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Cecil Hotel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is steps from the square where so much is going on. Most rooms have an Acropolis view! There are any number of shops, restaurants, cafes all within a 5 minute walk. The rooms are very small, and the beds could be more comfortable, but the a/c and WiFi work great! The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you’re looking for a place to rest your head after a busy day in Athens, this is a great spot!

If you get one of the nicer rooms...201 for e.g. you're all set. Some of the rooms are much smaller and not nearly as comfortable. Rock solid mattress and pillow. The people at the reception desk are not welcoming or pleasant. Breakfast is good. Was very clean. Perfect location --just two blocks from the main piazza in the city and many, many restaurants. I'd go there again if I had the right room.

The room we had was tiny for two people, with a bathroom that was about the size of a postage stamp; you literally had your feet in the shower if you sat on the toilet. Also, it was impossible to take a shower without soaking the whole room. The elevator is ancient, and the front desk staff were pretty relaxed in their dress (old T-shirts) and did a lot of smoking. However...the room was very clean, and the staff were very helpful and personable. For the price, it was really quite nice. We had a view of the Parthenon from our window. The location couldn't have been any better--right on Athinas Street, about a block down from the Central Market, which was fun to go through. It was a short walk to the Monastiraki area, with the flea market and the Roman ruins, and to the cathedral, to Syntagma Square and to the Psirri district, where we found several excellent restaurants. It's a little farther to the Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, but quite doable if you like to walk. The free breakfast was not much to write home about, but was OK. Wi-fi was a little iffy, but we found that to be true in all three hotels we stayed at in Greece. All in all, it was a fine place to stay if you are not looking for lots of luxury, but rather a comfortable and safe economical place.

I stayed here for a total of 5 nights in Febuary 2019. Location: Location is good as the Cecil Hotel occupies a beautiful neo-classical building in the heart of old Athens,close to the Ancient Market and the New City Market. Its is smack in the centre between the metro station of Monastiraki and metro station of Omonia. Breakfast: Simple. Very basic. Corn flakes MIXED with coco crunch in the same dispenser(how lazy can one get ?!), hardboiled eggs, cake, ham and cheese slices, greek yogurt, bread and apple. The staff: Breakfast staff doubles as the chambermaid too. Don't expect any hello or "good morning" at breakfast from her or anyone hotel guest at breakfast for that matter in Greece, unlike the rest of Europe. The front staff could smile a bit more and be more welcoming :-)))) Its not all gloom, guys. You cant but feel that this hotel has much potential but they dont care or is just lazy. The staircase walls could use with a good coat of fresh paint to accentuate the very beautiful spiral staircase. The dead lightbulbs in the lobby needs replacing. The wobbly tables in the breakfast room have folded paper underneathe the legs to keep the table steady. The shower stand in my bathroom is broken so I have to hold the shower head and bodysoap at the same time when I soap my body in that already very small shower area and trying hard not to wet the bathroom floor at the same time. Would I stay here again ? Probably not, as I think I would try other hotels in the area.

After exploring Greece, we stayed at the Cecil Hotel for one night before departing Athens. We often stay at the Attalos Hotel down the street, but I found this hotel to be a wonderful surprise. The rates are very reasonable for 3 people and the view from the room was breathless. Seeing the Parthenon outside our window at night was worth every penny spent on this hotel. The front desk were very welcoming and the best part was the hotel is less than a 5 minute walk to the Monastiraki metro station that takes you directly to the airport. The check-out of 12pm was great which allowed us time to walk around the neighborhood and do some souvenir shopping. There are a number of great restaurants around the hotel. The hotel breakfast was included in our package which we appreciated. I can go on and on, but what a great visit we had at Cecil Hotel.

I stayed in 1 of the 3 roof top rooms (4th Floor). You have not got a private balcony but what a view - day or night. The buffet breakfast is really good. But the location it is fantastic for the price.

Stayed at this hotel for three nights over the New Year period. It is in a very good location close to the main shopping areas and the Central Market. It is also good value for money in Athens. Two things I would suggest for improvement: 1) More English language channels for the TV. I did encounter several days of colder wet weather in Athens. 2) Front desk willingness to do booking. I booked at a internet hotel booking service site for one night and after arrival asked if it would be possible to extend by two nights. A few times in my travels the hotel offered a better rate than the internet hotel booking services. The guy at the front desk told me they are fully booked and he would let me know if there was a cancellation. Odd because the hotel booking site said there was availability at the hotel both before and after I asked the question. If they prefer for people to use the internet hotel booking service site he could have just informed me of that. I ended up extending my stay by using that platform.

We loved our room. It was a room for 3 with 12’ ceilings, windows in the bedroom and bathroom, marble tile bathroom, and iron railing bed frames. There was an antique wardrobe for our clothes. The TV on the wall treated us with Greek variety sows; batty. Lots of British & German documentaries; informative. And endless old movies. We were able to use the WiFi to plan our trips and buy our bus ticket with a discount. We knew that we were staying in the heart of a European City. The staff was friendly; they helped us with the suitcases and the wheel chair. They gave us hints on how to get around and do our sight-seeing and how to enjoy the city. The room was clean. The breakfast buffet features fresh eggs, fresh Greek yogurt, fresh bread, jam, cereals, juice and hot beverages. You can catch the Hop-on-hop -off bus just 2blocks away, which makes sight seeing very convenient. We found good, dry affordable cafes in every direction. And the street shopping was good too. You will be surrounded by homeless people and graffiti at night.

This is a beautiful hotel, open for breakfast each day, lovely friendly staff, ice cold beer and the dining room meals at lunch and dinner are to kill for, something incredibly different every day on the blackboard special.

Very clean and tidy hotel. Helpful personnel. Wonderful location 5-6 min on foot from Metro, Monstiraki and the main shopping streets and sites in Athens.The hotel is at a busy noisy street, so get some ear plugs for the night if you are noise sensitive. Some small remarks about the bathroom. Walk a few metres UP the Athenas street (where it is) and check out the lovely small cozy Athenas 51 restaurant with tasty and cheap traditional home made food!

39 Athinas Street Athens Attiki

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Monastiraki Flea Market and Roman Agora
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Athens City Centre, Cecil Hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Monastiraki Flea Market and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Roman Agora. This 36-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace.


Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


An LCD TV comes with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include a balcony, a safe, and a desk.

Property features

A rooftop terrace and free WiFi in public areas are featured at Cecil Hotel. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with luggage storage, dry cleaning/laundry, and tours or tickets.

Room options

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Economy Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Single Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

62.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 454 reviews