The Hotel Fresh makes a colourful base from which to explore Athens. Situated in the equally colourful area just to the South of Omonia Square, this hotel’s arty touches and laid-back atmosphere made it a hit with us.
After reading mixed reviews of this area online, we were pleasantly surprised. Just opposite the central market and within walking distance of both the touristy areas (Plaka and Monastiraki) and authentic (but slightly grungy) Exarcheia, we really enjoyed exploring the authentic, lived-in streets around the hotel. This is the kind of area where ancient food shops sit side by side with pet stores selling live chickens, and high-street fashion labels on the next street.
The hotel itself is very pleasant and has a nice little pool on the roof as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant with views across to the Acropolis. There’s also a fitness centre with sauna and steam room.
Attention to detail is great – the Hotel Fresh provide city maps and offer bike hire, as well as seasonal yoga classes on the roof.
Rooms are comfortable and well-designed with tasteful flashes of colour – we liked the pop-up dressing table, magazines and zippy free Wifi, as well as the Korres toiletries in the bathroom (yes! Korres! Oh how we love Korres). There was a good-sized balcony although the fresh March weather meant that we used it only for gazing at Athens’ unbelievable Saturday afternoon traffic jams.
Breakfast was a good mix of traditional Greek goodies including fresh yoghurt and spinach and feta pastries, with a limited selection of hot foods. Tea is good.
Overally, the Hotel Fresh is a good place to stay, especially if you would like to stay in an area that will give you a taste of the real Athens. And if tiny samples of Korres products make you as happy as they do us.
Address: Fresh Hotel, 20 Sofokleous Street, 10552 Athens
Tel: +30 210 5248511
Nearest Metro: Omonia
Cover pic: Flickr / Kelly