Doubles from: $56 to $65
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated in a relatively non-descript neighborhood, the three-star Rio is a 10-minute walk from the National Archaeological Museum and equally close to the trendy Psiri and Thisseio neighborhoods.
The Rio's rooms are simple, reminiscent of old-time Athens: no fuss. The plain wood furnishings border on austere, and the diminutive sketches of ancient Athens are almost too small for the walls on which they hang. The overall aesthetic is one of modesty and minimalism. En suite bathrooms maintain the same neutral, unassuming tone of the Rio's bedrooms, with floor-to-ceiling tile, camel-colored on the floor and white on the walls.
While the Rio's rooms and bathrooms have been updated with all the modern conveniences we've come to expect of local budget hotels (including air conditioning, satellite TV, and direct dial phones), the building remains in its original neoclassical form, invoking dreamy images of life in Byron's Athens. And the warm, welcoming Georgos Ioannou and his friendly family and staff make it easy to slip into a romantic reverie.
Breakfast is included. Wi-Fi is available for an additional fee.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is 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
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Hotel Rio Athens neighborhood
Metaxourgio is a central neighborhood slightly west of Omonia. There aren't many sights in the immediate area, but the Metaxourgio metro station is convenient and Psyrri is close by. While parts near the train station are neither scenic nor interesting, the part of Metaxourgio closest to Omonia does have a budding arts scene, with lots of indie theaters and live music spots cropping up.