location on one of the main arteries of Athens
have jetted tubs, coffeemakers, and terraces with mountain views
outdoor pool with poolside bar
center with sauna
terrace with exceptional views of Athens
Meeting rooms rent cellphones and laptops
Wi-Fi in public areas
Daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi
rooms get street noise
Guests complain of a smoky smell
Fees for on-site
parking and valet parking
Classic Rooms are dated and lack amenities
The 192-room upper-middle range, Zafolia Hotel is on one of the Athens' main arteries, within walking distance of Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium. Its common areas are bright, sleek, and elegant, but the rooms don't quite match this aesthetic -- they're a neutral gray-brown, with clunky wood furniture. Higher-priced suites include terraces with seating, jetted tubs, coffeemakers, minibars, and flat-screen TVs, while Classic Rooms, with tube-style TVs, mini-fridges with bottled water, and no coffeemakers, don't match these amenities. There's a roof
terrace with a seasonal outdoor pool and bar offering exquisite mountain views, a free breakfast, and a small fitness center and sauna.
refined, elegant hotel with exceptional mountain views
With granite outside and wood, leather,
and marble inside, this hotel is sleek and elegant, with light streaming in from skylights and
large windows. A large wood front desk matches the gray tile in the common
areas, while neutral area rugs provide a soft, comfortable touch. Ellinikon, the
on-site restaurant, resembles a banquet hall, with green carpets and tablecloths complementing green and light-wood chairs, while Jason Lounge Bar, with its lovely wood features, Pentelic marble floors, handsome tan chairs, and black
leather couches, offers more intimacy. A seasonal outdoor pool and bar area provides impressive views of Athens, as
does the roof terrace.
On a busy street next to
movie theaters and a supermarket
The Zafolia Hotel is on Alexandras
Avenue, one of the main streets in Athens, where theaters, car rental companies, and grocery stores abound. Within walking distance are Apostolos
Nikolaidis Stadium, Pedion Areos Park, public transportation, restaurants, and
shops, but the Acropolis and Parthenon are a 25-minute bus ride away. Syntagma
Square and Lycabettus Hill are less than a 10-minute drive, or a 20-minute metro ride
from the hotel.
Premium suites come with plenty of extras, while Classic Rooms fall short
Rooms range from Classic, with minimal amenities, to Olympic Suites with private verandas. Family Apartments are also available. Swirl patterned bed runners, a neutral brown-and-gray color palette, and heavy wood furniture dominate most of the rooms. Classic Rooms cover the basics: air-conditioning, mini-fridges with bottled water, and tube-style TVs, while higher-priced rooms and suites come with stocked minibars, balconies, coffeemakers, and bathrobes and slippers. Although the rooms are soundproofed, guests have complained about street noise. Classic Room bathrooms are small, with shower/tub combos, and no counter space. Some higher-priced rooms have jetted tubs, and more space to place items. All bathrooms come with Papoutsanis
Nice restaurants, fitness center with sauna, spectacular views
The free breakfast, served in the Ellinikon Restaurant, is a highlight of this
hotel. The Ellinikon also serves lunch and dinner, focusing on Greek and international cuisine. The Jason Lounge Bar serves cocktails, snacks, and pastries. Poseidon Bar, the
seasonal pool bar, offers snacks and drinks as well. All restaurants offer marvelous city views.
There is a small fitness center on-site
with large windows and a nice sauna, but the fitness center has only a handful of machines -- a couple of stationary bikes, an elliptical machine, a resistance machine or two.
Concierge and room services are also available. Wi-Fi is free only in the public areas. On-site parking comes with a fee. Cell phones and laptops are available for rent in the meeting rooms.