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Arethusa Hotel 2.5

Athens, Greece

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Pros

  • Within walking distance of the Parthenon and Acropolis
  • Free breakfast buffet, including rolls, jams, and Greek yogurt
  • Gorgeous views of Acropolis from roof garden
  • Bar servinges snacks and drinks
  • Luggage scale in lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Some rooms have tube TVs and small bathrooms with tight showers
  • Dated decor in lobby and many rooms
  • No cofeemakers in the rooms
  • No parking

Bottom Line

The Arethusa is a budget hotel in a convenient location near Syntagma Square, within walking distance of the Parthenon and Acropolis. Some of the 87 rooms have been slightly updated, but most are sparsely furnished and dated, with tube TVs. All rooms have free Wi-Fi. A breakfast buffet  is included in the room rate. Guests may want to compare rates with the Amazon Hotel.

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Scene

Leafy plants in lobby, bright breakfast area, and Acropolis views

Entering the Arethusa Hotel from the busy street, guests will find a cramped lobby with dated, mirrored walls and cream-colored couches that are beginning to show some wear and tear. Plenty of leafy greenhouse plants sit in the window, and a Greek mural decorates the wall behind the wooden front desk. Breakfast is served in a bright room filled with wooden tables and chairs. The bar area is connected to the breakfast room, and guests can order drinks well into the evening. On the roof of the hotel, guests can take in spectacular views of the Acropolis from an indoor and an outdoor seating area.

Location

In the neighborhood of Plaka, about a 15-minute walk to the Parthenon and Acropolis

The hotel is tucked between a store and a cafe on a busy street near Syntagma Square. It’s a block from the pedestrian street of Ermou and a bit west of the National Gardens. It’s about a 15-minute walk to both the Parthenon and Acropolis; several other historical sights are nearby, along with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops. The Arethusa is within a five-minute walk to a bus stop where guests can catch the bus to Athens International Airport. There’s also a nearby bus line serving Piraeus Port, the largest seaport in Greece.

Rooms

Sparse decor, mini-fridges, and tall windows

Rooms at the Arethusa Hotel have wooden floors, light walls, and sparse decor. Long, light curtains cover floor-to-ceiling windows, and beds have thin green or brown bedspreads. Some of the rooms have been renovated and feature wall-mounted flat-screen TVs and updated tile bathrooms, while some un-renovated rooms have tube TVs and showers that aren’t much more than a curtain and a metal lip for catching water. All rooms have mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi. 

Features

Convenient location, free breakfast buffet, and bar on-site

Arethusa Hotel is in a convenient location within walking distance of the Acropolis and Parthenon.There's great views of the Acropolis from the rooftop garden. The hotel serves a free breakfast buffet, which earns good reviews from guests, and the bar serves snacks and drinks. There’s a luggage scale in the lobby, and laundry and dry cleaning delivery can be arranged by the hotel. 

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Address

6-8 Mitropoleos, Athens 105 63, Greece