About this listing
First: Our homes all have two full bathrooms and at least two bedrooms, some have 3 or 4. We don't believe 4, 5 or 6 people should share 1 bath, especially not on vacation.
Second: You get the whole place to yourself, no sharing.
Third: We've been at this for many years and know how to help travelers make the best of their visit - be it for pleasure or work.
Fourth: While our first home was an accident, the rest are all INTENTIONAL vacation homes designed to give you a magical home away from home. (we have been doing this in Greece longer than airbnb has existed and our listing on the (URL HIDDEN) websiteis the older in Athens - check our our hundreds of reviews there and on the Trip (URL HIDDEN) site).
Fifth: Location location location! No we are not inside the PLAKA, but you can walk there, and you will. No, we aren't underneath the Acropolis, but you can walk there, and you will.
But Athens is so much more than the Acropolis & the Plaka - stay in our homebase of Pagrati behind the Old Olympic Stadium and discover real Athens. Dine where the locals dine, stroll on our pedestrian streets and around our neighborhood squares and mingle with Greeks - experience the afternoon siesta and the evening volta and let your kids kick around a soccer ball in the park with the neighbors.
You didn't spend all that money to buy a plane ticket to stay in a city with a bunch of other American tourists, did you? That's why you should stay with us.
About our Athens First Luxury Duplex 3 bedroom 2 bath penthouse. This is the one that started it all.
This bright and airy duplex sleeps up to 6 guests in the 3 bedrooms. The main floor bedroom has a Queen bed and upstairs one bedroom sleeps 2 in a double and the other sleeps 2 in two twins (trundle). In addition, there is a queen sofa bed in the living room. There are two full baths (one on each level, one has a combination bath/shower, the main floor bath has a shower only) and two spacious verandas, one with an additional living room setup and dining area, and the other with a table and chairs and sun beds for relaxing in that famous Greek sunshine. There is a shared roof terrace with 360 degree views, including the Acropolis and Mount Lykavittos, perfect for enjoying the sunset with an ouzo or contemplating the Acropolis under the stars.
Our fully air conditioned penthouse is designed to offer our guests a true home away from home, familiar and comfortable with the same amenities they have at home (or more) with a full size washer and clothes dryer, luxury bed and bath linens, plush bath robes, and all natural bath and body products, you'll be at home in your Athens home.
Our guests in also enjoy the use of FREE UNLIMITED high speed wireless internet along with FREE UNLIMITED international phone service to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and several other EU countries and IPOD docking stations as well as a desktop computer (and a printer is available on advance request).
The penthouse is conveniently located in the museum area of downtown Athens (Pagrati/Caravel), between the Hilton Hotel and the Old Olympic Stadium. It is a 15 minute walk to the historical center and Syntagma Square, past the Old Olympic Stadium and Hadrian's Arch or through the National Gardens. The Evaggelismos metro station is 5 - 7 minutes by foot as are most of the finest museums in Athens (the National Art Gallery, Benaki Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art, the Byzantine Museum & the Museum of Contemporary Art). Most of our guests choose to walk to Plaka and the Acropolis from the apartment, others prefer to take the trolley from the stand around the corner.
Other things to note
Basil and I are full time professional vacation rental managers - you are staying in an intentional holiday home. You won't find anyone's clothes in the drawers but you will find lots of things provided with travelers in mind (some of which are secrets we choose not to share here since that's what makes us special :-)
Also remember that we do have additional requirements beyond the airbnb requirements - so if you aren't comfortable agreeing to our terms and conditions and returning a signed agreement, we respectfully ask that you look elsewhere.
Our reputation online with Carole and Basil's Amazing Acropolis View Penthouses, Athens Heritage House and Chicago Magic Factory Loft precedes us, so you can feel confident about us.
Don't forget, we don't take a cash security deposit via airbnb - instead we'll ask that you complete our booking form and provide a credit card as you would when staying in a hotel.
We do not offer unescorted check-ins after 8:00 PM so if you are arriving after 6:30 PM you will need to use our recommended transfer service.
Our homes are STRICTLY NON SMOKING INSIDE. Smoking is permitted on the verandas, guests are expected to use ashtrays and clean up after themselves.
If any of our house rules make you uncomfortable, we urge you to consider other options, as our home may not be the best option for your visit.
SPECIAL NOTE: All guests will be required to sign our rental agreement within 48 hours of booking their reservation with us. The terms and conditions of our rental agreement may be different than airbnb's terms and include a major credit card for check in lieu of a security deposit and a 60 day no refund/cancellation clause.
Our home is strictly non-smoking.
We offer check ins until 8:30 pm - after 8:30 pm we require you arrive with one of our recommended drivers.
Our home away from home has welcomed hundreds of travelers over the years yet we maintain it so it's like new for each newly arriving guest. We hope that you'll appreciate this and respect our like it were your own. After all - it IS your home away from home.
Who would have thought when I boarded a plane for Greece more than 20 years ago, planning on backpacking through the mountains and then heading north through then Yugoslavia I'd end up making Greece my second home?
But here I am, 20 something years later, running a fabulous Greek vacation rental business with historic homes & penthouses in Athens, planning Greek travel itineraries and leading small group food & wine focused tours around my adopted homeland and loving the life that I am lucky enough to be living. Of course I did pick up an equally crazy, workaholic Greek husband along the way, as well as a stray Greek animal or two!
Update: End of October 2016 .... This year Basil and I celebrate 14 years opening our Greek vacation rentals to guests from around the world. All these years we've been hopping between Basil's home city, Athens and Carole's home city of Chicago. Time and time again guests in Greece ask us if they can stay in our Chicago home while we're in Athens.... so we're finally doing it - we've just completed the renovation of a fab 3 bedroom 2 bath loft in our 10,000 sq foot Lincoln Park hybrid warehouse (which in a previous life housed a bar and a dance hall, followed by a costume and magic card factory and then a photography studio where probably every Butterball turkey advertisement in the 1980s was shot .... the photos, not the turkeys!)
So come stay with us ... and then stay with us again. Whether we share an ouzo in Athens or a beer and a hot dog in Chicago, we know that you won't be disappointed.