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Hotel Aristoteles 2.0

Athens, Greece

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Pros

  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi
  • Rooms are clean and some have balconies
  • Bar and restaurant on-site 
  • Affordable rates
  • Close to the metro and bus stops
  • Internet point

Cons

  • Neighborhood can be dodgy at night
  • Some rooms and bathrooms are quite small
  • Bland, dated, motel-like decor
  • Mediocre breakfast

Bottom Line

The 60-room Hotel Aristoteles is a basic budget hotel in the Vathis Square neighborhood of Athens. The decor is dated and the facilities basic, but it does offer a convenient option for those trying to see Athens inexpensively. Just a few minutes walk from the Omonia metro, the hotel's location makes it easy to get around the city. Rooms are generally small and bland, and the free breakfast is mediocre, but both free Wi-Fi and parking are included, and there's an on-site bar and restaurant.

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Scene

A throwback with little warmth or style 

In many ways, the Hotel Aristoteles hearkens back to a different era. From the outside, it has an almost 1970s look, with illuminated lettering vertically down the side of the hotel, and signage in the stylized typography typically used to symbolize ancient Greek. Inside, things get a little newer -- but not much. The lobby and lounge look straight out of the 1970s or '80s, with brown and orange couches and dim yellow lighting. The small restaurant is more of the same: poorly lit, with red chairs and checkered tablecloths. There's a cheerlessness to the common spaces, and things are looking worse for wear.

Location

In Vathis Square, a less than ideal neighborhood but still convenient for getting around town 

The Hotel Aristoteles is located in the Vathis Square area of Athens. This area is fairly close to attractions such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon -- about a half an hour by foot or by metro -- and very close to the National Archeological Museum. There are some restaurants in the area, but overall Vathis Square is not an especially nice area, and it's better not to walk around here at night.

Rooms

Small, dated, and bland in style 

Rooms are small and bland, with 1970s motel-style decor. Thin, faded red comforters cover the beds (twins or doubles), furniture is light wood, and rooms are dark. There is a small vanity, but little other seating or furniture. Flat-screen TVs are mounted on the wall, but are sometimes at an angle that makes it uncomfortable to watch, above and next to the bed. Rooms come with mini-fridges too, but all electricity is activated by the room key, meaning the fridge loses power when you leave. Bathrooms are brighter, with marble tiling, but are still cramped with thin, clingy shower curtains. There is free Wi-Fi in the rooms, and some rooms have balconies.

Features

Free mediocre breakfast, on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi and parking

The hotel provides free breakfast and the restaurant often becomes cramped during the morning hours, though the meal is mediocre at best; many guests complain of the lack of variety and poorly heated options. While the restaurant/bar is open for dinner as well, it does not get much traffic in the later hours. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi to all guests and has two Internet points in the common areas as well. There is free parking, too.

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Address

15 Acharnon, Vathis Square, Athens 104 38, Greece

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