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Traveling to Athens with family, but still want a 5-star experience? You’ve come to the right place.

Our Athens First Luxury Duplex Penthouse was the property that started it all, setting the tone for Greek Vacation Rentals with its modern furnished living spaces and amazing location right in the heart of Athens.

Light-filled and homey – but with all the little touches to remind you that you’re on vacation – this 3-bedroom, 2-bath sanctuary is located on a quiet street just steps from all the action. After your days spent exploring, step inside and fall into the American-style comforts of home.

SPACE TO UNWIND

The sun-soaked rooms are airy and inviting, with a fully stocked kitchen to delight foodies and their hungry families. Don’t worry, you’ll find all the needed conveniences to make dining-in a breeze (like coffee machine, dishwasher, and full-sized washer and dryer – a rarity in central Athens!).

The apartment is spread comfortably over two levels, making it a great choice for couples traveling together who want privacy; or multi-generational families keen to explore all the riches of the Greek capital.

With three levels of outdoor living space, you can wake up slowly with a cup of coffee overlooking the city or sink into a couch in the shade after a day’s exploring. There's a private veranda on each level, plus an Acropolis view terrace on the rooftop. We can't think of anywhere better to enjoy a glass of ouzo than overlooking the Acropolis and Mount Lykavittos.

3 BEDROOMS / 2 BATHROOMS

The master bedroom located on the main floor has a plush Queen bed dressed in high thread-count linens, with the convenience of a bathroom with glass-enclosed walk-in shower right next door.

On the second level, you’ll find a bedroom with a double bed  and a third room with a double bed and  2 twin beds (ideal for globe-trotting kids), with a shared bathroom featuring an American-style bath-shower combo. The bedrooms sleep 7, and a sofabed sleeps 2 more.

CULTURE CAPITAL

You'll find authentic Athens right outside your door in tree-lined squares, restaurants, and farmers' markets. Your central location also means that the city's rich historical center is just steps away. Walk or hop on the tram to visit the city's top museums (the Cycladic, the Benaki, and the National Art Gallery to name a few). You can also study modern Greek life with people-watching in the parks and cafes you'll find along the way.
You won't need a car to get around Athens, but if you have one, we've got convenient indoor parking.

AMERICAN COMFORT IN ATHENS

We know you want an authentic Greek experience – the food, the history, the people – but when it comes to sleeping and dining-in, you crave the little (or not so little) comforts of home.

We hear you. As travelers ourselves – who appreciate a great bed and a gourmet kitchen as much as you do – we've given our properties full American-style renovations, meaning our modern bathrooms are fully functional and luxurious (go on and flush that TP - we can't say the same for other bathrooms in Athens!). You'll also find imported Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, cotton-soft robes, and full-sized appliances to make your time in Athens as easy as pie (or a honey-soaked Greek baklava, if you prefer).

Make yourself at home at our First Luxury Duplex Penthouse, the perfect recipe for an authentic modern Athens experience.

Onsite Services:

  • Concierge

Local Features:

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries

Entertainment:

  • Books
  • Boardgames
  • Radio
  • iPod Dock
  • Stereo
  • Satellite/Cable TV

Leisure:

  • Shopping

General:

  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Sofabed
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Fax Machine
  • Soaps
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone
  • Elevator
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washer
  • Transfer services
  • Crib
  • Internet
  • Towels
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dryer
  • Central Heating

Themes:

  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

Outside:

  • Balcony
  • Chairs

Kitchen & Dining:

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dining Room
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Gas Stove
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Pantry Items

Attractions & Activities:

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Cycling

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We don't usually offer stays of less than 3 nights unless combined with a longer stay at the other end of your trip. Occasionally we have a hole to fill between 2 other bookings, in which we will offer you 2 nights. You can book & pay online but you will still need to sign our guest online guest form & provide a list of guest names & ages along with a major credit card in lie of a cash damage deposit. Note that online reservation payments are non-refundable.

Fee Amount
Extra Guest $10.00
Housekeeping Fee $75.00
Arrival Transfer 5-8 Persons $115.00
Arrival Transfer 1-4 Persons $58.00
Departure Transfer 5-8 Persons $115.00
Departure Transfer 1-4 Persons $58.00

Athens , Attica , Greece

Wondering what our Athens neighborhood is like & if you can walk to the Acropolis? Use the metro? Tram? Trolley?
Where will you eat? Shop? Find groceries?
Our penthouses are:
700 meters or 1/2 mile from the Evangelismos metro station
120 meters or 0.08 mile from the trolley/bus stop to Plaka/Syntagma/National Archeological Museum
1 km (1000 meters) or 0.64 mile from the Old Olympic Stadium (Kalimarmaro)
1.61 km Or 1 mile from Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Zeus and the “entrance to Ancient Athens”
2.04 km Or 1.27 mile from the New Acropolis Museum
2.55 km or 1.56 mile from the Acropolis
1.91 km or 1.19 mile from Syntagma Square
1.61 km or 1 mile from Kolonaki Square
2.07 km or 1.28 mile to the top of Mount Lykavittos (on the switchback trail)
1.77 km or 1.10 mile to the teleferik (cable car) to the top of Mount Lykavittos
.97 km or .60 mile from the War Museum
1.11 km or 0.69 mile to the Museum of Cycladic Art
1.24 km or 0.77 mile to the Benaki Museum
4.16 km or 3 miles to the National Archeological Museum (by foot or trolley)
120 meters or 0.08 mile from the trolley stop to the National Archeological Museum
1.21 km or 0.75 mile from the Museum of Contemporary Art
93 meter or 307 feet from the second best souvlaki in Athens
70 meters or 235 feet from the closest supermarket (3 others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
78 meters or 250 feet from the closest pharmacy (5 others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
78 meters or 250 feet from the closest sit down, full service restaurant (countless others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
450 meters or 0.28 mile from the “Little Forest of Pagrati”, a cool pine forest in the city, with a brand new children’s playground, café, basketball court and walking/jogging paths
690 meters or 0.43 mile from the Athens Hilton (and swimming pool!)

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Experience Athens like a local

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We were are family of six spending Christmas in Athens. The location is amazing, you are right in the middle of a neighborhood with grocery, restaurants and shops steps away. And it was possible to walk/take a tram to all of the sights. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen had everything needed to eat in, the washer and dryer came in handy. We used Carol's driver to and from the airport which I highly recommend.

Excellent! Would definitely stay here again.

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Apartment was excellent. Would definitely stay here again. Carole, Basil and Nadia are true gems. Thank you.

Great penthouse with fantastic outdoor areas

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Great penthouse with fantastic verandas. Hosts are extremely helpful and can help you make the most of your stay! We did the acropolis tour with Maria, temple of Poseidon and corinth and Napflio with Nick. All the tours were amazing. Nadea made sure we had everything we needed including the sweet gift of a surprise birthday cake for my daughter. The flat had everything we wanted. We just wish our weather would have allowed us to use the rooftop and verandas more. I'm sure Carole would fix that too if she were able :)

Great Stay!

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The stay was great. The owner and manager were available to answer all questions and were accommodating. The apartment was clean and had everything we needed to feel at home. We walked to all of the major sights and really enjoyed seeing Athens on foot. Some people might find the walk a bit long but we did take a taxi at night a few times and it was less than 5EUR anywhere. Wish I was back there right now!

Perfect

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Everything perfect. Thanks Carole

Great Vacation in Athens

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Can't say enough good things about this apartment. Fifth floor with elevator. Two great outdoor seating areas. Kitchen was properly maintained and well stocked for our visit. We were given great recommendations for tours (definately do the foodie and the trip to Corinth) and the transfers to and from the airport and port were seamless. Tony and Nadia, thank you so much! Back to the apartment.... great location. Two blocks to a cab stand. Great restaurants everywhere. Three bedrooms was perfect for all four of us. Clean, neat, great neighborhood. Would use again. Thanks Carole!

Perfect Athens headquarters

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Our family and friends were in town for a wedding and Carole's double penthouse suites were perfect for us. We loved the location, the view, the terrace, the appointments, the coffee shop downstairs. Everything. Also, Carole was a delight to deal with. If we return to Athens we will immediately see if her places are available.

Great location

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Great location. Convenient to all the major Athens attractions. Carole provided tips that were very helpful.

Clean quiet Haven in Athens

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Great neighborhood experience with friendly bakeries coffee shops. The property is well maintained and outfitted. Nadia and Carole take pains to make sure you are oriented to the property and neighborhood with recommendations for all of your needs. It was our first visit to Athens and we loved the city. We walked to all the historic sites, about 30-40 minutes from apartment. We did tour Delphi with Chat tour great experience for a quick day trip. Our family recommends this experience.

Great location and views

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We had a great time in Athens and loved the Sky Villa. It was in a good location convenient to the most popular sections for shopping and eating and felt like we were with the locals experiencing Athens the way they do every day. The Villa was extremely clean and well kept, and had everything we needed in the way of conveniences, connectivity, appliances, etc. The best part was Carol's tips and suggestions for what to do and where to eat, how to get around and great tours. Her partners for the transportation and tours were outstanding and well worth the fees. I highly recommend the Sky Villa to anyone traveling to Greece.

Das Apartment ist funktional und sauber

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Das Apartment ist funktional und sauber die Kommunikation funktionierte sehr gut!Die Lage ist gut man geht ca 15 Minuten zum historischen Stadion durch eine nette belebte authentische und subjektiv sichere Gegend Für ein paar Tage in Athen mit bis zu 6 Personen ist es eine gute Wahl

Komfortable, großzügige Wohnung in guter, ruhiger Lage

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Eine wirklich gemütliche Wohnung mit 2 Balkonen und Dachterrasse. Es ist reichlich Platz für eine größere Familie bzw. 5-6 Erwachsenen. Es ist eine ruhige Lage mit allen nötigen Geschäften und Restaurants in der Nähe. Um ins Altstadtviertel zu gelangen bietet sich die Ubahn an; bzw. wer gut zu Fuß ist kann die Strecke zur Altstadt/Akropolis auch laufen. Wer keinen unmittelbaren Rummel wünscht ist hier bestens aufgehoben. Wir buchen bestimmt wieder diese Wohnung, sofern wieder erneut nach Athen reisen. (from TripAdvisor)

Great Place

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The place has all the comforts of home. Carole has thought of everything. It is not too far from the city center, it is less of a "touristy" area and the restaurants are very good and inexpensive. The bakery was wonderful and every morning we had a delicious breakfast. Carole set up some fabulous tours for us and she takes care of everything. I would highly recommend using her expertise. Loved the food tour of Athens, and the tour to Poseidon's Temple. Carole also found us a guide for the Acropolis, she was outstanding! I will continue to use her homes, I want to go to Chicago just to use her vacation rental!!

Absolutely fabulous modern apartment with a wonderful neighborhood feel

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I can't say enough about how great apartment was in the wonderful Athens neighborhood of "Pangrati". the apartment and location was everything and more than the Owner Carole said it would be from the beautiful hardwood floors, modern kitchen w/ granite counters, 2 large balconies and the list goes on and on. The location was absolutely perfect if you want to experience the true Athens neighborhood feel. The apartment is a short walk to specialty food stores, grocery stores awesome restaurants with real Greek home cooking. Only a 20 minute walk to the center touristy area of Athens and the Acropolis which we chose to take the taxi to because it was a cold winter week when we stayed there. The taxi fares to pretty much everywhere in the center of Athens never exceeded 3 to 4 Euros. Bravo to Carole and her management staff for making our 10 day stay in Athens a very special one. We will be back and highly recommend this apartment. (from TripAdvisor)

5 Stars

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Nous avons passé 3 jours avec nos 4 enfants dans l appartement de Carole et Basile. L appartement est très bien équipé y compris pour cuisiner. J ai redécouvert le plaisir de sentir le café fraîchement moulu le matin. La terrasse est très agréable et est vraiment une pièce a vivre aux heures fraiches de la Journée. Pour les autres heures, la climatisation de chaque chambre fonctionne très bien. L appartement est proche de tous les principaux sites a visiter (Plaka, Acropole, lycabeth..) a pied ou en uber si la température l exige. Bref un excellent pied à terre pour découvrir la capitale grecque.

Beautiful Duplex in a wonderful location!

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This property was gorgeous, very comfortable. The A/C worked very well, which was important since Athens was 109F during our stay. The duplex is very clean. The owners have worked hard to make it comfortable. They arranged all airport transfers for us, as well as wonderful tours of the city. My favorite was the food tour with Nadia who took us through the local markets- highly recommend! The beds and bathrooms are all very clean and comfortable. Hot showers felt wonderful after a day touring the city. In the evenings, we loved walking to many local restaurants recommended by Carole (the owner) and Nadia. The location is perfect with a rooftop view of the Acropolis. There is also a washer/dryer which was nice. All of the drivers and guides were knowledgeable and very kind. I highly recommend staying in this duplex, we didn't know what to expect but it was fabulous- plenty of room, clean, comfortable, and gorgeous! We would stay again if we are lucky enough to come to Greece again!

Perfect for Families or Small Groups

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We were family of 5 adults. The 3 bedroom modern apartment in the Pangrati area was perfect. Safe, modern plumbing and modern appliances. Good air conditioning and a nice , comfortable additional living space on the balcony. Plenty of room. Two full and updated bathrooms. The grocery was 2 blocks away on main street. The gyro shop on the corner had great gyros for lunch or a late return- 2,5 euros each. The restaurants in the area were great. 15 min walk to Metro. 2 stops to Acropolis, 1 stop to other central Athens sites. Metro links to the Harbor for Island trips. Carole offered so much advice and help. Her arranged trips and guides were all top notch. Our adult children (all 20 somethings) had fantastic experience living like the locals. We would highly recommend. Even though we did lots of walking, there are cabs about 2 blocks away, and buses 1-2 blocks away. Cab to Syntagma square about 5 euro. Combo 5 day passes for Metro/bus/trolley only 9 euros. We LOVED our Athens stay!

Perefect

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The most important aspect of staying at Carole and Basil's apartment is to understand that Carole has done everything possible to make the apartment with all the amenities of a home (stocked kitchen with spices, olive oil, welcome basket with nescafe packets and little greek creamers for making the famous Greek frappe), with all the comforts of a hotel (lots and lots of hangers, towels, good closets, shower gels etc). When you stay in Athens at one of Carole and Basil's apartments, you become part of a well organized team effort. Nadia met us at the apartment to let us in, and to show us around the apartment and to give us directions to nearby restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets, all within a two to three block radius. The apartment is well conveniently located near to public transportation and taxis. Niko, an independent contractor who works with Carole as a guide/driver, literally saved our vacation when our car rental fell through (note to fellow americans: GET AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER's LICENCE through AAA!) and was our guide to Delphi, Naphlio and Olympia. We highly recommend this apartment

Amazing Oasis!

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We stayed at this delightful apartment for five days during the middle of a heat wave in Athens. The apartment was clean and well stocked! We loved the showers and the thick towels. Sitting out at night having a BBQ of lamb sausages from the butcher across the street was a lovely way to reflect on our day of sightseeing. Our three teenagers appreciated their own bathrooms and the wifi. I highly recommend a stay here if you are headed to Athens! Thanks Carole!

Wonderful week in Athens

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Our family is scattered all across the US. We were looking forward to spending time together and catching up. My brother booked a Festiva sailing vacation (awesome!)in the Cyclades and we topped it off with a week in Athens. The Athens First apartment was perfect for our needs. It offered a fill-sized refrigerator, well -appointed kitchen, two bathrooms (one with a tub!) and a lovely outdoor area where we gathered both before and after long sightseeing days. We highly recommend the foodie tour! The apartment was nicely decorated, spotlessly clean and had a much needed washer and dryer. We were welcomed with a food basket and wine, saving us from having to go to the grocery the day of check in. All in all, it was perfect for our needs. Carole, Basil, Nadia (conducted the Foodie Tour) and Nick (wealth of knowledge) were all so informative and helpful. Highly recommend a stay here!

Great place

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The place has all the comforts of home. Carole has thought of everything. It is not too far from the city center, it is less of a "touristy" area and the restaurants are very good and inexpensive. The bakery was wonderful and every morning we had a delicious breakfast. Carole set up some fabulous tours for us and she takes care of everything. I would highly recommend using her expertise. Loved the food tour of Athens, and the tour to Poseidon's Temple. Carole also found us a guide for the Acropolis, she was outstanding! I will continue to use her homes, I want to go to Chicago just to use her vacation rental!!

Perfect

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The most important aspect of staying at Carole and Basil's apartment is to understand that Carole has done everything possible to make the apartment with all the amenities of a home (stocked kitchen with spices, olive oil, welcome basket with nescafe packets and little greek creamers for making the famous Greek frappe), with all the comforts of a hotel (lots and lots of hangers, towels, good closets, shower gels etc). When you stay in Athens at one of Carole and Basil's apartments, you become part of a well organized team effort. Nadia met us at the apartment to let us in, and to show us around the apartment and to give us directions to nearby restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets, all within a two to three block radius. The apartment is well conveniently located near to public transportation and taxis. Niko, an independent contractor who works with Carole as a guide/driver, literally saved our vacation when our car rental fell through (note to fellow americans: GET AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER's LICENCE through AAA!) and was our guide to Delphi, Naphlio and Olympia. We highly recommend this apartment and Carole and Basil as superlative Airbnb hosts.

I loved it

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Everything about this apartment is excellent, Carole , Nadia and Nick were all very pleasant and professional , I was in other apartments during my trip to Europe and by far this apartment is the best, it is well furnished well equipped and all what we needed was already there the moment we stepped into the apartment. If I go to Athens again , I will stay in the same apartment.

Carole What a Great Ap...

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Carole What a Great Apartment. We started our holiday in another apartment but the area left much to be desired ! We contacted Carole and she quickly and efficently made Acropolis View Beta avaliable. The apartment was great and we loved the neighbourhood ! The apartment was beautifully equiped and enabled us to entertain Helen's many Greek relatives in style. Pagrati was all we could want in a Athens inner suburb. Great shops, great restaurants and the Tuesday fresh food market was a joy For 10 days (Jan 2010)we lived like Athenians and it was the best holiday we have had in years. The apartment surpassed our expectations and we will stay again Both Helen and I highly recommend AV Beta to anyone considering an Athens holiday David & Helen Brisbane Australia

I loved it!

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Everything about this apartment is excellent, Carole , Nadia and Nick were all very pleasant and professional , I was in other apartments during my trip to Europe and by far this apartment is the best, it is well furnished well equipped and all what we needed was already there the moment we stepped into the apartment. If I go to Athens again , I will stay in the same apartment.

The Alpha apartment is fa...

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The Alpha apartment is fantastic and we enjoyed the luxurious accommodations and space. Needless to say, the rooftop balcony and view is magnificent! The apartment is beautifully furnished with comfortable beds and plenty of room for a large group. It was very special for all of us to experience Easter festivities during our visit highlighted by the holiday dinner Carole arranged at a local restaurant. We felt less like tourists and more like an extended family. In my travels, the actual experience often does not match up to the expectation. However, our visit to Athens was more than we could have hoped for. Carole and Basil both helped to make our visit another great travel memory with unparalleled hospitality. We hope to return again.

Home Away from Home

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This apartment became our home away from home during the Iceland volcano eruption in April. We made a last-minute reservation and Carole was absolutely fabulous. This place really did feel like home...excellent through and through. All bedrooms and kitchen were great, had plenty of room to spread out, and the balcony was a favorite. Great neighborhood, everything from grocery stores to parks to restaurants to nightspots...you will feel right at home. We did!

Fantastic Condo!

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Our group stayed in the condo in the May of 2010. Every thing about it was superior: the location, furnishings. the helpful owners, all at a very reasonable cost . Eating on the very large rooftop balcony at night, looking at the Acropolis is amazing. I am very picky about where we stay when we travel and I would recommend this to the most particular of travelers. You will be so happy you chose this condo.

How do you say "An Ideal Rental" in Greek?

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Long before we arrived in Greece, Carole made us feel welcome. Thanks to her generous emails and extensive preparatory notes (adapted to each apartment), we had a good idea of what to expect. Then came the big surprise: our actual experience turned out even BETTER than expected. If you have read the descriptions of Carole's five apartments on VRBO, and thought to yourself, "They sound too good to be true," think again. The Heritage House apartment was exactly as described at VRBO, but its location still astonished us. The green Hill of the Pnyx was our "back yard." The green Agora site was our "front yard." We walked from the apartment to the Acropolis and to the new Acropolis Museum on a pedestrian street. We spent three days in Athens before encountering car traffic! Both the facade and the interior of Heritage House are exceptionally attractive. The owners, even more so. Babis and Xenia know better than most owners how to be welcoming and helpful, and also how to respect your privacy. We enjoyed some lively conversations and some good advice---but not one intrusion. Note that although the great classical sites are very close, the little necessities of life sit even closer: grocery store; bakery; pharmacy; ATM; etc. You are also comfortably near to the Thissio Metro station and to numerous bus lines. Restaurants and cafes are also present in abundance, but we rarely visited them, as it was so very pleasant to enjoy a meal or a drink on our own little open-air "terrace" above the back garden. We have been to Greece multiple times, but we had no idea that living in Athens could be so agreeable and peaceful and green. Did I mention the great beds; the spacious shower; the excellent wi-fi; the appliances that all work perfectly? Unless you are deeply devoted to hotel-type services, we doubt you could find a better accommodation anywhere in Greece than in one of Carole's splendid apartments.

This apartment became our...

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This apartment became our home away from home during the Iceland volcano eruption in April. We made a last-minute reservation and Carole was absolutely fabulous. This place really did feel like home...excellent through and through. All bedrooms and kitchen were great, had plenty of room to spread out, and the balcony was a favorite. Great neighborhood, everything from grocery stores to parks to restaurants to nightspots...you will feel right at home. We did!

fantastic location

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We really appreciated this penthouse. It is well located and very spacious. The place was super clean and the owner was such a genuine nice person always willing to help us discover this great city. The terrace was amazing for relaxing at the end of the evening. I would rent this place again in a heart beat

Excellent stay!

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This lovely and well-appointed penthouse apartment is everything the description promises, and MORE!!! A traveler's every need is anticipated and provided for. The owners' personal attention further enhanced our stay. We would love to return and we would HIGHLY recommend these accommodations to family and friends.

Home Away From Home!

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I would return to this condo in Pagrati today if I could!! The spaceious penthouse is an IKEA dream with new appliances, electronics, and air conditioning!! We had 7 in our group and there was more than enough room for everyone to relax. The owners thoughtfully include a welcome basket, maps, bathroom essentials, and manuals for all the appliances that make the visit comfortable and restful after a long (and usually very hot) day of sightseeing in Greece. It was great to come home at night and have food delivered rather than going out again, or relax on the terrace enjoying local wine and mezes purchased in the neighborhood shops. I really appreciated being able to do laundry in the condo as well. The property was immaculately clean and the building is quiet. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the showers are like being in a spa! I know that I will be contacting Carole again for my next trip to Greece. She is very responsive and knowledgeable and can also assist in other parts of trip planning around Athens.

A Perfect Vacation Getaway

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The Heritage House was spotless. A warm greeting, and a thoughtful goodie basket welcomed us to the apartment. The Heritage House is in a very convenient location - a 5 minute walk to restaurants, nightlife and the metro and a 10 minute walk to the Acropolis. Carol was a wonderful host. She helped us organize transportation to and from the apartment, a full day private tour of the Acropolis with Popi that our entire family voted as the highlight of our vacation, and a sunset tour to the Temple of Poseidon.

Perfect in every way

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Just returned from a trip to Greece with friends and children that included 7 adults and 7 children aged 13 - 8. We spent a couple days in Athens on the tail end of a 12 day trip. Carole and Basil's Pagrati A, B and C apartments were absolutely spectacular - clean, well appointed, centrally located. Everyone, kids and adults alike, loved the venue. Plenty of room for all of us to enjoy the sites or relax, and all connected together so we could use it as all one large space. The space and view from the rooftop deck was special, with a perfect view of the Acropolis/Parthenon and Lykavitos Hill. The neighborhood had everything you could want - coffee shops, restaurants, shops, takeout, etc. The only thing I wish we did differently is book a couple extra days to explore more of Athens! There will be a next time for us in Athens, and when that time comes, Carole and Basil will be the first place we look to find accommodations. Thanks so much, Carole and Basil!!!!

Fantastic Apartment in Athens

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Had a fantastic stay in the Acropolis View Alpha apartment which lived up to it's name. Fantastic views of the Acropolis and Likavitos both from the balcony outside our apartment and from the lovely roof terrace equipped with sun lounges, table, chairs and BBQ. There was a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, computer and free local telephone calls. There are enough supplies in the very generous welcome basket and cupboards to get you through until you can get to the supermarket just up the road. Carole and Basil provide a valuable set of instructions, directions and recommendations which make finding your way around the maze of streets in Athens easier. We ate at one of their local restaurant recommendations - O Kostas, on the first night and had one of the best meals of our stay. Everything in the apartment worked well, the beds were comfortable, the apartment was very clean and we enjoyed staying a little out of the centre in one of the suburbs of Athens. We felt like locals. Lots of great shopping (especially shoes) in the surrounding streets without the high prices of the more upmarket shopping areas. We caught the tail end of the summer sales so many bargains were snapped up. We found the walk to Syntagma took longer than suggested - around 30 mins brisk walking, but we may not have gone by the most direct route. The only real difficulty we had was leaving the apartment to visit the sights!

I cannot recommend this apartment highly enough.

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I cannot recommend this apartment highly enough. Carol and Basil have VRBO down to a science and are the perfect hosts. The apartment was amazingly comfortable and beautifully set up with great beds and bedding, a wonderful kitchen/great room and everything you could possibly want or need either in the apartment (including computer/WiFi) or in the neighborhood which was jammed with stores, restaurants and cafes for all tastes and budgets. This was the best vacation rental experience I have had by far.

Vam estar a Athens First ..

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Vam estar a Athens First per tres nits, un duplex fantàstic en tots els sentits, però una mica allunyat del Metro i del centre d'Atenes. Com a lloc per viure a partir d'una setmana i amb familia, és perfecte, molt còmode i tranquil, pel poc temps que nosaltres vam estar a Atenes, quedava una mica lluny de tot.

Fabulous stay at this 3 bedroom condo!

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This property was everything it was described to be - absolutely no surprises. Upscale 3 bedroom condo in a modern residential building and convenient location with great amenities for the 5 of us. We stayed for 3 days and we also took advantage of the airport pickup and drop-off service offered. It was really nice to be whisked to our accommodations after a long flight. The condo had absolutely everything we needed to enjoy our stay - spotlessly clean, comfortable, and all modern amenities. Carole provided excellent service from end to end. The 40+ page document she provided ahead of time was invaluable. It not only described every aspect of the condo we needed to know about but also had some excellent restaurant, tourist sites and shopping recommendations in the area. We particularly enjoyed a local taverna recommended. This was a small, non-tourist taverna within walking distance of our condo with the most delicious authentic local greek food and hospitality. There was absolutely no way we would have found this on our own given the local neighbourhood it was tucked within...definitely a local hangout that we took advantage of and priced so well! The free wifi and computer provided with our condo was great. We had some flights rescheduled and it was fabulous to be able to use the computer to handle the changes we had to make. The availability of free international calls back home were a nice perk too! We wouldn't hesitate to stay at this or any of Carole's properties again in future. It's a much better "home" and authentic feel than a stark hotel...and much better value. (P.S. thanks for the surprise beverage we found in our refrigerator upon on our arrival - we really enjoyed it!)

Yamas... enjoying teh greek lifestyle

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The apartments were booked for a business trip. All large, luxurious apartments. Very comfortable beds and bedding. Great bathrooms with high-end toiletries (Korres) offered complimentary. The kitchen was properly equipped so relaxing meals could be prepared and enjoyed. The terraces offered great views of the city. The location was perfect. Walk to tram stop in less than 5 minutes and walk to metro in less than 15 minutes. Grocery stores, restaurants and bars were all nearby. As we were a large group we stayed this apartment and other apartments by this owner throughout the months December, January, and February. Our group was international and found the caliber of the accommodations were fantastic. The apartments were like a home-away-from-home-- suitable for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or even a business trip.

Never wanted to leave

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We were a party of three adults, so we found this apartment perfect for our needs. We had plenty of room to spread out and enjoy ourselves. The welcome basket was perfect and all the arrangements for airport pickup and day tours were perfect. We loved the location, close to lots of useful places and interesting things to do and see. The property was ideal, with everything we could possibly want. We're pretty self-sufficient and independent people, but Carol provided us with all the contact info we needed in case we ran into any problems. One of the highlights of our stay was watching some of the movies from the "Greek" library in the apartment in the evenings. It was terrific fun to watch "Zorba the Greek" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" while in Athens! So silly, but so fun. We got to do everything we wanted and had plenty of time to just enjoy Athens. Carol arranged day trips for us that were perfect, so we saw lots of the rest of Greece too. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this apartment and Carol to anyone wanting a little "home away from home" while in Athens. There aren't enough good things I can say about Carol or the apartment. Everything was perfect!

Fabulous comfort in a great location

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I stayed in the Acropolis apartment on a winter getaway in February. There was a lot going on in the news and everyone thought I was crazy. Carole assured me it was fine and she was so right. We had great weather and Carole planned out my short stay meticulously. Walking around was fabulous. The location was great - walking distance to everything with a real neighborhood feel to it. I could have spent days on the Acropolis and the museum is a must see - worth another whole day. The apartment was beautiful, luxurious, with everything I could ask for - from adapters to wine and ouzo! It was so wonderful to come back to a lovely apartment with an amazing view of the city .The kitchen was beautiful and great to cook in. I am so glad I found this ... Carole made everything so easy. I am planning a family trip next summer when I can spend more time.

Lovely accomodation in the perfect location

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I stayed in this apartment with my husband and 3 children in the week leading up to Orthodox Easter. We couldn't have been more pleased. The street was lined with orange trees, which smelled heavenly. The apartment itself was just what we needed: two nice bedrooms in the house, and a bedroom and bathroom separate in the garden, which the children loved. There is a small paved garden, with a table to sit at on a raised terrace, and that was much enjoyed for a read in the sunshine. The location is ideal for tourists. The street is just off the huge pedestrian area surrounding the acropolis, and we rarely resorted to public transport or taxis; we walked everywhere. There were loads of places to eat nearby, and lots of great advice from the owners for places to go in and around Athens. We had a wonderful tour of the Acropolis from Poppy, who was a pleasure. It was a wonderful place to stay.

Perfect refuge in a perfect location

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From the moment we made contact with Carole, everything was perfect: the communication, the apartment, the location, the recommendations for shopping and restaurants, her recommendation of Nick as a driver and guide. Carole truly understands hospitality, and what it means to be a traveller in a foreign country. I highly recommend Athens, the neighbourhood and the apartment - we had the most incredible holiday filled with history, food, sunshine and relaxation. We couldn't possibly ask for more, except the privilege of returning one day.

Excellent accomadation.

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I loved my stay at this property! The apartment is beautiful, well appointed and very clean. Everything was just as described, but better. The terrace is especially nice, a perfect place to relax in the morning or evening after a full day of sights. I'm a frequent traveler to Greece and I love staying at this property. Highly recommended for families or a group of friends.

Best Concierge Service!

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You really can believe what you see in the photos of this apartment. The rooms were very well kept, had all the amenities you could ask for, but hands down the concierge service is what sold me on this rental unit. From my first inquiry and through out my trip planning, apartment owner, Carole went beyond what one would expect of concierge service. She appeared to go out of her way to help me. She gave valuable information and treated me like a long lost friend. She has done an outstanding job of preparing visitors for their trip to Greece. She has written down in wonderful detail everything a visitor would need to relax and enjoy Athens. From amazing restaurant suggestions, to where to go for food if you want to cook in the very well equipped kitchen, and most importantly, how to get around the city. If you should want to venture out of Athens and I highly recommend you do in order to really get to know the country and see just how beautiful Greece is, then look no further than Carole's tour suggestions. Her expertise has prepared some very well planned day trips and she has professional drivers to escort you where ever you may want to go. My son was studying at the Athens Centre and he wanted us to visit sites he had been to. We could have taken a tour bus with other visitors but instead we chose to use Carole's concierge service. I would highly recommend spending a little more for a private car and driver. We were fortunate to have Nick; he was a wealth of knowledge and really gave us so much more than curb side taxi service. Each day trip we took was discussed in advance and we were able to see parts of Greece that were off the beaten path. We were on our own time schedule and did not have to worry about getting back to a tour bus if we wanted to linger longer at a ruin site. He took us to fabulous restaurants for lunch. He made sure we were comfortable and had a waiter who could speak a little english. We really felt as though we were making new friends, we really felt so at home. Should we ever make a return trip to Greece, Carole will be the first person I contact!!

Fantastic apartments. very clean and modern.

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Apartments were fantastic and had plenty of room for our group of 10. It was very nice to go out for the day and return to the apartments to relax and unwind and sit out on the balcony or terrace with a glass of wine. The apartment was exactly as described and very clean upon our arrival. Carole provided the ultimate in customer service and made sure our stay was memorable. She arranged tours and recommended restaurants which were bang on and delicious. I would absolutely recommend this property to anyone looking for fantastic accommodations in Athens.

Carole did a wonderful job

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Carole did a wonderful job making us very comfortable. Having her coordinated driver, Yanni, pick us up and take us to the airport made life easy. My wife, two children ages 8 and 10, are on a 7 week sabatical. It was really nice having a 3 bed room apartment to spread out and to have some meals at 'home'. The flat was spacious. We lived in Paris a few years back for a month, and Carole's apartment was much bigger and the price was better. Very clean. Quick service response on a few minor flat issues(tv and internet) were fixed rapidly. It was nice to walk to the Acropolis the first time, but since we were in Athens a week, we took a taxi to the sites the remainder of the time. The taxi was available 2 minutes from the front door. Market was nearby. Recommend you stay here! Thanks Carole!!

Perfect Location and Host

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My family of 7 spent a few days in this lovely Penthouse. There was plenty of room for my kids to eat, play and sleep. The location was perfect; we could walk to the sites in about 20 minutes. The views from the rooftop were fabulous and memorable. In the end, what sets this apartment apart from other properties in Athens is the host. Carole was a pleasure and a wonderful resource. She recommended a private tour of the countryside and we decided to take her advice. The offsite tour was probably our most memorable part of our stay in Athens. Whatever you choose to do while in Athens; you will not go wrong if Carole is involved.

Better than expected

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We loved the apartment. It was better than we expected. Our family of 6 had PLENTY of room.

A great location

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A great location, Easy access to the City center. The owners recommendations of food, restaurants etc. are excellent and if you follow them you live like a greek. A great sunny apartment.

Fantastic way to visit Athens!

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We loved our stay, fantastic apartment close to everything. We pre booked our tours and even breakfast in our apartment, the owners couldn't have been more helpful. Loved the neighborhood, good restaurants, plenty of shopping and the beds are luxurious. Will book again.

FANTASTIC!

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Immaculate apartment in a beautiful neighborhood just minutes by taxi from all the important sites. Very nice welcome basket with different treats including a lovely bottle of wine! I can't say enough about the space--2 terraces with lovely views, a great kitchen (fully stocked with everything you might need). Perfect for a family or group of friends!

In love with

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The apt is in very good location walk distance from everything , Nadie is the person in charge for this apt (she is the best) . The owner is very helpful , Thanks Denis

I would recommend to anyone to book this unit.

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Centrally located and well appointed, this location was modern and convenient for our group. Carole could not have been more helpful in planning for our stay. She had a baby crib ready for the 1 year old in our group, and her communication and coordination were fantastic. Perhaps best of all, she helped us schedule guided tours across the region, and her tour guides were all incredible. The foodie tour was definitely a highlight of our trip! I would recommend to anyone to book this unit.

Great Apartment

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We stayed in Carole's large apartment over Thanksgiving and had a great experience. Carole arranged for car service and several tours and all were perfect. Nadia, the property manager who did our Foodie Tour, was lovely and very responsive to any needs or questions we had throughout the week. Maria, who gave us a tour of the Acropolis, was excellent. Our only regret was not having her come with us on our day at the Peloponnese, as we would have learned so much from her. Location was great- we walked everywhere. Only thing to note is that the master bedroom is quite noisy from street traffic, but i guess that's city living.

Wonderful week in Athens

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Our family is scattered all across the US. We were looking forward to spending time together and catching up. My brother booked a sailing vacation (awesome!) in the Cyclades and we topped it off with a week in Athens. The Athens First apartment was perfect for our needs. It offered a fill-sized refrigerator, well -appointed kitchen, two bathrooms (one with a tub!) and a lovely outdoor area where we gathered both before and after long sightseeing days. We highly recommend the foodie tour! The apartment was nicely decorated, spotlessly clean and had a much needed washer and dryer. We were welcomed with a food basket and wine, saving us from having to go to the grocery the day of check in. All in all, it was perfect for our needs. Carole, Basil, Nadia (conducted the Foodie Tour) and Nick (wealth of knowledge) were all so informative and helpful. Highly recommend a stay here!

Beautiful Duplex in a wonderful location!

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This property was gorgeous, very comfortable. The A/C worked very well, which was important since Athens was 109F during our stay. The duplex is very clean. The owners have worked hard to make it comfortable. They arranged all airport transfers for us, as well as wonderful tours of the city. My favorite was the food tour with Nadia who took us through the local markets- highly recommend! The beds and bathrooms are all very clean and comfortable. Hot showers felt wonderful after a day touring the city. In the evenings, we loved walking to many local restaurants recommended by Carole (the owner) and Nadia. The location is perfect with a rooftop view of the Acropolis. There is also a washer/dryer which was nice. All of the drivers and guides were knowledgeable and very kind. I highly recommend staying in this duplex, we didn't know what to expect but it was fabulous- plenty of room, clean, comfortable, and gorgeous! We would stay again if we are lucky enough to come to Greece again!

Perfect Athens experience - slice of Greek life!

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I'm so glad we decided to stay at Athens First instead of a hotel! My husband, daughter, and I were joined by my parents for our first trip to Athens. Several times, my parents mentioned, "This is just terrific. What a nice place to stay." With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and 2 very nicely furnished porches, how could we go wrong? It was wonderful to sit out on the porch soaking up the sun and cool breezes while sipping coffee or wine and listening to church bells. It was an easy stroll in any direction to lovely restaurants, bakeries, shops, and markets. So much more interesting to stay here with other Greeks than living among other tourists. Carole was a fabulous hostess who provided tons of information, email correspondence, airport transfers, and complimentary welcome snacks/wine to make sure our trip was relaxing. Super clean, secure, and comfortable. Fast wifi. Thank you!

Perfect adres voor een heerlijke vakantie

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Wij hebben hier met twee gezinnen( totaal 7 pers. ) een paar geweldige dagen doorgebracht Het appartement is schoon, netjes en compleet. Het appartement ligt vlak bij een winkelstraat met vele terrasjes, de trolley-bus stopt vlakbij zoals in de uitgebreide info wordt beschreven. Wij hadden een prettig contact met Nadia, de contactpersoon. Vragen worden snel en accuraat beantwoord en/of afgehandeld, KORTOM EEN ECHTE AANRADER VOOR EEN TOP-VAKANTIE

Comfortable, clean and nice location

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We are a family of four and found the apartment very comfortable. The three bedrooms were a good size, two bathrooms modern and very clean and a very nice and well equipped kitchen. Internet access was fast and unlimited. The location was in a very nice area. Acropolis and other main sites are within walking distance but some require quite a long walk which suited us fine but there is a taxi rank not too far where with 5 euros you can get to most sites. Carole and her team were excellent and eager to make our stay very comfortable and special. (from TripAdvisor)