Tucked away within the busy Agora – Athens’ central market – is the Athens Center Square Hotel. This quaint hotel in Athens is right off the busy Athinas Street; you’ll have to jaunt through the colourful and lively fruit and vegetable market to reach the hotel entrance.
Right in the heart of the city, between the Monastiraki and Omonia train stations, the Athens Center Square Hotel is in a perfect location for exploring Athens. You can walk everywhere, from the shops on Ermou to the restaurants in Plaka, to the Acropolis.
The décor is simple and welcoming. 3SK Architect group, Greece’s leading hotel architects, designed the hotel and used a palette of kiwi, blue ocean, strawberry, lemon, and mandarin colours for the interior and matched the exceptional paintings of artist Corinna O’ Brien.
The rooms were equally warm and inviting. Our room had a spectacular view of the Acropolis. The beds were comfortable, and the bathroom was spacious. The rooms were very clean – I can’t get over how clean the floors, sheets and towels were. I must mention how the daily housekeeping was impeccable too.
Room amenities include a fridge, which is convenient to store fresh fruit from the market, free WiFi, and TV. The hotel lobby offered a computer with printer in the lobby for guests’ use. The room had good air conditioning, and with 40 degree weather, it was very welcomed after a day spend walking outdoors.
I was very pleased with the level of service from all of the staff. The front desk staff were helpful and warm, offering assistance every time we entered the lobby. The lobby also serves coffee, tea, water and biscuits all day long – a nice touch as you arrive back from sight-seeing and need a quick caffeine fix!
Right outside the hotel entrance is the Agora, a lively marketplace, especially in the mornings. The meat and fish markets are nearby too. We stayed on the 5th floor (of 8 floors) so we didn’t hear any noises from the market. Since we travelled as a family, we weren’t concerned about sleeping in late and having noises from the street.
The roof top offers a breathtaking view of the Acropolis and a 360 view of all of Athens. This added feature was a lovely surprise! During the day, you can sunbathe if you wish on a lounge chair, or visit the open bar at night (starting at 6:30pm) and enjoy a cocktail while soaking in the amazing view.
Breakfast is served 7am to 10am and is an ornate buffet of cold and hot food items, including Greek yogurt, cereals, fresh fruits, breads and croissants, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages, Greek salad and spanakopita – yes, for breakfast! What a lovely spread to wake up to! My parents and kids filled their plates and tummies before heading out to explore the city.
While it’s considered a three-star hotel, I’d give it a higher rating because of its value price, comfort and excellent location. It offers the charm and comfort you’d desire when travelling with family, but with wonderful affordability.