From Delphi to Athens – Greece
From Delphi, it was a straight dash for Athens and we arrived quite late in the evening. Tony had concerns about where our hotel for the next two nights would be as he suspected that it was quite far out of town. It was dark already, but we recognized the Piraeus port area and we seemed to be travelling parallel to the sea and when we sighted the Acropolis, it was long way away.
The Metropolitan is a modern hotel block, obviously catering to tour groups and business travellers. It’s located off the freeway and away from the city centre. The hotel’s website says that it is in Central Athens and only 10 minutes away from Syntagma Square and that it’s 5 minutes by taxi and 12 minutes by the hotel bus to Syntagma. We came back from Syntagma by taxi one evening and it certainly took much longer than 5 minutes.
As far as we could see, there was nothing of interest in the area and it’s definitely better spending your time in Central Athens. The Hotel has a courtesy bus that transfers guests to and from the hotel to Syntagma Square at scheduled times and it’s really worthwhile making use of this. Although this has provided a little convenience, it is much better staying in the central area. We stayed in the Plaka area on one trip and it was so much better being able to stroll out of your hotel and into streets where all the action is.