Nikki’s Nest: Athens Gate Hotel (Athens, Greece)22 Dec
I had the pleasure to stay 8 nights at The Athens Gate hotel which is in central Athens, Greece with a fabulous view of the Temple of Zeus & the Acropolis. The area around the hotel is so neat. The hotel was renovated in 2007 and has a very modern & classic look. Athens Gate has 7 floors, a rooftop garden restaurant, and a cozy lobby (which includes a bar, fireplace and business center).
The Athens Gate Hotel is located in the historic district of Athens, exactly opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Gate which was constructed by the Athenians to welcome the Roman emperor Hadrian. The hotel entrance is at the beginning of Syngrou Avenue just opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Its excellent location in the heart of the historical center of Athens makes it an ideal choice for travellers.
You are within easy walking distance to Syntagma Square (where I saw several demonstrations/strikes), the commercial shopping district, the Acropolis, and right next to the new Acropolis Museum and the Plaka area. All you have to do is walk right outside and you have Athens at your feet. No need for a taxi!
If you want to travel a little further to the north of Athens or down to the port, the hotel is steps away from the Athens Metro (the “Acropolis” Athens Metro Station). The Metro is super easy to use as I took it for 6 days back and forth to work.
Athens Gate has 99 rooms (60 are Queen bed rooms, 38 are twin bed rooms and 1 junior suite with a jacuzzi bath tub and shower). There are 7 classes of rooms: Standard Double, Double Superior, Double Executive, Twin Standard, Twin Superior, Twin Executive and Suites. The Superior & Executive rooms along with the Suites have views of either the Temple of Olympian Zeus (which are front rooms) or the Parthenon at the Acropolis (which are the back rooms). Most rooms have balconies and all rooms are equipped with a 27” flat-screen LCD tv, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, AC/heat, internet (for a fee) and bathrooms (either shower or tubs). WiFi connection is available in public areas (i.e. lobby).
I stayed in a Twin Superior room and had a fabulous view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus! The room was very comfortable. I was a little concerned about noise from the street after reading a few of the reviews on Trip Advisor. However, my room (which was on busy Syngrou Avenue) was very quiet. It was spacious (for European standards) and I loved being able to go out on the balcony and look at the ruins.
Rooftop Garden Restaurant
The view of central Athens (especially the Acropolis) from this rooftop has to be one of the best in the city! Imagine eating breakfast while staring at the amazing Parthenon? What could be better? Athens Gate offers an American breakfast each morning. I would drink coffee and eat while gazing at the ruins. I tried the restaurant for breakfast and dinner. My recommendation is to definitely do breakfast and 1 night of dinner (if you are in town for more than a couple of days). Since you are in a great location, there are so many wonderful restaurants nearby and it would be a shame not to check them out. Most of the restaurants have a great view of the Acropolis at night. And let me tell you…I never got tired of looking at the Acropolis. It is just that amazing. Here is a picture I took from my table during breakfast.
Unfortunately, the hotel does not have a gym. The “business center” consists of 2 computers and a printer located next to the elevators. Normally, I prefer to stay in hotels that have a gym but with the great location, you can easily run/walk outside and sightsee while working out.
Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed the Athens Gate hotel and would definitely stay there again. You cannot beat the comfort, location or price. I recommend pre-booking via their website (I found they offered the best deals directly). Breakfast is included in the rate. If you ever visit Athens, I highly recommend this hotel. What is better than eating breakfast while looking at the Acropolis from their rooftop restaurant?
Nikki’s Rating: 4 (Fabulous)
Rating Scale 1-5 (1 = GET OUT NOW; 2 = Seriously?; 3 = Eh, it’ll do; 4 = Fabulous; 5 = Absolutely Wonderful)
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