|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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This stunning duplex overlooks Athens' most spectacular natural landmark: the hill where wolves once roamed, today home to the tiny whitewashed church of St George, the "chic" peak of Athens, Mount Lykavittos (or Lucabettus, as it may be known to the English speaking world). It has 2.5 bedrooms, including the lofted King size sleeping alcove (which kids just love!), and 2 full bathrooms.
The open floor plan living room opens out to one of two verandas in the penthouse. Our guests often comment that they spend more time relaxing in the outdoor living area or dining al fresco on the veranda than in the living room! There are two full bathrooms, one with an American style shower/bathtub combination, the other with a shower only. The bedrooms on the second level each open out onto a smaller veranda with additional seating. Personally, this is my favorite spot for a cup of tea or glass of wine late at night – it's beautifully peaceful, and the views are lovely.
This duplexed penthouse sits on the top two floors of a small residential building on the quietest side street in Athens. Our Greek friends are always amazed when we have them for dinner on one of the Duplex penthouse verandas (we own two adjacent to one another), because they can’t believe that the bustling cafes & restaurants of vibrant Ymittou, full of people, are just a block away, while perched on our penthouse veranda, it is as quiet as can be.
Our homes are, and always have been, 100% smoke free.
Indoor parking, daily maid service, private chef, private guide, airport and port transfer are all available, inquire for fees.
Ask about our morning breakfast buffet, delivered to your table. A selection of freshly baked Greek pitas, seasonal fruit, fresh local yogurt, honey, cheese, and freshly squeezed juice. If you are interested in Greek cousine, we can arrange for cooking in house.
Basil & Carole's American homes in Athens are often copied, but never duplicated. We're still real vacation rental owners - we stay in our home when we are in Athens - so it is truly still our own home away from home. This means we know the beds are great, and the kitchen stays stocked with everything you need to really cook. But we love to be tourists in our adopted city, too. This means that staying with us offers you the very best of both worlds in downtown Athens. It has the convenience of being close to all of Athens' major sites, with a comfortable home to call your own, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Who would have thought when I boarded a plane for Greece more than 20 years ago, planning on backpacking through the mountains and then heading north through then Yugoslavia I'd end up making Greece my second home?
Adjacent to our Athens First Duplex penthouse and around the corner from our other 3 Acropolis View penthouses, the St George gave us our quietest home yet - and the chance to create a perfect pied-a-terre: comfy and not overwhelming in size for 1 or 2 guests, yet roomy & efficient enough to sleep up to 7 guests in real beds in the bedrooms.
At once elegant & convenient, with striking views, great private outdoor space, the best stocked vacation rental kitchens in the city of Athens, the perfect mix of location and comfort - all of our penthouses are situated in the perfect area for exploring the city's commercial center but living in the city's most desirable central residential neighborhood.
From the moment we made contact with Carole, everything was perfect: the communication, the apartment, the location, the recommendations for shopping and restaurants, her recommendation of Nick as a driver and guide. Carole truly understands hospitality, and what it means to be a traveller in a foreign country.
I highly recommend Athens, the neighbourhood and the apartment - we had the most incredible holiday filled with history, food, sunshine and relaxation. We couldn't possibly ask for more, except the privilege of returning one day.
What an incredible gift to have found this beautiful apartment in which to stay while spending a few days in Athens! The quiet neighborhood is perfectly situated for exploring, dining, and seeing the sights. Carole and Basil have put a LOT of thought into making y/our stay AMAZING. The detailed pre-trip document that was provided to us was filled with great local insight and suggestions for day trips and dining. We were greeted by a hostess, Nadia, who showed us the apartment and instructed us on the use of the hot water heater (rarely needed) and washer/dryer (a Godsend!) We had an amazing time thanks to this beautiful rental - thank you, Carole and Basil!
Wondering what our Athens neighborhood is like & if you can walk to the Acropolis? Use the metro? Tram? Trolley?
Where will you eat? Shop? Find groceries?
Our penthouses are:
700 meters or 1/2 mile from the Evangelismos metro station
120 meters or 0.08 mile from the trolley/bus stop to Plaka/Syntagma/National Archeological Museum
1 km (1000 meters) or 0.64 mile from the Old Olympic Stadium (Kalimarmaro)
1.61 km Or 1 mile from Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Zeus and the “entrance to Ancient Athens”
2.04 km Or 1.27 mile from the New Acropolis Museum
2.55 km or 1.56 mile from the Acropolis
1.91 km or 1.19 mile from Syntagma Square
1.61 km or 1 mile from Kolonaki Square
2.07 km or 1.28 mile to the top of Mount Lykavittos (on the switchback trail)
1.77 km or 1.10 mile to the teleferik (cable car) to the top of Mount Lykavittos
.97 km or .60 mile from the War Museum
1.11 km or 0.69 mile to the Museum of Cycladic Art
1.24 km or 0.77 mile to the Benaki Museum
4.16 km or 3 miles to the National Archeological Museum (by foot or trolley)
120 meters or 0.08 mile from the trolley stop to the National Archeological Museum
1.21 km or 0.75 mile from the Museum of Contemporary Art
93 meter or 307 feet from the second best souvlaki in Athens
70 meters or 235 feet from the closest supermarket (3 others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
78 meters or 250 feet from the closest pharmacy (5 others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
78 meters or 250 feet from the closest sit down, full service restaurant (countless others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
450 meters or 0.28 mile from the “Little Forest of Pagrati”, a cool pine forest in the city, with a brand new children’s playground, café, basketball court and walking/jogging paths
690 meters or 0.43 mile from the Athens Hilton (and swimming pool!)