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I will start with the nice points. This hotel is clean and the staff are very friendly. The bad points, this hotel is in the worst, most dangerous place I have ever seen. Our taxi driver didn't want stop at this hotel because behind it is the most dangerous street in Athens. He drove around the block, before our car was bombarded with gangs of drug dealers. We stopped at a parked police riot van who were hesistant to speak to us, before we drove off and tried to find somewhere safe to stop again. Eventually he dropped us outside the hotel door and we checked in. The next morning as we left to explore the city, we were advised not to take our phones or money or passport out. We walked to Omonia square which is 3 minutes up from the hotel and we were made to feel incredibly unsafe - we were offered drugs within 5 minutes. During our time in the square we saw someone selling fake passports, we were offered to buy a gun or other weapon and offered drugs numerous times. The area is FULL of gangs of men who will stare and follow you and all communicate with eachother. By the second day, I resorted to wearing a hoody up as a way of not attracting any attention to myself (I am a white woman with blonde hair). I was there with my brother and this didnt make any difference, even with my hood up I was followed back to the hotel by a man pestering me. At night, you are advised not to go out of the door. You wil be lucky to get any sleep as there is a constant stream of traffic and gangs shouting and openly fighting opposite the hotel. Please see attached for photographs. I am sorry to say I would strongly advise, if not urge people NOT to stay anywhere around here. Its not about the hotel, it is the location. We checked out 2 nights early. It was a truly scary experience.
"The hotel is better than its location"
The hotel profiles itself as chic and hi-tech - both of which were probably true when it was renovated some years ago. Nowadays it is not quite ready for another renovation, but the presumptuous labels underscores that it has seen more ambitious days. The hotel was clean, welcoming and well-functioning. We saw few other guests, which is probably why the breakfast was somewhat rudimentary and heavy on stuff with a long shelf-life. The location is along a main city street, and the side- and back-streets vary between being from interesting and picturesque to somewhere you don't want to be.
"Great for business trip."
The area is run down and a bit risky closely in the night. The positive is that you can go by taxi right in the main door late at night if needed. I will definitely visit again and highly suggest. I stayed for 3 nights and I am very satisfied. The hotel it's near to metro station "OMONIA" as also in buses for Piraeus. The breakfast was not to excited but that it contains is in good quality. It is modern and the rooms are functional with a glass toilet.
"Stay at the Chic"
The Chic hotel is well equipped and situated within easy walking distance to Syntagma square and the Monastariki area. Friendly staff makes for a pleasant stay. The staff were very helpful in pointing out areas of interest and providing directions
"Below average hotel in terrible location"
Our hearts sank as we arrived at this hotel. The area is really shabby and run down, Athens has a lot of graffiti generally, some of which is quite cool but it looked scruffy and very tired in this area. The hotel is small and dark, and our room overlooked the main road which is very noisy at all hours (appreciate its a capital city but thicker windows might be an idea). The room was tiny and the bathroom not really a separate room, just an area cordoned off with frosted glass. The breakfast was also terrible. The one redeeming feature was the staff who were very helpful. They gave us directions to the main area and were very specific about not going down certain roads. It is about a 15 -20 minute walk to monastiraki square, and once away from hotel / Omonia square you do start to feel a little safer. Would highly recommend staying nearer the main tourist area. Fortunately Athens itself got better and better as we found our way round and it is a beautiful city, just a shame we had to return to this hotel! Would not recommend.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM