A Place to Stay: Ibis Styles Hotel, Athens
I arrived at the Ibis Style Athens Hotel an hour late at 2 a.m. The young man on duty was very professional and spoke perfect English. Explaining the card system for my room and the lift and even following me to the lift to make sure I used the system OK. Actually, I didn’t due to a seven-hour flight jet lag and he quickly put me right.
The hotel is strategically located near the city centre in the south west corner of the city abut 20 minutes from Piraeus and forty-five minutes from the airport. If any street can be quiet in Athens, then the hotel is in one though crossing the road to get to the local shops opposite can be a bit of a wait! If you want to explore Athens your only about three quarters of a mile from the Acropolis Museum and Modern Art Museum, (short taxi ride) and 300 yards from nearest METRO station.
This newly built hotel has a minimalist Art Deco feel about it with bright colours and well thought out décor. My single room was just as I had expected with a double headed walk in shower in the ensuite bathroom.
There is an in-door garage and a gym and from March 2020 the hotel plans to have a roof top lounge and restaurant with panoramic views of the Acropolis & Lycabettus in operation. I had a sneak look at a double room and was impressed with its size and furnishings.
The very adequate breakfast was served in the colourful dining room although the toilets are actually on a floor lower (You don’t need a lift card to get to the lower levels) in the same area as the Meeting Rooms and gym. There’s also a comfortable bar set back from the entrance where you can relax with a beer or two.
I had to check out at 12 and whilst waiting for my taxi I was plied with coffee and advice by the excellent Front Office Manager on reception.
What you have here is a typical, highly professional Ibis Hotel that is inexpensive and excellent value for money. I can highly recommend it.