Location is not everything
I have spent the last few days trying to come up with a few good things to say about this hostel. But the more I tried, the more annoyed I became at how the good bits are really just used as band-aids by this place to make the other stuff seem palatable. YES it is mere steps from the metro stop; YES there is a rooftop bar with an amazing view of the Acropolis; YES there are some good drink deals and free breakfast; YES there is (theoretically, when/if it works for you) free WiFi in the lobby. BUT -- While the lobby area looks nice, the rest of the hostel is a dump. Chances are, unless you've reserved a private room, you get sent a few doors down to a different building to which you enter through a hallway with an iron gate across it designed to keep out vagrants (which, by the looks of things, it does a very poor job of). If the elevator works (oftentimes it will take you up to your floor, but the door will not unlock for you so you have to go back and start over), you come up to your room which is protected by key-card entry, which would be good, except that you stand about a 50% chance at any given time of your card actually working; if it doesn't, you have to go back down to reception. Maybe this is the *real* reason they're open 24 hours. The rooms themselves size-wise are about normal for a European hostel. The problem is that 1) the rooms are not air conditioned, even though they appear to have an air conditioner in them, and 2) this makes the shower/toilet -- separate closets -- even less bearable. Considering they don't allow you to flush toilet paper ... well, I'll let you fill in the gaps on that one yourself. Also a somewhat lesser annoyance is that while there are lockers in the rooms, they only lock if you buy the locks that they sell down at reception. As for the internet, I fully admit this is absolutely a total "first world problem", but having unreliable access to the internet is actually quite a problem in the 21st century, considering how many travelers need the internet to keep track of banking at home, arrange their transit, reserve accommodation at their next stop. There are two (working) public computers to use, but given that half the people couldn't get the WiFi to work, there was ALWAYS someone on them, and besides, if you have to send any sensitive payment data (for instance), you really shouldn't do it on a shared computer. Anyway, Athens is an interesting city for sure, but next time I go, I will be looking to stay elsewhere.