hi,i am Simela,i am a 28 years old girl and my profession is clothes designer.I like travelling, cooking and painting.I love the center of athens for it 's spirit and energy.
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The neighbourhood looks authentically Athenian, a bit derelict but lively. It was a bit difficult to get from the metro station to the apartment uphill with heavy luggage, but the room is neat, clean and nicely decorated. The hosts are very friendly and helpful, they let us check out an hour after the official checkout time, prepared us coffee and breakfast and we even got a cute little present from Simela. I truly recommend this place.
La Quinta was a fantastic place to stay. I am sorry to have only had the chance to stay for one night. Not only is the room, and the rest of the house, beautifully decorated but Exarchia is a really interesting place to spend a bit of time exploring.
I hope to be back one day!
Simla stayed up until 3:30am to be there for us, after plane delays and the like. So wonderful. She is sweet, lovely, kind and generous and her place is total old warm charm, adorable and elegant and accommodating. What a blessing.
The appartament has a central location, charming surroundigs, is clean and comfortable. The welcoming stuff is of a great help, kindness and a broad grin. Highly recommanded!
Really good place! The room is nice and the garden in the bck of the house is really peaceful. It was a pleasure for me to come back in the evening and to find the hosts there. They do everything to make you feel like home. I will definitely come back!
Although we were not able to meet up with Simela, her friends that let us into the flat were lovely! We got a thorough tour of where everything was we might need, and were even given spoons sweets and mini croissants for a snack upon arrival. The rooms are all decorated with interesting, well kept antique furniture, and were spotless. The bathroom was clean and simple. We were even shown that the front door can be tricky, and how to be able to enter with no snags. The only issue we had was it was quite warm when we were there, and there were no fans. The windows are wide and let the breeze in, but the also let in a few mozzies as well. Overall though, we had a lovely stay and would recommend the room for anyone looking for a simple, clean, central place to rest their head.
Of the 9 Airbnb experiences my boyfriend and I had backpacking across Europe, our stay with Simela felt the most like what I imagined an Airbnb experience should be.
To begin, we arrived at Athens International. We contacted Simela via Airbnb (60 min free Wifi at the airport!) to let her know we had arrived, and would be taking a taxi to her home. She let us know that the taxi would be 35EUR (no more, no less). As we approached the taxi stand, we saw that there was a sign stating the fixed rate as well (35EUR day shift, 50EUR night shift). In any case, we got in the taxi, and the taxi driver seemed very confused as to where we should be going. After we got into the city center, he asked another taxi driver at a stoplight. We arrived at the right place, and I went to check the names on the door the confirm. Simela also heard us downstairs and peeked out her living room window. After the taxi driver took our luggage out of the trunk, I gave him the 35EUR. He spoke in Greek, but I knew what he was trying to do - scam us into giving more money. Thankfully, Simela was right behind me and fought this guy off! She told us stories later of previous guests running into the same problems with the taxi drivers.
Simela helped with my suitcase up the one flight of stairs to her home. She brought us two cold glasses of water right away (it was 100F the days we were there). She went to work after, and we rested. A few hours later, she came back and offered to cook dinner for us. Over dinner and the few hours afterward, we had fun conversations talking about ourselves.
The room is large and has a double bed along with a sofa bed. Wi-fi was also very fast and reliable (very rare during our trip across Europe). Since it was so hot and we didn't want to get heat stroke, we took the metro from Omonoia to get wherever we had to go. It's an easy 10 minute walk to the station. There (email hidden)ly square at Monastiraki just one metro stop away. The Acropolis is a 30 min walk, but we took the metro for the reason already stated. It's also quite close.
We spent two nights there, and felt entirely comfortable. Simela even came to ask when we were leaving the next morning. We left before 6am, but she asked us to wake her up. She helped me with my suitcase down the flight of stairs and saw us out the door of her building.
Thank you Simela for giving us a taste of real local life in Athens. You have a GREAT sense of humor and a good heart!!
Clean and comfortable apaprtament in the charming surroundigs, Simela and her friends were of a great help and a broad grin, made our stay easy and enjoyable!
The walls and people highly recommanded!
IF you visit Athens, you should definitely stay in this beautiful palace! The place is absolutely wonderful. All the rooms are perfectly decorated, you feel like a queen in this place. Because of the nice atmosphere you feel at home at the same time.
The place is also runned by really nice people. Simela and her friends are really nice, we spend two nights talking & having drinks with them in the cosy and wonderful backjard.
After this visit I really felt the need to restyle my own place.
Top quality room and host! Very nicely designed appartment (email hidden)ly neighborhood. The place to be if you would stay in Athens.
Check out the other place Simela owes as well, you would not find that anywhere else in the world. I was lucky to get a tour through the house. All of the rooms were very attentively decorated, located in the same lively neighborhood as her house, in a quiet street.