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Athens Backpackers is easy to find and conveniently located next to the Acropolis Metro Station (about fifty steps). The entrance to the Acropolis, Hadrian's Gate, and Temple of Olympian are all five minutes away.

The hostel is owned by an Australian family, so language isn't a problem (if you speak English, that is). Bedsheets, pillow case, towels, and breakfast are all complimentary (although breakfast is nothing fancy, just toast and jam). There are a few computers in the lobby which offer broadband internet access for a small price. If you don't live on the first floor, be prepared to climb stairs because the elevator is extremely small (less than two by four) and doesn't look very sturdy. Bags can be stored on the mezzanine floor, which is above the bar. Anyone can access the mezzanine, so don't leave anything you might regret losing.

The breakfast area turns into a bar/club in the evening and can become quite noisy. If toga parties are your thing, then have a blast. But for those seeking some respite after a long day, not even the fourth floor can escape the din of the midnight revelers. Also, the acoustics of the spiral staircase have a way of amplifying noises.

The room itself is very basic, but generally clean. There are no closets or coat hangers. But there is one bedpost per bunker to fold your clothes in. There is also a balcony and if you live on the fifth floor, you can get a great view of the Parthenon. All in all, this hostel is inexpensive and conveniently located within easy reach of star attractions.

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Athens Backpackers Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Location, location, location indeed Right in Plaka, close to the Acropolis and many other sights. The metro is only a minutes walk as well. Staff is friendly and the 24 hour reception is handy. The rooftop bar is amazing simply for the view. Rooms are decent and facilities adequate. Didn't spend a ton of time in them, but when I was there I was comfortable. Breakfast was decent considering there were hard boiled eggs. All in all an extremely good hostel that I would definitely suggest.  ()
5   Great location, super homey atmosphere Stayed here for 3 days, after the most horrendous night in a hostel in the Omonia area (dont go there!!!). At 21 euros per night a bit expensive, but this is well made up for -- Nice staff, fine dorm rooms, perfect location near the acropolis, free coffee, tea and early bird breakfast. Best thing about this hostel though is the interaction with other travelers in the downstairs bar. I met lots of people and had so much fun with them!!  , Netherlands ()
5   Relaxing with friendly helpful staff in best location in Athens I stayed at the backpackers part of this hostel-Studios from 5th to 23rd November 2009 and it was great. Located within a two-minute walk from Acropolis Metro, five minutes from Acropolis and other historical attractions. It's in the best location in Athens, near many affordable restaraunts and hostel has its own bar three minutes walk away where the simple, healthy breakfast is served -- next door to a launderette. Bar hosts weekly pub quizzes amongst other activities and has the cheapest beer in Athens at 3 Euroes a pint and 2 Euroes a pint during happy hour -- 7 to 8 p.m. All the staff are fantastic, welcoming, friendly, and helpful, I had a blast. The only addition to make the hostel perfect would be a snack machine for chocolate after midnight! There is no kitchen at present as the Greek authority made them rebuild it and change the license law. However, it should be back up and running by January if not sooner. The rooftop bar is only open in summer at the backpackers due to cold weather after October! It's a fun place and I met so many cool people. Will return next year.  , England ()
4   Really nice hostel I stayed here in June, and was impressed right away. The location couldn't get any better, the people were fun, most of the staff were really nice. The kitchen was great, the rooms were sufficiently clean. It was nice to have the rooftop terrace and en-suite bathrooms. Happy hour at the bar and their pub crawl were lots of fun. It's literally right next to the Acropolis, right near the metro Akropoli, and walking distance to almost every attraction. Everything was pretty new and clean, I don't really have any complaints except that there were a few instances where the staff seemed a bit irritated/exasperated with minor requests (I asked them if they could call me a cab).  , Canada ()
4   Great location, comfortable bed This hostel is centrally located, within walking distance of every touristic attraction. There is a lot of cheap and excellent restaurant around. Cheap beer at the hostel, nice atmosphere. They organize trips to wonderful places but go by your own it is much cheaper and it does not worth the guide and the lunch included. One major deception, the shower, not so great.  , Canada ()
1  My daughter and I stayed in this bedbug-infested hostel and can not find many positive things to say. The staff was rude, the place was filthy, and we spent the two nights there being bitten by the bedbugs. We couldn't have gotten much sleep anyway with people staggering down from the roof-top. They tell everyone to write in and give them top marks. We will never go back!  , canada ()
4  This hostel was good. The staff was very nice and the kitchen/lounge was convenient. The cooked dinner was very good and convenient. The laundry facilities were convenient also. Fairly secure. Only issue was the bathroom -- the showers leak and flood the bathroom and each bathroom comes with a squeegie to clean the water off the floor when you are done. Also, the curtain sticks to you. Other than that, the place was good.  , Canada ()
5  i am a real traveler of many years, and i think the hostel is a perfect representation of a backpackers. it was clean, safe, spacious. sure they partied and were busy, but the staff i think tried their best to keep us all happy. and i mean if you're a backpacker, you should have some ability to take care of yourself. honestly i believe this hostel is great, definitely the most entertainment i've had at a hostel anywhere, and really highlights the statement "you get what you pay for." so if you want to sit quietly in your room, or avoid meeting anybody i don't recommend this hostel -- i don't recommend any hostels, go to a hotel. athens backpackers, keep up the good work. (and get some O.J. for breakfast).  ()

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