Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Ledra Marriott
Very average hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
Have just returned from Athens and have to disagree with the majority of the reviews. The rooms are spacious & comfortable, but either lookout over the central courtyard which is just air con vents and industrial pipes, a piece of waste land or the busy 6-8 lane Syngrou freeway. The top floors overlooking the motorway im sure have views over the city to the Acropolis, but through triple glazed windows. The shuttle bus is a nice touch, but without it you would die of carbon monoxide poisoning before reaching the sites. If you are in Athens for a short time get a hotel closer to the centre, save the money and head out to the islands and swim in the ocean rather than a rooftop bathtub in the smog!..have to say though the Asian restaurant was fantastic and well worth a visit wherever you stay.
Location, Location, Location
There's nothing wrong with the hotel's amenities. Rooms are large and comfortable. The only meal I had in the hotel was breakfast, which had an ample buffet with good selections. The biggest knock against the Ledra Marriott is its location. It's a 15 minute walk to the nearest metro stop. The good news is that it's a straight, can't-get-lost walk. In between the hotel and the metro stop, there are several strip clubs and --- shops. These never posed a problem, but it's not all that pleasant to see these scattered along the way. The Intercontinental hotel is about a 3 minute's walk from the Marriott, so if choosing between these two hotels go with your best price.
I chose the Ledra Marriott due to attractive room rates. However if I had to do it all over again I would have probably paid more to be more central. Actually if I had it to do all over again, I would have skipped Athens altogether. The sights in the city were disappointing.
Perfect Hotel to end our Greece trip!
We ended our week long trip to Greece/Greek Islands by staying 2 nights at the Marriott. Simply putting it .. the hotel is perfect and just like the Marriotts back in the US.
Location is convenient to town and Mon-Fri they have a free shuttle bus to town center.
The pool on the top of the hotel is beautiful with a nice view of the Acropolis.
A great restauraunt right next door .. plus a Starbucks down the street as well ...
Feels like home ...
We loved this hotel. Particularly since we booked it on hotwire.com and got a real good deal. Good location near center of city. I even had a great manicure in their beauty shop.
Very good hotel
I stayed at the Athens Ledra Marriott for a weekend in April. I had a standard room, which was large and comfortable and in perfect shape. Staff was very friendly and helpful (which you can't take for granted as tourist in Greece). The rooftop pool is great, but there is a lot of noise from the busy Syngrou Ave. And the Kona Kai is one of the best hotel restaurants I've ever been to.
As for the location I didn't mind much. The shuttle bus service is in fact advertised (listed in the hotel services) and they have a leaflet with departure times. The downside is that the shuttle service only runs on limited times on weekends (last bus back at 14.30), so if you're later you need a taxi if you don't want to walk (which takes about 20 Minutes). If you don't mind that, the Ledra Marriott is a very good hotel with reasonable prices.
Enjoy the view!
We spent 3 nights in Athens (April 16-18, 22) at the Marriott Ledra. Rooms and bathrooms were very large and clean. All modern amenities, restaurants, lounges, etc... are available. Good breakfast buffet. It is a bit of a hike to the Acropolis, Plaka, Monastraki,Psiri, Syntagma, etc... but we enjoyed the walks. Shuttle runs hourly if you are not a hiker. Views of the Acropolis are awesome from one side of the building (roof top pool was not open at the time of our visit), but the room with the view tended to be noisier due to the major thoroughfare below. The room on the backside of the hotel was much quieter. This is a large hotel catering to corporate and large groups, but we felt very welcome. The evening concierge was very helpful.
A comfortable but poorly located hotel with good amenities
from A TripAdvisor Member
I was allocated a 2 queen bed room with balcony on the Syngrou avenue side of the hotel. I stayed here for 4 nights while visiting Athens and taking a couple of day trips to Aegina Island (40 minutes by boat from the port of Piraeus) and Cape Sounio (2 hours drive). I strongly recommend both.
Large rooms for European standards and comfortable beds
Some rooms have balconies whith view on the Parthenon
Reasonably priced room service
Restaurants: one of the two serves affordable mediteranean food, while the other one is a very nice but pricey Asian restaurant
A free bus shuttle will take you from the hotel to the center and back every hour.
In-room internet access (not so common in Greece). Wireless Internet is only in the lobby and costs €11/day, while in-room high speed internet over LAN is €22 per day.
The hotel is located on a very noisy main road and is a little too far from the historic center.
Breakfast is unsurprisingly overpriced but a Starbucks is just a block away from the hotel
Far from the subway station - approx 10-15 minute walk
I would recommend this hotel for business or tourism, especially if you are visiting as a family and need a spacious room with two queen beds or if you want a good compromise between comfort and price.
Moving around in Athens from the hotel is easy by taxi, but beware of fraudulent taxis as I encountered 4 of them. Maybe I was just unlucky but it appears this is very common in Athens so ask the hotel before taking a cab to get an idea on how much you should pay to go from one place to another. If the taxi tries to overcharge you just refuse to pay.
Its all Greek to me
My small children children and I travel exstensively throughout Europe and we found the Ledra Marriott Hotel in Athens to be an excellent hotel. The hotel room was large and comfortable. The rooms are solid so the kids can go bizerk and jump on the beds with no complaints from your neighbors. When you reserve your room, request an Acropolis view. The view from the balcony was great especially at night. Also try to get a rate for this hotel that includes breakfast, the breakfast buffet is great but very expensive if not reserved in your hotel rate. The two restaraunts in the hotel for dinner are very expensive and we found ordering room service was the cheapest way to eat at the hotel. The hotel has a outdoor pool on the roof with great views of the city as well. The hotel has a courtesy shuttle bus to the Main Square in Athens and picks you back up near the Hard Rock Cafe in the same area (the big shopping flea market is only a short walk from this drop off point). You can arrange for a Grayline tour bus to pick you up directly from the hotel for a Athens City Tour for no additional fee to your tour trip. The only down side to this great hotel is its location. If you have kids or any health problems you can forget walking to any tourist area/shopping/or any variety of restaraunts from the hotel, it is just simply to far away. You have to take a cab or the shuttle bus. The best thing about this hotel is its friendly and very helpful staff. The hotel staff and the Greek people have made a wonderful impression on us and we will definitely return :)
An Oasis in the Storm
We were attending a wedding north of Athens in Sept 04 but wanted to stay downtown and see the sites. Our biggest concern was the location of the Marriott but that did not prove to be a concern at all. We walked daily to Parliment Square to meet up with our friends and tried a new route each time. As mentioned in a previous review, we recommend you try different routes each time and you will see more of the city. There is a shuttle as noted above. You can take the subway/tram, it is about a 15-20 minute walk to the closest station (Neos Kosmos) which is handy if you are going outside of downtown. We arrived at 5:30am, and WERE given our room right away (after our complimentary coffee!), which was a great relief after a long trip. The room was the largest we have seen in Europe as was the marble covered bathroom. Staff was friendly and efficient, and you cannot beat lounging by the rooftop pool. There is a grocery/drug store around the corner which was handy. The hotel was so relaxing to come home to after the wonderful chaos of Athens. We will definitely stay here on our next trip to Athens.
great staff, equal access to piraeus and athens center
from A TripAdvisor Member
Tourist Athens is basically an small ancient town dropped into a sprawling modern city. Piraeus, the gateway to the Greek Islands is far away; the Saronic coast and Cape Souniam even further. The Marriott's 'tweener' location at 115 Syngrou splits the difference between Athens center and Piraeus, and is convenient for a traveller ambitious to see the whole of Attica; not just the area surrounding Syntagma Square and the Plaka. The hotel restaurants are pricey but the food is good. Room service is swift, the staff is polite and responsive, and will actually talk to you beyond the first sentence if you indicate interest. There's even a Starbuck's in the lobby. The rooftop bar-restaurant and swimming pool offers a clear view of the Partheon, doubly beautiful at night when the lights are turned on. I found it a good place to gather perspective and plot the next move. The area surrounding the hotel is filled with small, inexpensive tavernas, including one or two Italian and Chinese. The entrance to the Acropolis is a meandering 0.9KM up a through a pleasant non-tourist neighborhood. Walking through these streets I experienced more of how Athenians live in terms of street life, shops, and residences, and came away with a more indelible sense of a comfortable city at ease with itself, then the forced marches through the Plaka and Monastiriki areas with my fellow tourists. To be fair, I visited Athens in August when the line between a traveller and a refugee is blurred. Having been warned about Athens taxis I had an edge on when I entered my first several cabs; but in my 12 day stay I must've taken over thirty cabs and only had two disappointing experiences. The meter was 'broken' in one and flat rate charged; in the second the cabbie turned into a 'wild 'n crazy' tout and I had to refocus him on getting back to the hotel. You run into much worse in New York. It's time to lighten up on Athens cabbies. The Ledra Marriott was a good host, and helped make Athens a positive experience.
Top Local Tips for Athens
Great dining near Plaka area
Go to the Plaka area for some good dining. There is lots of good greek restaurants there which are not too expensive. Very lively area and lots of tourist and locals. After dinner, take a walk around the area and have some nice night view of the various archaeological sites.
Restaurant in Athens
Our meal at Canaris in Mikrolimono (Small Port) was as good in '07 as it was in '71.
Bang for your buck
Try to book a hotel with shuttle service into town. Then you know that you will not be taken for a ride by taxis. Many of them grossly overcharged us this year so I wouldn't by into the whole "taxi drivers in Athens are changing their ways".