Athens Hotel 70 Euro
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 4, 2013 12:35 PM Last Post By: lennartb
Feb 7, 2013 9:44 AM
Athens Hotel 70 EuroI'm looking for a hotel in Athens that is centrally located. My budget is 70 Euro per night. I found the Novotel which looks good & is cheap (compared to my budget) but I also found reviews that say the hotel is great, but the neighbourhood is not safe at night for walking. Ideally I'd like to stay somewhere where I can walk back at night. Can anybody recommend somewhere that might fit the bill? Thanks
Feb 7, 2013 10:07 AM
The exact location of that hotel isn't too bad, but if someone wants to walk back to it after an evening in the nightlife Plaka area (quite a hike) then it mightn't be too pleasant.
Browse this site:
and limit your search to the Plaka, Monastiraki and maybe Psyrri neighbourhoods. Lots of choice.
Pick a few. I or others might be able to say more about exact location and so on.
Feb 7, 2013 10:14 AM
2Hotel Metropolis on Metropolis Street ... you don't say WHEN you are visiting (time of year Matters! in price) ... up til June its singles are under 70 ...right across from the Cathedral (Metropolis, get it??), and it's park, so lots of light & air, unlike many hotels stuck in narrrow lanes ...it has a roof terrace open to all, with view of Acropolis. It's easy walk from Either Monastiraki Station or Syntagma on safe, busywell-lit street. I use this hotel on almost every one of my 10 trips so far.
Also, even more a favorite, Hotel Phaedra, same price bracket, even has some rooms with (private) bathrooms that are across the hall from your room, thus less xpensive, 10% discount for online booking ... the location is SUPERB ... about 50 yards from Lysikrates Monument, (look that up on any Athens Map), and on 2 sides flanked by no-car lanes, and St. Katerina's sunken churchyard -- with ancient columns in it. ALSO has roof terrace w. acropolis view. I hve used this hotel many many times.
Both hotels are plain,not fancy ,but clean clean clean, and friendly helpful 24 hr desk clerks.
Feb 7, 2013 12:07 PM
3The Pella Inn is a good bargain and it's just down Ermou street from the Monastiraki Metro Station. The rooms are basic, and although they promote themselves as a hostel they do have private rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms, some with shared bathrooms. You have to pay for a double even if you're a single, but even in July that's only €48 according to their website.
Feb 9, 2013 3:57 PM
Feb 9, 2013 4:48 PM
5Absolutely! The Acropolis Metro Stop (red Line). See map http://www.orangesmile.com/destinations/img/athens-map-big.jpg (click & it gets huge. Acropolis Metro station just below acropolis ... Just east of Acropolis, Hotel Phaedra is at #79 (for the Church your windows look down on)., However, if u decide to take the x95 bus to Syntagma square, it's also an easy 10 minute walk gently DOWNhlll, on Amalias Ave, turn right at Lysikrates Street.
Feb 9, 2013 5:45 PM
Feb 9, 2013 5:51 PM
7The Directions just came in email from them. From airport there's a change Blue to Red Line at Syntagma if you don't want to walk it.
Our Hotel address is: 16 Herefondos, Andrianou and Lyssikratous street, Plaka, Athens.
From Athens El.Venizelos International Airport you use either the metro "blue line "to Syntagma, or the express bus, X 95 to Syntagma.
Then you transfer to metro "red line" and get off at Acropolis metro station.
You choose the exit "Makrygianni". As you see Akropolis in front of you, you walk forward and you enter a narrow road called Vyronos Street.
After some meters, you turn on the right at Lyssikratous Street and reach a small square with a Byzantine church and our Hotel.
Feb 9, 2013 8:24 PM
8That's correct. DIrections sound complicated in print, but actually easy. If you take the Metro, BE SUPER CAREFUL WITH YOUR WALLET & VALUABLES. Pickpockets target this line because of all the AMericans who are not used to public transportation, and who keep their wallets in their pants pockets (front/rear, doesn't matter) or in their backpacks hanging off their backs. If u travel by metro from Airport, Keep your valuable stuff in a Money belt or a Neck pouch.... o for women, in your zipped purse worn crosswise. I've traveled the metro dozens of t imes in my 10 trips, with no problem, but then, I rode public transport in NYC for 35 years. (Most Americans outside of the 5 biggest cities are "public transit virgins"). A great thing about the bus x95, it doesn't allow anyone on after Airport and only 1 stop before Syntagma, so there's NO danger of light-finger louies... you can relax, even doze for the 55 minute trip. Also, it lets you out right on the sidewalk, no steps or escalators needed. Unless you're in a mad hurry, think about it.
Whoops! I asked a while back about WHEN you are coming, and I just noticed, you finally revealed: May. Well, cross y our fingers that Mrs. M at Phaedra has one room left for you! In May she rents out most of her 21 rooms to a group of college students studying the classics. My friends & I just squeezed in for the last day of the month. That's why I always beg (in vain), tell us all, up front, before we start suggesting. If no rooms left at Phaedra, do try Metropolis ... it's also extremely handy, and a great view from front rooms as well... Ask for a front balcony, with the fabulous vine shading it (did u look at the website?).
Best of luck!
Feb 9, 2013 10:47 PM
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Feb 14, 2013 8:55 PM
I saw you are asking for a hotel, but the offer of apartments for short term rental have started to become big in Athens. You don't get the hotel service (room service, breakfast) but you get a bigger space, a small kitchen, privacy and a more "live like a local" feeling. These guys have a couple of really nice apartments in Thisseio area. http://liveinathens.net/. You will have to change lines in the metro to get there (Blue line and then green line for 1 stop) and walk for 5 minutes. On the other hand you will have a veranda with stunning Acropolis view all for your self!
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