This is the toughest hotel I have had to review in more than 30 countries. The reason is that the hotel is quiet clean and comfortable – even safe, once you are inside. However, it is located in a very seedy neighborhood. If this hotel were located elsewhere, I would highly recommend it as a good budget hotel. The room was small, but that was fine for my needs. The staff was friendly and professional. They kept the hotel spotless. However, there is the question of safety. While never feeling directly threatened, I did not feel very comfortable in the immediate surroundings of the hotel up to and including the Omonia Metro station.
So here is my recommendation – If you can get a room closer to Plaka at the same rate, jump all over it. If you are a going as a group (with males), this place will suffice. I would not recommend this to single or a couple of women or even for a male-female couple. I think it would be best to try elsewhere. I find this difficult to rate this hotel this way because as I said in the opening, the hotel itself was clean, quiet and comfortable.
Directions: Just west of the Omonia Metro Station -- but in a seedy neighborhood
Hotel is looking awful from outside, but inside it is OK, very kind service. It is situates near Ominia Places and so it has very c´good public traffic connections to all intersting places in the town.
Directions: Near Omonia Place
LAST WEEK WE CAME BACK FROM GREECE.IN ATHENS WE STAYEDIN MARINA HOTEL-ATHENS WHICH LOCATED IN THE CITY CENTER VERY POPULAR HOTEL FOR BUSINESS AND LEISURE.YOU CAN WALK TO ACROPOLIS,NATIONAL THEATRE,NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM,THE METRO STATION,SUBWAY STATION AND FLEA MARKET.EASY ACCESS TO THE NEW AIRPORT BY METRO AS WELL AT TO PIRAEUS HARBUR FOR ANY ISLAND CONNECTION.IT IS TRULLY IN THE HEART OF ATHENS.THE HOTEL ROOMS IS VERY CLEAN.THE BUFFET BREAKFAST IS EXCELLENT.WE GO AGAIN....
Unique Quality: VERY NICE HOTEL AND NOT EXPENSIVE
Directions: 13 voulgari street city centre
VERY CLOSE FROM OMONIA SQR.
Having spent 4 days travelling to Athens from Devon by train and ferry I booked this hotel for the first night of my stay. As central Athens hotels go this was fine, my room was fairly basically furnished with a little balcony (overlooking the washing lines of the apartments across the road) and was fine for a overnight stay.
Reception was friendly and efficient, no problems leaving my luggage after check-out and when I picked it up later that day they sorted out my taxi for me no problems.
Nothing wrong with this hotel at all and I think that the bigger rooms are better furnished than my little single was.
The only minor problem was finding the street, which on the map looks as if it is a main road but in fact is a side street just of Pireos.
Unique Quality: Close to Omonia Metro (about 5 mins walk).
Directions: Side street off Pireos, running parallel to Dheliyianni.
Web site is a bit naff.
Tucked away a few blocks from Omonia square is the Hotel Marina. Its on a side street and the entrance doesn't look like much but the accomodations are decent for its cost. Also its in an area with lots of shopping and restaurants.
Directions: Omonia Square
Basically, I used the hotel room only to sleep. To this purpose, it was OK - airconditioned, clean sheets, normal bathroom. The room was somewhat small, but I did not care, as I did not spend much time in it.
Unique Quality: The hotel is in a somewhat backwater quarter, but it is very close to Omonia Square. From there you can get to any part of Athens. On the other hand, Omonia Square is not exactly the place you want to walk around in the middle of the night (assuming that you return from the Acropolis or Plaka, as I did). I hasten to add, that I never felt in danger, even in the small hours, but still it felt a little bit...uncomfortable.
Directions: Within walking distance from Omonia Sq. and the metro station
Its me again... :)
Does anyone know anything about the Marina Hotel?
I will be staying there I guess and would love to know if anyone stayed there or know anything about its surroundings...
It is situated in 13 voulgari street...
If you have any details.. pls let me know... ;)
The sun is shinning here in Malta... so I'll send you my regards together with some energy ;)
Sorry, but I can't say about Hotel Marina. I can say about the Amazon Hotel...if you can't book Marina...Amazon is decent. Right in the Plaka and closer to Syntagama than to Monastiraki.
Congrats on the 2nd place finish in eurovision too...
I looked up the Marina Hotel on TripAdvisor.com. It sounds like it's not in the greatest neighborhood (Omonia Square). That's not an area I would want to stay in.
I suggested a couple of hotels to someone who asked an Athens hotel question above (davesharvita) and will suggest the same ones to you. They are both near Plaka, the Acropolis, the Metro, and Psirri. In Psirri, you can find a great number of restaurants and clubs.
One hotel is called Attalos. If you want more information, here is a website:
The other hotel is called Cecil. It's just down the block from the Attalos. You can read more about it on my Athens Travel Page.
Both of these hotels are clean, friendly, helpful, and cheap.
Hope this helps, and have a great trip!
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Address: 13 Voulgari Street, Citycenter, Athens, Attica, 10437, Greece