About this listing
Value for money in an central but not "touristy" area.
One-bedroom 50 square meters flat/apartment, consisting of a bathroom, kitchen, a living room and bedroom.
Amenities include open wi-fi access and washing machine.
Although it is situated in a very central area of Athens, on the 5th floor, the apartment/flat offers a very nice view of the nearby hill (Strefi hill).
Having a southern direction, it receives a significant amount of sunlight from sunrise to sunset. Ideal for travelers who want to experience the famous Attica sun!
The main entrance of the building is on Alexandras avenue, one of the main roads of Athens, which could also be perceived as the 'border" between the popular Exarchia (where it is situated), Kypseli and Gizi districts of downtown Athens.
Guests will have access to all amenities in the apartment, e.g. kitchen facilities, wi-fi, washing machine and music appliances. Clean towels and sheets are provided to every guest.
Interaction with Guests
I always make sure to be in the apartment during check-in in order to welcome the guests and orientate them on both the apartment and the city through maps and guide books. Always happy recommending places according to the guests interests and questions. Guests are always welcome to join me and my friends on a night out or on a walk.
Opposite the building is one of Athens main parks, "Areos" park, ideal for walks, bicycle riding or just sitting on a bench for sunbathing. It is also a spot for many cultural events such as the "Athens Indy Free Festival" which takes place every year and still gives the opportunity to many local underground bands to present their work, as well as the annual book exhibition where publishing houses present their titles.
One of the important museums of Europe and the largest in Greece, the National Archaeological Museum, is within 5-7 minutes walking distance. 11,000 exhibits from prehistorical times to late Antiquity waiting to be discovered by any traveler interested in Ancient History and Art.
Exharchia square is within a 7-8 minutes walking distance. The famous neighborhood is, since its beginning in late 19th century Athens till present day, a student neighborhood of a rather bohemian character which offers a large variety of options:
Eating spots ranging from "souvlaki" places to vegetarian organic restaurants and from Pakistani takeaways to traditional Greek taverns.
Bars where one can listen to different kinds of music including underground electronica, alternative rock, jazz, hip-hop... and the list goes on.
Live scenes where most of the newly formed, as well as some of the well-known local bands can be seen performing.
Access to public transportation is very easy.
Just outside the building a bus and trolley bus stop can be used to go either North or, after six stops, change to "Ampelokipi" metro station which leads straight to the Airport.
Victoria underground station is also within 7 minutes walking distance from the flat where one can use the tube to go as far as the port of Piraeus and catch a ferryboat to any of the world famous Greek islands.
The regional Attica bus stop is also 5 minutes away. One can catch the bus to Cape Sounio, for example, to go swimming during the summer months.
To sum up, this place is ideal for young, culture-loving, low budget travelers, as well as for people who want to experience downtown Athens but would also love to "escape" and travel through the region.
- Please make sure you lock the door at all times. Although it is a relatively safe area, your safety as well as taking care of your belongings is important.
- Please do not put the music too loud or make noises between 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. as well as between 02:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., as these are considered to be "siesta hours" in Greece.
You are free to use all the amenities in the apartment: You can cook in the kitchen, put laundry, read any of the books or listen to any of the cd's and vinyl records. Wi-fi is open 24/7. Make yourself at home!
About the Host, Elpidoforos
Hi , my name is Elpidoforos which can be translated from Greek as "the one who bares hope. I actually find it difficult to live up to the meaning of my name, but I really am doing my best. Most people just call me Doros for short - which, by the way, means "gift" or "present" in Greek.
I was brought up in Athens and I have lived here, practically all my life. My studies in Sociology and Marketing, as well as my previous work experience - which included direct sales - provided me with a thorough understanding of social behavior and how this is affected by cultural and other factors.
I have been working as a travel agent for the past seven years, mainly as an outgoing tour operator for Middle East countries - til 2011 when riots broke out in Syria, which was our main destination. I've been to Syria, Jordan and Lebanon more that 10 times as a tour leader and this was, without doubt a very important experience in my life.
My hobbies include playing bass in a garage rock band, going to the movies and to the theatre and going to concerts.
One of the things I enjoy most in life is meeting people from different countries and cultural backrounds. This is one of the reasons why I singed up to Airbnb.
I strongly believe that I can relate to very different types of people and help them experience Greek hospitality in a more contemporary fashion.
I am really looking forward to meeting as many travelers as I can and will do my best to be the best host I can be.