Disappointing stay - Sofitel Athens Airport
Although the hotel itself is lovely, noise from the floor above prevented me from sleeping. Although I called down to reception to inform them of the problem, I was told it was probably someone coming into their room. The noise continued for over 2 hours, until 1am when I finally went to the floor above to find out what was going on, and it appeared that the room may have been being used by staff going in and out. I went to reception and asked for earplugs, and was directed to the pharmacy at the airport.
Overall, a disappointing stay.
Nice Hotel, Convenient Location
We stayed at the Sofitel Athens on the last night of our honeymoon in early September as arranged through a travel package. The location, a short a walk across the street from the airport, is definitely a plus! We appreciated the cleanliness & decor and the modern bathroom. The hotel is also near the airport metro line which we found convenient for our last minute shopping trips around Athens. For early morning departures, there's a pastry/coffee breakfast service availble as early as 4AM. Hotel rates seemed a little on the steep side, so beware.
I stayed in this hotel for one night and it was for free. I was supposed to fly with Delta airlines from Athens to New York but the flight was cancelled because the pannel on the plane's wing was missing so, I stayed in Sofitel Athens airport hotel for free. : )
The room I stayed in was big, it had nice comfortable soft beds to sleep on with very clean white blankets. (I have never slept on a bed like that in other hotels I've been to).
The bathroom was beutiful it had a bathtub and a shower room together and a glass door to go in. Shampoo and soap was available and I was able to take a relaxing shower.
The hotel's restaurant was great with beutiful dinning tables and delicious food, salads and deserts for lunch and dinner. For breakfast they had everything you wanted.
The room also had a alarm clock and a temperature regulator. (I have never seen that in a hotel before)
The T.V. had cable and several channels with different languages.
I hope I get to stay in this hotel for a vacation next time.
Great way to end our trip
We had just returned on a late flight from the islands, and our flight to London did not leave until the next day, so we booked a room at the Sofitel. Being an airport hotel, we were not expecting much. Location was obviously ideal - literally across the road from the arrivals lounge, it took us 2 minutes from baggage claim to get to the hotel front desk. We also noticed the train station is right behind the hotel, and downtown is only a 20-25 minute ride away if you are bored.
We did not eat dinner at the hotel restaurant, but we ordered room service - which was by far the tastiest room service food we have had in some time! Breakfast was included in our room rate, and was a full buffet, including both hot and cold breakfast foods. We also used the gym and swimming pool, which are located on the top floor of the hotel. Both were decent, though nothing spectacular, with a treadmill, cycle, stairmaster, free weights and some weight machines - basically, what you expect in an airport hotel. There is also a small salon on the premises.
The rooms themselves are large, modern, very well lit - and you don't hear a sound of airplanes at all. In fact, it is sometimes hard to remember this is an airport hotel. As with other reviewers, we thought the bathroom was luxurious, with marble counters, and a dual-jet shower that had a built-in shower bench and enough space for 4 (quite un-European). The beds were extremely comfortable as well, almost on par with the Westin Heavenly Beds.
One word of caution: I would stay away from the gift shop, which is very pricey - for example, we bought ouzo for 10Euros when the same bottle in the airport duty free was available for 6.
In summary, this hotel was well worth the price (half of what we paid earlier to stay at the Grande Bretagne), and a very pleasant surprise! We even recommended it to 2 of our friends who are traveling to Greece next month. If you want to be in the heart of action, stay in town... but for those with early flights out of Athens, who don't want to battle early morning rush hour and unreliable taxi cabs or don't like the idea of sleeping on the floor of the airport, this place is a must - you won't be disappointed.
We are really getting quite desperate. We are coming in from the airport in the night and need an inexpensive room in the centre. We have tried asking hotels near Syntagma where the 24 hour airport bus stops but none have availability.
Is there another alternative? There are plenty more choices in the Omonia area. If we were to take the metro straight from the airport to Monastiraki and change another line, I'm not sure if there will be enough time. Our flight gets in 10.45 pm. At what time does the last metro from the airport leaves and how long is the journey to Monastiraki?
Please let us know if you have any hotels to recommend. Thanks in advance!
it all depends on just when you'll be going and how many of you there'll be. a friend of mine had to go to athens on business at short notice, and had problems with availabilty and priceb and ended up staying at the Sofitel Athens Airport, which wasn't exactly cheap, gicen the short notice but good enough for his needs. check out destinia.com as they have some decent offers.
My wife and I stayed at the Attalos Hotel the last time we were in Athens. For the price, it was well worth the money and had an amazing view from its beer garden, especially at night. It is located very close to Monastiraki Square so it is also convenient. http://www.hotelsofgreece.com/athens/attalos/
Syntagma is expensive. I stayed in a hostel once, which I cannot remember the name, and another time was in the Cypria Hotel, which was a bit expensive but very nice...
As far as the metro goes, I remember trying to catch the metro from the airport late and it was already shut down, but I would check again anyway as it might be different for weekdays and weekends. I am not ture what your budget is, so check out this link for more hotels in central Athens...
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We stayed at the Attalos Hotel also. We had a lousy room with an uncomfortable bed, but that hotel was easily accessible and a good price, which counted for a lot. We also stayed at the Hotel Cecil a block away. We arrived at 1 AM from a ferry. Once again, lousy room but accessible and cheap. And the Monastiraki stop is quite conveniently close to both hotels.
I don't know about the train trip from the Airport, we took a cab and I don't think it cost us more then 20Euros. Maybe we got lucky, I've heard horror stories about cab drivers.