Friendly, efficient, affordable and family run, Marble House Hotel is located in a quiet side street off one of the capital’s main boulevards. If your budget is tight, it is a handy placeto stay for a night or two on your way through Athens and it earns its place on the website mainly because it offers good value for money. The functional design of the exterior is softened by extensive greenery, and the rooms, though Spartan, are clean and well kept. On thedownside, the stairs and corridors echo noisily at night and rooms have no sound insulation. Since many of its younger guests stay out until the early hours, this can interfere with a good night’s sleep. To compensate, the south-west facing balconies shared between rooms at the front are pleasant places to sit in the afternoon or evening.