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Tropical Hotel 3.0

Alimos, Athens, Greece

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Pros

  • Rooms with sea views and laminate wood floors
  • Easy beach access
  • Close to the Glyfada district, a trendy neighborhood
  • Well-furnished, spacious outdoor terrace is a highlight
  • Rooms come with small flat-screen TVs and many have balconies
  • Free breakfast served daily
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi
  • Smoke-free property (a con for some)

Cons

  • Small swimming pool is more like a bathtub
  • A busy road separates the hotel from the seafront, and traffic noise can travel to the rooms
  • Decor is bland

Bottom Line

A mid-range hotel with 38 rooms over five stories, Tropical Hotel is advertised as being a beachfront hotel, but in fact, a busy six-lane road separates the hotel from the pebbly sand. Thankfully, the traffic noise doesn’t travel to the bedrooms as the windows are double-glazed. The on-site pool is tiny, but the spacious terrace is a real highlight. A good 30 minutes from the city center of Syntagma Square by public transport, this property is better suited for beach dwellers than city slickers. That said, it’s only a few tram stops away from the trendy district of Glyfada, where there’s a sea turtle rescue center and a plethora of cool restaurants.

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Scene

Lit-up in neon blue with some trendy touches

Trendy enough in a kitschy kind of way, Tropical Hotel is lit-up in neon blue and would look good in a Harmony Korine movie. Cocktails are served in a monochromatic bar with white sofas, chrome barstools, blue lighting, and golden drapes. The breakfast area is rather dim and could do with some more natural light and more healthy breakfast choices, but at least it's free. The lobby includes a wooden reception desk and a few overstuffed armchairs; skylights keep the space bright. Decor in other common areas is less attractive, with gold curtains, worn couches, and faded carpeting. The terrace is the major highlight, with a slatted veranda to keep out the burning Greek sun, and plenty of tropical potted plants. Popular with couples and families alike, the atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back. 

Location

Very close to the Alimos Marina

Tropical Hotel is located in the suburb of Alimos, close to Kalamaki Beach, and steps away from tram and buses to more beautiful seaside areas like Glyfada, Voula, and Vouliagmeni -- which are reachable in 15 to 25 minutes. Athens city center is further away; expect a 30-40 minute bus ride. Eleftherios Venizelos Airport is about a 30-minute drive from the hotel. The surrounding area has a couple of nice restaurants, beach bars, and coffee shops.

Rooms

Decorated in beachy shades with plain bathrooms and simple amenities

Rooms are a good size, with wooden flooring and rugs. All rooms are air-conditioned and minibars and safes, as well as flat-screen TVs. Decorated in beachy shades of blue and yellow, rooms have pine-colored furnishings and vases of freshly cut flowers. Some have great sea views, but the beach lies over a busy six-lane road, which means that you have to shut your windows to get any real sense of quiet. Beds have quality linens and select Comfort mattresses, but some of the furnishings are a little worn. Bathrooms have hairdryers, robes, slippers, and fluffy white towels.

Features

A tiny pool, and an expansive terrace

Tropical Hotel has few amenities; there is a tiny pool and an attractive restaurant, but the highlight here is the sun terrace. Freebies include breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi.

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Address

74 Leoforos Possidonos, Alimos, Athens 174 55, Greece

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