Had a great stay and wonderful host. the bed was comfy and the AC worked GREAT!
Water pressure was good and fully functional kitchen. Walking distance to Acropolis. everything you need to eat within a block or two. Check in was simple and easy. I had just arrived from Roma and was not feeling well and I rested and felt totally comfortable. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!
Our host John was wonderful, so helpful and very friendly. He arranged our taxi airport transportation, showed us around the apartment and gave us some very useful tips too. The apartment was lovely, spacious, modern and spotless. The location was perfect, 5-20 min. (we are slow walkers) from all of our tour meeting spots and very close to all the sightseeing. Plenty of nice restaurants and wine bars within 1-3 min. walk. A chatty little street that quiets down early, very quiet inside too. (Beautiful modern shutters, keeps it extra quiet and no sun in your eyes in the morning) The A/C is nice and cool, all modern appliances it has everything you need & then some! Maps, internet, washer, soaps, shampoo, towels, extra linens, an apple movie box, take-out grill or delivery 1/4 block away, an elevator too, a taxi contact (Yannis) a very nice man and the grocery store and pharmacy is just around the corner! The port was a $9 taxi ride to the ferries, very easy, you can grab a local taxi from a block away. We miss it already!
I and my husband spent a week in Athens and we were very pleased with John's apartment. John has put a lot of forthought into meeting the needs of his guests including having ready taxi services on hand, creating lists and maps of local sites and services and if we had any questions he was quick to respond back to us by phone or text. We highly recommend this apartment to anyone wishing to visit Athens.
We spent four nights in the Pristine Apartment in Athens. The title of the place is very accurate. We have high standards when it comes to cleanliness, and this place surpassed our expectations.
Our adult son came with us, and the three of us were very comfortable apartment which is about 625 square feet. The kitchen has everything you'd need to cook. Ioannis (John) stocked the fridge with drinks including beer and wine, as well as snacks. The living room area is spacious, and there is a large tv with BBC and other English language stations (but we didn't watch any tv). The bed was comfortable, and the small terrace off the bedroom was a delightful place to get some fresh air. The bathroom is small, but highly functional with lots of storage.
The location was just what we wanted. The Koukaki is a metro stop south of the Acropolis; close enough to be convenient to the sights, but not quite in the middle of tourist central. We had a short walk to the Fix metro stop which we used for places too far to walk. Because this is a real neighborhood, there was some graffiti on buildings and a trash can out on the curb. But we wanted an authentic experience in a safe, interesting neighborhood, and this place delivered.
There were great restaurants nearby. John's recommendations were spot on. Mani Mani is well worth a visit. We found a neighborhood tavern where we witnessed a real slice of Greek life: a husband and wife sipping wine and playing cards with their children after dinner; an older Greek man and a younger Mexican man striking up a conversation though each was dining alone at separate tables; two couples who appeared to be old friends enjoying each other's company.
John was great to work with. He met us and stored our bags while the apartment was being cleaned, and delivered them to our room while we took a quick bus tour. He was very patient in explaining everything about the apartment, and fixed a blinking light on our second day. We didn't get a response to our last e-mail about checking out and leaving keys which was out of character.
Pristine Apartment is a great value compared to a conventional hotel. We paid about $125.00 per night. By way of comparison, we paid double that for a smaller suite in a hotel in the Plaka on our last night. We much preferred the Pristine Apartment.
John arranged for us to be met at the airport by a taxi for 40 Euros. The driver picked us up and took us the apartment to be met by John who insisted on taking both our cases. His warm welcome and friendly advice gave us an excellent start to our stay. The apartment is nice and spacious with two balconies and well fitted out. We stayed in 3 different apartments on this holiday and this was the only one with a toaster.
There was a nice bottle of wine in the fridge for us as well as fruit and other treats.
The front balcony is very nice, we had breakfast on it most mornings, one can sit there and pick a fresh lime of a tree for one's gin and tonic. The street is lined with lime trees.
The location is excellent with a supermarket, coffee bars, restaurants and the metro all very handy.
John could not have been more helpful, his happy personality adds to the joy of staying in his apartment.
I strongly recommend staying there and if we are lucky enough to return to Athens in the future this would be my first choice.