Friendly, efficient, affordable and family run,Marble House Hotel is located in a quiet side street off one of thecapital'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 itsplace on the website mainly because it offers good value for money. Thefunctional 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 haveno sound insulation. Since many of its younger guests stay out untilthe early hours, this can interfere with a good night's sleep. Tocompensate, the south-west facing balconies shared between rooms at thefront are pleasant places to sit in the afternoon or evening.