My wife and I, along with our 4 year old daughter, are planning out our European vacation Athens leg. We will be in Athens from Sept 25 and depart on Sept 28. Where should we stay? We are flying in and obviously want to visit Acropolis and Plaka and are looking at staying mainly in that area. Any advice? Any recommendations on where to stay? What to see? Where to steer clear from?
I'd look for a place in the Plaka closer to the Acropolis than to Syntagma Square. Given the unrest, I'd avoid staying near Syntagma Square as that is the location of the protests. The Plaka should remain quiet and is close to the main tourist sites anyway. I recommend AVA Hotel.
Douglas, thanks for the help but AVA, WAAAAAAYYYY to pricey for us
Check the Pella Inn, Cecil Hotel, Attalos Hotel, Metropolis Hotel, Acropolis Hotel, Amazon Hotel, Tempi Hotel, Pan Hotel, Arethusa Hotel and Central Hotel. Steer clear of any hotel in the area near to Omonia Square. The hotel might be fine, but the area is a bit seedy, especially at night.
Nick I second the Attalos - http://www.attaloshotel.com/ - and the Tempi - http://www.tempihotel.gr/ - although be aware the second of these doesn't have a lift. Both are convenient for Monastiraki metro station which gives easy access to and from the airport. Another bet is the Phaedra. Their website is under construction but they respond to mails reasonably quickly. http://www.hotelphaedra.com/. This is near the Acropolis metro and requires changing at Syntagma if coming from the airport. Cheers
Nick, You didn't indicate which price range you were looking for, but you might have a look at www.acropoliselect.gr/home01.htm. It's within "somewhat" easy walking distance to the Acropolis and other sites, and has a Metro stop nearby. You could also check the Guidebook or Trip Advisor for recommendations. Happy travels!
We are trying to keep the cost around $200 or less per night. I'll check out all of your recommendations today. Thanks
Nick, I like Hotel Airotel Parthenon and Hotel Herodion... both just off the pedestrianized promenade that runs around the south side of the Acropoiis and is so attractive. On that side is the entry to Acropoli (By Herodion theatre) that is the fastest and easiest climb for little legs. For hotel locations, see this map: http://www.orangesmile.com/destinations/img/athens-map-big.jpg A-Parth is next street to the right of Acropolis Metro Station. Herodion on Roberto Galli (just below numeral 40 on map). Both on South fringe of Plaka, v. convenient if your tot suddenly "melts down". Also (see map) close to Natl Gardens which has playgrounds and u can see Temple of Zeus, Hadrians Arch, on way PLUS Melina Mercouri tribute bust (What USA city honors an actress-activist this way?!?) What to see in 3 days? toooo much to tackle in the short text this website allows! I'm not the world's biggest RS fan, but I do think his book ATHENS & the PELOPONNESE book explains the priorities well for a 3-day stay (If u don't want to buy it, borrow from library, take notes & photocopy the Acropolis D-I-Y segment). What to avoid? Given the Greece crisis, Syntagma square demonstrations will continue; no "danger" at all to tourists or Athenians, but does mean crowds, thus not good for kiddies. However, NO such actions on weekends. If you MUST see the changing of guard, (hourly), do it on arrival day. Leaving, you can take Metro Red Line at Akropolis Station, and at Syntagma (u will be underground) switch to Blue Line for Airport. Or just flag a taxi now a flat €35 fee to airport, easy & reasonable.
Two words: HOTEL TONY. Very very modern rooms at great rates (I stayed there earlier this month and paid 90 Euro a night). The triple room is large enough for your family. It's near the Sygrou-Fix metro stop and about a 10-15 minute walk to the Acropolis.