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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Hotel Arethusa offers 87 basic rooms along with the dated, exciting atmosphere of a hotel where much intrigue went down during Athens' turbulent 1960s and 1970s. It attracts a mixed crowd of domestic, European, and New World tourists, who are drawn to its busy doors by its prime Plaka location.
The Arethusa's rooms are not particularly memorable. A slightly worn aesthetic prevails. Beds feature thick brown cushioned headboards. Rooms are decorated with orange curtains, translucent sconces, and thin wall-to-wall carpets. All rooms are air conditioned, and have direct dial telephones and televisions. Most have mini fridges as well.
The Arethusa does have its charms, however. Several rooms have truly outstanding views of Plaka. We also loved the dining room on the top floor, with its bird's eye views of the Acropolis. Its simple, dainty, modern feel made us fantasize, again, about being locked in a suspenseful Cold War drama. All that said, in our opinion, the Arethusa's best feature is the mezzanine breakfast room, which looks out over busy Mitropoleos.
Breakfast is included.
Note: Those with a sensitive nose, please note that the Arethusa staff is known to smoke—a lot—in the hotel lobby.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Arethusa neighborhood
Plaka is the heart of tourist Athens, a dense maze of atmospheric alleys packed with tavernas, tourist traps and gorgeous ancient structures. Those committed to hunting around will find a comfortable few blocks of stylish cafés, specialty shops and government buildings. Plaka is closest to the Syntagma metro station, which is located beneath Syntagma Square.