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Fresh Hotel
Ranked #33 of 326 Hotels in Athens
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Falkirk
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“Fabulous stay at the Fresh Hotel”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

Just back from three nights at the Fresh Hotel and felt compelled to leave a review.
This is a really fantastic hotel and brilliant value for money, the staff cannot do enough to help you.
We arrived during what was clearly one of their quieter weekends and were upgraded to an executive room with a 'zen garden' - a small balcony area with bamboo and pebbles for those not with the zen. Was pleased to see Korres products in the bathroom and the entire suite was spotlessly clean. There was even a welcome bottle of water and raisins soaked in honey as a snack.
When we checked in we were given a voucher complimentary cocktail each at the rooftop bar so headed up there, it's a really beautiful bar with stunning views across the city. It was too cold to use the pool on the roof but it was a lovely area and would be a great sunning spot in the summer months.
As a former bartender in a cocktail bar I was pleasantly surprised with the bar staffs knowledge and abilty - the drinks were lovely and despite the steep price (11 euros for a cocktail) we returned another night for more.
The hotel gym was well equipted with modern cardio and decent weights etc. The steam room was out of order and the sauna was closed when we were the mega helpful concierge offered to turn it on for us and explained it was only turned off because the hotel was quiet.
Much has been made on Tripadvisor about the dodgy area the hotel in situated in but we had no problems at all. Yeah, the area isn't brilliant but it is less than a five minute walk to Monasarnaki Square which is a real tourist hub and only a few minutes more to Plaka and the ancient city of a Agora. Teh only downside I found to the location is that there is a pet shop right beside the hotel, with puppies in the window 24 hours a day. It angered me to see them in small glass cages with idiots tapping the glass constantly. We even saw an idiot tapping on the glass at the sleeping pups at 2 a.m.
Athens is a pretty expensive city, food prices are on a par with London or Edinburgh and drinks even more pricey. Expect to pay about 8 Euros for a spirit and around 5-6 Euros for a beer but like every city if you hunt you'll get cheaper prices off the beaten track.
We found the best nightlife was in Psyrri but Plaka and Thisio are well worth a look too. Also, just off Monastarnaki Square there are some lovely Greek cafes on the pavement. Great for lunch even in January thanks to the mild weather and patio heaters.
Don't hesitate to book the Fresh Hotel, great hotel, great staff and great value for money.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

We previously stayed at a rather over priced, over rated hotel in a rather inconvenient part of Athens, and this hotel was recommended by a Greek friend who lives in Athens.
And what a great recommendation!

Initially the area looked a little dodgy, but it turned out to be surprisingly safe, convenient, (right near the Acropolis), and a haven above the busy hustle and bustle of the Athenian streets.

The roof Top pool deck was incredible! We spent a good few hours lying around the pool, drinking in cocktails and taking in the view of the Acropolis and Parthenon.

From arriving at the hotel, (and clumsily dropping my passport behind a glass partition at the counter, where the staff went out of their way to help me retrieve it), to the small but well appointed rooms, this hotel was definitely a win.

I would certainly recommend this to any traveler, and I know where we will be staying in Athens in August 2012!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Our standard double room was very small but had everything you needed. Hotel is located in somewhat shifty area with loads of streetwalkers about, but it is quite a quick walk 9about 7 min) to Monastriki (just stick to the main road at night as some of the back alleys are quite scary). The folks that work here were all very friendly and pleasant - eventhough we checked in at 4 am.. The rooftop area is divine: nice pool and lounge area, and the restaurant served some really good food (i had a club sandwhich with truffle oil which was yum).

Room Tip: Splash out and get something more than just the standard double, as those rooms are very tiny.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

This trip I searched for a change of scene for my 4th Athens visit this year but found no hotel that did not suffer from at least one critical shortfall (overheated rooms, poor wifi, no garage, rude staff or, in the case of the near faultless Grande Bretagne, out-of-budget prices...) so back to the Fresh. Happy. It is striking that after all these years the same staff retain such enthusiasm - all of them. We are now very used to the area which although not the smartest is really not dangerous. We walked happily down to Monastiraki for a kebab in 5 minutes and into Psirri for good home-style cooking in about 3 - no discomfort of any sort. Good choice of snacks and main courses in the rooftop bar/restaurant. Garage beneath the hotel. Fast wifi throughout. Only minor gripe (did I mention it last time?) is that frieds eggs, bacon, sausages, omelette tend to be cold and chewy by the time you get to them at breakfast - but there is plenty of other lovely stuff to choose from (cheeses, cold meats, yoghurts, honey, pastries, toast, fruit, fresh juice......). Oh yes, and there was the upgrade - thank you, thank you, thank you. But even without that very, very good value.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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fresh36, Public Relations Manager at Fresh Hotel, responded to this review, 10 January 2012
Dear Andrikos,
Firtsly let me wish you happy new year ! Thank you for your positive review and for being a repeater guest to Athens and to Fresh hotel.
We will be looking forward welcoming you in the near future . Keep the excitment for your next visit FRESH !
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

This is really an excellent boutique hotel. As long as you can handle the slightly rough and tumble nature of the neighborhood that it is in (we had no troubles but this is not an elegant part of town), this is great value for money. Playfully decorated, the hotel looks good and has a light and colorful contemporary feel. The staff are super friendly and very nice. Our room was on the smaller side but it was fine and the bed was comfy. We did not experience noise from the bar/restaurant - we were on the 7th floor. Awesome Korres products were provided in the bathroom - these were much appreciated and good to see local Greek companies being championed. The breakfast is particularly delicious and the fresh orange juicer is a nice and unusual touch. The breakfast room is also beautifully decorated. When we were there, Xmas decorations were up and this was very nice. There is a small, clean and modern gym which I used and was quite happy with. All in all, a very good experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Stayed at the Fresh hotel, room 615 (Dec 2nd – 5th) and what can we say – it was great !

The staff - was always helpful with restaurants tips, help and information- thank you again if you are reading this:)

We got a room with a balcony on the 6th floor, facing the street –perfect and Korres bathing gels, shampoos and lotions are provided -what else can you ask for.

The roof top offers a nice restaurant with an outside lounge and a great view of the city – Acropolis included and the roof top pool which looked inviting but was too cold to use.

Will stay there again for sure.

Efxaristo!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Washignton, DC
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

We spent four nights (2 separate visits of 2 nights) at the Fresh Hotel in Athens while on our trip to Greece. The hotel is very nice, with modern elements and nice amenities, including free Wi-Fi. The rooftop bar is beautiful with a great view to the city and a decent view to the Acropolis (there's a building on the way). The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, which is very good. They offer a good selection of juices, fruits, pastries, and hot and cold dishes. The rooms were nice, spacious, and very clean. The view from the two rooms we stayed in were not great, but that's okay as we were out in the city most of the time or in the hotel's rooftop when there.

The location is convenient for setting off for sightseeing during the day and going to dinner at night. We read a lot about the location being shady. It's true that the immediate area is not pretty and that there's graffiti and some garbage bags along the sidewalks. But that's not any different than what you'll see in some streets in the Lower East Side, Grenage Village, or Meatpacking areas in NYC. If you're from a big city, you won't think twice about it. Use a little common sense and you'll be fine. My girlfriend and I had no issues walking to/from Plaka for dinner at night.

The staff was nice and helpful. In one of our check outs, there was a taxi strike and we had to get a private car to the airport. They helped us out in allowing us to bill the car to the room.

The only complaint that we have is that they were not consistent with the welcoming. The first time we checked in, they gave us a complimentary water bottle and some sweets in the room. When we came back a week later, we didn't get anything. Bummer! But everything else was fine.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Fresh Hotel. We'd stay there again and recommend to anyone going to Athens.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fresh Hotel
Address: 26 Sofokleous, Athens 105 52, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens > Omonia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#20 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#22 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#22 Business Hotel in Athens
#23 Family Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Fresh Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Downtown in the heart of Athens, Fresh Hotel is a stylish, urban resort, with unconventional atmosphere, cool and thoughtful service. With simple lines and vivid colors in a minimalist, sleekly designed sanctuary, the Hotel surrounds guests in absolute calm. The joy of life takes on a new meaning in Fresh Hotel. The Fresh Hotel is located right in the heart of Athens, next to the beautiful Town hall, and only a few minutes walk from Syntagma Square and the old market place. ... more   less 
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