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Monday, 30 September 2013
Athens Center Square Hotel
by Nancy Snipper
It’s a breath of fresh
air the minute you step into the spacious bright lobby of Athens Center Square
Hotel. Of course having the large colourful paintings of Corinna O’Brien on the
walls (and in the rooms) adds to the happy feeling.
renovated hotel, owned by Dorina and George Stathopoulou conveys a sparkling
family ambiance. Ilias and Olga at the front desk, and Irini – who bartends on
the sensational rooftop terrace are pure fun. Their impeccable service adds to
guest-gusto satisfaction. This superbly located hotel offers casual trendiness
with oodles of class. I loved the neon glass exterior that grabs your eye with
its various colours, and the doors of the hotel are completely camouflaged in
painted fruit images. The fun is instantaneous – the minute you step on the
welcome mat and the “doors of fruit’ open up to reveal the interior lovely
Eight floors each
sporting their own interior brightly coloured rooms that reiterate the colours
of fruit – found in the fruit market just outside the hotel along with the
artist’s paintings are oh so comfort and über-clean.
Wood and spanking new grey bathrooms in that new kind of dark textured tile with huge glass shower doorsare such a welcome luxury after a long plane ride or roughing it in the islands.
Some rooms have
acropolis views, but no worries if yours doesn’t for on the rooftop terrace you
get an outstanding 360 degree view of Athens!
That’s where you can sit on top of the world while ordering your drinks at the
The location, as
mentioned is unbeatable. It's set on a square off bustling Athinas Street (there’s
a fruit market facing the hotel and antique shop with tons of wares displayed right on the
This colourful street takes you right into Monasteraki – Athens labyrinth flea market where everything is sold. The acropolis and fancy, pedestrian-only Ermou Street is just 10 minutes away on foot which connects to Athens heartbeat hub – Syntagma Square. You can catch the airport bus there or go to Monasteraki to take the train there.
I can’t think of
anything wrong with this hotel other than making you fat with its sensational
breakfasts (included in the room price).
Hermes Hotel and Plaka
Hotel – also owned by the Stathopoulous are nearby too, so if Athens Center Square Hotel is fully
booked, reserve at one of them. Read my article, “Athens
Hotel Hotties” to find out about these great hotels.