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M17295 provides self-catering short term rentals in central Athens, walking distance to all of the major sites but within charming and vibrant residential neighborhoods. In addition to providing accommodations, we also offer itinerary planning and food focused day trips in and around Athens.

M17295 was founded in 2004 by Carole Heiman-Kezios and Basil Kezios after word of mouth spread the news of our luxury duplex penthouse apartment. Our bright, airy, open pied-a-terre has been home to short term Embassy officials, journalists, conference attendees, honeymooners and families on holiday. We strive to provide our guests with deluxe accommodations that offer the extra room and value a traditional hotel stay cannot offer. M17295 provides top-notch luxury vacation rentals in Athens, Greece along with great customer support - a combination that can't be beat!

Through our commitment, experience, and expertise M17295 has established a relationship with our customers that will last a lifetime!
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Questions and Answers
We offer family and group self-catering homes in downtown Athens, Greece.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

We began with our first home in 2003.

2. What is your company's mission?

To help our guests live like locals in Athens without compromising comfort and safety.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Luxury, family and group accommodations in downtown Athens, walking distance to the major sites.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Carole and Basil Kezios founded M17295 in 2003. Carole, an American in Athens, fell in love with Basil's city of birth after spending several months studying the Greek language.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Our Acropolis View Alpha luxury duplex penthouse is a favorite of our guests - with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths, stunning Acropolis view terrace. It is a great choice for groups of friends or multi-generational families traveling together. Parents love the space and privacy, kids love having their own room and grandparents love the tremendous value our homes offer.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

Carole and Basil showed us Athens as no guidebook could, Rick Steves better look out! We felt like we were visiting family and friends who knew the off the beaten path, non-touristy places.

Reviews and Comments
No. Rating By / Subject

 1  Bj, Ron & Ashlie / A Glorious Vacation Had by All!
Our luck started when we could snatch our daughter away from work for a couple of weeks. Our last 7 nights at the "Athens First Luxury Duplex". Off to a great start - Ioannis was waiting for us at the airport and he was a welcome sight. Very comfortable, informative ride. We were a bit early- but, No problem! We were able to meet Vera who had the place sparkling!!! Since there were only 3 of us we took such pleasure in all the space we had. Furnishings were smart and sleek but also comfortable. I ... view more adored dropping into one of the black lounge chairs at the end of each FULL day of sightseeing. Two balconies and a rooftop terrace was a huge treat! We took Carole's advice and spent 1st and 4th night at O Kostas - purely fantastic! Best meals we had in Athens. Now I want to get onto Ioannis. He helped make our trip oh-so memorable. From our pickup, our day-trips and back to the airport he was our "ofilasmu"! We went to Sounion and saw the sunset but prior we stopped at a great restaurant where we enjoyed a wonderful and reasonable dinner at the waters edge. Another day to Delphi. Ioannis had a DVD he played which was all about Delphi. The man is brilliant! Again we were brought to a fine eatery where we sat on the balcony with unbelievable views of the valley below and had a great lunch. Ioannis turned us on to Stavros Melissinos where we all bought sandals and some for friends back home who LOVED them. Visted as many sights as possible. Spent one night riding the funicular and had dinner at Orizontes. Not as pricey as I would have imagined, food very good and service was impeccable not to mention our view was fantastic. This was a magical night. At the end of the vacation we were left with great memories but also knowing that in 7 days we just saw the tip of the iceberg!!! What a fabulous city! Athens and the Greek people we met along the way "ROCK"!!!

 2  Alison & Frederick / How do you say "An Ideal Rental" in Greek
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 ... view more 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.

 3  Salas Sanchez / Excellent stay!
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.

 4  Susan / Home Away From Home
I would return to this condo in Pagrati today if I could!! The spaceious penthouse is a 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 ... view more 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.

 5  Peter / Perfect in every way
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 ... view more 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!

 6  Helen / Athens penthouse perfection
My family stayed in this lovely penthouse in the spring. We could not have felt more at home anywhere - the kitchen had everything one could want - full size appliances and a good supply of spices, etc. in the cabinets - coffeemaker, even a toaster. We loved having coffee in the morning on the great veranda, and at night the terrace was the perfect place for a nightcap overlooking the Acropolis. The beds were the most comfortable we have experienced in Greece, with plenty of pillows and blankets, although for ... view more most of our stay only a light blanket was needed (the apartment was heated, but we never needed the heat). The apartment itself would have been perfect, but the owner, Carole, is by far the best conceirge we have ever encountered in all of our travels. She understood exactly what we wanted, and provided us with a great map for our do it ourselves trip. From day trips to little tavernas we never would have found, to meals that cost half of what we saw offered in the touristed Plaka area - she was really terrific. The apartment actually looks even better than the photos! You won't go wrong staying here - we actually stayed twice!

 7  Janet / Alpha apartment is fantastic
The apartment was 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 ... view more 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.

 8  Jason Thompson / Home Away from Home
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 our favorite. Great neighborhood, everything from grocery stores to parks to restaurants to nightspots...you will feel right at home. We did!

 9  David & Helen / What a Great Apartment
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 it 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 ... view more 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 M17295 to anyone considering an Athens holiday.

David and Helen Brisbane Australia

 10  Van Millin / Carole & Basil have VRBO down to a science
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.

 11  Zvi Fisher / Loved the apartment and neighborhood
We were visiting Athens for the first time with our 3 kids. We loved both the apartment and the neighborhood. The apartment was clean, comfortable, and with all amenities. We genuinely recommend this apartment. Thank you very much!

 12  Virginia / Feels much more like a home than rental property
M17295 suited our family of four, including two teenagers, perfectly (and could comfortably have accomadated another two people). It's been finished and furnished beautifully, so feels much more like a home than rental property. I loved the claw-foot tub and the hardwood floors, while the teens were delighted to find WIFI and and iHome! The location in Thisseus about a block and a half from the Metro and pedestrian walkway (and cafe area) is fabulous. The travel and neighborhood tips provided are much ... view more better than a guidebook! Best deal around.

 13  J. Richards / Acropolis View Beta - Perfect
I and my family stayed at Acropolis View Beta apartment and were delighted with the high standards the care provided. Our flight was delayed and we would have missed the last train to Athens, but someone anticipated the problem and arranged for us to be met and taxis made available to take us directly to the apartment. Very thoughtful. The apartment is exceptionally well equipped with everything from a spa bath to an essential electric frappe whisk. We particularly enjoyed time spent on the terrace with the ... view more wonderful views of sunset over the acropolis. The apartment is in a pleasant area with a wide choice of shopping and eating establishments. Although we were warned against taxis, we were only once charged more than 2.5 euros for a trip to the centre of the city - well worth the money.

 14  D. Fisher / Athens Heritage House ... Perfect ... Fantastic Location!
Four or us just returned from a fabulous stay at the Heritage House in the Athens. The house was perfectly comfortable, and was in a fantastic location. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the outdoor patio, and the welcome basket equipped with wine and other Greek treats was a very nice touch. Xenia and Babis, the upstairs neighbors, make you feel like family and greeted us with smiles and a pitcher of orange juice upon arrival. The house is just a few blocks away from fantastic cafes, restaurants, and the ... view more Acropolis. If you are in Athens for tourist purposes, you cannot ask for a better location. You will not be disappointed with the house, but the true gem of this entire process is Carole.

Carole makes you feel welcome and comfortable from the first time you contact her. She is a wealth of information about Athens (and Greece in general), and she has the competence of a concierge at a 5-star hotel. There is no question that we will stay in one of Carole’s properties on our next trip to Athens.