Hotel Achilleas

Written by on April 14, 2012 in I Eat Greece, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Athens, Greece

How I heard of this place: Chris was in search of the perfect spot for our last two days in Athens, and on our five week belated-honeymoon adventure that was conveniently located, walking distance to the metro, various historic sites and restaurants in the heart of Athens. He found the perfect spot at Hotel Achilleas.

Type of cuisine: Breakfast buffet, including hot and cold options, a variety of breads and spreads, pound cake, three styles of sweet biscuits, fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, and hot cocoa (a first!).

Ambiance: A mezzanine level loft, a long rectangular space hanging over the extensive lobby below, the newly renovated hardwood floors run up against arched windows, along pale yellow walls, and across the ceiling between skylights. Booth seating with sienna-colored cushions extends the length of the far wall, small tables and chairs pulled up opposite, and similarly at the wooden banister overlooking the reception desk downstairs. Alternative remakes of 80s songs plays softly from the hidden speakers, loud enough to pick out the song, yet gentle to allow for ease of conversation.

What I ordered: I started with a cup of water, an apple and a local, fresh-picked orange (shared with my husband), and continued with scrambled eggs (unsalted), three mini hot dogs and one mini croissant. I ended my meal with one cup of hot cocoa. Craving another orange, I peeled and split another with my sweetie.

On a return visit, Sunday, 15 April 2012: This morning, the cup of water was followed by half an apple, two local oranges (and a third for my husband!), two red-dyed (for Easter) hard-boiled eggs, five mini hot dogs, two mini croissants and a hot mug of cocoa.

What I loved: The oranges! On the second day, I finished all that were available in the basket, saddened by the fact that no more fresh, sweet, juicy, local, organic oranges like this would be in my near future.

Why I loved it: Simple, yet completely satisfying, it is nice to break up the monotany of a continental buffet breakfast with hot food, however minimal it may be.

Cost: Included in the cost of the hotel.

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