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Cecil Hotel

The Cecil was a run down old hotel a block from the Hotel Attalos. One day I looked at it and realized the whole thing had been beautifully painted. There were Greek flags waving from it and it was obvious the place was under new ownership. I needed another hotel because in July and August the Attalos had to turn people away because they were so busy. This place looked perfect and I introduced myself and was given the grand tour of the newly renovated  Hotel by Michalis, the new owner. The Cecil was actually a famous hotel from the 1800's and Michalis had brought it back to its former glory. Every room is beautiful with wood floors and high ceilings. It's like staying in a mansion. It is also quite inexpensive and like the Attalos, well situated.
Matt Barrett

Dear Sirs,

My friend, Linda and I just returned to the USA on Monday, July
10.  I wanted to thank you and your staff for making our 5 nights stay in
your hotel (June 20, 21 and July 7,8,9) a pleasurable experience.

Andreas was most helpful with the mix-up regarding room accommodations of
July 7,8,9 and made a very acceptable agreement to remedy the situation.
The young man taking care of the desk in the early morning hours of July 10
was most helpful and courteous in arranging a cab to the airport for us.
This young man (I don't remember his name) was always extremely pleasant,
helpful in every instance we dealt with him.  Please give him our kind

Again, thank you for making our time in Athens a very good one. We also
stayed in the Amazon Hotel for one night and certainly didn't find their
staff nearly as helpful or courteous so you can certainly by pleased with
the staff at your hotel.

Lindell Johnson"

PS I have also attached a thanking picture. I don't know if it is good for

I have stayed at both the Attalos Hotel and Hotel Cecil. I think they are both great but I have a definite preferance for the Hotel Cecil. I think it is the best budget establishment in Athens. The building has been beautifully restored, the family and staff are accomodating and helpful as can be and the location couldn't be better. The breakfast also has some imported Cretan jams and other treats. It's a real delight. I had walked by the old hotel so many times and thought to myself "Why hasn't someone bought it and fixed it up?" And bless their hearts, they have.

Comments: Hello to all at Cecil Hotel

"Derek Morey and family would like to thank all at the Cecil Hotel for the
warm welcome we received when we stayed during our holiday in Greece.  We
consider the hotel is in a great position in the centre of Athens, near to
many of the important tourist sites.  Despite our visit being in the heat
of August, the hotel was a cool, calm oasis away from the noise and traffic
of the city.

We liked our family room which was a good size, complete with
air-conditioning.  A big treat was the buffet breakfast which was excellent
with a variety of rolls, jams, fresh fruit and REAL greek yoghurt.

Next time we come to Athens we will definitely stay we you at The Cecil.

Derek, Sandra, Daniel and Cerys"

Hello to all at Hotel Cecil,

I am writing to thank you for the great service I got during my short stay
in Athens.  Your hotel was very conveniently located and the staff was all
very nice. I appreciated my stay there and will recommend Hotel Cecil to all
those visiting Athens.

Once again thank you very much
Fouad  Matar


Just writing a quick thank you for your informative and honest travel
advice and information for Greece. My boyfriend and i have just returned
from a two week trip to Athens and the Greek islands.

We travelled to Paros staying in Naoussa which was wonderful. We than went
to Santorini, staying in Oia right on the Caldera which was spectacular. I
just can't wait to get the photos back.
Than we went to Naxos where the beaches were just beautiful.

We stayed, after following your advice, at the Cecil Hotel in Athens which
was located perfectly (close to the Plaka), it was clean and not expensive.
We ate twice at the Byzantino taverna in the Plaka which served  great food
( Their spinach and feta pie is indeed fantastic!) and it had a wonderful

It was the first of what I now hope will be many trips to Greece.

Thank you once again for your invaluable advice.

Marketing and Research Executive
the Irish News

Comment: Hello Big Mike!!!

I don't know if you remember me...I was the American who broke his collarbone a few summers ago. Glad to see that the hotel is on Matt Barrett's Travel Guide, (I emailed him about the wonderful stay I had with you)

My best to your family and Dimitri. Hope business is good.

Take Care,

James Cairns

Matt,  Thank you so much for your help before we arrived in Athens.  We received your info from the Orange County Register Newspaper right before we left in May.  We stayed at the Cecil Hotel. ( the Attalos was full) and enjoyed our time and room very much.

Thanks for your advice.  Dave and Lois

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