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Athens Studios 2.0

Athens, Greece

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Pros

  • Convenient, central location near the Acropolis Museum and Herodeion Ancient Theater
  • Warm, friendly, community vibe with a sports bar, a cafe/restaurant, and karaoke nights
  • Clean, spacious apartments that are a great value for long stays
  • Walking tours available
  • Laundromat on-stie
  • Free Wi-Fi and breakfast 
  • Free on-site parking
  • Computers for guests' use

Cons

  • Can get noisy with bar crowd and busy street activity outside
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty in some rooms  
  • Rooms are dated and drab

Bottom Line

A centrally located, budget hotel with low rates, Athens Studios offers apartments with kitchens that can sleep from two to six people, or beds in dorm-style rooms. While there's an unmistakable youth hostel vibe to the place, with its sports bar and Fish Cafe, it provides a nice balance between privacy and community. Located within yards of the Acropolis metro station and a 10-minute walk to Syntagma Square, it's hard to beat the area for convenience and activity. 

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Scene

Clean, close-knit community with two bars and a cafe/restaurant

Run by Australian transplants, Athens Studios is homey and welcoming (albeit no-frills), and is comprised of a community of dorms, studios, and apartments smack in the heart of Athens near the Acropolis Museum, with a sports bar, cafe, and Laundromat. The ouzo and beer flow in the lively bar, which, like the Fish Cafe, has indoor and outdoor seating, some of which is communal bench-style. The bar and cafe are lined with potted plants and trees, along with a few colorful paintings. Rooms are sparsely furnished and decorated in IKEA style, but everything -- even the Laundromat -- is kept immaculately clean. The lobby includes a bright bookshelf and two desktop computers for guests' use.

Location

Central location within easy access of all parts of the city

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Surrounded by shops and restaurants, Athens Studios is as central as it gets. It's within walking distance of several attractions, and the bus and metro are practically right outside the door. The Acropolis Museum, Plaka, and Herodeion Ancient Theater, Hadrians Arch, and Temple of Zeus are two minutes away on foot, and it’s a five-minute walk to the National Gardens, a 10-minute walk to Syntagma Square, and 15 minutes to Lycabettus Hill. The beach is within a 20-minute tram ride. The stop for the Airport Express Bus is within 10 minutes of the Studios, and the trip takes about 35 minutes.

Rooms

Dorm bunk beds to spacious, private apartments with kitchens -- but all are bare-bones

The rooms range from six-person dorms (females only or mixed) to private, self-contained apartments. The dorms are  basic --  consisting essentially of two or three metal bunk beds and a shelf of storage lockers. The studios each have a small sink, mini-fridge, kettle, dishes, a hot plate, and a private, tiny bathroom with toilet, sink, and stand-in shower. The family studios are spacious with large queen-size beds, kitchenettes, wardrobes, couches, flat-screen TVs, small kitchen tables, and small bathrooms. They also have spacious, private balconies with small tables and chairs. The four- and six-person apartments are large but each has bunk beds packed into one room with a separate kitchen with a microwave, and a TV and lounge area. All rooms have an air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and include a continental breakfast at the cafe.

Features

Fun bar and cafe, breakfast, and plenty of help in getting around -- little else

A continental breakfast, which includes fruit and cereal, is included in the room rate, and the sports bar and cafe open up early and stay open late, serving  sandwiches, cocktails, and hot chocolate. There is an attached Backpackers’ hotel with rooftop bar offering great views of the city. The apartments are self-contained with small kitchenettes and coffee/tea-making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. There is an attached Laundromat, luggage storage area, and computers and books for guests' use, along with a walking tour available and a reception area staffed 24 hours a day. 

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Address

3A Veikou, Makrigianni, Athens 117 42, Greece

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