|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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Location, location, location
Our landmark NeoClassical home, located in the historic center of Athens. It's within walking distance of the biggest sites, and it's perfect for exploring them with lots of space to spread out and relax at the end of the day.
The Athens Heritage House main floor apartment has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and sleeps up to 6 guests. The main house apartment has one bedroom with a Queen bed, and another with two Twins. Across the cozy and shaded private courtyard garden, a third master bedroom with en suite bath sleeps two guests in a Queen bed.
The open floor plan living room sleeps two additional guests in Twin daybeds.
The Heritage House features a full kitchen with a stove/oven, refrigerator, under counter dishwasher, microwave oven, and various small appliances to help you make the most of your stay. You'll find two well stocked markets nearby, along with a baker, a pastry shop, and a green grocer. The Athens Central Market is a short bus ride away, but we can also set you up with a private, guided Fabulous Foodie Tour which will help you navigate the maze of nearby streets that lead to the market area, where you can sample a variety of Greek treats along the way before ending with lunch at a tucked away secret workers favorite lunch spot!
Wow, who would have thought when I told my husband I wanted to buy a little pied-a-terre in his hometown, Athens, Greece, that I'd end up with the greatest accidental career of my life? Born and raised in Chicago, my love for travel was evident early on. Perhaps it was my arrival in the world, early one December morning, way quicker than my siblings had, in fact so quick we were still enroute to the hospital, and I still hold the title of youngest patient ever admitted to that north suburban hospital! (And thus, as a Sagittarius, characteristically smitten with wunderlust). I traveled my home country extensively with my family as a child, and was fortunate to have parents who encouraged us to study a second language young.
While my language of choice as a child was French, my culture of choice was Greek - My earliest jobs were always in Chicago's Greek diners, my university days filled with hours playing backgammon in the cafeteria with my Greek friends, and my Eurail passes always started and ended my European backpacking holidays in Greece. So no one was surprised when I met Basil, a romantic writer but practicing translator and linguist, born and bred in Athens, but transplanted to Chicago, fell in love, and married him. While our life in Chicago was full, rehabbing a warehouse we purchased to house ourselves, our son and our growing Greek translation agency, I longed to plant some roots for our family in Basil's hometown. A small studio overlooking Mount Lykavittos was to be our Athens crash pad, but thanks to what seemed then an unfortunate turn of events, our home in Athens ended up being the beautiful Athens First Luxury Duplex. Larger than we had planned, offering it as a short term furnished rental seemed the logical way to afford it. Little did we realize that it would become so popular we'd be sleeping on friend's couches rather than in our own Athens home! Tired of being homeless in Athens, we purchased a second penthouse directly adjacent to the Athens First. In 2006 we completed the renovations of three additional short term furnished rentals.
As I said early on, this is the greatest accidental business one could imagine, and I love sharing my adopted city with visitors. Our guests repeatedly thank us for the little extras that often mean so much when you are planning what is often a once in a lifetime trip. As an ex-pat in Athens, I know the wonderful off the beaten path places that can make a holiday special, and I also know how to stay on the tourist path without feeling like you are being herded along with the crowds. Feel free to email me with your questions as you plan your trip to Athens - just one of the little extras guests of Greek Vacation Rentals will find when they share our homes in Athens.
The apartment is conveniently located, walking distance to most of the important sites to visit, wonderful restaurants, and groceries. The space comfortably accommodated our group of seven. The apartment is well equipped and clean. The people in Athens will work to help you with any problems and make you feel like a welcome guest. It was everything we hoped. We would gladly stay here again if we return to Athens.
The Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, Keramikos Ancient Cemetery, Gazi Psirri nightlife and art galleries. The historic center, the Plaka, and Monasteraki Flea Market, the Archeological Park. Foodie tours, Day trips to Delphi, Ancient Corinth Epidaurus. Theater at the the Herodion under the Acropolis. The New Acropolis Museum. Sunset trips down to the Temple of Poseidon. Private guided tours.