Boutique Athens has it figured out, great system and apartments.
EP12 19 April 2016
What an amazing stay, Boutique Athens has the recipe figured out! Pre-stay was organized and efficient. We were provided with a regular email chain that had next steps for each part of the planning process. Fill out the form they send people, it makes them able to customize your stay. We originally had interest in their larger residence for our 19 person group but 1 day in the middle of our stay was already booked to they were able to get us 4 apartments next to each other and it worked out splendidly, better than we could have hoped. Our arrival went smooth. The hosts were waiting on us, guided us in and showed us around all 4 apartments. Our guide was fantastic, he showed us around the neighborhood twice because we had to split up to return cars to airport. He showed us lots of favorites in the area to visit and we enjoyed each one. Our stay was top notch, neighborhood felt a little rough at first but after being there a day and meeting the people it ended up being a very charming and friendly district. The area is very unique with lots of art and performers as well as great food and a public square right next to metro with plenty of shopping and activities. Each apartment had balconies and rooftops with Acropolis view where we would gather as a group and fellowship in the evening. Everything (plumbing, electrical, climate control, etc.) worked perfectly and we experienced zero problems with any of our amenities while we stayed. The "guidebook" that was provided in each apartment was a great touch. My family travels a lot but there was one person with us who is even much more well traveled than we are and she could not have been more impressed with the content and resources provided in the binder. She said it was the first time in all her travels that she had such a great local resource. When we left we had planned on dragging all our luggage and hopping the metro to the airport. Our guide heard this and mad e a recommendation for a bus service he knew of. The day before we left I called him and he arranged through the operations manager to have a bus waiting on us big enough for our entire group and our luggage for half of what it would have cost for the metro and much less headache. Boutique Athens has a formula figured out to make your stay very enjoyable and comfortable. Their system is efficient and effective. Thank you so much Yanis, Costas, Lia, Manolis, and Yorgis we very very much appreciate you. These guys (and gal) are great. We will be staying Boutique Athens again, I promise.
EP1 7 May 2014
My adult daughter and I stayed for four nights. Great location, authentic working Greek neighborhood, close to a remarkable bakery, a square with many choices for dining, coffee, people watching. A rooftop patio with complimentary wine. Very clean, everything worked well. The manager took us for a walk of the neighborhood to acclimate us to the area. Amazing hospitality. Great coffee, fresh milk, and a French press! Who could ask for more? We felt very safe at night, and everything was walkable. The Greek people are the star of the show. Use the taxi driver who is recommended. The airport is a distance away, but our driver was there when we arrived, and was on time to return us to the airport early on a Sunday morning. We would highly recommend this apartment.
EP1 17 Sep 2013
A great place in Psirri, halfway between Omonia and Monostiraki Metro stations and just a couple of blocks from the main Athens green market. Great roof garden, comfortable bead and bath, spacious living/dining/kitchen combo, two nice balconies overlooking the street for breakfast or evening coffee. Staff are both fiiendly and accommodating. They meet you on arrival and, if you like, will give a quick walking tour of the neighbourhood, so you know where to find groceries, bakery, wine, etc.
You Can't Beat the Location, Quality and Outstanding Service
EP4 and EP5 25 Jul 2013
You will want to stay at this location for several reasons. First, the service is extraordinary--professional and friendly. We had a major flight schedule change and the rental team--Lia and Costas--just made it work perfectly. Met us, escorted us to the unit, and then gave us an orientation walk through the neighborhood, pointing out all the things we needed. They also help arrange taxis and other tours. They made things easy. Second, the apartment itself was very comfortable--for four in our case--good beds, great bathroom, washer, AC that kept the entire unit comfortable in the hot weather, and a nicely equipped kitchen. Finally, there's the location--from the rooftop terrace where we had breakfast looking at the acropolis to having everything else just a short walk away: major sites and museums, restaurants, shopping, groceries. It would be hard to imagine a better value. Thank you Dean, Lia and Costas!
Outstanding Apartment and Worldclass Service!
EP 1 Oct 2012
The apartments are ideal for any traveler wanting to be in the heart of Athens for their visit and include all necessary amenities (i.e. washer/dryer, fridge, TV, WIFI internet, etc). Everything you could ever need is within walking distance including shopping, entertainment, metro, etc with no problem. The logistics of our trip were planned and executed flawlessly including the arrival/department transport by taxi, the apartment walkthrough and neighborhood tour. The entire team of Costas, Lia and Michalas were extremely professional, attentive and more then accommodating to any and all of our needs going above and beyond with no hesitation. The apartment is great and the people are even better...this is a must for your stay in Athens.
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EP2 1 Jan 2012
My husband and I are from the U.S. and traveled to athens from June 10-14, 2012 and The Island of Santorini (Oia) June 14-17. So glad we went at a not-so-busy time of the year. I can't imagine being able to enjoy the sites or restaurants in peak-season with so many more tourists.
We were greeted at the airport by Michalis who drove us to our apartment in his air-conditioned taxi. Attentive, informative, sociable and a wonderful mini-tour-guide! We were welcomed by Lia at the apartment, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with her. She showed us around the area and I wish I could have had her all day! Very hospitable, informative and appreciative of what little Greek I knew. Thank you, Lia!
The apartment is exactly as represented online via photos and descriptions. Clean, simple and comfy enough for our needs. I felt safe in our complex. There's the outermost door to the complex, a door that leads to our front door as well as our neighbor's, and then our own apt. door. All open and lock with keys. And the hallways have auto/on/off lighting. Also, nice to have two separate air-conditioning units--one in the living room, one in the bedroom. Our downstairs/outdoor neighbor is one of the last few garlic vendors in the city. The couple also happens to be the apartment property manager Costas' parents. Costas also lives across the street and his brother owns the taverna at the end of the road.
The apartment is located in a perfect area as it is close to everything we wanted to do or see. We had no need whatsoever to use a taxi or the metro. Everything was within walking distance: restaurants, tavernas, cafes, bakeries, grocery store, miscellaneous boutiques, Metro, bus stops, Pedestrian Walkway, Plaka flea market, The acropolis, the new acropolis Museum, Ancient agora and Syntagma Square.
A few pointers:
1. Make sure you ask Lia to show you how to use the washer/dryer combo. What do each of those icons represent when washing and when drying? What temperature(s) to use for w/d? I did not find the typed directions to be of much help, and the actual manual comes in every language except English.
2. Ask where the water heater switch is located. We inadvertently turned it off somehow (near the coffee maker in the kitchen) and had cold showers our last night. I should have called Lia, but didn't think of it.
3. Bathroom floor can get wet from shower overflow, as the shower stall wasn't built high/deep enough to keep all of the water contained.
4. The streets are all cobblestone. The marble and stones in the ruins can be slippery. Rubber soles are the best, whether via tennis shoes or flip-flops (thongs for those in the U.K.) -- and not those awful, cheap shower shoes! It was hot, but nothing more than what we are already accustomed to during our hot summer months in Florida.
Thank you for a wonderful, everlasting experience!
Great Location, Beautiful Apartment
EP1 1 Mar 2010
We never write comments about where we stay, but we felt we had to this time. We stayed at this apartment in March 2010. We arrived from London at 10am and made our way by the Metro to the apartments. First we were welcomed by Nikki at the Monastiraki Metro Station. The train ride from the airport was inexpensive, clean and quick. We were amazed, as my train experience in Athens in 1994 was nowhere near as positive. On our way to the apartment, Nikki showed us around the immediate area, which we thought was magical. We took 5 minutes to get to the apartment, which is housed in a building with no signs or any indication of the beauty that was within. The apartment was sparkling clean, large and beautifully furnished. The roof top was unbelievable. Views of the Acropolis, free beer and wine, mature plants and big tables for communal dining and day beds for lounging around. This area was so much more than we thought we would find in Athens. The area is very near all of the best of old Athens nightlife. Bouzoukia bars, tavernas and old style Greek cafes are within two minutes walk. I could say much more. What I want to say is I can highly recommend the apartment the staff and the amenities and the proximity to all the great things of Athens.
excellent flat , location handy but "colourful"
EP1 1 Jan 2010
The appartments are great, clean, well-stocked with goodies nice layout, art, comfortable beds. Howeger the district is a bit difficult it is very handy for nightlife, resaurants, clubs 5mins walk to monastiraki metro and direct line to airport, walking distance to the big central market and shopping and quite quiet. However, this is an area undergoing change and there are still drug takers in the streets nearby sometimes or homeless people. However a walk around in the day will show you where not to walk at night, If you want to be centrally located its great but if you are not used to a cosmopolitan big city atmosphere and being used to being street wise, this is not for you . If you want a modern home for a whlie and to be close to the nightlife then the view of the acropolis from the roof garden with the free ouzo/beer available this makes it a good deal