I can’t believe it has taken me so long to visit Athens and this Airbnb had the best view. Aaron and I arrived by ferry from Mykonos and cabbed through the streets of one of the oldest cities. Our Airbnb was nestled in the heart of Kolonaki, an area of the city not to far from the Acropolis. Booking with Airbnb was always a hit or miss with me. Most of the time the places looked so different from their photos or the hosts forget to mention some unfavourable quirks of their rentals but Leonidas, the host of this Airbnb, had done a perfect job of describing and photographing his place.
Opening the door to the Airbnb was a wave of relief after a long day on the ferry. There was a political protest happening not to far from the apartment so our cab was unable to drive us all the way so our feet were sore from walking the remaining way on uneven cobblestone.
The apartment was compact and has everything you need for a short stay. There is no kitchen but there is a kettle, fridge and dishes tucked away in a bench to conserve space. I have learned to travel with instant coffee because it seems no matter where you stay they will always provide a kettle.
The bed was comfortable and the view from it was perfect. You are on the 7th floor of the building and it’s located on the slope of Lycabettus hill, giving unobstructed views of the city. While the place is small you have the entire rooftop to make up for it. There was a table in the Airbnb but with a view like this we sat outside on the rooftop every morning and night to look over Athens. It was so blissful and serine up there.
After long days of exploring Athens there was something enchanting about opening a bottle of wine and watching pink sunsets rolling over Athens. This was a perfect place to have a reprieve after a day of exploring. You are close enough to all the main attractions but far away enough from all the busy tourist spots so you’re not drowning in a sea of people.
The wifi connection was also great. The last season of Game of Thrones was out so Aaron and I obviously needed good wifi to devour the last episode.
Around the Airbnb you’ll find plenty of cafes and restaurants. Literally outside the buildings door is a small square that has three restaurants to choose from and their prices aren’t jacked up for the tourists.
I would absolutely stay here again on my next stay in Athens. The view was pure magic and made our time here so special. Athens is a quirky city but there is this energy and history that has turned it into one of my favourite places to visit.