), and there's a rooftop pool in summer.
Continental breakfast is included in the price. Taxis stop often at the hotel, and there
are trolley and bus stops nearby for the 20-minute journey to Constitution Square. AE, DC,
MC, V. 513 rooms with bath. Restaurant, piano bar, air-conditioning, pool (summer),
Akti Themistokleous 156, Piraiki
|The view of the Makra Teixoi is the draw
at this little hotel in Piraiki, not far from Zea Marina. At the low end of the moderate
range, the rooms are small but attractive, with fans, wood furniture, and brown decor; the
balconies in front have fine views of the harbor and ancient walls. The lounge and living
room are cooled by a fresh sea breeze and overlook Mikrolimano and the Saronic Gulf. AE,
MC, V. 24 rooms with bath. Breakfast room.
23,000 DR.-40,000 DR.
Syngrou 10, Syntagma
Phone: 01/923-8302, 01/923-8303, or 01/923-8304
|This hotel, now a Best Western, is a
bargain, but many have complained about malfunctioning air-conditioners and noise. The
lobby now has couches in muted hues, apricot rugs, and sleek glass-and-chrome tables. From
the front rooms you see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, from the back rooms above the fifth
floor, the Acropolis. Some rooms need refurbishment. The good buffet breakfast is included
in the price, and the bar and restaurant on the breezy rooftop has a generous buffet
table. There's also a roof garden. AE, DC, MC, V. 104 rooms with bath. Restaurant, bar,
Nikodimou 18, Plaka
|At the edge of Plaka, this hotel has cozy
rooms done in warm hues, complete with balconies--for comparatively low prices. All rooms
were recently renovated. Keep in mind that rooms from the fifth floor up are smaller but
have larger balconies; the top floor has wonderful views facing either the Acropolis or
Mt. Lycabettus. The staff is helpful, the American breakfast (included in the price) is
abundant, and best of all, you can spend hours by the rooftop pool, sipping a cool drink
and gazing at the Parthenon. AE, DC, MC, V. 101 rooms with bath, 5 suites. Restaurant, bar
(summer), pool, meeting rooms.
M. Voda 4-8, Vathis Sq.
|Though not central, this hotel is just a
10-minute walk to the rail station and the National Archaeological Museum. One of the
city's better values, it has an elegant lobby and tranquil rooms with sofas. The rooftop
pool with Acropolis views is beside the hotel's Greek restaurant. AE, DC, MC, V. 190 rooms
with bath, 5 suites. 2 restaurants, bar, minibars, pool.
UNDER 15,000 DR.
Kodrou 6-8, Plaka
Phone: 01/322-2344 or 01/322-6241
|This landmark family-run villa on the edge
of Plaka is frequented by visiting students and faculty. Check out the belle époque
accents--such as the painting behind the reception desk. The rooms are clean, usually with
new spreads and curtains. It may be somewhat cluttered, and the wallpaper decrepit, but
this makes it all the more endearing--and the friendly atmosphere more than compensates.
No credit cards. 23 rooms, 20 with shower or bath
Apollonos 21, Syntagma
Phone: 01/323-4357 through 4359
|This hotel near Syntagma is an excellent
value, and it includes a buffet breakfast. Rooms are quiet and tidy, with spare
furnishings and all the amenities of more costly hotels; the staff's even helpful. Don't
be put off by its cold-looking entrance: the gleaming white marble lobby ends with a bar
where guests relax in the evenings. AE, DC, MC, V. 84 rooms. Bar, air-conditioning.
|Art Gallery Pension
Erechthiou 5, Koukaki
Phone: 01/923-8376 or 01/923-1933
|On a quiet side street near the Acropolis,
this friendly place, much prized by visiting students and single travelers, draws a
congenial crowd. The handsome house has an old-fashioned look, with family paintings on
the muted white walls, earth-tone spreads on the comfortable beds, hardwood floors, and
overhead fans. Many rooms have balconies with views of the Acropolis. No credit cards.
Closed Nov.-Feb. Bar.
Athinas 29, Monastiraki
Phone: 01/321-2801 through 01/321-2803
|The market area, where you'll find the
Attalos, is full of life and color by day, but deserted at night. The pleasant hotel is
well run by its friendly owner, Kostas Zisis, who goes out of his way for guests. The
rooms are large; many have an exceptionally fine view of the Acropolis and Mt. Lycabettus.
Try to get one on the fifth or sixth floor and in the rear, where the street noise is
reduced, though the double-glazed windows and air-conditioning usually deaden the noise.
V. 80 rooms with bath. Bar, air-conditioning.
Flamarion 8, Thission
Phone: 01/345-9606 or 01/345-9626
|This fairly quiet hotel off busy Apostolou
Pavlou is convenient to ancient Athens and perfect for partaking in the area's lively
nightlife. The rooms are air-conditioned, most have balconies, and all doubles have a view
of the Acropolis. If you like, breakfast can be served in your room. AE, MC, V. 22 rooms
with bath. Breakfast room, air-conditioning.
A. Zinni 35, Koukaki
Phone: 01/923-4058 or 01/922-6461
|This popular pension, in a cul-de-sac
about a 15-minute walk from the Acropolis, has a steady, satisfied clientele--even in
winter, when it offers low monthly and weekly rates. Rooms are clean and quiet, with
ceiling fans and basic furniture. The international staff is always willing to help out,
and the courtyard is a fine place to relax. Take Trolleys 1, 5, or 9 from Syntagma and get
off at the Zinni stop. No credit cards. 16 rooms, 11 with bath. Breakfast room.
|Orion and Dryades
Emmanuel Benaki 105, Lofos Strefi
Phone: 01/330-2387, 01/330-2388, or 01/382-0191
|These two hotels in a residential area
across from the park on craggy Lofos Strefi are often booked by local fashion agencies,
who house their models there. Orion is the humbler, with 20 smaller rooms and shared baths
between two rooms; its third-floor roof garden serves as the breakfast area for both
hotels. Dryades has 15 rooms with private bath. Each hotel has a kitchen guests may use,
and most rooms have balconies. For those who don't want to go far for dinner, the park has
several inexpensive ouzeris open in summer. The atmosphere is congenial, the help very
friendly, and the hotels attract a young, lively crowd. No credit cards.
Amerikis 11, Syntagma
Phone: 01/362-4291 through 01/362-4293
|This centrally located budget (7,000 dr.
and under) choice for women (and occasionally their young children) has rooms with a
communal bathroom, although three doubles and one single have private baths. The marble
floors have rugs in winter; sheets and blankets are provided. The rooms are not
air-conditioned, but those at the back are cooler and quieter. Some meals are available in
the cafeteria. No credit cards. 26 rooms share bath, 4 with bath. Cafeteria, laundry