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Aris

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, greek

Acropolis Elegant, Private and Affordable, Griffin House (2-6 Guests)

51 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Neos Kosmos House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Acropolis Griffin House offers you the convenience of being very close to all of Athens major sites, and a comfortable home in a very small and quiet street just fifty meters from the Acropolis museum, a hundred meters from the Acropolis subway station, and two hundred meters from Acropolis.

This is a 5 star self catering Athens house, located on a very quiet street, walking distance to the Acropolis and sleeps from 2 to 6 guests. Please note that rates start at 160 Euros/night(low season) for 2 guests, 200 Euros for 4 guests and 240 Euros for 6 guests or 180 Euros/night (high season) for 2 guests, 220 Euros for 4 guests and 260 Euros for 6 guests, making this a FANTASTIC alternative to other 5 star hotels.

The house is a great option for 2 or 3 couples traveling together, offering each couple their own bedroom and private bathroom, with a spacious living room and kitchen, along with a 50 sq. meter private roof garden.

In the services that we can provide are transfers from and to the airport and the port, and informations for guided tours and excursions in Athens and surrounding areas and islands.

Keywords: Classical House, beautifully furnished, independent, quiet, roof garden, Acropolis, museum, subway, self catering, short term

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Aris (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, greek

About Aris

I studied cinema in Canada and I am both Greek and Canadian citizen. I love architecture and I have renovated 16 houses in Athens. For 15 years I had a company, which made pieces of art from fier forgat, blown glass, marble and wood.

Aris purchased this house in 2012

Why Aris chose Athens

Because I love the energy of Acropolis which can be felt all around in this area

What makes this house unique

Peace, quietness, privacy, and all downtown Athens is in walking distance from the house.

Reviews

5
based on 51 traveler reviews

Acropolis Elegant, Private and Affordable, Griffin House (2-6 Guests)
average rating of 4.980392 based on 51 reviews
Eugene, Oregon
5

Great house in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this house with family of 7. The house was exactly as advertised, and had plenty of room for the 7 of us. A few things that really stood out about this house:

- The pantry was well stocked to start our stay with items such as coffee, spices, beer, wine, and other various food items and toiletries.

- Spiros and his colleague were amazing. They were waiting for us at the airport, and promptly took us straight to the apartment. Once there, Spiros showed us around the apartment and pointed out local highlights. We had also arranged a tour with Spiros to Cape Sounion prior to arriving. When we arrived, Spiros made some recommendations on alternative tours to experience more of the Greek history. We took him up on his offer, and arranged a full day tour to Corinth, Mycenae, Tomb of Agamemnon, town of Nafplio, and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. It was an incredible tour and worth every penny. On the way there was a stop for yogurt and honey that was simply outstanding. Spiros is very knowledgeable and was a great host.

- The location of this apartment was amazing. Everything was in walking distance, including the Acropolis, the Roman Agora, the Ancient Greek Agora, Plaka, the Flea Market, etc. Right around the corner from the apartment was a small bakery that was wonderful. I'll remember the smell of fresh bead each morning as we walked up the street to the bakery.

When we visit Greece again, we will not seek out any other accommodations. This place simply cannot be beat.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, for your kind review. We appreciate so much, taking the time to write a few words and we are so glad, that you enjoyed your stay and had a good time. It was a pleasure, having you as a guest and we hope to see you again, sometime in the future! Enjoy the rest of the summer! All the best, Alexandros
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Edina, Minnesota
5

A wonderful house in an extremely central location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay for your time in Athens. As mentioned, Spiros was excellent in getting us to and from the airport and for giving us tips on where to shop and eat. The best tip he gave us was the bakery around the corner which we visited 2X every day for breads, cookies and sweets. It was really an amazing place. Also, the mini market was quite good and offered just about everything we wanted.

The house itself is terrific. What we liked best about it was that it was a real house full of furniture, books, art work and the like. This is so much better than staying in a place that has just the bare minimum of things.

The other kudos I want to offer is that a number of things weren't working when we first got to the house (heat, lights, internet). Alex who runs the place had a handyman sent over immediately and took care of everything. When you travel things often go wrong and it's the quality of the reaction which matters. In this case, a sincere sense of urgency and great results more than compensated for the issues.

I can very much recommend this place to anyone who is going to Athens and wants a convenient, comfortable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Truely a unique experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed in the property twice, once by ourselves and once with another couple. If we go back to Athens, we will stay there again.

Read the other glowing reviews. They are all accurate. The location is wonderful, the area is quiet, any needed shops are nearby and Alexandros and Spiros will take care of you.

For us, the location was very important. It is on a one block long street very near the tourist area but out of it so it is quiet. We walked nearly everywhere. The Acropolis Museum is a couple of hundred yards away. By the way, this museum is an absolute must see. There

are many restaurants nearby from the touristy ones on the pedestrian row to family run such as Smile (just down towards the busy avenue) and To Kati Allo (across from the Acropolis Museum).

The Acropolis was 15 minutes one way and Syntagma Square 15 minutes the other.

The upstairs patio was wonderful (although the access is through a narrow stairway outside or the spiral staircase inside). We ate several meals there. Pita from Smile restaurant and a bottle of wine made a memorable experience. The deck is surrounded by plants and the tree from across the street. This made it feel like you were sitting in a forest rather than in the middle of a large city.

The unit itself was remodeled extensively by Aris and it was a home which is why it

has such a welcoming feeling. There is an extensive music and movie collection available as well as much artistic glassware (made by Aris). The chicken lamp was amazing. In one of the display cabinets is a picture of Aris as a young man. The upstairs bedroom was added as was the patio. This is the reason for the spiral staircase. We had no problem with the staircase but heavy suitcases are better taken up on the outside stairs or unpacked and the contents taken up. The washing machine worked well and we put the clothes out on the deck to dry. It was very convenient. The kitchen was well equipped and worked well for us. You even have your choice of type of wine glasses.

For getting to and from the airport or cruise port, Spiros is excellent. He is also available for tours. He is very knowledgeable as he grew up in the Plaka area underneath the flag at the end of the Acropolis.

Last night suggestion. We went up on the Acropolis and watched the sun set and then went to the outside restaurant at the Acropolis Museum to have a glass of wine and look up at the lighted Acropolis. A wonderful way to end the trip. Of course, ther

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nicer than the picures

  • 5 of 5

Really great place with an amazing location. It has a nice kitchen and very very high ceilings which really make it feel like a home. The location is perfect to. You can walk to all the main Acropolis attractions in under 5 minutes and it also lets you out onto Adriano street neatly so all the restaurants and good shopping areas are right by you, but you still get the benefit of a quiet street.

Spiros and all the others were super helpful and even made us feel right at home.

The apartments was large, comfortable and squeaky clean. Great pick, especially for 3 couples traveling together.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seattle, Washington
5

Location! Comfort! Affordability! One of the best apartments we've experienced in Europe.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Aris's apartment for two weeks in April, 2015. It was extremely comfortable and convenient for our family of 6 people.

Communication with Alexandros (who has been managing this property recently) was prompt, clear, and attentive. Due to a planning snafu on our side, we arrived in Athens 4 days earlier than originally planned and were very grateful that Alexandros responded to us so quickly with the positive news that we could check in early.

The kitchen was one of the best-stocked ones we've seen in over six months of Round The World travel. Paired with convenient grocery stores, bakeries and fruit markets, we were able to cook for ourselves without any challenges. Had the weather been better, we would have loved eating on the roof-top terrace. Having 2.5 bathrooms, too, was extremely useful for our large group. VERY nice to have 3 real beds, although we did have to put one of our teenage boys on the couch, as a double was too small for the two of them.

This apartment is large by European standards. Even with 6 people, we all found some space for ourselves. We were able to unpack and spread out a little. The entertainment center was chock-a-block full of content (books and movies). We enjoyed ourselves watching Harry Potter in Greek (even though we don't speak Greek, and even though there were lots of English language movies to choose from). We also did laundry. Though there is no dryer, there are lots of drying racks that are easy to set up.

All the amenities combined made our stay in Athens quite home-like.

It cannot be overstated how conveniently located this apartment is. We walked *everywhere* and saw everything we wanted to see. For some sightseeing we did need to take the Metro, which is also very close. Hint: if you are staying for some time in Athens, buy the multi-day metro pass, it's worth it at 10 Euro for 5 days.

We appreciated the direct-line contact with Spyros, the taxi driver, who took care of us the first several days we were in Athens, including driving us up to Delphi with several additional stops of interest. Spyros also immediately took care of the two issues we encountered with the plumbing. (Note for future travelers: there's a reason there are small trash-cans right near the toilets in Greece ... they're for your toilet paper which can't be flushed.)

If you are traveling with a group, this apartment cannot be beat.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gretchen, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay at Griffin Acropolis House and that you were able to take the time to write about your visit. It is very much appreciated. Griffin House
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5

Aris is the best!

  • 5 of 5

Aris truly wants to ensure your enjoyment of his property and his city. He went out of his way to make sure that we had excellent dining experiences as well as enjoyment of Athens. From the mini-walking tour to the advice on, not just where to eat, but the best items to order, to his general zest for life and hospitality, Aris ensures you enjoy your time in Athens. We were there for the Marathon and the location is perfect for that as well as walking tours of Athens. Convenient to sites, food and shopping. We will absolutely stay there again. On another note, the house is great not just conveniently located! Aris will also arrange for transportation from and to the airport--our fly-out time was at 0630 and he made sure we had a ride at 0400. Excellence all the way around.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Acropolis of Athens
"You have to see and you have to feel the energy.."
Parthenon
"Humanity in her best.."
Temple of Olympian Zeus
"This was the biggest temple in ancient Greece. It was huge!"
Panathenaic Stadium
"In that exact stadium there were held the First Olymbic games, in 1896. Spectacular!"
Monastiraki Flea Market
Odeon of Herod Atticus
"Greatly renovated!! "
Temple of Hephaestus
"The best preserved temple of all! Very nice!!"
National Archaeological Museum
"The best museum in Greece. Its a must!!"
Psyrri
"Old area with a lot of very nice restaurants"
New Acropolis Museum
"Everything that was found in Acropolis, is excibited in that museum.. Excellent!!"
Benaki Museum
"One of the best museums of Athens"
Athens Central Market
"A spectacular Meat and Fish market!"
Varoulko
"One of the best restaurants in Athens"
Brettos
Tzitzikas kai Mermigas
"A very nice place to eat in the center.."
The Erechtheion
New Acropolis Museum
"Everything that was found in Acropolis, is excibited in that museum.. Excellent!!"
Ancient Agora
"Its a must! "
Mount Lycabettus
"The best view of Athens, with a very nice restaurant on the top!"
Olympic Stadium
"Here they were held the Olympic games of 2004"
Syntagma Metro Station
"The central metro station of Athens and the best! "
Athens, Greece
"One of the oldest cities of the world, with a really great history.."
National Garden
"Its a beaudiful garden. A must!"
Theatre of Dionysus
"The oldest and biggest Theatre around Acropolis"
Grace the parthenon embodies
"What I can say about Parthenon? Its just magestic.."

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Rates & Availability

Neos Kosmos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring Summer 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$269
$1,793
 
 
High season
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$247
$1,681
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$247
$1,569
 

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Amenities

Neos Kosmos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5+
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes:
Roof Garden

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