Myrtle Beach Sc
We booked this hotel at a budget price and we are two seniors coming to Athens (oct 29) for five nights. It looks like Best Western is four mins from the metro stop at Omonia Sq... Is this a safe area to stay?
We were just the in mid September, stopped there on one of our stops on the tourist bus and had lunch. We did not feel unsafe at any time. But we were not there at night and things may have changed with the situation now.
it is not the safest place in Athens but it isn't one of the most dangerous ones, there is occasional petty crime in this area and it isn't a nice place for a visitor. It would be best if you avoid it
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were in Athens in August-did not stay round Omonia Square, but were warned to be careful wandering round there at night. Kapodistriou Street a well known prostitute street, and were told to avoid Aristotelous as lots of junkies round there. There are lots of homeless in Athens now, so there is a lot of begging. We were told that round Omonia has been a lot of handbag snatching.
Having said that, use normal precautions-don't wander round late at night, always walk on well lit streets, keep your bags and wallets safe, don't wear any ostentatious jewellery- and you shouldn't have problems. Ask your hotel reception of any problem areas to avoid.
Don't let fear restrict your time in Athens-overall it is a safe city, and in spite of its current adversities, the people are still as friendly, cheerful and helpful as they have always been.
We found the hop on/ hop off bus useful as the cost covered 2 days and you could go as far as Piraeus on them. Omonia Square is one of their stops. Metro is also handy.