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by Greek Kat
South Bay, California
November 3, 2004
The hotel included a hotel services bar; a beauty salon; business services; a concierge; disabled-adapted rooms; a gym; no-smoking rooms/floors; parking (12€); two restaurants; an outdoor swimming pool; room service; air conditioning; bathrobes (executive rooms and suites only); Internet access: a dataport/ISDN; hairdryer; laundry/dry-cleaning; mini-bar; room service (24hrs); and a TV with pay movies/satellite.
There's a bus stop about half a block away from the hotel, so if you want to save some money, you can take use this.
From journal Summer in Greece 2004
June 10, 2002
The standard room is nice and spacious, with a comfortable king bed topped by plenty of pillows. There is a large television, minibar, safe, ironing board, writing table, and coffee table, with a lounging chair and ottoman. The room has a balcony, a fine amenity, though my view was not as exciting as the views of the great Acropolis from the roof deck. The dated but still elegant marble bathroom has a bathtub, toilet and bidet, large mirror and some nice Nutragena toiletries. The elevator areas on each floor look stylistically dated, with mirrored walls, a blocky table and a couple of chairs.
The roof has a fine selection of diversions. There is an outdoor pool (open from May to October), a jacuzzi, a bar, and of course nice views of the Acropolis and the two hills bookending it. The only drawback about staying at the Marriott is its location south of central Athens, perhaps 2 miles from the Acropolis. Buses and trolley lines stop near the hotel. The nearest Metro station is Syngrou-Fix, about one mile north of the hotel. The staff at the front desk is very accommodating, though they may not have all the info down pat. One fellow said the Metro was only 200 meters from the hotel, another gent said 500 meters. They went above and beyond in helping me find the location of a hotel where I was to meet a friend that evening, going so far as to call someone at the other hotel to verify its exact location. If you cross the wide Syngrou Avenue (or if you duck into the pedestrian underpass), there is a pleasant residential neighborhood on the other side that is worth a quick ramble.
From journal Bill in Greece - ATHENS