bar offers seating and excellent city views
rooms have balconies, but only some have views
Dionysos restaurant serves Greek and international food
outdoor pool with beautiful Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill views
Free American-style buffet breakfast
Large meeting room
Fee for on-site
rooms are noisy and smell of smoke
No showers, only bathtubs
is a bit dicey
The 164-room mid-range Oscar Hotel has
a great central location near Omonia Square, but the neighborhood is a bit dicey and
the hotel's overall decor looks old. Rooms have '90s green carpeting, no showers (bathtubs only), and guests complain that some rooms smell of smoke and are noisy. All rooms have balconies, some big enough to hold a table and chairs, and some have views of Athens. The
rooftop terrace/bar is a highlight here, mainly for its views. Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast are free, and there's a small,
seasonal outdoor pool, with views of Lycabettus Hill and the Acropolis.
A dated, mid-range hotel
with phenomenal views from the rooftop terrace/bar
Large glass doors lead the way into a lobby
that looks more like part of a banquet hall than a hotel. Black-and-white
tile, stained-glass, and old chandeliers date the space, and red leather seating adds little to the ho-hum design. The on-site restaurant,
Dionysos, with its red-fabric chairs, white or burgundy tablecloths, and again the chandeliers, makes it look more like a meeting hall than a restaurant. Hallways have tired green carpet and salmon colored walls that don’t
match and further age the hotel. There is a nice rooftop terrace/bar, though,
with green metal chairs and wonderful views of historic landmarks.
a busy street in central Athens near the central train station
The Oscar Hotel is located on a busy street near the central rail and metro station Larissa. It's across the street from a grocery store in a somewhat dicey neighborhood. The Hellenic Motor Museum, Pedion Areos Park, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and Omonia Square are all within walking distance. But the top sights, including the Parthenon and Acropolis, are a 15-minute drive away, or almost almost a half-hour trip by metro or bus, and the Olympic centers are an 18-minute drive, or a 50-minute metro ride.
Like the common areas of the Oscar Hotel,
the rooms are dated, with green carpeting, red bedspreads, and neutral wallpaper.
There is little personality or artwork present, and the green-yellow drapes don’t improve the
look. There is an extra red chair, a tan ottoman, and dated lamps over the
headboard. All rooms have balconies, and some balconies are big enough for tables and
chairs, and offer beautiful city views. All rooms have small flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges,
and air conditioning, while suites include CD/DVD players and
jetted tubs. Guests complain that many rooms get street and hotel noise, and several
smell of smoke. Bathrooms have only bathtubs (no showers), and are covered in tired tan and cream tile. Some bathrooms have red countertops
and double sinks, while others have only pedestal sinks with no counter space. Soap comes in dispensers.
Free buffet breakfast and
Wi-Fi; seasonal outdoor pool with great views
The Oscar Hotel offers free Wi-Fi
throughout in addition to a free, American-style buffet breakfast, which receives mixed reviews. There is on-site parking for a fee and concierge
services through the 24-hour front desk. An on-site restaurant, Dionysos, serves
international and Greek dishes, to more mixed reviews. One perk is a small,
seasonal outdoor pool with views of Lycabettus Hill and the Acropolis, although views
are somewhat obstructed by the white fence surrounding the pool area.