If I was visiting Athens again, I would come back here. Good front desk always attended, not the friendliest bunch but got the job done, clean rooms, working wi-fi, and very reasonable room rates. Breakfast was basic but good enough. The absolute gift of this place is the location and the reasonable cost. I got a bus from the airport which was supposed to stop just nearby and take around an hour, which (in a good introduction to what it would be like to travel in Greece) just stopped in a random location way before Syntagma, because of a strike! Somehow with a combination of luck and intuition, I managed to find my way to the hotel anyway. Being walking distance from the bustling Syntagma square makes this easier (my first experience of the square was that it was filled with protesting student demonstrators as well as tourists pushing luggage and locals just standing about smoking - an intriguing mix!). Being near the square means it is near nightclubs (there is one just across the road) so it is very noisy - especially on weekends if you are facing the street and you'll need to close the windows to get some peace.
The surrounding streets host beautiful churches (some tiny, old and charming) and shopping strips - my advice is to avoid the eatery immediately across the road, great wine but truly dreadful food, and to venture back a a few minutes walk down the street away from bustling Syntagma and you'll find winding alley ways filled with market stalls, some overpriced stores and art gallerys (with expensive but beautiful stock) and some cheaper eateries, street food and restaurants and eventually, as you keep walking, you'll end up at the main station in a smaller square. You'll be treated to breathtaking views of ancient Athenian monuments there, which you can gaze at, whilst sitting on the steps of the station, eating cheap and yummy street food. What a way to spend an afternoon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Amazon boasts a prime location in the heart of Athens, within walking distance of the major archaeological sites and Syntagma Metro Station. It offers 42 tastefully decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Amazon Hotel's air-conditioned rooms and suites are decorated in natural tones creating a relaxing atmosphere. They are equipped with a TV with satellite and cable channels, safety box and minibar. Some rooms enjoy spectacular Acropolis views. Amazon Hotel serves buffet breakfast, while there is also a bar and a cafeteria, where guests can enjoy their drink or a snack. The New Acropolis Museum is within 1 km of Hotel Amazon. The shopping district of the Athens centre is just a few steps away. ... more less
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