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Hotel Carolina
Ranked #153 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Balsam, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“The perfect place in Athens!”
Reviewed 26 July 2011

We recently returned from a five night stay at the Carolina Hotel in Athens. Our experience as exceptionally positive. The folks at the desk were courteous and always helpful. Though we had a basic standard room, it was well appointed, had a very comfortable bed, and was immaculate. The breakfast buffet is very good, as well. The hotel's location is perfect...only minutes from Monistriaki Station on the Metro, and only a short walk from the Plaka. It is located on a quiet street, with lots of good places to eat nearby...especially on the streets near the metro station. If you like smaller hotels that give you the real flavor of the country that you are in, then the Carolina is perfect! We recommend it without hesitation!

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2011

This hotel was perfectly located for us- between the Plaka for our daytime excursions and Psirri for our late-night fun! The staff was very helpful and nice. The free internet was a great bonus! The room was quite small, but clean. The breakfast was adequate. They have an old-fashioned elevator which was fun to use!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2011

We got to Athens at 3:00 am and had no problem checking in. When we made the reservation on line we reserved the rooftop room which was really charming and what I expected from a hotel. The buffett breakfast was great. The staff was great and welcoming of us. They had alot of knowledge about Athens and the surrounding islands. When we checked out we had kind of a huge wait till our flight to another island and no problem of us leaving our luggage while we toured more of Athens.
This will be the only hotel I will stay in Athens.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Cardiff
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2011

Large, simply but adequately furnished, room. The first three nights of our stay we had a room with an Acropolis-view but this was not available for the last night so we had to move to a standard double; we were happy to do this as we didn't feel the view (as shown in the accompanying photo) was worth the extra charge. The continental buffet breakfast was good (bread, cake, cheese, meats, fruit and yoghurt, tea and coffee). The location is excellent, a five minute walk from the Monastiraki metro station and ten minutes from Syntagma Square.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2011

We stayed in the Hotel Carolina for four nights, the first of which was in a room with a balcony overlooking the street. It was very small and pretty nondescript, but it was clean and comfortable enough.

The second night we moved to room of the rooftop garden rooms, with a "view of the Acropolis." OK, I'll give them the "rooftop garden" part, there were lots of potted trees and plants, but ACROPOLIS VIEW? The only way you could see the Acropolis was if you went to the other end of the roof and looked back between other buildings, and then you could sort of see the Acropolis. Making that claim is a bit of an exaggeration, to say the least! Also, be aware that if you do stay in one of the rooftop garden rooms, the elevator only goes to the fourth (US) floor, so you'll have to carry your bags up a flight of stairs.

Still, the price seemed fair and the location was good for seeing all of the major sights. The staff was friendly and helpful, the included breakfast was decent, and the free wi-fi was excellent!

Would I stay there again? Sure, if I couldn't find anything better at the same price, which is not likely to happen. It's a good hotel, just don't expect an Acropolis view!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2011

Firstly.. I was extremely annoyed to discover by barking on the next room that this place allows animals. Worse of all, the room had a terrible smell, which funny enough I thought it was my shoes that might have stepped on something on the street. When I found out about the hotel also being a kennel I put 2 and 2 together and realised it was dog dropping smell.
The place I am told gets fumigated only 1 a month.. so if you get itchy bites you will know why!!
It is a disgrace that they do not clearly state this on Tripadvisor.
Secondly: The rooms are dated and dark. Claims of a Minibar ?? is that what an empty fridge is called now?
Thirdly: Breakfast is very poor. All layed out the night before.. just touch the bread and the ends and you will soon figure it out.
Fouthly: Location.. while it is fairy central, it is not that great.. and to get to the acropolis is a good 15-20 min walk.. really!! some of the people in this reviews must have jet packs to get there to say it is a short walk..
I would NEVER have stayed there, knowing they allowed flea infested animals. yuck!!

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

We stayed at Carolina in Athens for 2 nights (23 & 24 Apr 2011) before moving on to Pireaus. Our impression of the room and the hotel in general is that it's old but well maintained. The toilets seemed to be newly refurbished and are in good working condition. Hot shower works well. The room is very small and the furniture eg. the wardrobe and desk are old, the bed small, and although there was a fairly large balcony, the view was pathetic. It basically faces the ugly back of old rundown apartments. The location of Carolina though may not be the most ideal but still remains very near to all key attractions. It's about 10 minutes walking distance to Plaka and its surrounding restaurants, Ermou the shopping street and just further away, Syntagma Square. The best feature of our stay though is that the free wifi works perfectly well keeping us occupied during the nights when there was really nothing much to watch on Greece TV. If we were to go Athens again, I'll surely stay at the Plaka Hotel which we had a chance to pass by on our way to Plaka and also the view of the Acropolis from their rooftop terrace was terrific !

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Carolina
Address: 55 Kolokotroni, Athens 105 60, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Plaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #153 of 326 Hotels in Athens
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Carolina 2*
Number of rooms: 31
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