I chose to stay at the Hotel Arethusa as it was not only the cheapest hotel in the brochure I picked up, but it was more centrally located than many of the more expensive hotels.
The decor is fairly basic, but the room is clean, and has a decent amount of room for a single person. Would be OK for a couple though.
My room had a double bed, TV, fridge, coffee table, sofa chair, cupboard, chest of drawers and bathroom with small shower.
The view from my room was straight on to the back of other apartments blocks.
Breakfast was included, and served in a pleasant breakfast room.
Tours can be booked at the hotel. I had pre-arranged tours through the same company I booked the hotel through. The tours picked me up and dropped me off at the hotel.
The hotel has 2 lifts.
While the hotel and my room weren't flash, the location was ideal. There is a photo developer next door, an amazing & well-priced restaurant a few doors down, and a small supermarket about 5 minutes walk away. The closest Metro station was less than 5 minutes walk away. Otherwise, most major archaelogical sites were only a relatively short walk away. To get to some of the museums I simply caught the Metro.
In September 2005 my single room (with double bed) was AUD$104.00 = E$66.00
Unique Quality: 87 rooms, Fully air conditioned, Direct dial telephone, TV (mainly Greek and German, but German MTV has a lot of English shows), Private bathrooms with hairdryers, Most rooms with refrigarators
* 2 mins from metro/buses station
* 10 mins from Monastiraki (flea market)
* 15 mins from Acropolis
* 5 - 30 minutes from the most important museums and archeological sites
Directions: Located in the centre of Athens. Very close to Syntagma Square. Short walk to Plaka district.
The Arethusa hotel is located between the Plaka, and Syntagma Square. It's simple, but clean, and we had a nice room with a view of the Acropolis. It's nothing fancy, but the location is really good, and the staff is very friendly. The rate is pretty cheap as well. 70 euros, or so.
Directions: near Plaka & Syntagma
While researching for hotels selection on VT, I came across this hotel on one of the member's page. Anyhow, I checked it out while I was walking around Syntagma Square. It's one of the best located in this area & room per night is reasonable by Athens standard. As for how good the rooms are, I've no idea. Otherwise, it looks good from the outside. Not the super hotel but it has a great location. Room rate ranges from Euro 70 - 120.
Directions: Syntagma Square.
At the time of my visit I paid $73.00 Cdn for a single.
Unique Quality: I found this hotel to be very statisfactory as mid-priced place to stay in the heart of Athens. It is in easy walking to distance to all the key sites. So much so that only once did I take public transportation in order to see one of Athen's sites.
Directions: One block west of the Sygdagma Square.
Does anyone stayed at Arethusa Hotel? Is it good to be? I noticed that it is well located, but what are your impressions about that place??? Do you recommend? Many thanks in advance!!
The Arethusa Hotel is not the very best hotel in town. It is pretty basis but it will do for a night or two. There is a much better hotel close to the Arethusa also on Mitropoleos Street. It is the Amazon Hotel. It was recently completely redone and, even though it still has three stars, it has almost all a four star hotel will provide. Staff at the Amazon Hotel is very professional and friendly and almost all speak English. The downside of the Amazon Hotel is that it is very popular and therefore the available rooms sell out pretty quickly.
You can read more on the Amazon Hotel on: http://www.athensinfoguide.com/hotels.htm
If you need to know anything else, don't hesitate write.
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My pleasure Cristiana :-)
Of course you have never heard of it. All of the VT comunity knows you only know one hotel, the one you are paid for to promote wherever and whenever you can. You have done this before and were removed from VT. You will be again soon.
Why don't you stop misusing VT and start giving people some good advice. A two star hotel with a bad location and more expensive than other two star hotels with a much better location, is NOT good advice.
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