About this listing
Unique 145m top floor flat in listed Plaka building. 2 large verandas.Stunning view of Acropolis.Very quiet&bright. 2B/R(A/C), living-room(A/C),exceptionally spacious kitchen/diningroom.Sleeps 1-8. 200m from Syntagma metro/ buses/tram.
The top floor of a 19th century renovated building, accessed by an elevator, is the ideal place for couples, families, or friends, who are after a real "home" in Plaka, the historical neighborhood of Athens!
The flat was freshly repainted in February 2015. It has two A/C bedrooms; one with a king size bed (180X200) and another with two single beds (an extra wide one measuring 110X200 and an ordinary one 90X200). Three comfortable folding beds, which can fit in the two bedrooms or the living room, are available for use by extra guests. Additionally, a couch that can be turned into a double bed (120X190) can accommodate 2 persons raising the total to 8. In the summer, this couch lies on the western veranda but it can be brought into the spacious dining room or living room. Finally, a baby's crib can be provided upon request. Bed linen, towels, and toiletries are our responsibility.
The SPECIAL CHARM of the flat is that it is surrounded by two outsdanding verandas! A secluded (30sq.m.) western veranda next to the kitchen/ dining room offering a breathtaking Acropolis view and an exceptionally large (60sq.m) eastern veranda next to the living room, which is sunny in the morning and shaded in the afternoon (in the summer a small part of this veranda with separate entrance is separated for occasional use by the owner). These offer our guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy their meals outdoors facing the Acropolis. Both are decorated with many terracotta pots with plants and flowers. In the winter the verandas are ideal for coffee or lunch.
The kitchen/dining room is exceptionally spacious and fully equipped. Appliances include: gas cooker, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with freezer, kettle, coffee machine, bread toaster, juicer, chopper, etc. We supply the essentials for first morning's breakfast.
In the cosy, wooden ceiling living room there is air conditioning, a TV set, dvd player, and audio system.
The bathroom is simple and convenient. The flat has autonomous gas heating and hot water 24/7. It also has A/C in the living room and in both bedrooms. The washing machine is located on the 3rd floor. Therefore, The cleaning lady takes care of the guests' laundry with no extra charge. She then brings it up to our guests for them to hang it. Iron, ironing board and hairdryer are provided. Also, the flat equipped with a speedy wireless internet connection.
This property is perfectly located in the heart of the touristic and shopping area of Athens. Moreover, it is situated next to a pedestrian street (Kidathinaion), which hosts numerous restaurants, tavernas, coffee shops, wine bars, the Museum of Folk Art, the Jewish Museum, and Children's Museum. Syntagma Square, with many banks, the central Post Office, direct metro line and buses to the airport, the port of Piraeus, and the lovely Athenian beaches is only 3 minutes' walk. Within 5-10 minutes you can reach the Acropolis Museum, the entrance to the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, the Temple of Zeus, and Athens tennis club. A 15 minutes' walk through the National Gardens leads you to Kolonaki, the posh area of Athens, where you can visit the Benaki Museum and the Museums of Cycladic and Byzantine Art. Monastiraki and the central food market of Athens with a variety of shops and tavernas are only 15 minutes away. Next to the flat there is a mini market, a nice local bakery, green grocers, fishmonger, butcher, patisserie, ice-cream and smoothie shop, chemists, and one of the best bio shops in the city. Finally, at 3 minutes’ walk, there is a lovely open air roof-cinema called “Cine-Paris”, where, from June until September, one can enjoy a movie while eating souvlaki or drinking a cold beer!
We live in the same building. We usually welcome our guests in person (unless we are away on business or holiday), and help them make themselves comfortable. If we happen to be away, our associate replaces us. Being engaged in the cultural and intellectual life of Athens ourselves we can give useful advice about life in the city or travelling to the mainland and the islands. Our library is equipped with a variety of books on Greece and a few guides, which guests are invited to use. If parking space is needed there are plenty of paid garages in the area.
Children are welcome to the flat provided they know how to respect it. If required, we can arrange for extra cleaning service. If you need a car to pick you up upon arrival or drop you off upon departure we can also arrange this for you with an extra charge.
Please, don't hesitate to contact us for any consideration! It is our pleasure to help you. We want you to have a great time in Athens and come back to your Athenian "home" again and again!
If you are interested in renting a smaller, nevertheless spacious, very centrally placed, cosy, and less costly apartment, please have a look at our other listing (https://www.airbnb.gr/2667897)
Also available: an even smaller,quiet & bright apartment with balcony and fabulous park view at Hilton area, one stop by metro from Syntagma Square. See our listing https://www.airbnb.gr/rooms/5484588
Everything except a small part of the eastern veranda with separate entrance which in the summer is separated from the rest of the veranda by plants and is occasionally used by the hosts.
Interaction with Guests
Only upon check in. However, if our guests wish to meet us and we happen to be available we can give them any kind of information during their stay.
The neighborhood, the historical Plaka, is the most interesting and charming area of Athens. It is situated just below the Acropolis and right next to the modern city center and Syntagma Square. The National Gardens, where one can find cool and shaded corners in the summer, are only one minute away. In terms of shopping, the flat could not be better located.
The apartment is in the heart of Athens and all public transport is at two steps away.
Other Things to Note
Please have a copy of your passport ready upon arrival because we need it for security reasons.
Please respect our neighbors by keeping quiet particularly in the evening. Help us save energy by turning off the A/C, heating and lights when you go out or leave the flat for good. Take care of our valuable furniture and paintings. Treat all painted surfaces with care and avoid scratching and staining the walls with luggage. Allow us to water the plants on the two verandas particularly in the summer. It only takes 10mins and we have access to them without disturbing you. In one word, please take care of the flat as if it were your own home! Before check out please dispose of your garbage at the dustbins situated at the two ends of our street.
The apartment was wonderful. We stayed for 2 days and would happily stay again and recommend to others. It was spacious, comfortable and couldn't be more convenient for the Plaka and the Acropolis. What made our stay special, though, was the western verandah. It had the most spectacular view imaginable looking out over the Acropolis. We had breakfast here every morning and sat out here last thing at night. Truly wonderful. Many thank to Marica for letting us stay in her special apartment.
J'ai réservé cet appartement pour mon ami, dés que la demande a été acceptée, l'organisation s'est très bien passée et Maria nous a donné tous les détails pratiques dont nous avions besoin. La communication était très facile.
Ensuite je n'ai pas vu l'appartement, mais d'après mon ami, "la situation est parfaite, l'appartement est très propre et la vue exceptionnelle est probablement la plus belle que vous pouvez avoir a Athènes!"
Beautiful apartment in the city center. The place is even better than the pictures. I love the interior- the attention to detail and cute decor is really nice. The terrace is wonderful and perfect for a morning breakfast.
The host canceled this reservation 8 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The reservation was cancelled only half hout after it was approved. This happened because when I approved the reservation I had not realized that the apt was already booked for the specific date. As soon as I realized my mistake I notified my guest and proposed to him my other apt in replacement. He accepted my apologies and proceeded to the new reservation. It is the first time this has happened and I hope it will also be the last.
Thank you Alexandros for understanding.
We were very pleased with Maria apartment. It is very well located to explore the surrounding touristic area and reach the Acropolis. The flat is very nicely decorated and has a lot of charm with its romantic terrace facing the Acropolis hill. The building and elevator are old but that was more adding to the charm of the place than anything else. A very nice place to visit Athens with easy access from the airport trough bus and metro. We had a very nice dinner on the terrace.
Logement remarquable, tant par son emplacement que par son amènagement.
Spacieux, calme, fonctionnel et Ruth, la femme de ménage, est aux petits soins en cas de problèmes, et pas mal de commerces et de restaurants dans les rues avoisinantes.
On est à deux pas de tous les sites remarquables d'Athènes et la vue de la terrace qui donne sur l'acrople est à couper le souffle, avec des petits déjeuners qui prennent une dimension "historique".
Nous étions six adultes et nous avons été à l'aise, pendant les quatre nuits de notre séjour, tant pour le couchage que pour les commodités.
Petit bémol : le seul toilette est dans la salle de bain, mais en vacances on a le temps et ça ne nous a pas dérangé.
A recommander à ceux qui veulent perdre le moins de temps possible en transports pour visiter la belle Athènes et goûter à sa douceur de vivre sans entraves.
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About the Host, Maria
I am an Athenian, who has travelled, studied, and lived abroad for several years. I work as social anthropologist specializing in music and dance and have engaged in fieldwork in various areas of Greece. I speak Greek, English, French, and some Italian. My husband is an artist and our three children are also involved in the arts (architect, artist, and photographer).
I run the properties that appear on this website myself with the assistance of an experienced cleaning person who has been working with my family for the last 25 years. Describing and depicting the apartments as accurately and honestly as possible is a matter of principle for me. Also, I am always concerned about handing the apartments to my guests in a spotless condition. Finally, I care about being punctual at check in and easily accessible by my guests at any time. Usually, I meet my guests in person (unless I am away on business or holiday) and am willing to provide information about culture, everyday life, and sites of interest. When I am away, either a member of my family or my associate welcomes my guests and helps them settle in the apartment. I am happy that almost all the reviews written by people who have used my properties confirm the information stated above.
I will be very glad to meet you, host you in one of my apartments, and contribute in your exploration of my city while making you feel at home!