Boutique Hotel in Athens: Hotel Hermes

Athens is my favourite foreign city, after Paris, but it wasn’t love at first sight. My first nights in Athens were spent in a worn out hotel in a dodgy part of town. It looked okay by day but was seriously sketchy at night. Starting and ending every day feeling a little vulnerable around the hotel didn’t do much for my impression of the city. Luckily, after my Greek Island cruise I came back to Athens for one night before heading back to Australia.

This night made all the difference. In fact, this hotel made all the difference. It’s in a great spot and it doesn’t hurt that it was also the most modern hotel of my entire trip. I was already enamoured by Athens’ biggest drawcards, the Acropolis, Acropolis museum and the Plaka area, but it was in these last 24 hours that I spent wandering the city that I fell in love with Athens.

The right accommodation can make or break your relationship with a city. How you feel when you step out the door every day tints your perspective, particularly when you’re finished with the big tourist sights and are just wandering around.

Athens

Hotel Hermes: An affordable boutique hotel in Athens

Don’t be scared off by the name, Hotel Hermes is a modern boutique hotel in Athens, without the designer price tag. The boutique hotel has just 45 rooms and is located a short stroll from the Monastiraki Square, which is home to the fabulous Athens flea markets.

Monastiraka Square Athens

The Room

B&Bs are charming, but sometimes you just want to collapse in a spacious, modern hotel room, thick starchy sheets and all. Our room was filled with natural light, spacious and very clean and modern – the perfect accommodation to end a long trip in. The marble bathrooms were also beautiful, spacious by Europe’s standards, and the nicest of the trip. Exactly what I needed before 24 hours in transit to get back to Australia!

Boutique Hotel in Athens Hotel Hermes

Location

I stayed in Athens twice, either side of a cruise through the Greek Islands. My first impression of Athens was not a great one, and a lot of it was because the first hotel we stayed in was in a really run down area. Hotel Hermes is in the Plaka area, which was one of the nicest parts of Athens that I saw. It’s close to shops, restaurants and Monastiraki Square. Staying in this neighbourhood gave me a totally different experience of Athens, and made all the difference!

Boutique Hotel in Athens Hotel Hermes

Price

Hotel Hermes rates start at 60-80 Euros per night for the Economy Double or Twin Room. I stayed in one of these rooms, and it was the nicest hotel room of our trip!

Boutique Hotel in Athens Hotel Hermes

Verdict

Athens is one of my favourite cities and I am definitely returning in the near future to spend longer in the city. I will definitely stay at Hotel Hermes next time I’m in town!

Have you been to Athens? Where have you stayed?

 

2 thoughts on “Boutique Hotel in Athens: Hotel Hermes

  1. Yes, I have been to Athens! I went at around the same time as Santorini. Didn’t really enjoyed the stay, because the weather was overcast. But I still admired the ruins and architecture, so the trip wasn’t a huge disappointment. Apologies, but Paris is my favorite city over Athens. 😛

    But Hotel Hermes looks absolutely stunning! You’re lucky to have stay in such a lovely hotel. 🙂

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