“A clean, comfy and well-placed hotel on the edge of Plaka, perfect for a quick visit to the Acropolis”
A tiny lift transports you to the guest bedrooms, which stretch up to the 6th floor. None are huge and some are extremely small, but all are cheerful, comfortable and clean, with chunky modern furniture, shiny hardwood floors and marble bathrooms. Some even have balconies looking down on narrow Apollonos street or up to the Acropolis. (The higher the floor, the better the view.)
Beds are dressed in crisp white with pomegranate spreads and wood headboards. Full-length mirrors and mini-fridges to store your own drinks and food are nice touches. You can set the air-con via remote control. If the weather is hot, ask for 2 key cards and leave one in the wall slot to keep the electricity on so you'll return to a cool room. When we revisited in 2013, we discovered another benefit of the air con: it generates 'white noise', making which made our room surprisingly peaceful at night, despite its central location.
Bathrooms are sleekly all-marble, most with showers and tubs. The hand-held showers and the half-screens may result in wet floors. Some rooms interconnect; the triple rooms are ideal for families. Non-smoking rooms are available on request.
A breakfast buffet runs from 7am in a small dining room on the mezzanine. Fill up on breads, cheeses, cold meats, eggs, cakes, yoghurt and honey; not much fruit, but very decent coffee. (Hermes will arrange breakfast for guests with early flights.)
Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies are available in the lobby throughout the day and you can store snacks and beverages in the mini fridge in your room.
From this central location, you are steps from authentic Greek tavernas in the Plaka area. Platanos (4, Diogenous St.) has a nice patio and Thanassis in Monastiraki Square is known for its souvlaki. Geros tou Moria (27, Mnisikleous St.) features traditional Greek music. Dionyssos (43 Rovertou Galli St.) is pricier, but has a bigger menu and great view.
Children of all ages are welcome, and there is a small playroom with some toys and a Wendy house. Baby cots can be provided for an extra cost.
There's a dedicated Family room (2 adults and 2 children) made up of interconnecting rooms. You can also book a Triple room with 1 double and 1 single (some of these are rather cramped for anything longer than 1 night).
Babysitting available by arrangement.