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Sweet Home Hotel 3.0

Athens, Greece

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Pros

  • Conveniently located in the Plaka, within a five-minute walk of Syntagma Square 
  • Air-conditioned rooms come in a range of sizes, and include flat-screen TVs and minibars
  • Buffet breakfast included in the room rate
  • Small bar on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi available throughout the property
  • Cozy lobby with comfortable seating

Cons

  • No elevator from ground to first floor
  • No fitness facilities

Bottom Line

The 15-room, salmon-pink Sweet Home Hotel is a charming mid-range property that sits above a taverna in the Plaka. The muted-color rooms, with parquet floors, have an understated elegance -- even the Petite Double Rooms, while small, have chandeliers, framed art, minibars, and coffeemakers. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and some rooms have balconies that offer partial views of the Acropolis. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, and is served in a bright, multi-windowed dining room on the top floor. Within a five-minute walk of Syntagma Square and its metro hub, Sweet Home Hotel's location can't be beat for convenience. In the historic Plaka, which has plenty of shopping, the hotel is within walking distance of the Acropolis and Monastiraki, which is well-known for its flea market. There is no elevator from the ground floor to reception on the first floor, which might pose a difficulty for some, but hotel staff is on hand to help guests with luggage.

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Scene

Antiques add character to this quaintly charming hotel

The Sweet Home Hotel adds homey, even quirky, details that make it feel welcoming and warm, beginning with the wrought-iron balconies, each with its own flower box, on its pink exterior. Inside, the common spaces are peppered with antique artifacts that lend an idiosyncratic and familial vibe. Mirrors from different eras line the wall along the stairs leading up to the reception area, and at the top, an old-style phonograph sits between two chairs. The typewriter on the corner of the reception adds a touch of cozy individuality to the plain wood desk, and an antique phone, an early camera, and apertifs in glass decanters complete the picture. 

Conveniently located among Athens' historic attractions, the hotel typically draws low-maintenance tourists seeking a convenient location at a reasonable price -- a place to rest between sightseeing trips. The hotel offers charm and a fun decor, but this is not the place for guests seeking splashy pizzazz. 

Location

In the historic Plaka, within a five-minute walk of Syntagma Square 

The Sweet Home Hotel is located in the Plaka neighborhood. A popular part of town, the Plaka is a historic shopping area, and there's a high concentration of shops and restaurants around the hotel. Some of the upper floor rooms offer partial views of the Acropolis, which is within a 10-minute walk, as is the Monastiraki, with its famous flea market. Syntagma Square, with its metro hub that connects to other parts of the city, is within a five-minute walk. 

Rooms

Rooms come in various sizes, and some are small

The rooms, decorated in muted colors, have polished, parquet floors and double beds draped in gray or brown bed scarfs and pillows. Petite Doubles are indeed petite but include a reading chair and a small desk. Larger rooms have love seats or couches. Thoughtful, antique-like decorations give the rooms their individuality. Pretty, white metal chandeliers of different designs hang in each room, and often pictures of the city are placed in white frames along the walls. Higher-floor rooms have balconies, offering partial views of the Acropolis. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, minibars, and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms, which come with Apivita bath products, are tiled and clean, but the cabin showers are a bit cramped. 

Features

Free breakfast and Wi-Fi

A small, mid-range hotel, the Sweet Home Hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout, and includes breakfast in the room rate. On the top floor, the dining area is beautiful and bright, with blue walls, green curtains, and bright, globe like lights. There is also an inexpensive taverna below the hotel, where guests can grab other meals. 

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Address

5 Patroou, Plaka, Athens 105 57, Greece

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