Polis Grand Hotel4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We stayed here for 3 days last week. Centrally located in the heart of Rome. Nice rooms with soft beds and great a.c. The breakfast buffet is top notch with a great variety of fruit, cereal, fresh bread and a host of other items. The desk was very friendly and helpful with our stay and getting cabs. Thanks for making our stay enjoyable.
Traveling through Greece stayed here with my husband and another couple, we reserved 2 rooms and our experience as a whole was decent. We stayed 3 nights, let me provide a summary of what to expect. The Good: GREAT breakfast, elegant display with an array of options, freshly squeezed orange juice, desserts, jams, cheeses, salads, hot food items and drinks. Comfortable beds. AC worked great. Close location to metro and 2 stops to the Acropolis. The NOT so Good: Shady Neighborhood. As everyone else mentioned before, we heard from a local to watch our purses and wallets. We arrived at around 0100 and noticed the graffiti all around, a bit scary! My sister's bathroom was very small and her shower was tiny, kept bumping her arms on the wall. Rooms are small too, but not a huge deal. Noisy mornings, the walls seemed thin, the bathrooms had windows that opened up to areas with connecting rooms. Overall, decent hotel, really enjoyed the breakfast and proximity to the Acropolis.
Conveniently located - but watch your wallets at Omonia station - pickpockets are in full force and many, including us were robbed. Beds were very comfortable, AC worked great, and bathroom was very spacious. Yes the included breakfast is as good as everyone says - salads, eggs, meats, tomatoes, mushrooms, bread of every variety, veggies, 5-6 types of cakes, coffee, yogurt station, fresh fruit, make your own greek coffee in sand, amazing fresh flavored waters, greek pies, and more! laundry service is sent out and was 12 Euros for a large bag. Staff was helpful and efficient. Great view of Acropolis from rooftop bar.
We stayed 2 nights, and liked the location for walking to the Acropolis and other neighbourhoods. The rooftop bar/restaurant was the best feature of with an incredible view on the Acropolis, etc. - the food was good and staff very pleasant. The front desk staff were not pleasant or helpful, and charge to call a cab.
We first arrived at night, which turned us off because there isn't really anyone around. All you see is mostly graffiti and streets, so it wasn't a good first impression. This was furthered by the elevators. My sister is very claustrophobic, and immediately I can say if you have someone in your family that is, do not stay here. We were placed on the 7th floor and waited about 15 minutes because the elevators are very slow. In the morning there were lines to get down because they took so long. The rooms are also quite small, but are fine for what they are. The pros of this hotel are the location and the dining options. During the day there is a lot going on around the area, and it isn't too far from the Acropolis. The restaurant upstairs was also pretty good and had a nice view outside. Breakfast was my favorite part of this hotel, as there is a nice arrangement of food and it was included in our price. In summation, this is an average hotel with some positives and negatives. If you're looking for a place to sleep and get some decent meals, this will do the job.
A nice hotel about 15 min walk from the Plaka so location is ok. A pretty good view of the Parthenon from the rooftop. Rooms were clean although not huge but very good adjoining room options on each floor for families of 4. Breakfast was decent too. The staff were helpful and friendly and stored our bags for 2 days whilst we went to Hydra. Be sure to check out the nearby Veneti bakery near Omonia metro station. They have an amazing range of food and pretty well priced.
About the only half-decent thing about the hotel is its location - convenient for sightseeing and transport links. The room was very small and the tiny balcony was mostly taken up by the A/C unit - balcony wall seemed very low to me - although I do suffer with acrophobia. We were on the 7th floor but still very noisy - especially noticeable at night. Weird experience in the restaurant - booked half board - absolutely NO CHOICE - not even a table d'hote menu!!! We were just presented with whatever they decided we were having that evening - tried to sort something out with the management - they just didn't get it! To be honest, I'd avoid the restaurant altogether - food wasn't that great - we found a great 'street-food' chicken shop around the corner that did great home-style herby chips too - whole cooked chicken and enough chips for 2 for less than 7 euros!
Stayed here for two nights for the typical Acropolis visit and flight out. This is not a four star hotel so expectations should be adjusted. It's a three star by North American standards; like a Best Western but with less guideline-consistency. The good: 1) generous breakfast with lots of variety and nice dining area 2) beautiful roof top view of the acropolis The not so good: 1) terrible concierge service (asked for where to eat and he told us "anywhere is good" and that he was busy doing something else (June 28 6:30PM) 2) after 7PM shops close and the neighborhood looks like an abandonned city with grafiti everywhere and shady characters walking around. We are seasonned travellers (Egypt/Central Africa/Central America, etc) and The neighborhood after 7PM was scary to be frank, and the hotel was no help pointing us towards the more touristy streets 1KM away. 3) Room is for sure a 3 star at best (covers on glasses and round generic soap type of thing). Returning at 4 PM after a day out the room had not been cleaned yet so there's that also. 4) No control on guests per room - family next to our room were at least 7 and with some many in the room they spilled out into the hall. All in all giving it a three star because for the price point (not expensive but not cheap either), we would have expected better.
This hotel looks better in photos than in reality but for visiting Athens is very good as budget well located hotel 5 min to Omonia Metro. Positives: very good breakfast, nice breakfast and terrace area, good location 15-20 minutes of walk to major attractions, clean. Even surrounding area looks bad is safe. The staff is nice and ready to assist. Negatives: rooms are small, you have place just to go around bed. Baths are so small that for a tall person is hard to have shower and need updated but are very clean. Forget about views to Acropolis from room: there is a tall building under construction just in front of them. Anyway you can see Acropolis only a little from rooms on last floors or if you want a large nice view from last floor open bar terrace. There are renovated rooms and rooms that need to be updated so be attentive what you ask for. There are renovated rooms with windows to a wall so there is a problem if you want a view. Generally is a good located budget hotel for visiting. I would say a 3stars plus comparing to high standard hotels in west Europe. Recommend to visit: Acropolis (have non slipping shoes as the pavement is very slip, same slipping streets in old town) Dionysus theatre, Parthenon, Hephaestus temple, Ancient agora, Roman agora with Tower of the Winds, Arch of Hadrian, Kerameikos cemetery, Olympia theater, Hadrian library, Temple of Zeus, Panathenaic stadium, temple of Athena Nike, Phillopahos hill for view of Athens but is a long walk. Worth visit: National Archeology Museum and Benaki Museum. If you see these two you already saw almost all other museums. Try to see guard change on Sunday noon in Syntagma Parliament Square as is spectacular. Eat & walk in Plaka Square, Anaphiotika Square. Beach: Take surface tram for 1 day to Glyfada a sea cosmopolite resort for Athens people or another sea resorts close to Athens. Visit Piraeus with nice restaurants in port but more expensive ones. Gazi for night life -The 3 metro line has station there so you can go very easy. There is busses from Omonia as well but you can walk around 10 minutes. Shopping – pedestrian-only street of Voukourestiou, home to stores like Vuitton, Hermès, Prada;. Syntagma Square with Attica Mall; down on Ermou Street, another pedestrian- with boutiques and retail stores like Zara, Massimo Dutti and Marks & Spencer. At the end of Ermou Street, you’ll reach Monastiraki, a lively and colorful open-air market resembling a grand bazaar and flea market (PSiri) Beware of thieves as are everywhere. If you don’t want a luxury hotel and you come just for evening in rooms is a good non-pretentious hotel for visiting Athens.
Polis Grand Hotel is situated 200m from the Omonia metro stop. This is convenient for travel from the airport for €18 (flat rate for airport travel). Coming out of the metro, you walk a cobblestone-like path to get to the main entrance. Very easy to find. We were greeted by the staff, but arrived at approximately 12:30, checkin is 2pm. The staff tagged and held our bags while we grabbed some street food from near the metro station. We were able to also wait in the hotel bistro, which boasts free Wifi. The rooms are tiny, but manageable. All have balconies, but the views are definitely run-down buildings and unsightly graffiti. The hotel isn't in a main area of Athens, but its convenience to the metro makes it okay. A cab ride to the ferry port was €22, which reception was able to arrange the night before. Although the port is accessible from the metro, you would be walking your bags several hundred meters to board. While the hotel is not in an ideal location, the staff and rooms were adequate for a travelers stay.
- Walking distance to National Archaeological Museum of Athens
- Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in Athens City Centre within a short walk of National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Polis Grand Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Hellenic Parliament. This 4-star hotel has 99 guestrooms and offers conveniences like 2 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. It's in central Athens and also close to Syntagma Square and Roman Agora.
Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy dining at MAIN RESTAURANT, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.
The 99 rooms are recently renovated and have an array of amenities, including minibars, laptop-compatible safes, and phones. LCD TVs come with digital channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Rooms also include desks.
At Polis Grand Hotel, guests have access to a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, self parking is EUR 8 per night, and there's also limo/town car service. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include 2 meeting rooms, a business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.
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62% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 841 reviews