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Good For Solo
Good value, centrally located hotel
I stayed at the Hotel Carolina for 4 nights in October 2005. I spent my first night in Athens at the nearby Hotel Tempi but, due to it being fully booked for the rest of my stay, had to find alternative accommodation. After leaving the Hotel Tempi, I rounded the corner onto Kolokotroni and found the Hotel Carolina.
I’d paid 50 Euros for a night at the Tempi and, with the Hotel Carolina looking grander from the outside, expected to pay more here. In fact, the price was exactly the same.
Breakfast (an all-you-can-eat buffet) is not included in the price and costs an additional 8 Euros per day. However, I was offered breakfast for 5 Euros per day if I was prepared to pay cash. This proved to be good value with a reasonable selection of cereals, bread, cheeses, yoghurts, boiled eggs, cold meats, cakes, fruit juices and coffee and tea.
The room was much more spacious than the one I had at the Tempi and was equally clean. It had air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a balcony. It also had a private bathroom. In the case of the room that I stayed in, the bathroom was actually separate in the room across the corridor, not actually adjoined to the bedroom. It was a private bathroom though, not shared, as only I had the key to enter it. Most rooms have the bathrooms attached to the bedrooms. One small complaint is that there is no fridge in the room.
Internet access is available on two computer terminals on the first floor of the hotel, and the rate is cheaper than in Internet cafes.
Unique Quality: The hotel has a very good location, close to Plaka, Monastiraki and Syntagma Square, but it can be hard to find if you don’t know the area. If walking down Eolou towards the Acropolis, you will need to turn left onto Kolokotroni and you’ll see the hotel on the right hand side about 100m ahead. Alternatively, if approaching from Syntagma Square, Kolokotroni is a left turn off Stadiou and the hotel is on the left side about 500m along.
Reception is open 24 hours and the receptionist was happy to order a taxi to the airport for me at 2am (and to chase it up when it failed to arrive after 20 minutes or so!).
This is a good, conveniently located hotel, just a few minutes walk from many of Athens’ attractions. I was told that it gets busy at weekends so you may need to book ahead to guarantee a room.
While my room here was better than at the Hotel Tempi, the hotel didn’t have the same intimate atmosphere as the Tempi (the staff were not as friendly as at the Tempi), so I would probably recommend both hotels equally.
Directions: On the edge of Plaka, close to Monastiraki and Syntagma Square. Kolokotroni is a side street off Eolou.
Not so fabulous Hotel in Athens
Recently renovated hotel off Athinas St. All the expected amenities. Breakfast charge was exorbitant, so I didn't buy that. Not recommended because we were not treated well by the staff.
Unique Quality: Can be hard to find the hotel if you are coming from Athinas. Coming from Ermou is easier but then you can't get as close with public transportation. Has a bad location in a good location, if that makes any sense....
Directions: Impossible to describe how to get there....
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