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Zeus Hostel is located near to the heart of Athens, a short distance from Monastiraki Square and the main tourist attractions.

The Location

Monastiraki is located on the main metro line and is over an hour from the airport by train. Monastiraki Square is one of the main shopping areas in Athens and has restaurants, shops, tourist items, and a popular flea market. It's about a ten-minute walk to the Zeus Hostel from the Monastiraki metro exit.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This hostel offers private rooms and four-bed dorms. The dorms are clean and comfortable. With the four-bed dorms, you have to share the key with the others in the dorms. So if you leave the hostel, you have to give the key to the front desk. This is a bit of an inconvenience. The rooms are big enough, and most have a little balcony and a sink, but no lockers. However, you can leave valuable items in the safe at the front desk. You can also get top sheets from the front desk for no charge. There is air conditioning but you have to pay for the remote (you can split it by the four guests in the dorm, if you pay all at once). The hallways are decorated with neat, cartoonish paintings of Greek Gods. Each floor is organized into themes -- Spartans, the Underworld -- and each room has its own name that fits in with the themes, like King Leonidas and Hades. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi doesn't work in the rooms and you need to go in the hallway.

There are several bathrooms on each floor. The showers and toilets are in the their own separate room, which is great for congestion when you have common bathrooms. They are fairly clean. There are sinks in most dorm rooms so you can brush your teeth in your own dorm room, which is great.

Common Spaces

The hostel has decent facilities. There is a rooftop patio on the top floor of the hostel. This is a nice place to socialize with other people in the hostel or eat some food. There is one computer for use in the reception area. You can store luggage with the front desk.

Summary

Zeus Hostel is an excellent value for money in Athens. The hostel is central, clean, and cheap. Stay here if you are on a budget and if you want to be able to walk to all the sights!

by Shannon Neuber
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
September 2014
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Zeus Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Not bad. Has its ups and downs. Pretty standard hostel for Europe. Just two of us in a four-bed room, was pretty quiet the night we stayed. The women's dorms are higher up than the men's dorm rooms and there is no elevator or offered help to get your luggage up there. You have to pay extra for air conditioning so it was pretty hot and we slept with the balcony doors open. The balcony had enough standing space for three ... not really a balcony at all. The showers don't have lights in them, so expect a dark shower at night. George is really great though, he speaks fluent English which is a welcome change for hostels and hotels in Greece. There is a great walking tour of Athens sights and you are welcomed to the sister hostel down the road which has an amazing rooftop garden bar with a free shot of ouzo included! Overall, not a bad experience but I probably wouldn't stay again.  , New Zealand ()
5   Great place! Amazing workers! Very friendly, helpful. Clean place, great location. Close to the center and main destination points.  , American ()
4   Great Location Great Staff Great Price What a bargain. Staff will help you with any needs you might have. Bunks may have heavy traffic, but what do you expect. Bathrooms are clean. Private rooms for those who want less traffic.  , USA ()
4   Does very well what a hostel has to do George is a star, he knows Athens from the inside and is a 'mean' host at the top floor bar; he leads a very helpful team. 'Marina the Cleana' must get special mention, she keeps the place savoury, treat her right and you will get a lovely smile (but sorry for walking on the wet floor Marina!). Zeus was a great help to me during the Iceland 'black cloud' incident when they were under a lot of pressure themselves, big respect. FOUR STARS for service, value, great company, location (the market district is great), and access to city. I would happily stay here all summer. This is backpacking as it used to be in the 70s, with a bit of attitude and a lot of character. I will be back!  , UK ()
4   It was a nice place to stay. The staff was very helpful with directions and very nice. They were helpful about what to watch out for in the city. I am very happy with my stay in the Hostel and in Athens.  , USA ()
1   Nice on the surface, but bedbugs at night! The hostel is close to everything we loved in Athens and we were used to staying in areas frequented by prostitutes and such. Across the street appears to be a small dingy hotel for prostitutes, but also across the street is a posh upper end hotel as well! This hostel looked fine, clean rooms, clean basic bathrooms. The downsides are that they have you share keys. We found ourselves locked out one night because our roommates went upstairs to the rooftop bar and took the key with them. So we climbed the four flights of stairs a couple times to finally get a spare key. Another downside, they ran out of top sheets! What kind of hostel runs out of sheets? Although we saw the cleaners cleaning out the rooms and the bathrooms. The absolutely worse part was that I was eaten alive by bedbugs. The first night I had over a hundred bites and the next night invited even more. I wouldn't stay here again.  , American ()
1   Stuck here when another hostel lost our booking Made a reservation two months in advance at another hostel, received a confirmation email, showed up with all our luggage on our day of arrival and they didn't have us listed and had no room for us. Their solution to this problem was to find us a room at Hotel Zeus and paid for our cab to get there. However, Hotel Zeus was absolutely awful. We reserved our original hostel because of all the recommendations in various guidebooks. We made this reservation for the main purpose of not ending up in a place like Hotel Zeus. To explain just how bad it was, Zeus, while closer to the city center, is in a very sketchy neighborhood and in a much louder area than we wanted to stay in. As a result, we did not explore the neighborhood beyond the main street, and were woken repeatedly by noise outside when we had our window open the first night. our first night we were put in a room on the 4th floor (no elevator by the way) directly across from the bar, which kept us awake until well after 1am (we were terribly jet lagged and really wanted an early night). we had to wake up early, as Hotel Zeus wasn't sure whether they would have a room for us the second night. We wanted to return to our first hostel, but there were still no rooms available. We managed to move to the third floor in Zeus to avoid the bar noise, but were basically chased out of our original room by the very rude housekeeping woman 30 minutes before the checkout time. Our room on the third floor had the window painted shut, which made for a very hot, miserable, stuffy room in late July, but when we complained to reception they still insisted on charging us 4 euro to use the air conditioner. The showers on the 3rd and 4th floor did not work because the water pressure was not strong enough to reach the upper floors if anyone on the lower floor was using a shower (this was true of the sink in our room as well). We managed to get the 2nd floor showers to work (the first floor appeared to have mold growing near the ceiling of their showers, gross). Once again, on our day of departure the housekeeping woman knocked on our door well before the required checkout time to ask us for a second time that day if we were checking out. We received no paid fare back to our first hostel to catch the Pink Bus, and had to haul our luggage on the metro once again. When we complained to the reception at the first place about the very poor experience we had at Zeus, we were told simply that they would "take care of it." No offer for a refund on a hotel we were basically forced to pay for (where else do we go at the height of tourist season?) that we very clearly did not want.  , USA ()
4   Good for the money! this is a true hostel, with bunk beds and one sink in the room! it is not a five star hotel. there are no double beds (that i've seen) and the bathrooms are simply functional, not luxurious. but in my six times staying at this hostel, i've never had a dirty room, bugs, or rude service. the only problems i've encountered have been a few bathrooms under construction (in which case you just go to another floor) and maybe some noise at night if you sleep with the door to the balcony open (the street is not the cleanest or most tame at night). other than that it is a steal for the money! internet, a/c, clean beds and storage. unless you are a spoiled brat used to staying at the holiday inn, (in which case you shouldn't be staying at a hostel) you will enjoy your stay. there is no "sexual moaning" at night!  , Knoxville, TN U.S.A. ()

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