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Rio Hotel

13 Odysseos Street Karaiskaki Square, Athens 10436 Greece
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#294 of 355 hotels in Athens
Conveniently located on the quiet pedestrian street of Κaraiskaki Square, this hotel is next to Metaxourghio Metro Station and the railway station. The multilingual staff are available 24 hours each day.Housed in a fully air-conditioned restored neoclassical building, the guest rooms include minibar, satellite TV and private bathroom with hairdryer. Complimentary ouzo is offered to all guests upon arrival.The Bar-Restaurant on the ground floor provides the ideal place in which to relax enjoying refreshments, food and pleasant music. It serves many kinds of drinks and Greek specialities until well after midnight.Hotel Rio Athens enjoys a strategic location just 1km from Syntagma Square, 15km from the port of Piraeus and 35km from the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in all areas and is free of charge.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Paid private parking on-site
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish and 2 more


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Mikayel A wrote a review Mar 2019
6 contributions4 helpful votes
During my latest European trip I stayed in three hotels, and Hotel Rio in Athens proved to be the lowest point as compared to the others (actually, to all the hotels I've been). I went to a series of concerts at the same venue, and I spent most of my time for sightseeing, meeting friends, concerts, and came back for a sleep late (around 2AM). Hence, I required my touring agency to find something cheap, good from city transport and venue point of view, and with breakfast... Well....... Breakfast takes place in the lobby, from 8AM to 10AM. First of all, you are asked: "tea or coffee?" Strange already, but I replied with coffee. A cup of coffee, three pieces of bread, one slice of each cheese and ham, small piece of butter and jam, a small cake and one boiled egg. The next morning I got twice as much plus milk. Why? Or why couldn't it be that much on the first day? But prices in Athens are quite low, so this is a minor complain (although, to be honest, I felt much better and safer in terms of meal in two other hotels during my trip). I arrived early in the morning, at 8AM, but I was told early check-in was not possible. I had to go to Acropolis anyway, so I spent 5 hour for that... :-) Check out was quick. Paper tickets for WiFi were so funny and not practical. I was able to have only one WiFi session before I went out to Acropolis. Maybe I did something wrong, but in other hotels it was fine. Remote control couldn't be found. I went down to ask for it, they asked me if I looked in drawers, to which I replied positively. A girl came to my number, checked the drawers to no result, and then looked.... under the bed. It was there! :-) What else.... Oh, lavatory pan was unstable, and cold/hot water indicators were swapped. A minor complain it is now, when I decided to use cold water instead :-) The area.... Well, either I have no worries about that, it didn't seem so frightening. They ask to leave keys on the table, indeed. And they did not allow my friend to come with me to my number, which is also understandable. Since I did not have high requirements to my hotel I didn't have major complains. A funny place it is if you are an open-heart person who came to Athens to explore the city and not focus on your accommodation.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: My room was on 2nd floor, and I was OK with that.
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ליאו ז wrote a review Mar 2019
Kiryat Motzkin, Israel2 contributions1 helpful vote
Worst hotel iv’e seen or been. They don’t change the sheets. Don’t clean the bathroom. Don’t empty garbage. Reception is horrible. Service beneath all levels possible. Breakfast humiliating. Stay away!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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DavidGBakewell wrote a review Sep 2018
Bakewell54 contributions7 helpful votes
We had to spend an unexpected 2 days in Athens and arrived with nowhere to stay. For various reasons we ended up in the area close to the Rio. Our first 3 choices had no availabilities and so when the Rio had a room we grabbed it! Moral is... however desperate you are check what other travellers think of it. One or two bad reviews you can accept, but for the consistency of poor reviews just read the ones below. Most of them are pretty fair, although the worst ones paint a picture than anything we saw. It does have an aire of grandness, but this belies the fact that rooms are overpriced at best and a feeling of having been scammed at worst. The breakfast is as bad as others have described and although the entrance backs on to a quietish Street, be warned that rooms at the front suffer from constant traffic noise. So, the moral is...read fellow traveller reviews and take note. We should all help each other to force places like this to the crticisms.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
FrequentFlier815661 wrote a review Sep 2018
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I normally don’t write comment for the hotel which I stayed. Since the terrible experience I had for 4-day stay, I think I should write comments to warn other travelers not to make my same mistake. 1. Staff is not helpful - on the first night, , my wife found the toilet couldn’t stop draining after flush. I told the staff (owner‘s daughter)that and the draining sound made a lot of noise and we couldn’t sleep. She told me she would send someone to fix it tomorrow. Well, ending up my wife and I fixed the toilet for the hotel. What a wonderful first night! I traveled different counties, I never imagine I need to fix a toilet in the hotel. 2. I booked double bed online; they gave me twin bed room. I showed them my booking and they kept saying no more available room. I went online to check again. Definitely they had more room available. 3. Sheet is dirty. If you like, I can share picture with you. 4. They don’t change towels everyday 5. Internet sucks
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: The best advice is: don’t choose this hotel
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lynette z wrote a review Jul 2018
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family of 4 had a delayed flight from another island. I contacted the hotel to let them know of our late arrival. I spoke with a female who was polite and understanding. We arrive around 11 pm exhausted from a long day of activities and travel. Our hotel arrangements was a package deal prepaid in advance with our travel agent. I previously looked up the hotel on various booking sites which looked ok. Boy, were we wrong. We walk into a completely empty lobby except for am elderly man sitting at a small desk. He sees us walk in and avoids eye contact. I ask him if this is the check in area and he lets out a grunt that sounded like yes. He asks our last name, looks at a paper list and immediately starts accusing us of a credit card not going through. I try and reason with him and explain that our reservation was prepaid in advance and he simply would not listen. He ranted on about how the card we had on file did not go through and to put money in it or give him another card. My husband then provides him the printed voucher for our stay from our travel agent. He doesn't even look at it and rips up the paper in front of us and my boys. No joke. I had to step away at this point and my husband tries to see how we can resolve the situation since it would not be possible to book another room at that late hour. My husband figures out that this front desk guy looked at the wrong name and thought we were another party. He does not apologize for his error and finally gives us a key for the room (if you want to call it that). He also gives us a WiFi code that's only valid for 3 hours. The dingy elevator was able to only hold 2 of us so we had to go separately. At that point I think we may not see each other every again. We get to our room and the room next to us was occupied with a wide open door. Our room had 4 beds crammed side by side with very sub standard amenities. There was graffiti inside the closet. The window had a ledge that had access to the room next door. Sheets and bedding did not look sanitary. The bathroom had a hole in the shower like straight up from the movie psycho. I immediately booked another hotel and basically told the kids if we survive that night we're leaving first thing in the morning. I sent a desperate email to that hotel if we could please check in early due to our circumstances. We all slept in additional clothing as a barrier to the bedding since God knows what we were sleeping on. I didn't sleep at all thinking someone would come in the front door or window trying to abduct or harm us. I got an early response from the 2nd hotel I booked who promptly sent a luxury car for us first thing in the morning. That hotel was Noble Suites which was so amazing (you'll see my 5 star review on them). We left in a hurry as you can imagine at daylight and ran into a lady in the lobby. She didn't even identify herself and asked for the keys. We gave her the keys and she asked why we were checking out early. I briefly described our horrific experience the night before and told her we've never been treated in such a manner and would never stay here again. I added that the front desk man is a terrible person and should never be dealing with the public. I urge anyone who considers staying here to seriously reconsider. Staff was rude, rooms were dirty and it's located in a ghetto area. Safety was really the biggest concern. We took a bunch of pics but file size was too big but would be happy to share them elsewhere.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rio Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Rio Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Lockhill (0.2 km), Municipal Art Gallery (0.3 km), and El Convento Del Arte (0.08 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rio Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Rio Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Rio Hotel?
Yes, free parking and paid private parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rio Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aleria, MIRONI Greek Restaurant, and Alexander the Great Greek Restaurant.
Is Rio Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Athens.
Are pets allowed at Rio Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rio Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, and Greek.
Are there any historical sites close to Rio Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parthenon (1.6 km), Acropolis (1.6 km), and Herod Atticus Odeon (1.8 km).
Is Rio Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.