“ Address: 21 Okeanidon Street / Agios Sostis / Syngrou Avenue 117 45 Athens / Greece „
Recently, at a short 4 day holiday to Athens, myself and my boyfriend stayed at the Athens Atrium for the entire length of our stay. We didn't know anyone in Greece or who had been, so picking our hotel was mostly just a lot of research and hoping to find somewhere at a reasonable price. After checking what seemed like 100 reviews, we finally managed to settle on Athens Atrium due to its mostly positive reviews.
We booked when there was a special offer going on, which still is now, at 64 euros a night which included internet access and a buffet breakfast every morning. However, as we went at the tourist season time, there are probably much cheaper deals on for the rooms in winter months.
Booking it was very simple and easy to complete through their own website, however you can also book through somewhere like Expedia. When there was an issue with the card payment going through, I found that they responded very fast and managed to solve the issue within a day through emails and one phone call.
The location of the hotel is nice if you want a quiet area, as we did not have any issues with loud traffic or neighbours the entire time we were there. However, it isn;t really the area for tourist and site seeing, so if you want to be right in the centre all the time, this probably isn't the place for you. There is transport links a short walk away from the hotel and taxis only cost us around 7 euros into the main city centre. We did find that taxis couldn't really find the hotel though, so ended up using the taxi company that is connected with the hotel itself.
Right next to the hotel is a nice homecooked style restaurant with reasonable prices and wine, and we did dine there twice in our stay it was that nice. So if you arrive late in the evening and just want to relax, I would definitely recommend this. Also, a short walk away from the hotel was an italian style restaurant which made a nice place to snack or rest in the day.
The reception area of the hotel was very nice, with a desk to the right and a very large lounging area in front of it and the bar. There was always one person on the desk, and we always found them to be very helpful and friendly. I am awful at speaking languages also, so the fact that they spoke perfect english was also a bonus.
Checking in was very easy, and we were given swipe cards (which were easy to use) and then just had our passport checked for validation of the room. We were also given a map of Athens, which was very helpful as it had all the main streets on and specific points in Athens which people are likely to visit. The gentleman at the check in desk was also very helpful as he managed to show us how to use public transport and answered all our questions.
The room itself was very nice and I would definitely want to stay there again. There was more than enough storage space for clothes, as I am a bit of an oragnisation freak and like to have everything in their own little spaces. On the wardrobes, there were also very large mirrors which was a nice bonus.
Both of us found the double bed to be very comfy, however both of us like quite sturdy and tough beds, so if you like squishy beds, this probably wouldn't be the best nights sleep. The lights next to the bed were perfect as they gave me enough light to read my book while not strong enough to stop my boyfriend from sleeping when they were on. The linens were changed every day and we found them to be spotless. I have to say my favourite thing about the room though had to be the air conditioning, seeing as the heat in Greece was so hot and after climbing hills for a day, it was nice being able to just sit in a chilly room.
There was also a very comfy little sofa for relaxing on in the day time when it was just too hot to move and a large desk and mirror, which I used for writing my diary most of the time and did give me a lot of space to throw around the random bits of paper that I carry. I imagine this would be a great desk for someone who needs to work with a laptop to as it was perfect height for that. Also on the desk was a small flatscreen tv, but we only flicked through it once and didn't use it after that so I couldn't really say much about it. They did have a wide variety of channels for everyone so it seemed though.
Also, we were given tea and coffee making facilities which I hadn't expected, but my boyfriend loved as a coffee aholic as he managed to have a cup even when we were just meant to be resting. These were refilled every day which I didn't expect as I thought it might just be a one time complimentary thing.
The bathroom was kept clean and we had towels switched every two days. There was also robes and slippers provided which were very comfy. The shower was a bit cramped but it had good pressure. Also, in the bathroom was yet another large mirror which took up the entire side of one wall. We were given complimentary shower gel, shampoo and conditioner here, which were also restocked daily.
Breakfast was served at 7 to 10 every morning, and we visited at different times every day we were there, and found that people were rarely there and the buffet was always really stocked up. There was a large variety of teas and coffees and also orange juice from self serve machines. I prefer a cold breakfast, so was pleased that there were 3 cereals on offer and bits and pieces like toast. They did serve what appear to be cakes in the morning though, which were way too sugary for it being 7am in the morning! My boyfriend whoever who prefers a hot breakfast, said that their bacon and eggs were fine and pretty much ate them every day we were there for breakfast.
We drank in the bar of the hotel, and were always pleased with the service. The beer cost about 5 euros and for a vodka and coke it was about 6 euros. While it might not be the cheapest, when we were tired from climbing up hills for about 7 hours straight, it was decent enough for us to not bother going out again! It did close quite early though however we weren't too fussed about this.
On one night when we got back late, we ate at the hotel, which came to around 40 euros for both of us including drinks and a tip. The food given to us was very nice and if I would eat there again if I went back there for sure. There was a wide selection of foods and traditional greek foods to so for picky eaters there is also options.
For those who have internet devices, there is free internet available, however we didn't bring any so I can't comment on that. There were 3 computers in the downstairs of the hotel though which are free to use and available all day, so when I wanted to send a message to my mum, I just popped down there to tell her what I was doing.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel as if I were to go back to Athens I would definitely visit it again. The staff were extremely polite and friendly, it was in a quiet area, kept clean all the time and I couldn't find anything bad about it.