This bright and spacious two-floor flat extends the 6th and 7th floors of a 1980’s building block in a friendly neighbourhood near the centre of Athens. Buses run regularly just around the corner, while the metro station Megaro Moussikis is a 7-minute walk. The beautiful local park is also just a stone’s throw away - offering a welcome escape from the Athenian hustle and bustle.
The maisonette flat offers plenty of privacy and space to unwind. You will have the whole 7th floor, that includes a bedroom, a small living-room with TV and a WC, all to yourself. The space also opens to a large private terrace with views over the neighbouring rooftops and Mount Hymettos. The freshly painted bedroom has a large double bed and a sleeper sofa, that can sleep up to four people. You can use the communal kitchen and bathroom (which includes a bathtub and a shower) on the 6th floor to cook your meals or wash your clothes at your convenience
I am an elementary school gym teacher, fond of tennis - and the swimming-pool, as in the past he doubled as a water polo coach. I live with my partner Doreen, a musician and music teacher, which means that melodies from rehearsals fill the rooms when guests are out and about. I am an Athens native and i am experienced all the changes the city has gone through first-hand, and i can fill you in on all the things to enjoy while in Athens - as well as the ones to avoid (think over-priced tavernas!).
An internal staircase connects the main living-room on the 6th floor with the space upstairs. The staircase is easily accessible upon entering the flat, which means that you can walk in and out any time of day, without passing by the host’s private room at the opposite end of the 6th floor.
Interaction with guests
Me and Doreen are open, friendly and happy to help you with any questions or tips on the occasionally chaotic, but vibrant city of Athens. Although we work at different times of day and often have unpredictable schedules, you can always contact us with your concerns - while they wouldn’t mind sharing a few of the secrets of Greek cuisine.
Ilisia is a residential area of Zografou that is quiet, but has plenty of lively spots, as it is popular with students visiting the nearby University of Athens campus. Convenience stores, supermarkets, a bank and a pharmacy are all in close vicinity and there are regular transport links to the centre, which is only 10-15 minutes away (try to avoid rush hour though!). The beautiful local park reaches, nearly uninterrupted, all the way up to Mount Hymettos, which offers beautiful views, historic monasteries and plenty of green for picnics.
Zografou has great transport links, and not just to the centre’s main attractions. Within a few minutes walk, you can catch the bus to the beach and the seaside cafés of the “Athenian Riviera”, or visit leafy Northern suburbs like Kifisia; and, of course, get to the airport hustle-free by train or bus. An indispensable piece of advice is to avoid the busiest times of the day, where possible, as Athens is known for its heavy traffic - and when it’s warm everyone is out and about. If you like exploring on foot, attractions like the historic, marble-clad Panathenaic Stadium and the Athens War Museum are pretty close.
Check out Vasilis and Doreen’s hand-picked list of Athenian spots to visit - from renowned museums and contemporary art galleries to local tavernas and cocktail bars to savour the bustling Athens nightlife. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a printed sheet replete with insider tips - and feel free to ask for recommendations tailor-made for your interests.