Review: Athens Gate Hotel, Greece

I recently returned from a wonderful week long holiday in Athens, Greece. I went in late November which is the perfect time as the tourist rush crowd is over, the weather is cool and hotels and restaurants were rolling out discounts packages. I stayed at Athens Gate hotel based on reviews that it is conveniently located and boast the best tourist view in Athens. I was definitely not disappointed!

Athens is served by the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport which is a big & modern airport. Getting passed immigration and baggage collection was a breeze and I was soon at the arrival hall. There are cafes, money changers, car-rental and tourist information counters at the hall and I was able to pick up a few tourist brochures and maps.

The Athens airport is conveniently
linked via a bridge to the Metro station

Make sure you validate your ticket before boarding train!

Note: the frequency of the train ride to downtown is every half hour. Make sure you validate your ticket after you buy it. If you are caught with an unvalidated ticket or no ticket at all it is a big fine (60 times of your trip fare)

Getting from the airport to downtown Athens is so easy. The Metro Station is located just across the road from the airport. A direct line, Metro line 3 runs from Athens Airport to Syntagma station, which is exactly in the heart of Athens city centre.

The single ticket price of EURO 5 will take you to downtown Athens and directly to Athens Gate hotel.

Finding the way to the Athens Gate Hotel is just as easy. Drop at Acropolis Metro Station (one stop after changing at Syntagma Station) and the hotel is a convenient 3 minute walk from one of 2 exits at the Station. Both exits will lead you near to the Athens Gate Hotel.

The Athens Gate Hotel is a small 4-star boutique hotel and reaches 7th floor high with a roof-top restaurant. The lobby is small with two small sitting areas, a nice little coffee/bar and a computer that is free for guests to use. Reception is warm and helpful and they’ll point out tourists and transportation options at check-in.

The two lifts to the rooms are tiny and slow and do  expect to wait for a while if traffic is heavy. It can only fit a maximum  of 3 people without any luggage. I understand from travel guides that most Athens hotels seem to have this kind of small lifts.

The cosy Athens Gate room

The view from the room

The small but clean bathroom

The rooms at the Athens Gate Hotel will either have a front view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Mount Lykavettos or at the back, which will have a view of the Acropolis if it is on the 4th floor and above. The best view is the front where the spectacular sight of the Temple of Zeus literally right across your room balcony will simply take your breathe away. The unfortunate thing is that the front rooms facing the temple will receive road traffic noise and light sleepers may find it uncomfortable.

The room has wooden floors, a comfortable Queen size bed, a wall mounted flat screen TV, an in-room safe, minibar and black out curtains. Bathroom shower has an overhead rain shower and good quality olive oil-based bath products, including shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel. However, no toothbrush or toothpaste is provided.

Wake up to this view every morning!

Go to sleep every night with this view!

Have breakfast every morning with this view!

Have a cocktail every night with this view!

The rooftop restaurant is where breakfast is served daily from 6.45am to 10.30am and has a spectacular view of the Acropolis on one side and the view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus on the other side. In my opinion, the day and night view of these two monumental sights from the roof-top restaurant is already well-worth the price of the rooms. The rooftop restaurant also serves evening dinner specials & cocktails with reasonable prices.

In addition to friendly service, clean and comfortable room, Athens Gate hotel has one of the best location in Athens for a tourist. Staying at the Athens Gate Hotel is so convenient as it is located within walking distance to many of Athens major tourist, historical and cultural sites such as The Acropolis, The Acropolis Museum, The Temple of Zeus, The Panathenian Stadium, The Hadrian’s Arch, The Zappion Building, The Parliament House and The Plaka.

The white building in the background is Athens Gate Hotel
– as seen from the Temple of Zeus

Temple of Zeus with Acropolis and Athens Gate hotel in background

The Acropolis up close – mere walking distance from Athens Fate hotel

The new Acropolis Museum is just behind the hotel

10 minutes walk to the Parliament house

The Hop On/Hop On bus stand is just beside the hotel

If you need to go further than walking distance, the hotel is located near the Acropolis Metro station, where you can hop on a train to most parts of Athens and the Syntagma Square, where many local, regional and airport buses routes are located. The tourist Hop on Hop off bus stop is also barely 50 metres away on the left from the hotel entrance and plenty of local buses and eager taxis ply the road right in front of the hotel.

If you are into Greek food, you’ll also not be disappointed as many Greek restaurants, alfresco-style, line the street behind the hotel that leads to the Acropolis. Food is good, prices are reasonable and service is equally good. You’re also a short walking distance to The Plaka, which is a series of shops and restaurants located in traditional old Greek houses in streets that have been closed to vehicular traffic.

In my opinion, Athens Gate Hotel is one of the best hotel that you can check into if you are visiting Athens. It may not be a 5-star hotel or has the best bed or the best breakfast or even a swimming pool nor gym but in terms of staff friendliness, location and views of Athens best monuments – this has to be the ultimate hotel in Athens.

If I am ever visiting Athens again, this will definitely be my automatic choice.

Address of hotel: 10, Syngrou avenue. 117 42 – Athens, Greece