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I have travelled a lot for business and leisure and I can appreciate genuine hospitality.I love people who have the natural curiosity to explore other countries and I would be pleased to offer them an opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves.
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To keep it short and simple:
1. Ralou is the best host you could possibly dream of. She will go the extra mile to make sure that you feel at home
2. The location is unbeatable (unless you can sleep in a tent directly on the Pantheon): just a stone throw from the Acropolis and opposite one of the best bakeries you will ever come across (a tent on the Pantheon wouldn't offer you that).
On a different note, Ralou booked a taxi for us from and to the airport. The taxi driver turned out to be a nice gentelman called Yannis. So, accept Ralou's taxi booking offer if you need one.
We had such a good experience staying at Ralou's place in Thissio, Athens. My husband and I both feel like there was not a better neighborhood for is to stay in all of Athens for our quick visit. Ralou arranged for a taxi to be waiting for us at the airport and it took us directly to her place. It took about 50 minutes to get there- you basically have to drive through all of Athens. Definitely worth 35 Euros plus tip to not try to figure that out ourselves. The taxi driver had the house keys which made getting in late even more easy. She has put together this amazing guide of Athens including restaurant and shopping recommendations that really helped us make the most of our trip. She is so friendly and kind... And the place is small but everything you would need. The bed was firm compared to our squishy bed at home, but it did not detract from our stay. The restaurant around the corner (literally) at 11 Nileos street is amazing, try the spicy grilled feta. All in all, great place, great host. We hope to return again :)
We had such an incredible time in Ralou's apartment. It was very comfortable, with a lovely bedroom and living area and Ralou was a spectacular host!
Firstly, Ralou sent us buckets of information before we took off from London, so we knew we were in safe hands with so much communications. She was able to organise us a taxi from the airport which was a godsend! Anything I asked, I felt she was able to organise!
The location was out of this world! We were right by the acropolis, and the acropolis museum was at the end of the road. The train station was a 5 minute walk with a great train system, and wonderful restaurants and coffee shops near by. We nearly didn't need to leave the area... oh and of course, the incredible bakery across the road with the lovely family who owned it. There was always a line out the door and we understood why!
Finally, the best part for us was the booklet of where to go and where to eat. Ralou could release her own guidebook! We took it with us everywhere, and with the help of (website hidden) maps were never short of a good souvlaki, great coffee and of course, great wine!
Couldn't recommend it highly enough, and honestly, I think I've converted my mum to air bnb after this.
Thanks so much Ralou!
As a first time user of airbnb and similar vacation rentals I was nervous about leaving the familiarity of a hotel. After reading reviews I contacted Ralou and from her first response to my many questions I knew she was a host I could trust while in Athens. The apt was exactly as pictured and the hospitality was second to none. Ralou's attention to her guests was on par with the best concierge in 5 star hotels. She knows her city well and her suggestions for sightseeing, dining and entertainment were made based on our likes/wants during the trip. For taxi service Yiannis was the best driver - clean car, impeccably dressed and professional. Please ask for him if you need taxi service. Ralou provided the little touches that mean a lot to a tourist (a map with easily identified points of interest, ample towels/bed sheets/toiletries/clean apt, dishes and cooking utensils that were not chipped/cracked or discolored. And the fresh cookies and oranges left were a nice surprise. Ralou met my daughter and me at the airport (waiting after arriving from a business trip earlier), gave us hugs and called throughout our stay to make sure we were ok and to answer MORE questions I had. LOL I left Greece feeling like I made a friend and I highly recommend staying at this apt while in Athens.
a place to live! we'll stay here again.. a very warm, sweet & clean place and no words for the location.. excellent! Ralou was so friendly! although she was not in town, she kept in touch to insure we arrived and found everything we need! she'svery much into making us feel at home, so I'd recomend this without a doubt! Thank you Ralou!
Ralou has just been the sweetest host ever. The place was very warm and cozy, wich is great since it is winter. Her trips around the world really shows itself in all the cool details here and there. A lovely bed. And all very clean and delicate. I would without a doubt recomend this to anyone who is not into hotels, and rather want to use their traveling chillin' and don't have to worry about nothin'. In summer it must be smashing to be steps away from the happenings in Athens. Absolutely will stay in Ralous place again. Felt really taken care of, and she is very much into making the guests feel at home and comfortable.
The apartment was comfortable and in a great location 5 minutes way from the Athens convention center and a pleasant 40 minute stroll to the sights and downtown. Ralou provided so much information before our arrival and took care to contact us after, we always felt we were in really good hands. She was a pleasure to deal with from beginning to end. Bed was incredibly comfortable and the apartment was clean and well stocked with everything we need for a 4 day business trip.
We loved our stay here it was just such a wonderful experience. Our host Ralou was so considerate and informative it made our experience so much more enjoyable. I thought the location was great we were minutes from the acropolis and walking distance to the major attractions. Plus there were lots of restaurants and cafes nearby so we never had to travel far to enjoy the delicious greek food. There is a supermarket only a few minutes away so getting the essentials was extremely convenient. I couldn't have been more satisfied with our experience. We had the opportunity to meet Ralou on our last day and she is such a lovely person. If you are looking for a great place to stay in a really good location this in my opinion is it. If I could give it more then 5 stars I would.
Ralou kept in touch to ensure I was comfortable and had everything I need.
Listing was accurate - a lovely and cosy apartment, close to everything.
Ralou is a great host - extremely friendly, welcoming, and very concerned with our comfort during the stay. Her recommendations for dining and entertainment were spot-on, including a great casual restaurant literally steps from the flat.
The flat itself worked well for our family of four (2 adults, 2 young children) and the neighborhood was great. One tip - bring a pair of socks or slippers in cooler months as the stone floors outside of the bedroom can be a little chilly underfoot in the morning (although there are many rugs in the flat to compensate).
Overall a great experience!
Ho avuto recentemente occasione di ospitare Konstantinos, il marito di Ralou, che ha visitato Bologna per motivi di lavoro. È una persona deliziosa e un ospite estremamente pulito ed educato, non ne abbiamo quasi avvertito la presenza. La casa era immacolata alla sua partenza. Spero si sia trovato bene quanto noi :)
Costantino é stato molto gentile e disponibile! grazie mille!
Ralou is very sympathetic and pleasant. A very careful, clean and respectable. 100% recommended
Apart from being great respectful guests, Roula and Constantino are lovely people we had the pleisure to host. We hope to see you soon!
I have known Roula for more than twenty years as a friend and colleague and I can tell you this: among many other gifts, she also has this unique ability to turn even the dullest business trip into a wonderful experience. She always has the information about the best walking tour or the best restaurant in town. And the fun spirit to go with! The best travel companion I know, you can trust every single bit of advice of hers and be sure of a great time!
Hello Athens! When can I come back? Beautiful flat in an excellent location. Roula is an awesome host, so friendly, so generous. She's great at helping out with everything anybody might ever need. Definitely THE place to go in Athens!
Don’t think it twice!!!! Both Roula and her house, will make your stay in Athens unforgettable!!!!!
Roula is an amazing person and an amazing host!! Her apartment is absolutely beautiful and you can see her wonderful taste in every detail in the house!
An intelligent, generous, dynamic, honest person. She’ll do her best for an unforgettable stay in Athens
Roula is a true hostess, "oikodespina' as we say in Greece, a lady catering to the needs of her family, friends and anyone needing her help!
I am sure that her house reflects her taste and her love for beautiful things.
she is an "Atenista", a volunteer and an activist. Meeting her will be an experience!
You need to meet Roula in person to really find out what an exciting person she is!
She has the special and rare, I must admit, gift of putting you at ease and making you feel
at home. A very pleasant and cultured personality, constantly informed about what is happening in town. There is no theatre play, concert, exposition or new place for food and drinks she won't know !
A living "TIME-OUT".
I must say that if you are thinking of using her wondeful newly furnished down-town apartment you won't be let down! You will be able with Roula's tips to make the best out of your stay in Athens in all aspects.
You really need to meet Roula in person to understand how amazing she is! An excellent host and an adorable person! In a matter of minutes she can capture your heart and make you feel comfortable with just her smile and her welcoming nature. I was lucky enough to be hosted by Roula at her lovely apartment twice. She really takes care of the house and is super clean and tidy. The apartment is brand new, very tastefull and cosy! Moreover location is really good since it is connected both with the airport and city center. I could easily move around the area and get to the center in minutes. There are a lot of nice bars and restaurants around, plus the best junk street food in Athens! Roula keeps herself updated on what's going on in Athens and could give you tips and information on Athen's whereabouts, events and must sees.When you decide to rent a room at her place remember that you not only get a great room and location but also an exceptional host that will turn your accommodation into a lifetime experience! Go Roula!
I first met Roula 17 years ago during a conference in Milan and became friends straightaway. Since then we have kept close and I never pass through Athens without staying at her wonderful home in the Nort of Athens. What can I say for Roula and family ? The most generous,faithful and lively person ever, full of resources and fresh ideas. I wholeheartedly wish her "good luck" with her new project for this beautiful apartment she just finished putting up in the center of Athens. I will absolutely recommend it to all my colleagues travelling through Athens as I know this will be the perfect place to stay. Brava Roula !! Complimenti !!