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Dryades Hotel 2.0

Athens, Greece

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Pros

  • Gorgeous rooftop features panoramic views
  • Close to the Omonia metro stop in a hip and happening neighborhood, home to bars and restaurants
  • Some of the air-conditioned rooms have Acropolis views; all have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges
  • Communal kitchen for guests' use
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free (limited) parking
  • Pet-friendly property (for a fee)

Cons

  • Generic decor throughout, and some rooms are very small
  • Wi-Fi signal can be unreliable
  • Few on-site features; no restaurant or gym
  • Located at the end of a narrow cul-de-sac, making it difficult to arrive by car 

Bottom Line

A value hotel with 30 rooms over three floors, the Dryades Hotel is situated on a quiet residential street in the Exarcheia neighborhood. Surrounded by foliage and plants, it's a 30-minute bus-ride to the Acropolis. There’s a large communal kitchen for guests' use, and rooms come with refrigerators that each contain a bottle of filtered water. Rooms are large and clean; some have balconies, and others have small garden areas. There are curved doorways throughout the property, giving it a charming Greek feel, although this budget property is certainly no-frills.

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Scene

Authentically Greek ambience can be found inside and out at this family-friendly hotel, but decor is dated.

The property is located on a quiet street filled stray cats and parked motorbikes. The building has whitewashed walls with powder-blue touches and an attractive orange-tiled roof. The breakfast room has a rooftop terrace with Acropolis views. There’s plenty of white wicker chairs and green plants, making it a relaxing place to hang out. The space could benefit from some umbrellas, though, to shade guests from the roasting Athenian sun. With dated decor throughout and few features (but generally low rates), the hotel is popular with budget-conscious couples and families who prefer to stay away from the noise and frenzy of downtown Athens.

Location

Dryades Hotel is located in an artsy, bohemian neighborhood that's close to restaurants and bars.

The Exarcheia neighborhood where the hotel is located is artsy and bohemian -- a strip of reasonably priced restaurants can be found nearby. The area has a residential vibe (it’s full of students and local artists), and is also close to the clubs and bars. Once a wealthy neighborhood, it is crammed with Neoclassical buildings. The green surroundings of Strefi Park are right next to the hotel, as is the National Archaeological Museum, which is within a 10-minute walk. Kolonaki, a well-heeled Greek neighborhood, is also within a 20-minute walk, as are Syntagma Square and the Hellenic Parliament. The Acropolis is a 20-minute bus ride or a 30-minute walk away.

Rooms

Basic but clean, all rooms com with air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs -- and some have views of the Acropolis.

Rooms come in different sizes: Double, Triple, and Quadruple. Some have wood-paneled walls and ceilings, which give them a super cozy (or dated, depending on your view) retro vibe that recalls the 1960s. Balconies overlook other houses and the foliage that surrounds the building, or  the hills of Lofos Strefi. Other rooms have front gardens. A few rooms have more modern decor, with lighter-colored walls and snazzier bedding, but all have pillow-top mattresses, air-conditioning, mini-fridges, small flat-screen TVs, coffee-making facilities, and bathrooms with shower/tub combos. Some rooms are quite small.

Features

A communal kitchen and a rooftop with Acropolis views

The communal kitchen is clean (if extremely basic), with a gas cooker, stainless-steel appliances, and full fridge and freezer. A rooftop where guests can hang out offers panoramic views. Spotty Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and the lobby offers a small book exchange and reading nook. Otherwise, little else can be found here.

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Address

105 Emmanuel Benaki & Dryadon 4, Lofos Strefi Park, Exarchia, Athens 11473, Greece

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