One of Athens's newest hotels is as fresh as the beginning of the alphabet. The restored 1960s building located right in the heart of Athens, Monastiraki Square, offers a perfect view of the Acropolis and an ideal location for sightseeing. This is a vibrant area with many visitors, street sellers, high traffic, urban noise, and 24-hour-action so be prepared to be carried away by it all.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is small with a luxuriant B&B philosophy, the communal areas are miniscule, but the rooms are spacious. And even though the hotel amenities are limited, the free Wi-Fi is strong and the price includes a generous breakfast.
The minimalist rooms are tastefully decorated in bright white or lively green tones, have wooden floors and all the modern amenities (including a strong air-conditioning system). Some rooms have large double-glazed windows that magnify the beautiful view of the lively Monastiraki square, the Plaka neighborhood, and the Acropolis as a backdrop. The furnishings and decorations are the creations of local designers; some have kitchenettes.
The floor under the rooftop bar can get noisy at night so you might want opt for a lower level.
On-trend rectangular tiles in gray undertones and modern fixtures including square industrial chic basins are the name of the game.
Compact but purposeful, with one elevator that goes straight to the bar and the other one (tiny is the right word again) reserved for hotel guests. A small entrance, surrounded by lots of quaint shops (especially antique shops and sumptious bakeries) and local characters.
The breakfast buffet is located on the rooftop offering the aforementioned glorious views, while the breakfast area doubles as one of Athens's most popular bars at night.
YOU SHOULD KNOW At the A for Athens rooftop bar, the first glass of wine in on the house for hotel guests.
The rooftop bar that goes by the same name, A for Athens, is a must-visit to watch the Acropolis sunset and remains busy year-round. Snack food and salads are served until 1 a.m. and the cocktails stand out.
The metro stop (Monastiraki) is at arms’ length and can bring you here straight from the airport (blue line). Last train from the airport runs at 11:35 p.m. There is a taxi rank just below the hotel. If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport, it will take about 45 minutes and it will cost around 35 euros during the day and around 55 euros at night (12 a.m. - 5 a.m.).
There are plenty of choices for dining out. Bairaktaris (1-minute walk) across the square is legendary for its souvlaki experience, while Café Avissinias (5-minute walk) provides a unique Greek tapas selection (and occasionally, live music). Mama Roux (10-minute walk) offers fresh salads and delicious burgers.
360o Cocktail bar (5-minute walk) offers an equally amazing rooftop view, while Six d.o.g.s. (7-minute walk) is culture-central with its multi-events artsy space. Another option to consider is relaxed Couleur Locale (5-minute walk) for even more on-trend types sitting outside or in the indoor lobby with a winter garden theme. Plateia Ayias Irinis with a multitude of trendy bars and eateries is a quick 7-minute walk, try Tailor Made, Noel and Rooster.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Even though its entrance looks unimpressive, the rooms and apartments are clean, spacious and tastefully done and the rooftop bar has incredible views of Athens. You are in a busy urban hub here, and if you are the type of youthful traveler who likes to relish the local colors, images, and sounds, then this is the perfect place for you.