Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel

, Athens, Greece
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Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel

, Athens
4 star

Rooms: 12

54 Mitropoleos - Athens - 10563 - Greece Hotel Website | | +30 2103240314/5
199 Traveller

Reviews - Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel

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Submitted by: Pat in 28/02/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Italy
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Absolutely beautiful rooms, excellent, friendly staff and perfect
location. Best place I have ever stayed in Athens. I highly recommend
this hotel. My Greek friends who saw it said they will stay there from
now on when they go to Athens.
Not quite four stars
Submitted by: Fabio in 25/02/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Belgium
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
My wife and I – both middle-aged, seasoned business and leisure travelers (more than 60/70 hotel nights per year) – spent two separate nights at the Magna Grecia in February 2008. It was not an unpleasant experience, but it was not what we expected, and we would not recommend the hotel to our friends.

The hotel has a number of positive points, but falls short of what you would expect from a four star hotel. The price/quality relationship is not bad, but we have stayed in three star hotels which were much better (even if more expensive).

The hotel is housed in a XIX century building, which we consider a plus. Its location, in the heart of the Plaka, is very good. The breakfast room on the roof is very pleasant, with a magnificent view. The variety and quality of the buffet for the breakfast was also good. We had reserved “de luxe rooms with panoramic view of the Acropolis” (at 117.00 euros a night including breakfast) and the last promise was certainly met. We could see the Acropolis from our beds; it is difficult to do better in terms of views.

However… The renovation of the building has not been very thorough or appropriate. The bathrooms in the two rooms we were given appear as masonry cabins dropped in a corner of the rooms. They formally have everything you need, but are very, very small. In room 103, you have to put your left foot in the shower when you sit on the toilet and, in room 203, you have to wriggle out of the shower to pick up the soap if it falls on the floor: crouching or bending are not possible.

If space is a structural problem, management could do more to fix a series of simpler, daily issues. In both rooms, the TV sets were unplugged and we had to try and find the right cables and plugs ourselves. None of the remote controls worked. We operated manually the first TV set and gave up on the second. In the – very simple – wardrobes there were combination safes, but they were on the floor (try and enter the combination in a safe on the floor!), they were not fixed to anything (though quite bulky) and, above all, they were closed. For some strange reason you had to ask the concierge to open them! In room 203 there was a small, cheap and old electric fridge in a corner to serve as mini-bar. It looked awful and totally out of place in a room that was pretending to retain some of its past glory. We do not particularly care for mini-bars and would have certainly preferred not have one instead of having that ugly thing next to our suitcases.

We were particularly disappointed by the fact that our remarks on some of these problems were met by the arrogant statement that nobody had ever complained and, yes, they were a four star hotel!

We must have stayed at more than twenty hotels in Greece and are impressed by the good quality they usually offer. We cannot understand how this hotel could be classified as “four stars”. It looks like a nice two star proposition that could be a good bargain for young travelers. Next time we will be in Athens we will look for something more expensive and of at least three/four star quality.
Submitted by: Maria Gilford in 27/02/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Italy
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
This is a great alternative to the big box hotels in Athens. Great area, walking distance to the Acropolis (a good long fascinating walk in the same streets as Aristotle and Plato) shops and restaurants, very close to the metro. Rooms very clean and spacious.Everything worked and the air conditioning was a godsend helping us sleep well. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Very pretty blond Greek-American lady was at the front desk when we were there so obviously her English was 100%. Nice breakfast on the top floor with a stunning view of the Acropolis. Would definitely return and recommend to all my friends, except the ones that insist on big box hotels ;-)
Submitted by: Mary in 22/08/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Spain
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
We spend our honeymoon to Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel and we had very nice time. We took the honeymoon suite and we like it a lot. Very good location just few metres from Acropolis. Thank you Magna Grecia for everything.
The Best
Submitted by: John in 21/06/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
The best hotel I have ever stay. Fantastic Acropolis view from the roof garden.
Submitted by: John in 20/05/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Look no further! A true Greek experience. Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenagers) had one of the more memorable experiences of our lives at this hotel in June of 2005. Our trip would not have been the same had we stayed elsewhere. The views of the Acropolis from the rooftop dining area were spectacular and we spent several hours every evening in this most pleasant atmosphere. The rooms were quaint, charming , and very clean with beautiful views as well. The location was ideal and you can walk anywhere from this hotel. Stelios, the owner, could not have been more accomodating to our family. He was truly interested in us and made each one of us feel really special. A lovely man.
We all hugged and cried when we had to leave Athens for Crete. In all of our travels throughout Europe, or the rest of the world, that was a first for us! Our son still talks about his trip to Athens and of course, Stelios!
Submitted by: Maria in 23/02/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Greece
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
It wasn't my first time that I visit Greece but it was the first time that I have stayed to such a nice hotel. The staff was very friendly, the rooms very clean with a unique decoration and Acropolis view. I will recommend it to all my friends and I will come back again the next year.
The Best Hotel
Submitted by: John in 22/12/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The rooms are very spacey with antique furniture, smooth light and all comforts! I have never slept in a more comfortable bed as the one in Magna Grecia hotel! Fully coco mat linen equipped! Toilet amenities and bathrobes can easily fulfil all needs!
The hotel offers a rich breakfast with a total view to Acropolis. The location is gorgeous!! In the heart of Athens centre like Ermou, Syntagma, Omomoia, Plaka!
The underground is just a few steps away from the hotel; you can find taxi just outside the hotel!
The owners Mister Savvas & Stelios Ioannides (father & son) are very nice people and they have a high sense of an excellent service!
Very beautiful touch is the offer of a pair of coco mat sleepers the time of your departure from the hotel!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel

Great value and location!

from meche
The Magna Grecia boutique hotel is in a perfect location, the staff are friendly and helpful, and my two daughters (ages 12 and 14) and I had a wonderful stay. It is a small, locally owned boutique hotel so if you want an "American sized room and shower", go to a chain. (But if you do that, why ever leave the States?) We had a view of the Acropolis from our room, and the morning yogurt/breakfast was very good. What we loved the most was the easy walking distance it was to everywhere we wanted to go and a nearby Metro station. The Metro in Athens is clean, efficient, and very easy to use. Just try to get the map with the words in "English spelling" or, if you're like me, memorize the pattern of the Greek word and go from there. We were given a bottle of Ouzo on our departure (very sweet touch!) and felt very well cared for by the staff at the front desk. With our windows closed, the room was quiet at night and the terrace on the roof is a great place to relax in the early evening. There was a very small elevator (it's Europe, remember?) to bring luggage up and down with which was nice. I would definitely stay here again.

Loved the Terrace

from ABN
My husband and I stayed at the Magna Grecia in May 2006. We stayed in both a room with a view of the Acropolis and one without. Both rooms had high ceiling with moldings. The beds were very comfortable and were made with luxurious linens. The room with the view was absolutely wonderful, but the other room was nice, too. The good news is that the rooftop terrace has a fabulous view that you can enjoy anytime. The tasty breakfast is served on the roof - we loved starting our day like this! The hotel has a great location and is just down the street from great gyros (walk out the door and head right - go straight till you come to the square). The hotel also made some nice recommendations for dinner. This was a great hotel!

Great find

from sgn
My wife and I just returned from a 3 week trip through Greece. Our first stop was Athens and the Magna Grecia Hotel. I can unequivocally recommend the Magna Grecia as a great place to stay in Athens. The location is excellent, with easy access from the Metro Station in Syntagma Square. It is at most a five minute walk down Metropolios, which runs alongside Syntagma Square.

The Hotel is small, which is something we like. The upstairs breakfast room offers AMAZING views of the Acropolis. Plus, you are overlooking a nice little plaza in front of one of the main Cathedrals in Athens. The Plaka area is another five to ten minute walk from the hotel. In short, the location is fantastic.

The people who own and run the hotel are the most gracious you will find anywhere. They were most helpful with anything we requested, and recommended a killer restaurant in the Plaka, Psaras. The rooms were decent size for your standard European hotel. Our room in the Magna Grecia had plenty of room. Plus, the beds and pillows were extremely comfortable!! Just the thing after a long flight from Colorado. And we had great views out our shuttered windows onto the Cathedral courtyard and up to the Acropolis. The only drawback about the Cathedral was the clocktower bell that rang every hour and half-hour. At first I thought this would be a bother, but we put in our ear plugs from the flight and it wasn't a bother at all. In fact, by the second night, we were used to them and slept just fine. If the noise does bother you, they have several interior facing rooms where the noise is greatly diminshed. However, we decided the view overrode any concern about the chimes.

So, why, you might ask did we rate this only four stars, and not five. For one reason only. The air-conditioning did not work. The fan worked, but there was no cold air. We asked several times for this to be fixed, but finally gave up. It wasn't stifling in the room, given the extreme heat of an Athens summer, but decent air-conditioning would have really helped. It pains us to give this great small hotel 4 stars instead of 5 stars. Probably 4 1/2 would be more like it. Still, for us, air conditioning is very important, and as you will see from our other reviews, could easily make or break our opinion of a hotel. If you are staying in Athens any time other than the middle of summer, this will likely not be an issue for you.

All-in-all, we really enjoyed our stay at the Magna Grecia. If they fix the air-conditioning, we would give it 5 stars PLUS!!

Whjat a litle Gem

from pbing
We just returned from a night night stay at the Magna Grecia. What a little Gem! My husband, 16 year old daughter and myself stayed in a triple room. It was clean, spacious and decorated to a tee, very comfortable too, the beds are a dream! It is located in the best place in the Plaka. Just outside your door is everything and there is a magnifcent view of the Acropolis from the rooftop. The staff was great - Stelios, his Dad, Maria and the rest really made the stay the best they could. They even went the extra mile by arranging and early breakfast for us, helping us with our baggage, calling a taxi and suggesting the best restaurants in town. Hey if a teenager was impressed, what else can I say? Stay there is you want to stay in the Plaka in a small boutique hotel.

Loved the Hotel - Perfect location and service

from Joanie
We only stayed one night and wished we could have stayed longer, but there was a taxi strike on the day we had to leave, so we had breakfast and had to try and get out of Athens to reach our cruise ship earlier than we wanted.

However, this hotel is a hidden charm. Owners are so helpful. The Hotel is clean, homely, quiet, and in a terrific location, where you can walk everywhere. Rooms are large, airy and clean, and decorated beautifully.........and the price is excellent. Don't miss this gem if you are looking for a great place to stay.

Charming Hotel in the Heart of Athens

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Magna Grecia in May. The hotel is right smack in the heart of Athens, on a busy square, a block away from a main shopping district, and a walk away to most of the major tourist destinations. (When we gave the address of Magna Grecia to our taxi driver who drove us there from the port of Piraeus, we were pleasantly surprised when he immediately told us that we were in the best location in town.) The kindly man at the front desk greeted us graciously, and was helpful and so friendly. He felt like the Greek uncle we never had! We were given a very comfortable and very clean room with a spectacular view of the Parthenon. The only con was that it was a bit noisy at night due to its location (in particular, there is a church in the square that kept ringing its bell throughout the late evening). Coming from New York City, the noise did not really bother us, but it could be a bit of a bother if you're not used to it. Still, given the excellent rate, we thought this hotel was a great value and overall a great find.

wonderful find

from A TripAdvisor Member
I came to Athens in need of a hotel and was very fortunate to end up (after a lot of searching) at the Magnia Grecia. The price is unbeatable for a beautiful facility with wonderful historic character and a very pleasant and helpful staff. The rooftop view of the Acropolis is incredible, day and night. The rooms are charming and clean. You certainly feel like you are getting the best of the Greek experience in accomodations that are GREEK. The hotel is right in the middle of all the historic sites and a short walk to the metro. If I ever return, I'll head to this place again.

My only regret is that I had to leave so early in the morning that I missed the breakfast. I headed to the rooftop dining room for one last look at the Acropolis and was only able to say hello to the smiling man preparing breakfast. How I would have loved to take in a meal with everyone...

Awesome Hotel! Great location! Great Service.

from GoLo
I was on a business trip and only spend 1 night in Athens. I did my research and found out that it paid out to find and stay at the Magna Grecia.
You can’t beat the location. Walking distance to everything! The views of the acropolis from my room (actually from my bed) were magnificent. The service and hospitality were great, they recommended me almost everything I need to find out for my short trip and made it very enjoyable. The bed was as comfortable (if not more) Sheraton’s ‘heavenly bed’ with great quality linens. The hotel got its own charm and feels very warm and welcoming. I would defiantly stay there again and recommend it to my colleagues.

Great little hotel

from irl1974
I would highly recommend this little centrally-located hotel for first timers to Athens. It is perfect for first timers to Athens and great for visiting the vibrant Plaka district. Rooms were airy and quiet and very stylish in a simplistic Greek manner. Both Stelios and his father were very warm and made our stay very pleasant as well as recommending excellent restaurants frequented by the locals. The roof has a beautiful view of the Acropolis and you should avail of the breakfast also available. In short, a lovely introduction to Greek hospitality.

Very very good hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very nice hotel,staff and location. We had Acropolis view room and the view was fantastic. The beds are so good and comfortable and our stay was memorable. Everything is with walking distance from the hotel like the Acropolis and other populare destinations. Thank you Magna Grecia for our stay.

Top Local Tips for Athens

Pedestrians Watch out going any where. The scooters will drive on the sidewalk if the traffic is bad. Pay attention ALL the time while walking!

Weather in February Do bring warm clothes as the wind is very cold in February. However, you can be lucky and if it is not windy and sunny it can be very warm

Organise your transport It is better to organise your transport through the hotel where you are staying for both arrival and deperture as it is more likely that you will be paying less than getting a taxi on your own. I will also suggest using the metro if you do not have too many bags and know the location of your hotel properly.


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  • Address: 54 Mitropoleos - Athens - 10563 - Greece
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