Tuesday 17 May 2011

Plaka Hotel in Athens Is Simply Perfect

by Nancy Snipper

Rooftop Terrace

Location, location location! Let’s start with this unbeatable feature of Plaka Hotel (AKA Hotel Plaka). Rated as a 3-star hotel (deserves a star higher rating, as far as I’m concerned), it’s in a perfect spot that puts you in the heart of the city - a stone’s throw away from gleaming Syntagma square whose main advantage is its airport bus that conveniently runs non-stop.  The hotel is a hop away from the luxury shopping on Ermou Street; there are no cars here but there is the fabulous flea market of Monastiraki

Plaka Hotel’s appealing accommodation comes by its name honestly because a jolly jaunt away are all the those yummy restaurants that saddle the stairs of Athens renown Plaka district. I have been to Athens countless times, so I know that visiting this spruced up and rambunctious city requires your own retreat where tranquility and beauty describe the place where you hang your hat.  That is another reason I love this hotel. I am greeted with authentic hospitality and peace. The front desk reception is never too busy to help you find what you are looking for. George Papadakis and Dorina Stathopoulou - a fine yet humble photographer - run the place behind the scene. Their quiet charm and patience is reflected throughout the hotel.


Acropolis View

You see, it’s not a big hotel, just 67 modern, really cool rooms. Personally, I felt rather special with the high ceiling and cathedral windows that open to offer sweet breezes, greenery and best of all - a sterling view to the Acropolis.  Most rooms offer this. Indeed, as soon as I checked into my own spacious gem of a room and looked out at Greece’s most famous landmark, I felt I was neighboring with the gods.  

Plaka Hotel’s spectacular panoramic vista from its rooftop garden

Rooftop View

Please, forget about staying at those dowager impersonal hotels that dig deep into your wallet. There is no need to search for forgettable glitz and phony glory in some huge hotel that can’t even remember your name. At Plaka Hotel, there’s Internet a bar, all necessary amenities and cozy comforts.
Breakfast Room

Speaking of comfort, how about food? The big buffet breakfast here is on the house. Along with an endless array of North American breakfast fare, there is a Greek corner nook where among tasty fruits and breads, you can enjoy the greatest yogurt ever made. Yes, the Greek honey is mighty fine too.
It’s a feast here, but one without all the clamour and stress that many Athenian accommodations can’t avoid. Kali Taxidi!

Plaka Hotel’s location: 7 Kapnikareas Street at Mitropoleos  


For reservations and enquiries, email: plaka@athenshotelgroup.com .
The website is: http://www.plakahotel.gr/

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