105 Emmanuel Benaki
tel: +30 210 382 7632
fax: +30 210 380 5193
NileGuide Expert tip:
On Saturdays be sure to take advantage of the farmer's market that takes place all day along the street before Strefi Hill.
Students, artists, and walkers all enjoy the colorful neighborhood of Exarcheia, a neighborhood likened to Greenwich Village in the 1960's or present day Haight Ashbury. The owners of sister hotels, Orion and Dryades, have maintained the spirit of the neighborhood in their homey hostels surrounded by plants and flowers. Rooms are simple but clean, air conditioned and priced from single to triple occupancy; those facing away from Strefi Hill have beautiful views of the city and the Acropolis. The Dryades hotel, situated just a few meters up the road, has slightly larger rooms.
Those who choose this economical hotel should be prepared for hiking up hilly streets, using public transportation to get to the more touristic side of town, and searching out local eateries as the hotel doesn't provide meals. (A kitchen on the first floor is available for those who wish to keep groceries and make their own meals.) There's a plethora of souvlaki
and fast food places along lively Benaki street; for a slightly higher level wander down parallel Themistokleous Street toward Panepistimiou where there are plenty of tavernas and ouzeris
serving traditional Greek food.