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Well I’ve decided to come back over to Ciao for a bit, and when I saw that they are encouraging Travel reviews I looked for the Hotel that I stayed in when I was in Athens in April and it is this 1, so here is my experience and thoughts about this Hotel.We had always wanted to go to Athens and I was looking around January time for a little cheap getaway. The best deal I found was through Expedia and it was flights and this Hotel for 5 nights. I think it all came to about £490 for the 2 of us, so not bad! There was a few other Hotels recommended by Expedia but after cross referencing them on Trip Advisor I found that this 1 seemed to be the best out of the budget ones. We never really splash out a lot of money on accommodation. Basically as long as it has a bed and a private bathroom then we are happy. Obviously I would like a clean room, a tv is always a bonus and furniture is good, but I just need a Hotel as a base to rest and get clean basically.
Before I went to Athens I knew about the “bad” area of town which is Omonia Square. Checking on google Maps I see that this Hotel is around 0.7km from the main Square, but I heard that the neighbourhood although a bit run down seemed to be ok. I thought why not take a chance on this and go for it. After all you can read all the reviews from everyone else and they may be nit picking with certain issues whereas I need to be able to make my own mind up.I believe the Room rates for this Hotel sit around the £40-£50 a night on average. Since we booked as a package then I think our rate worked out around £32 a night and this included Breakfast.
Ok now onto the Hotel.This is situated in the Metaxourgio area of the town. Not really sure what relevance this is, but I guess it is just like any city which has it’s own areas. The streets around the Hotel and outside of the door weren’t the nicest looking and the whole area looked a bit run down. Lots of graffiti everywhere and it just looked pretty grubby all around. This Hotel is situated good in regards to getting about town. This is about a 2 minute walk from the Subway and this is 4 stops away from the Acropolis. Takes about 8 minutes to make this journey which is over the other side of town. Across the road from the Hotel is a little café which we used the first night we got here and diagonally across the road from the Hotel and down a little side street is a Spar shop which we used to get all the bits and pieces in for to eat in the Hotel. IF you come out the Hotel and turn to your left and then basically walk straight ahead and up the little Hilly bit then you will get to Omonia Square. Up the square this is the main shopping area of town and there is lots of stalls up here as well. They sell lots of counterfeit goods and I got a “genuine” Gucci purse for 3 euro – bargain!! You get the chain restaurants up here eg McDonalds and that. We were advised by the staff in the Hotel not to go up here at night time and this seems to be the recommendation on the Internet as well.
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