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Best Western Amazon Hotel 3.0

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Pros

  • Convenient, central location
  • Clean, modern, and affordable rooms have interesting decor
  • Free buffet breakfast served daily
  • Coffee bar on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Soundproofed windows keep out street noise in rooms
  • Meeting rooms available for business travelers

Cons

  • No full restaurant on-site
  • Some rooms need updating
  • Quite far away from local nightlife

Bottom Line

A mid-range property with 46 spotless rooms, the Amazon is a partially updated Best Western chain hotel. It attracts tourists who want to spend the day in Athens and avoid high hotel costs. The overall decor is cheerful and modern in an Ikea kind of way, but some of the rooms need renovating, as they feature a ‘70s shade of salmon pink. There’s no pool or fitness center, and visitors looking for more suave lodgings may want to check out the similarly priced Y Hotel, which has chic guest rooms and a fitness center.

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Scene

On a quaint Greek street with easy access to the Acropolis

Nestled away behind an Asian rug shop, the Amazon gives guests easy access to the most appealing parts of central Athens, but muffles both the noise and hassle of the city. The looming, gray hotel doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside it is plush and comfortable, with a sleek gray reception area and an Ikea-style dining space. A tiny, modest business corner looks like a home office with a couple of computers and a printer. Leaving the hotel, guests will notice the smell of baked goods and coffee from a nearby bakery that mixes with incense floating over from the tiny neighboring church, Panaghia. The property is an ideal choice for travelers who want to experience the ancient sights of Athens and the trendier shopping spots, as the hotel is within walking distance of both.

Location

In the center of Athens, in the scenic area of Plaka and near many attractions

The Amazon’s location is super central, with easy access to the metro, shopping areas, Plaka restaurants, and many other attractions. The Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a brisk 10-minute walk south, and the Ermou, Athens’ main shopping street, is an eight-minute stroll west. The Amazon is on a quiet street and also close to Syntagma Square, where the changing of the guards happens every hour and the hop-on/hop-off tourist buses stop. Athens International Airport is a 30-minute drive southeast, or 45 minutes by public transport.  

Rooms

Soundproof windows and neutral decor

Ranging in size from single units to suites with Acropolis views, updated guest units here are decked out in neutral earth tones with funky artwork, honeycomb hexagon walls, and bright splashes of orange. Though the Amazon is a budget property, expect the kind of rooms you would find in a business hotel, complete with soundproof windows and free Wi-Fi. Also keep in mind that some units have yet to be updated, and feature a salmon and earth-tone palette. Tiled bathrooms are bright white and beige; they're also smaller than you might expect, particularly in contrast with the larger-than-average bedrooms. Still, they're adequate and very clean, with hairdryers and fluffy white towels. 

Features

Breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, and a coffee bar

Although the Best Western Amazon Hotel doesn't provide a ton of amenities, the few it does offer tend to receive positive feedback. A sleek dining space hosts a daily free breakfast buffet that gets high marks for its tasty items, including continental dishes and local specialties such as Greek yogurt. The coffee bar is a quiet spot for afternoon espressos or cocktails. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

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Address

19 Mitropoleos, Sytagma, Athens 105 57, Greece

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  • Amazon Hotel

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