|The Greek islands||Athens||Piraeus||Rafina|
|THE CITY OF ATHENS IN GREECE|
Tickets to and from Athens you can book at the best airline company of Europe Aegean Airlines. With Aegean and their daughter company Olympic Airlines you can also fly from Athens to a large number of Greek islands.
I don't want to spend too much time on the City of Athens. It is not my favourite destination and it is after all not an island, but because a lot of people fly to Athens and start and end their holidays there I wanted to put a little bit of information about Athens on my web site. Athens is large and it's vibrant and off course the city has all the historic sights and monuments that everybody wants to see. On the other hand you could also say that some parts of it are too busy and crowded, noisy and smelly and polluted from the numerous cars that drive around in the city. If you want to go there to check out the Acropolis and the other Greek masterpieces and you want to visit the National Museum than do so, but my advice would be to stay only a couple of days, two or maybe three and then head for an island. Athens has interesting sights but little peace and quiet.
You will find most things are more expensive in Athens than on the Greek islands: anything from food to a hotel, you pay extra here. If you want to book a hotel in Athens though than don't try to save your money but go for something good and close to the Acropolis. This area around the Acropolis is actually the nicest part of Athens with less traffic and more authentic buildings. This ancient heart of the city is now surrounded by lots of modern concrete buildings where the 4 million inhabitants of the city live. In short: it has nothing in common with the Greek islands, it just has the sights. When I am there I often wonder why all these people want to live all together in such an ugly city, when they have such a beautiful rest of the country and so many beautiful islands. Yes I know: they all have their job here.... Athens is built in a valley surrounded by hills, making it very hot in the summertime, because unlike on most of the islands there is not much wind here.
|Ava Hotel Apartments and Suites, Plaka, Athens - very high reviews, close to the sights of Athens|
AVA is a boutique Hotel situated at Plaka, the most prestigious and exclusive area in Athens in the middle of the Historical Centre. It was renovated in 2004. AVA is at the foot of the Acropolis hill, just a few steps away from the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian Arch. Combining a personalised service and privacy with the quality amenities of an exclusive hotel, AVA Hotel offers suites and apartments from 32 to 55 m˛. AVA Apartments and Suites are an ideal base for a short or long-term stay. AVAs friendly and professional staff team is available 24-hours a day and they are extremely happy to help with any requests you may have. Within a 10-minute walk you can reach the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the Greek Parliament and Athens exclusive shopping areas of Ermou and Kolonaki.
The AVA Hotel, offers a number of comfortable and spacious Apartments & Suites; all attractively decorated, with high quality furnishings, wall to wall carpeting, balconies or verandas with magnificent views, noiseless central air-conditioning, central heating and deluxe spacious bathrooms. Being self contained our Apartments & Suites are ideal for a pleasant short or long stay in Athens.
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|Athens Gate Hotel, Athens - high reviews, central location|
This fully renovated hotel combines a prestigious location in the historic heart of Athens with modern comforts and state-of-the-art facilities. The Athens Gate Hotel rests under the Acropolis, just 100 metres from the new Acropolis museum. It is also opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus and on the doorstep of the historical Plaka area, offering unparalleled views of the whole of Athens.
The Hotel is located in the historic district of Athens, exactly opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Gate which was constructed by the Athenians to welcome the Roman emperor Adrianos (Hadrian). Very easy to access, the hotel is located 500 meters from the Acropolis and 100 meters from the New Acropolis Museum. The Constitution (Syntagma) Square, and the commercial center of Athens are, also, only 500 meters away. The view of the city from the hotel's Roof Garden is possibly the best in the whole of Athens.
The hotel was fully renovated in 2007. It's style is modern and simple, as befits the area. The hotel has 7 floors, a roof garden bar and a la carte restaurant, a lobby bar-cafeteria and a cozy area with fireplace in the lobby. It has 99 rooms of which 60 have a Queen bed , 38 are twin bedded rooms and a junior suite with Jacuzzi bath tub and shower. All the front rooms have a view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the 7th floor back rooms have a view of the Parthenon ( Acropolis). All rooms are equipped with an lcd tv, mini bar, in room safe,hair dryer, direct dial phones, individual temperature control, high speed G6 internet connectivity, some offering bath tubs and some shower. Wi fi connection is available in public areas . Smoking and non smoking floors are available (for how is the question...). There is a meeting room and reception area in the lobby .
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|Carolina Hotel, Athens - cheapest option in the Plaka district (near the Acropolis) - good reviews|
Conveniently located by Athens shopping district and within walking distance to all the tourist attractions, Hotel Carolina offers clean and comfortable accommodation with complimentary buffet breakfast. The hotel has been renovated in 2004. Hotel Carolina provides accommodation in a variety of sizes to suit the needs of couples or groups. Each room is clean and spacious with modern comforts. Guests can enjoy their breakfast in the hotel café, which also serves a variety of drinks. There is also an internet access point available at the café.
The prime location of Carolina, close to Plaka, allows guests to be in walking distance to the Acropolis, the National Gardens and the Parliament House. It is also next to Ermou Street, which is the main shopping district. Just a 5-minute walk to Monastiraki and Syntagma metro stations provides easy access to the rest of this historic city.
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