A good accommodation in Athens is a crucial thing to your great experience. I have stayed in a few hotels in Athens, and Polis Grand hotel is just one of them. Here is an unbiased review of the Polis Grand hotel in Athens, Greece with all the pros and cons.
Athens is a city that always seems to be filled with tourists no matter the time of year. Most people that travel to Athens come here to see the Acropolis of Athens, the Agora of Athens and other famous ruins scattered all over the city. To do so, you will have to have a lot of energy for a lot of walking, and a good place to recharge afterwards.
Polis Grand hotel is located in the center of the city, just 5 minutes walk to the subway station – Omonia.
Around the hotel you will find quite a few good restaurants and bars, convenience stores, and supermarkets.
Polis Grand hotel has a small waiting area on the first floor near the reception desk. It looks cute, and has some seating space, however if there are more than two people at the reception the whole lobby feels very cramped.
There is a big beautiful restaurant on the second floor of the Polis Grand hotel where you are served a fantastic breakfast in the morning.
Besides the lobby and the breakfast restaurant, there is a beautiful terrace with a bar/restaurant, and an amazing view of the Acropolis of Athens. The view from the terrace is the highlight of the whole hotel. I recommend you go there during the golden hours, and sunset. You definitely will get some amazing photos even with your phone camera.
The check-in and check-out were very fast. During our stay the staff at the reception was always helpful, and friendly.
At breakfast the personnel were very attentive. The tables were cleaned fast, and if there was a shortage of something, it was brought immediately from the kitchen.
As I have already mentioned, the breakfast restaurant was beautiful: it was spacious, very light (with many panoramic windows), and super clean.
After the view from the terrace, breakfast was my second favorite thing at the Polis Grand hotel. The selection of food was wide with all sorts of savory and sweet dishes, a big variety of fruits, juices, and other things. A big plus was a coffee machine with latte, cappuccino, and other options.
The room at the Polis Grand hotel was … well, disappointing. The room we got (and we got a standard room, so I didn’t expect anything amazing) was tiny with barely enough space to walk around the bed, and no space to open a suitcase.
In the room there was a queen size bed, two bed tables, a small flat screen TV, an armchair, and a minifridge.
As I already mentioned, I didn’t expect too much out of our room, however for $120/night a small complimentary water would be nice.
These small things like complimentary water on a hot summer day, after an hour’s drive from the airport, would make you think of a place as welcoming and nice, instead of cheap and stingy.
I also found the lack of plugs a bit annoying since I had more than one device to charge. I am so used to hotels having plugs on each side of the bed it is weird when I have to use a plug across the room.
The bathroom wasn’t any better than our room. It was small with a walk-in shower that splashed water everywhere, and an uncomfortable toilet.
The water pressure however was great, and the water got hot very fast. For two people we had just one big bath towel and one small. It is not a big deal, we could have called and asked for one more bath towel, but as they say the devil is in the details.
Overall, I love most things about the Polis Grand hotel (the view from the terrace, the amazing breakfast, a very convenient location), with the exception of the room we got.
So my advice to you: if you are planning on staying at the Polis Grand hotel in Athens don’t choose the standard room they offer! You of course might get a way better room for the same price than we did, but you can unfortunately get exactly the same room.
Price: $120 /night
Air-Conditioned Rooms: Yes
Breakfast Included: Yes
Pool On-Site: No.
Maid Service: Yes
Recommended To Stay Here: Depends on which room you book
Address: Veranzerou 10, Athina 104 32, Greece
Disclaimer: Jet Set Together was not paid for a stay at the Polis Grand hotel in Athens, Greece, and did not accept any payment for a good review. The words expressed in this article are my honest opinion.