Art Hotel Athens

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Art Hotel Athens

4 star

Rooms: 30

27 Marni - Athens - 10432 - Greece Hotel Website | 00302105240501
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The new wave of Athens hotels

from readymade
I also liked the Hotel Art. I booked it for a 5 night stay in January for just 79 euros/night all-inclusive. Upon arrival about noon I was given my key at the front desk and then greeted by a smiling employee who brought me a free beverage of my choice and some nice cake. I nibbled on that while she sat me down in the lobby and explained (using maps) all the Athens sites and how to get around. Quite impressive. My room was small, but fine for one person and very stylish. Bathroom was pretty roomy for Europe. Bed was super-firm, almost hard, which I like, but others might not. There were two windows that opened; when you closed both it was very quiet. In fact, with the white noise of the HVAC, I couldn't hear anything.

One odd thing: they gave me a funny card at check-in. You have to insert this card into a slot above the light switch as you enter in order to turn on the power for the room. While it seemed odd, it made sense; when I left in the mornings, I could pull that one card and turn everything off at once. TV had mostly Greek channels, but at least one in other major languages including CNN.

Staff was smiling and friendly. I startled them by speaking a few words of Greek! The breakfast buffet was fine. It included some cold cuts and cheeses, what seemed to be some canned fruits of various sorts, various breads (some days mini-croissants, some days not), coffee, juices (very weak orange drink, but I liked it--kind of like Hi-C), and surprisingly, scrambled eggs and little hot-dogs and what appeared to be chopped up pieces of bacon, cooked but not crisp. Interesting. I stuffed myself every morning.

There seemed to be hardly anyone there during my stay. All 5 mornings included I saw no more than 6 other people total.

Neighborhood is NOT Plaka--so don't expect pedestrian walkways and the like. Busy traffic, honking horns, police whistles are the norm. But you're about 5 minutes walk from the Natl. Arch. Museum, and about 10 minutes from Omonia Square and the Metro.

I would certainly stay here again for a comparable price, and will recommend it to others.

No Toilet Seats!!!!!

from rojersey
We checked into the touted Art Hotel around midnight. We only noticed the lack of a toilet seat after we had already unpacked. Apparently this missing necessity is normal at this and some other Greek hotels. This was really too bad since everything else about the hotel was quite nice. The room was small and unpretentious but the public areas were quite lovely and the staff couldn't have been nicer. The breakfast was also ample and tasty. But, be warned: if a toilet seat is something you find important, stay away!
Management Response from D35Athens
All the rooms in Art Hotel Athens have toilet seats!
We are very sorry and surprised by the incident you described.
As we recall, you checked-in late at night. We accommodated you at a room, which you appeared to like and as soon as you had settled, you called for help with connecting to the internet. A member of the staff came to your room to help you use the internet and specifically asked you if everything was ok with your room. You replied that everything was fine and the next day you checked out without complaining to the staff or the manager of the hotel about anything.
Therefore, this is the first time that we hear about this incident, which sounds really unbelievable and for which, if it had been as you describe it, we would have definitely taken the appropriate measures. Whenever a client seems to have any problem with her room, our policy is to do our best to solve it immediately and if still she is not satisfied, we try to accommodate her to another room. We always advise our guests to be proactive about their needs and give us the opportunity to accomodate them in the best possible way. We regret the fact that you didn't give us the opportunity to better serve you.

very very nice hotel!

from nastik5
I stayed at this hotel at the end of august and I really liked it! Very helpfull and nice stuff (big thanks to lady who is the owner I think and lady from Georgia, they tried to help us in everything). the rooms are nice, especialy I liked the bathroom. I stayed in 2 different rooms (sng and double) and both of them were clean, well furnished and nice. excellent hotel and very good price! maybe the place where it is situated is not the best in athens but it is close to the center and not bad.

I am a regular visitor to Athens - this is the place to stay!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have visited Athens many times and at last I have found a hotel of outstanding quality.

Art Hotel Athens is very clean with beautifully appointed rooms, has outstanding service, and is easily accessible to the attractions of Athens.

It is a delightful family run hotel and extremely good value for money. I will certainly return to Art Hotel Athens and highly recommend this hotel to all travellers and business persons who are looking for a reliable and memorable stay.

Loved it here! Clean room, great staff!

from jojonana
We loved our stay at the Art Hotel, great personnalized attention. And to boost, not very far from Exarchia Square (near archeological museum) which is where may students hang out. Less crowded and touristy, with great cafés and restaurants. We loved it!

GREAT hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We recently stayed at the Art Hotel after returning from Santorini. We had previously stayed in Athens at the Amazon and decided we would go elsewhere on our return trip back to Athens. This place is incredible!! From the moment we arrived until the time we left, we were very impressed with not only the hotel and its location but the staff there were GREAT... The staff went beyond customer service in providing us with information, where to eat and getting a taxi service very early in the morning when we left. I can't say enough good things about this hotel and highly recommend this place. The breakfast was great too. The only negative thing I will say is that it is at a very busy intersection. We had asked for a room not facing the street and we got a room with a pretty lousy view. Nothing to complain about though.. The hotel is top notch and so are the staff.

Totally positive experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
From the moment we arrived to be personally greeted with complementary orange juice or coffee and baklava and suggestions for activities during our stay, we realised this hotel was different.
The room was spacious by Athens standards, well-appointed and very clean, with a luxurious bathroom and excellent sound proofing. After a horrible experience in our previous Athens hotel with lumpy pillows and tiny poly-cotton sheets, the generously sized comfortable beds with thick crisp cotton sheets were very welcome.
The buffet breakfast was excellent both in quality and variety of choice, served in a room that like all the spaces in this hotel lived up to its artistic name.
The best thing, however, was the helpful friendliness of the staff. From the in room assistance with connecting to the (complementary) internet, to the offer to keep the room until we left at 3pm and the prolonged on street assistance with getting a taxi to save us the 2 Euro booking fee, the universally charming and friendly staff could not have been more helpful.
The local area could seem somewhat forbidding at night, however we walked around until midnight, lost our way and were helped to find it again, and at no time felt less than completely safe. The location is handy to Omonia metro station and the National Archeological Museum, and within walking distance to Plaka, Monastraiki and the Acropolis. We could not recommend this hotel more highly.

Value for money!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I found art hotel athens to be a wonderful and very "useful" hotel!! The rooms are all with wooden floors and not the cheap carpets, the bathrooms are made with white marble! It is definately a very artistic hotel, full of paintings and interesting mirrors. But most of all, the staff is very friendly, ready to suggest places to go out, where Greeks go and to help with all kinds of matters (they even dry cleaned my shirts for free!!) Therefore I definately suggest this hotel for someone who wants to live in Athens not as a tourist and who seeks a small, family hotel with reasonable prices and with people who smile for real!

Made our stay in Athens - wonderful

from dafunkgirl
My husband and I travelled to Athens and actually opted to stay at the Art Hotel because of reviews on here. It appeared to be one of the only hotels in Athens where people weren't complaining about stuff being stolen or it being a dirty hotel. PLUS it was reasonably priced.

We stayed here for 2 nights. Upon check in the front desk staff were amazing We told them that we only had 2 days there, and they sat down with us and highlighted the things that are a must see, and gave us advice on how to see it. They also recommended a tour of the City. The told us not to bother paying $39 Euros for a tour to Sunion but rather instructed us on how to get to a bus stop and take the tour for 10 Euros each.

Our flight left awfully early the last day... they called a cab for us, and actually put out the food for the continental breakfast for us at 3 am, so we didn't leave the hotel hungry.

Our experience was a great one at this hotel. When we return to Athens it is no doubt that we will stay here again.

As for location - it's not bad. We're in our mid 20's so walking distances was not a problem for us. In fact I recommend it, because it was only about a 5-10 minute walk to Omonia Square, but we passed a lot of neat restaurants and got to observe local life along the way.

Close but no cigar

from Bel_Ludovic
Post-Olympics Athens has a glut of 'art', 'design' and 'boutique' hotels, but this one seemed like the best value, despite the unattractive area in which it's located (and which I was already familiar with).

I arrived to find the receptionist couldn't find a record of my booking, and instructed me to go to the computer in the office next to the reception to print off my reservation details from the internet. To my surprise, she then said "while you're at it, I don't suppose you could find me a hotel to stay in my hometown of Bakuriani in Georgia, could you? I haven't been able to find anything!" I was too bemused by this request to be bothered by it.

That aside, as other reviewers have said, friendly and accommodating service is the real strong point of this hotel. If something's wrong, they'll appear genuinely concerned and try to correct it as quickly as possible as pleasantly as possible. A typical Greek character trait this is not, shall we say.

Decoratively, the foyer and dining room were successes, but elsewhere this stab at contemporary design didn't quite work. The bathroom looked like it had been decorated on the cheap, and the furniture in the room was a tad IKEA-lite. There was none of the usual bumpf one finds in hotels, except some instructions for the TV in Japanese (and no other language. Useful!) The free bathroom goodies consisted of an already-used bottle of shampoo (from Korres, though - thumbs up there). In terms of cleanliness and upkeep, plenty of evidence of falling asleep at the wheel - the bathroom floor was as hairy as your average Greek, the main staircase had visible dustballs, lightbulbs had broken and not been replaced.

The immediate area is the least appealing in all of central Athens, unrelentingly built-up and oppressively urban, even by Athenian standards. Quite why so many hotels locate themselves in that part of town is a mystery. That said, it's not an unsafe area, and Omonia metro station is only ten minutes away.

Breakfast was good. I left the hotel kind of liking it, but feeling that a little more attention to detail would make me more likely to return, which at the moment I'm disinclined to do when there are so many choices now in Athens.

Top Local Tips for Athens

cabbies watch out for the cab drivers - especially to the airport. they will quote a price and demand more, conveniently not have change, etc. our experience with athens cab drivers left a bad taste in our mouths.

Travel cards are convenient and good value Many public transport tickets act like a London travel card giving you unlimited transport over a wide area. There is a daily ticket for 3€ and a weekly for 10€ but your ticket from the airport to city centre (6€ for 1 person, 10€ for two persons travelling together) also acts as a travel card for the next 24 hours, as indeed does the tour of Athens (bus 400 - 20 get on/off locations - 5€ ) starts by the Archelogical Museum but may be joined at any of the 20 locations.

Take subway The subway was clen, safe, affordable and went almost everwhere. We feel we wasted our money on the "hop-on, hop-off" sightseeing bus as it was extrememly unpredicatable.

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