Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Economy
Good Budget Hotel Choice
Stayed here on 2 separate occasions - each for 3 nights in September 06. Both rooms were very basic but clean and tidy. Location excellent. Even though it is not in Plaka, it's only a short 10 minute walk to there and the Acropolis. Close to supermarket. Reception staff very helpful and friendly, always there to answer any questions. Breakfast was nice - toast, juice, eggs, ham, cheese, cereal. The second room has a slight funny smell at the entrance - but not an issue.
Yes, there is a sex show place out front - but I did not encounter any seedy characters or feel unsafe at any time. I actually feel quite safe walking around Omonia even at night. Saw police there too.
Free internet access!!!
Will definitely consider staying there again.
Best budget hotel!!!
This hotel is situated DIRECTLY in the center of Athens, about 3 minutes walk from Omonoia square. The neighbourhood that this hotel is situated cannot be discribed as the most beautiful you can find in Athens and this is the only reason why this hotel is SO CHEAP when it provides SO MUCH!!! The room me and my fiance stayed in (it was a double bed room, they do not have many with a double bed so you have to make a special wish if it is possible) was not very big BUT it was really nice, clean and quiet. The breakfast room was very pleasanty and the breakfast itself was EXCELLENT, you have to try it! They also have Internet access in the lounge but not for free. The staff was quite friendly (although a little too serious at times) and very helpful (just DON'T try Tripoli restaurant...). I would definatelly recommend this hotel for anyone that is traveling in Athens for a few days and wants a nice and cheap place to stay in a VERY central location. Next time I come back to Athens, I will definatelly book there again.
Fine for the price
When researching Athens hotels we found EVERY hotel had complaints, this being one of them. It seemed to be find the better of a bad bunch. Yes, this hotel has a sex shop in front of it, no big deal. During the day the area is fine. We arrived at 11pm and had a dodgy taxi driver who took us through the back streets to get there and consequently, we saw half naked street prostitutes. I'm sure he did that on purpose as he kept trying to get us to go to other hotels but we'd pre booked this already. If you come to this hotel from the main road, you won't see anything like that, i assure you.
I was very happy with this hotel. The shower was great, room very clean, good size and the buffet breakfast was very good. The front desk guys were very helpful with our Athens and ferry questions.
In all, Athens looks to be a city where everyone had a complaint about every hotel. If your travelling on a budget and are not fazed by a less than desirable area, this was a great place to stay. It's handy to the metro and reasonably priced.
Good tourist hotel, location fine, but keep your eyesw closed on the way there..
Good position, close to Omonia Square and Town Hall. However, whilst it did not worry us at all, some may be put off by the close proximity of sex shops - being a weekend for our visit, there was little activity in sight! Good basic tourist class hotel, clean and helpful staff, and free 30 min internet access helpful, which as leasst allowed us to cehck in on line for our departure, and get ahead of a rather long queue at the airport. Recommended.
Not Fabulous ---- But It Could Be ! Value vs. Amenities vs.The Basics
I Have just returned to the U.S.A. today from a three ( 3 ) night stay at this hotel.I booked a single room---it was an odd set-up.I was given my room key and a beat-up old remote control unit for the beat-up old t.v. when I checked-in at the front desk.I was told that I had to insert the key fob portion into a little control unit upon entering the tiny room to activate the electricity in the room---the lights and the air conditioner.The bathroom was miniscule with a 24''x24''square drain in the tiled floor,that was to serve as the shower area---no walls to contain the water---just a hose with a spray nozzle sticking out of a wall.There was a working toilet and a wash basin all oddly fitted together in a 4'x4' tiled room with a door.The decor ( what there was of it ) was sparse with old particle board mish-mosh/mismatched pieces of furniture,and a queen-sized bed, which I actually found comfortable because it had a firm mattress.The sheets were clean and the little room was clean----the highlight of the single room was a terrace complete with a sliding screen door, a sliding glass door, AND a full metal slatted sliding door to keep out the morning and afternoon heat ! The terrace had a marble terrazo black and white floor,and had a smart little marble table and two comfortable wicker/stainless steel chairs which looked out over a square with a gorgeous art sculpture/fountain, a view of the National Bank of Greece, a Byzantine church and the most spectacular view of Mt. Lycavitos in the backround ! SO,if you take the bad with the good,Economy Hotel is an inexpensive, well located place to stay .As the other reviews articulate,the subway stops are very accessable --- literally a 5 minute subway ride from Omonia Square to Monastiraki and the fantastic flea market.( a MUST for the serious shopaholic ! The Acropolis is nearby and can be seen from atop the rooftop lounge of the Economy Hotel.( which isn't being utilized/marketed as well as it should be !!! ) In my opinion,a little agean blue paint against stark white walls would go a long way to capitalize on the reknown charm and hospitality of the Greek people and of the ECONOMY HOTEL. As for the neighborhood, I found it safe and buzzing with excitement --- lots to see and do and enjoy. O.K.--- the breakfast buffet isn't Fabulous---but with just a little more effort,it can certainly be made to look well presented and appetizing. Would I stay at the ECONOMY HOTEL again ? Would I recommend it to other's ? Going into it with both eye's wide open-------yes .
Great budget hotel
Stayed here for one night in July. Was very easy to get to from the airport via the metro.
The room was clean and the a/c was working well. The location is great for the main sites in Athens.
The staff were very helpful with maps and information about the sites of Athens. Also looked up the ferry times and helped us out with location the travel agent to book the tickets.
All in all a great little budget hotel and would stay there again.
Stayed only one night but found the hotel great. after arriving in Athens at one in the morning after 12 hours travel we were weary,tired and a little stressed as it wasour first time to book everything ourselves over the net! We were welcomed by a friendly man with a smile and joke to ease our tension and make the start of our trip more pleasant. The breakfast was great and another friendly man was so helpful in helping direct us to the travel agent to collect our ferry tickets. In fact only for his good direction and help i dont think we would have ventured onto the metro which was an good experince. I will use the Economy Hotel again next year when i return to Greece. Found the reviews on this site so much of a help in choosing this hotel and others on our trip!
Just stay 2 nights in Economy Hotel and found as what other reviewers had said:
1) Hotel is easily found at the back of Town Hall.
2) It is very safe during day time - did not go out at night, so no problem
3) Free internet access in Dinning Hall
4) One down side - the air-conditioner was noisy.
Overall, well worth the money
I Found it to be very nice
I have just been there last weekend, and I thought it is a great hotel. I had a double for myself, on the 7th floor. The room was very clean, laminated floors, powerful shower, good airco.
The guys in reception are lovely, recomending me where to eat, asking about my day, giving me directions.
I didnt find Omonia square threatening at all, truth is I have atrvelled quite a lot in my life. The hotel is close to everything, easy to get to and, even being a woman alone, I didnt feel harassed or got the feeling anything would happen to me. It is a safe area
I always trust tripadvisor reviews, and once again reviews were right and this is a perfect hotel for budget travellers, or if you dont wanna spend all your money in a bed.
Not my favourite
from A TripAdvisor Member
Although this hotel was very close to the centre of the city and the Parthenon it definitely needs some updating. Room was not very clean and could use some refurbishing. Staff however, were very friendly and helpful.
Top Local Tips for Athens
Use the metro to get to and from airport and port
The metro is easy, clean and cheap. From the center of Athens you can get to the port very easily for day trips. I recommend visiting the island of Aegina, a 40 minute ferry trip. There are ferrys almost every hour. To the airport on the metro costs 6 EUR. A much better deal than a taxi. For two people together it is 10 EUR total, much better than the 46 EUR my husband and I paid at night for a taxi to the hotel.
use the public transportation
use the public transportation, specially the metro,it is cheap and easy to move, with out traffic problems
good choise for accomondation
We spent 4 nights in this hotel in Athens. We liked the hotel very much it was a very good opportunity. Close to the center just 10 minutes walk to Plaka in a quite street. Nice and clean very helpful stuff good value for money. We were satisfied with everything good breakfast and beautiful rooftop view to Acropolis. Two elevator was working all the time and internet availability. The hotel rooms are nice and clean good size not to small hot water is there all the time. Athens is a very noisy city there are dirty parts and unsafe streets better avoid to enter but we never had any problem getting to the hotel at late night. If we go to Athens we will stay in this hotel again.