Susan and Monte,
Re: what we did for breakfast while on our stay at the Ava...it's been so long now (I think it was 2007 or 2008 when we visited Greece)..........but if the breakfast at the hotel was not included, I remember taking a brief walk and eating on a patio/balcony at an area restaurant (possibly a very early lunch)....but that might have been on our arrival day. It really is a blur of a memory right now. We were pretty jet lagged upon arrival, and we only had one night there before catching a Silversea cruise.
As far as dinner.....well, we just didn't.....we were sound asleep by around 7:00, and I just remember my husband waking up quite hungry around 10pm and eating a large bag of nuts from the minibar thing. I think he would have eaten a pillow had the nuts not been there....LOL. We learned a lesson from that (that we have since practiced on all subsequent trips)....no matter how exhausted one is, have at least a light dinner before going to sleep :)
But, I do remember the staff at the hotel offering us cold drinks every time we entered the door or even sat in the lobby getting our bearings for touring, etc. Very delightful staff!!
We specified a very quiet room when we reserved, and we had a first floor room that was extremely quiet...around the corner and a short bit down the hall from reception. Other rooms would have better views, but we knew we would want to get to sleep early.
But, we saw a lot in that first full day and then the half day before we departed. If (like us) due to heat, you decide to skip going to the top of the Acropolis, there is a lovely view of it from the Acropolis Museum (and it's airconditioned while you enjoy the view). But, to this day, we regret not getting to the top of the Acropolis. When I stopped in the restroom upon arrival that morning, there was a lady from Australia literally wringing out her shirt from sweat and she was beet red (and had been up there less than an hour)....so we took her warnings) much to my husband's disappointment.
It was late August when we went, and I remember it just being gawd-awful hot until we got out to sea (where breezes really made a difference). I remember the Plaka area being nice, but it is a small area. I remember lots of graffiti (surprising amounts) outside Plaka.