Hello - I'm flying out of Athens (Greece) airport in late October, back to the U.S. Can anyone recommend a fairly cheap lodging that isn't too far from the airport? Just staying one night.
Peri's Hotel and the St. Thomas B&B are close to the airport and both provide free transfer service in both directions between 7am and 11pm. If you need to be at the airport after their hours of service they will book you a taxi.
I've stayed in the Peri's hotel that Lee mentions. The rooms are fine and the people are friendly and helpful. The downside is that you are in a suburban residential area with very little around about. There is one quite nice but very quiet local taverna about 5 minutes walk away. In summary it's absolutely fine if you just want to spend the night but it would be pretty boring to spend a few hours there. Alan
I might also be in need of a hotel near the airport for 1 night, in June 2014. Both places recommended here look amazing. Peris Hotel's location looks better, since it's closer to the sea. St. Thomas B&B looks like an amazing home, with lovely gardens and pool. But, I don't have a sense of what there is to do in the area. We won't have much time, but it's still worth considering ... Thoughts?
Leslie, places near the airport are not chosen for sightseeing activities. This is not Boston, Where Logan Airport is a hop & a skip from historic areas. It's more like JFK which is 35 miles/1 hour taxi from Central Park. AND, unlike JFK, there are almost NO lodgings near airport bldgs only the supercostly Sofitel (I wonder who got paid off to OK only 1 hotel on airport premises?) Those who look for rooms near ATH are either (1) ARRIVERS coming in late aft or evening & want to fly or drive out early next AM or (2) DEPARTERS who must be on a check-in line at 4 - 6 AM. If u are not in either category, consider staying the night at a hotel near Syntagma Square and its handy 24/7 bus X95. Lots "to do" around there!
Janet - Thanks for your response. I should have explained that we will have spent 4 nights in Athens, 5 nights in Nafplio (as a base for the Peloponnese), and 7 nights sailing the Cyclades before heading home. So, the lodging near the airport would just be for the last 1 or possibly 2 nights before heading home. I figured staying in that area (and maybe renting a car again) might be nice for exploring other areas of Attica. I suppose we could go back to Athens, but we thought that there would be enough to see around here (for instance, Cape Sounion, although we probably will have been there on the sailboat), rather than going back to Athens.
Leslie Your response makes it clearer what you are looking for. Have you considered overnight in Rafina? We generally spend a night there on the way to Andros. I wouldn't want to oversell it but it has a nice port and small town square, both with good restaurants. It also has a laid back atmospere, except when boats are about to go or just arrived! Depending on your Cyclades plans it might be possible to come directly into Rafina rather than Piraeus. There's a direct bus to the airport if you decide not to hire a car. Cheers Alan
Alan - Thanks for the pointer. Unfortunately, at least for a while, we won't know whether we're finishing the sailing on an island or Piraeus (or Rafina. It will depend upon the itinerary of the trip prior to ours, weather, and who knows what else! I'll take a look at Rafina as an option, but St. Thomas B&B looks so nice that it's difficult to look elsewhere! Thanks again ... Leslie