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'In the garden of the Gods'

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Enjoy a brief business or Summer vacation trip and discover the Ancient civilization in the area around the Central Athens and relax in our renovated appartment in Plaka or allso known as 'The garden of the Gods'.

Advantages:

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- Apartment to the heart of Athens city center, Syntagma-Plaka

-Very quiet neighbourhood

-Near to every archeological site (Akropolis, Lykabetus, Ancient Agora, New Acropolis Museum,Odeon of Herodes Atticus and Dionysious Theater and many more)

-Recently renovated (last month)

-Easy Access to all transportation Metro, Underground, Tram, Bus, Taxis

-The apartment is near everything and you can save a lot of money doing your archeological tours or shopping on foot.

Apartment:

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The entire apartment is at your exclusive use.A 40sq.m recently renovated comfortable clean, private apartment with 1 main bathroom (shower), soon to have Internet Wi-fi and TV, 1 bedroom with double bed and a sofa single bed, 1 living room with a sofa double bed, 1 kitchen with full cooking facilities, (includes fridge, Double Electric Stove, small oven, sandwich toaster, coffee maker, mixer) and there is a ceiling air fan in every room. We provide clean bed linens and towels. . You will also find a folder, which includes maps general tourist information and other necessary information which they will help you organize your days in Athens.

Location

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The Apartment is located in Syntagma-Plaka area which is one of the few remaining neighbourhoods of the city that retain their unique neoclassical architectural style of old Athens. Plaka is the core of Athens and the main destination for anyone visiting the city. Plaka em bosoms the Acropolis Hill on all side. Together with Monastiraki, they contain an endless variety of historic sites from different eras and civilizations-Prehistoric, Greek, Roman,Ottoman. Plaka is the most photographed area of the city, and is the ideal place to start your walk.

Syntagma Square is the center of the city. Formerly a palace, the Parliament building and the square in front of it have been the ground of many important political events in the country's history.

Behind the Parliament building, the National Gardens offer a much needed patch of green and shadow in the capital.They are open from sun dawn to sun dusk and are accessible from Vasilissis Amalias avenue or Irodou Attikou Street.

Near Neighbourhood (Shopping, Walk, Sights, Tours)

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6-10 Minutes Walk distance from the apartment:

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Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum

Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus

Museums:(The Archaeological Museum The Epigraphical Museum, Benaki, The Cycladic Art & Modern Art, The Byzantine and Christian Museum, The Numismatic Museum, The Museum of Keramikos The War Museum and National Gallery of Art, Instruments-Museum, Frissiras Museum, Hellenic Children’s Museum Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum)

Cine Thission (was voted by CNN as “Best Movie Theater in the World “In 2012

The Hadrian’s Arch and The Temple of Zeus

Monument of Lysicrates

Pnyx Hill-Pnika

Anafiotika

Temple of Hephaestus (Thission)

Psyrri Area

The Lyceum of Aristotle

Panathenaic stadium

Philopappou Hill

The Observatory (Hill of the Nymphs)

Athens Academy

Library of Athens

University of Athens

The Student Club of the University of Athens

Museum of Traditional Pottery

Dora Stratou Theater

Lykavitos Hill and the whitewashed chapel of Agios Georgios (St. George)

The Observation

Shopping areas :{ Ermou str., Kolonaki and Voukourestiou str. (the most expensive brands and jewelry in Athens) ,Varvakios Agora

5 Minutes Walk distance from the apartment:

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Syntagma square, Metro, Tram, Bus Stations,Taxis.

Monastiraki (little monastery) is an old part of Athens under the ancient Acropolis.

Monastiraki –The Flea Market

'Thanasis' souvlaki (the most famous souvlaki in town)

Cine Paris (cinema under the Stars)

The Roman Forum and the Library of Hadrian

The Tower of the Winds

Zapion

Ancient Agora

Hamman Baths

Stoa of Attalos

Panathenaic Way

Painted Stoa

Tholos

Jewish Museum

2-3 Minutes Walk distance from the apartment:

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At Syntagna square there's the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, paying tribute to country's dead soldiers, as well as the colorful Evzones-traditionally dressed guards-.Every Hour the changing of the presidential guards gathers many spectators who enjoy seeing men in kilts performing a perfectly synchronized ceremonial.

Behind the Parliament building the National Gardens host about 47,000 trees and plants, a botanical museum, small ponds with fish and ducks, as well as a cafe. At the southern side of the Gardens, you will find Zappeio Mansion, a donation of the wealthy Konstantinos Zappas in the 19th century, today used as a conference center. During the day Zappeio serves as a getaway from the noise and the traffic of the city, while in the evening it's a meeting point for those heading to the cafe, cinema or bar-restaurant located in the adjacent buildings.

Plaka traditional district

Bus/Metro transfer to airport

Tram transfer to southern suburbs and the beaches

Syntagma Square

Parliament

Pigeons of Syntagma

The Square and the Cathedral of Mitropoli’s

Changing Of The National Guards

'Hop on-Hop off Bus Tours'

'Sunshine Express Train Tour

‘Segway Athens Tour'

'Athens Tour by Bike

20 meters Mini Market

Theaters / Cinemas

In the neighborhood

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Pharmacy

Bakery

Creative hair Styling

Coffee Bar

Grocery Store

liquor store

Wine cellar

A delicatessen store

One of the oldest traditional confectioneries” Mitropolitikon”

Inomageirio”To Paradosiako” (really good hand-cooked Greek specialties)

“Mageirevontas Ti Mesogeio” Mediterranean restaurant

“Furin Kazan One of the best and most authentic sushi restaurants in Athens”

“Avocado” Veggie

“O Kostas” Souvlaki

“Dosirak” Korean - Japanese restaurant

“Indian Kitchen” Indian restaurant

“Eleutherudakis” One of the biggest Bookstores in Athens

DISTANCES- PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

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Easy access from / to airport with express bus X95 (50 minutes), that runs 24/7, or use metro (45 minutes) or with taxi which you can find them between exits 2 and 3 at the arrival.

Bus Fair: 5€ (one way)

Metro Fair: 8€ (one way)

Taxi Fair: 35 € (during 05:00am - 00:00)

50 € (during (phone number hidden))

Metro schedule:

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1st train from airport to Syntagma at 06:33 am in the morning

Last train from airport to Syntamga at 23:33 pm

PIRAEUS PORT

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16,5 minutes away using the underground from Monastiraki

Route: 7 stops

First train from Monastiraki to Piraeus Port at 05:19 am

Last Train from Monastiraki To Piraeus Port 00:49 pm

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: greek
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2017

About The Owner

I am most definetely tall. As a former pro basketball player I had the opportunity to travel a lot and was able to interact with many people of different cultures. It has always intrigued me to learn about places and people and that is what I wish for my visitors. To get a good idea and feeling of the land, people and culture of this country.

Amenities

Plaka Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Reviews

Very Good! 4.2/5 -
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'In the garden of the Gods'
average rating of 4.214286 based on 14 reviews
3

Excellent Location

  • 3 of 5

My wife and I spent 6 nights at this property. Prior to our arrival I corresponded with Paul several times. He was always very prompt with his replies. I never met Paul in person, but did meet his niece Livi who greeted us at the apartment and was the one I dealt with when a couple of issues arose. First, we arrived very late from Piraeus and our cab driver had trouble locating the apartment. Livi sent her father to rescue us from where the driver dropped us. When the coffee maker did not work and a fan stopped working, Livi was the one to find a solution. She is very gracious.

The apartment is well located on a side street in the Plaka area and for the most part is quiet. As others have mentioned, the apartment is very warm. There is no air movement so that when you come back after being out all day, the apartment is warm and stuffy. If you leave the front door open along with the windows you can start to cool it down, but it never gets cool. At night, for security, we would close the metal shutters, but this reduces airflow. You must have both ceiling fans and portable fans going in order to sleep. My wife and I both slept with ear plugs to cut out the fan noise. The apartment really needs to be air conditioned.

The apartment is very small; a bedroom, small kitchen, small bathroom and a small living area. The ceilings are high and it is quite modern. My wife and I could not sleep together in the bed as every time one of us rolled over, the other would be awoken due to the very loud creaking from the bed slats. As a result I slept on the futon and my wife slept on the bed. The bed does not make this noise when only one person is in it.

One final concern is the very strong musty smell that comes from the bathroom. It is the first thing you notice when you open the door. The smell never went away, it just varied in intensity.

In summary this is a small, modern apartment in an excellent location, but consideration need to be given to installing air conditioning.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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5

it was great

  • 5 of 5

we had everything we needed and it was in a perfect location. This great accommodation made our stay in Athens extra awesome. We wish we had a broom so we could have cleaned the floor from our kids mess

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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3

The best location and price!!!

  • 3 of 5

Location is one block from a main pedestrian street in Plaka. Livi met us at Syntagma Square to lead us to the apartment, which was much appreciated. She was wonderful, efficient and accommodating. The apartment is below ground, with windows at street level (they have screens). No air conditioning. There are ceiling fans and floor fans. We closed the windows at night for safety reasons so it got a bit stuffy. Suggestion: dehumidifier as there was a musty smell when the windows were closed.

We spent two nights before a short island cruise. All went well with this portion. Reserved for one additional night after the cruise and before we flew home. This night was problematic and I had prepaid it. Paul changed the time we could access the apartment by sending an email less than 24 hours before we were due to arrive. I did not get the email on the cruise ship, because my emails would not load with the slow internet. We arrived at the previously agreed time to find occupants there. They let us keep our suitcases in the apartment (!) and we had to wait 2.5 hours for it to be ready for us. Athens had a temperature of over 100 degrees that day and we were exhausted. Also we only had sheets covering the mattresses. No top sheets. We had to use towels. Uncomfortable in the heat.

Loved the location and Livi was great.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Good Value

  • 3 of 5

This small apartment has a lot going for it: It is walking distance to the Parthenon, Hadrian's library, the Roman Agora, etc.; it seems to have been renovated recently; it has a washing machine; the people taking care of it are very nice; the owner arranged to have us picked up at the airport by a taxi and driven straight to the apartment (and the fare was reasonable); it is relatively quiet for an apartment in the city (you do hear the odd motorcycle or voices in the night however); the rent is very reasonable, and the neighborhood is safe. On the down side, it is a basement apartment, so there is little natural light, it tends to be humid (although I guess that in the summer when it is very hot, the apartment may feel nice and cool), and the bathroom has an odd smell. The seats around the table are rather low, so if you are small like me, it is a bit awkward, and it does not have a microwave (but then, none of the other apartments we rented in Greece had one).

I would recommend this apartment if you want to stay in Plaka (beware, it is a very touristy district) for a few days, especially in the summer, and you plan to be on the go most of the time or if you don't have much money and you are willing to compromise on the amount of natural light in your accommodation.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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5

Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

What makes an experience good or bad is the start of it. This one couldn't have been better. Starting with Elias, the driver and then Livi waiting for us at the apartment. What a delight! Happy, optimistic people. Very helpful and wonderful tips from both.

The apartment is tiny but for 2 people it's enough. There was a little bit of a hassle with the shower curtain being too short, but hey, no biggie.

Thank you Paul, although we never met, your crew is wonderful.

See you in 2016.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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In the Garden of the Gods

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful. Location, Location, Location - from the apartment in Plaka, we were able to walk 'everywhere'. The apartment is on a very quiet street, Very Secure and literally only a few steps to any of the action you could ask for. Paul was outstanding with helping with information and making arrangements before we arrived and Livi met us when we arrived. More importantly, Paul made arrangements for a Taxi driver to meet us upon our arrival and drove us to the door - More importantly this same Taxi driver met me at 4:00am and took me to the airport - I felt so relieved to know that I had someone taking care of me sooo far way from home. The apartment has everything you need from the refrigerator, cook plate, toaster oven and the coffee maker. Most importantly was the washer - this allowed us to travel light and with an iron we could tidy anything up we needed to. The apartment is very comfortable but note that there's not Air Conditioning so sleeping can be difficult if you aren't accustomed.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $23.45
Additional Guest Fee $5.86 per person per night

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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