Enjoy the tranquility and the “village” atmosphere of this old-time courtyard.Difficult to believe you are in the centre of Athens-200 meters away from the metro station and 2 stops from the heart of the historic center.
The flat is situated in a quiet and absolutely safe residential area near the historical centre and two minutes walk from Tavros-E.Venizelou metro station (green line)-just two stops from Thision station (to visit Acropolis monument). It is a one bedroom/living room flat with a separate fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom (shower) hidden in a traditional Athenian courtyard (a rare sight in the centre nowadays). The entire place was fully renovated in May-June 2013 exclusively for vacation rentals in the “Greek island” fashion with blue and white being the dominating colors. Its decoration combines the old with the new and is completed with the double bed, the sofa and the cupboard which were actually built in the flat following the old island tradition.
But what this place should really boast for is the courtyard itself -a small oasis with various trees and plants including lemon trees, an avocado, a magnolia and a huge oleander with white flowers. The adjacent courtyards of the next door neighbors just reinforce the illusion that you’re relaxing on some distant island of the Aegean Sea (photos speak for themselves).
After finishing the...advertising I think you should know that my husband, who had the flat renovated and helps me to take care of the guests, is a travel journalist. For 20 years this flat used to be his private shelter where he could work in peace away from the city noise (and then the crisis came – end of the story!) Anyway having been professional travelers and guests in hundreds of private flats and hotel rooms all over the world I believe we have gained the experience to know what makes a visitor in a big city happy. At least we hope. You`ll tell us......
Private parking space.
“Built in” double bed (width 1.40m), sofa and cupboard.
Free Wi-Fi internet
TV(LCD+MONITOR) + DVD
Fridge, cooker, microwave oven and kitchen utensils
Coffee maker, hairdryer, iron etc.
# all electrical and electronic equipment (except the laptop) are brand new - bought in Jun 2013
24h hot water independency
Linen and towels
Soap, shampoo, washing powder etc as well as toilet and kitchen paper are provided
Filter coffee, tea, local herbs etc are also provided.
European and American films (DVDs) in the original language
A peaceful and absolutely safe area mostly inhabited by families who have lived there for many decades. The street where the flat stands is quiet, tree-lined and very well lit leading to the Tavros-E.Venizelou metro station (less than two minutes walk).
The flat is not really IN the historical centre (Acropolis 3km) but the nearby metro station is on the green line - just two stops to THISION (Acropolis monument), three stops to MONASTIRAKI, three stops to PHALIRON (from where in 10-15min by tram you reach the BEACHES) and five stops to the port of PIRAEUS.
In a radius of 300-400 meters there are various shops for your everyday needs including 5 supermarkets, 4 delicatessen shops with special products from all over Greece, pharmacies, bakeries, grocery and butcher shops and tavernas. Apart from that, Kallithea district is close enough (Kalithea metro station is 4-5 min walk) which is one of the biggest commercial districts of the city (unknown to most tourists) with a charming “old time” park (for the Athenian standards), a traditional closed fish-meat-vegetable market, a big crowded square with all the necessary cafés and bars and busy streets dense with shops selling clothes, electronic and household goods etc at low prices
Showing respect to the guests arriving after you please don`t smoke inside the flat. Of course you can smoke in the courtyard.
Showing respect to the neighbours please keep noise (and voice) down while you are in the yard during the time periods 3pm-5pm and 11.30pm-8.30am.
First of all we have to say that everything was really perfect.First such a warm and nice welcoming and then the flat which is really nice and very Clean. Everything you need you will find in there and even more...
The hosts have always a good advice and are very caring -thank you so much again! The flat is located very central and the metro is about three minutes to walk to. The Neighbourhood is charming and quiet and there are supermarkets and bakerys around.
So we can recommend it 200%
I wish I could give seven or even ten stars to Pantelis & Grigoria and their wonderful house. For us it was not just regular Airbnb experience but amazing mixture of (website hidden) and getting new friends in very friendly and relaxing atmosphere. The place itself has very convenient location and everything you need for staying. Pantelis provides all kinds of help and makes you feel really special guest. As many other travelers we were given a cell phone, flesh fruits including lemons on the tree in the garden and all kind of stuff for bathroom, washing machine and kitchen. Private parking lot always has space for your rental car and metro station is in 3 min walk. Bunch of supermarkets and great bakery is in 5 min walk while big local farmers market is just 10 min walk. Tavros are is very safe and we never ever felt any discomfort walking around in the night. May be it is possible to find better places to stay in Athens, but you definitely won't find better hosts than Pantelis and Grigoria! They are extremely hospitable and social characters but in the same time respect privacy if you need it. I wish we could spend more time together having dinner and talking at the backyard!
Es waren 8 wunderbaren tage: Es hat alles gestimmt!
Das apartement hatte alles, was ich gebrauchen konnte, es war sauber, gut ausgestattet, das bett war super, die heizung hat gut funktioniert, die dusche war heiß, es war schön eingerichtet UND es lag sehr ruhig und doch zentral. 5 minuten zu fuß vom metro entfernt.
Die gastgeber waren sehr freundlich, nie penetrant, aber hilfsbereit.
Die umgebung war ruhig, es gab einen schönen großen straßenmarkt in fußnähe, mehrere kleine gutsortierte geschäfte, in der straße, wo das apartement liegt gibt es wenig autoverkehr, dafür viele orangenbäume!
Ich habe mich sehr, sehr wohl gefühlt und bedauert, nicht länger gebucht zu haben. Ich kann diese bleibe auf jeden fall empfehlen! Und möchte gerne noch einmal dort wohnen.
An Pantelis und Grigoria: Efcharistò für alles! :-)
The apartment is very cute, comfortable and quiet. Nicely furnished and clean, it sports all the amenities you could wish for. The backyard is also just as lovely as on the fotos. It is too bad we came during some of the coldest days of winter, but during the milder ones, it was really nice to sit outside.
The closest metro station is barely 5 minutes away and anything you need, you can find in the vicinity. If you're up for a little walk, you can reach the Acropolis over the Hill of the Muses in roughly 30 minutes and the sea in 40.
But probably the best "feature" of this accommodation are its welcoming hosts. Pantelis and Grigoria are amazingly kind, friendly and joyful people. We felt at home the minute we arrived. Pantelis showed us around the quarter, took us to nearby markets, had us try some of the local delicatessen and overwhelmed us with seemingly infinite information about Athens. Our night out with the two and friends of theirs was also a very delightful experience.
So all in all, I would give them six stars out of five, if I could!
We had a wonderful time in that cute and cozy apartment. It is in a nice, calm and central area in the middle of Athens. All the main sites are not more than 3-4 metro stops away. Pantelis and Grigoria are amazing hosts. They gave us tips where to go and where we could find good markets and local restaurants. And they are so lovely!
We will definitely come back this year!
The apartment had everything we needed.
We recommend this apartment and Grigoria and Pantelis as hosts to everyone who likes to visit Athens.
Grigoria and pantelis are so so sweet. They went out of their way to make sure my friend and I both had the experience we wanted out of athens. They told us about all the local spots to eat as well as the bars. The apartment is quaint but cute and they stocked it with all the things we could need. They were always readily available when something came up. Such sweet hosts, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at their place!
Nous avons été très bien accueillis par nos hôtes. Le mari de Grigoria, Pantélis, est venu nous chercher à la station de métro pour nous faire visiter l'appartement. Ils nous avaient préparé quelques commissions de produits locaux. Et dans la cour il y avait un jolie sapin pour Noël. Puis après l'appartement, il nous a fait visiter le quartier pour nous indiquer les commerces, restaurants sympathiques... Nous nous sommes sentis tout de suite mis à l'aise, et l'appartement était encore mieux que l'on ne l'imaginait.
Pantélis nous a remis un téléphone grec, afin que nous puissions le joindre en cas de problème. Il nous a demandé ce qu'on voulait faire, ce qu'on aimait et en fonction il nous téléphonait et nous donnait de bonnes adresses et conseils d'itinéraire par SMS. D'autant plus que la localisation de l'appartement est très pratique. Grigoria & Pantélis sont un très beau couple, très attachants, avec un bel humour et soucieux de bien recevoir. Nous avons passé un séjour exceptionnel. Tous leurs conseils, nous ont permis de découvrir qu'Athènes est une ville très vivante qui comporte de multiples facettes et des coins atypiques en nous éloignant des circuits des guides touristiques.
Hallo fellow travellers
My name is Grigoria and I grew up in the house where the flat belongs. As a matter of fact my mother still lives on the 1st floor and my sister on the 2nd. I am an Aromatherapist but in the last 15 years I`ve spent most of my time travelling abroad with my husband Pantelis and our four-legged …son Sotos (you can see the latter in the photo taken in Feldkirch, Austria). Pantelis is a travel journalist having had numerous articles published about places all over the world as well as two books “Travelling around Europe by car Vol 1&2”. The flat used to be his beloved shelter where he wrote for hours and hours taking advantage of the tranquility of the place but now due to the crisis we are stuck in Athens and we decided to offer the flat to other travelers (the renovation finished in June 2013).
We are easy going persons and needless to say we love animals and travelling around. My husband`s job is a guarantee that we know our guests` expectations and how to fulfill them.