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Athens Diamond Plus 3.0

Athens, Greece

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Pros

  • Walking distance from the Plaka, Acropolis, and Syntagma square
  • Most rooms have private balconies
  • Rooms are stylish and large
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Business center
  • In-room massage treatments available

Cons

  • Few facilities or common areas
  • Rooms feel worn around the edges
  • Breakfast is in the sister property across the street
  • No restaurant, bar, or fitness center
  • Small elevator 

Bottom Line

The 13-room Athens Diamond Plus is a small, mid-range boutique hotel conveniently located in the central Syntagma neighborhood of Athens, within walking distance of many of the city's most popular sights, including the Acropolis. Affiliated with the Athens Diamond Homtel across the street, the Athens Diamond Plus strives for a more classically opulent feel than its sister property (though, it is not, in fact, luxurious). The whole hotel is designed in bright white, accented with flashes of gold and Philippe Starck-inspired decor. The style isn't for everyone, but the rooms are well-sized and have flatscreen TVs, mini-fridges, and small hydromassage showers. 

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Scene

Bright white and gold, with an ornate modern aesthetic and no real common areas

The Athens Diamond Plus is exclusively decorated in glaring white and gold, channeling a classic idea of Grecian aesthetics as interpreted in an ornate, modern, Philippe Starck-inspired style. The hotel is small, but what little common space there is -- the check-in area and hallways -- can be overwhelmed with this brightness. It begins to feel slightly ethereal, and the color scheme does little to hide wear and tear, which is especially noticeable in some rooms and hallways. The mirrored elevator is slow and quite small, which can be frustrating.

Breakfast is served across the street at the sister property, the Athens Diamond Homtel. The Homtel has a more modern, almost clubby vibe, and breakfast is either served in a bland breakfast room or on a rooftop terrace, from which you can see some of the nearby ruins.

The hotel primarily attracts couples and other tourists looking for a hotel with a sense of style within walking distance of attractions.

Location

In the heart of Athens' historic center, within walking distance of the Acropolis

The Athens Diamond Plus is conveniently located for exploring the city's major historic sights on foot. It's within walking distance of many of the city's attractions, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Zeus, and the Plaka. Just off Ermou Street, the hotel is on a small but busy street surrounded by plenty of shops and restaurants. Syntagma Square just down the road, where there are buses and a metro stop, making it easy to get around the greater city as well. The hotel is about a 40-minute ride to the airport.

Rooms

Reasonably sized, bright white, and simple, many with private balconies

Like the halls and other common areas, rooms at the Athens Diamond Plus are bright and decorated in white and gold (with a green accent wall here or there). Apart from the stark whitewashing, it's a fun and quirky aesthetic that takes inspirations both from ancient Grecian ruins and Philippe Starck, although the prints of diamond and emerald necklaces on the walls spill over into the realm of kitsch. Rooms are large enough, with space for a vanity and chair, and mirrors to bounce light. Some furniture and walls show wear-and-tear -- especially evident thanks to the white color scheme -- but everything is in reasonably good condition. Bathrooms are on the small side, but generally clean and bright, and all have a walk-in hydromassage shower. Many rooms have balconies, as well. While Deluxe Rooms are larger, there is little more functional space than in Standard Rooms, and they may not be worth the upgrade; Suites, on the other hand, are more substantial. All rooms have a small flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, and free Wi-Fi.

Features

Free breakfast and Wi-Fi

The Athens Diamond Plus offers free Wi-Fi and free breakfast to all guests, but there are no additional features. The hotel is a small, 13-room property, and there are no real common areas. Breakfast is actually served across the street at the sister hotel, the Athens Diamond Homtel, in either a breakfast room or on a roof terrace. There's also a small business center and a front-desk concierge. The hotel's location, near so many shops and attractions, is its biggest asset.

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Address

23 Voulis & Mitropoleos, Athens 105 63, Greece

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