눉Hotel management made strategic mistakes many years ago by trying to carve out modern bedrooms with in-suite bathrooms from barely adequate rooms; the result is both very tight bedrooms and even smaller baths. The narrow balconies offer at least some sense of openness to the glorious views beyond. Our room provided only one, very inconvenient electrical outlet in the bedroom and only one other outlet in the bathroom; clearly insufficient in the electronic age. Hotel Phaedra could use a thorough upgrade to 21st century travel standards. The breakfast, for a modest extra fee, was inadequate even for the price; the person on duty our first morning was surly and inattentive, and grudgingly got us coffee only after we insisted the pot was empty. The supply of mediocre bread was nearly gone, and the basket of fruit contained only a few shriveled offerings; no cheese, no juice, no yoghurt in sight. After that experience, we chose to have our breakfasts elsewhere. The public computer station adjacent to the breakfast bar is also woefully out of date.
눇Located in the historic Plaka district, this hotel is well situated for walking along the Grand Promenade (Dionysiou Aeropagitou) to the Acropolis complex, the splendid Acropolis Museum, and the ancient Greek and Roman Agoras beyond. The balconies of this early 20th century hotel reward guests with splendid views to the illuminated Acropolis after dark as well as in the early morning light. The adjacent Agia Ekaterini Greek Orthodox Church and the not-too-distant Temple of Zeus and National Gardens offer respites of calm and green from the colorful, but noisy, commercial streets (especially Andrianou) of the Plaka District, where restaurant and retail shopping vendors constantly hawk their wares, adding indirectly to the neighborhood's charm according to the traveler's tastes.