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“Location - as good as it gets” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Olympic Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Athanasiou Diakou 28-34, Athens 11743, Greece   |  
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Ranked #75 of 328 Hotels in Athens
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“Location - as good as it gets”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The location of this hotel is amazing, right in the heart of the city walking distance from all the major tourist "must see" locations.

In the airport I asked the information desk for the quickest way to this hotel, taxi or metro. I was expecting them to say taxi but they didn't, they told me to take the metro. It was already heading towards 9pm and dark outside and I'm think this is a little mad, as I am a women alone in a strange city, but I have to say, I felt very safe and the metro was easy to understand. From the airport to get to this hotel you do need to make one change of metro line, but once out of the Metro system it is less than a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Really happy I did take the metro.

The room I had faced inwards to the pool area which was perfectly fine. The room itself was of a good standard. I have read some review that state that this hotel was dated. Think this comes down to the fact they are still using sheets and blankets rather than a duvet. Also the bathrooms seem to be from the 90's but I think they can get away without updating this hotel for another few years. The lifts are little slow and on the small side, but the staircases are marble.

The roof terrace has the most amazing view, in the morning breakfast which was included in my room rate was served here. The breakfast was of a far standard, buffet style. If I had to pay separately for this I would have eaten elsewhere, but I think you can say that for pretty much every hotel.

At night the roof terrace has a bar, which again takes advantage of the stunning views of the city, we had one nice and friendly barman and a very grumpy barman, with the grumpy barman we ordered several bottles of wine which were just left on the table, with glasses, no attempt was made to serve the wine. This happened not just once but each time, on different days. A few of us headed to bar for a late drink one evening and we were informed again by the grumpy barman that the bar was only open for another 15 mins, which was fine, but the general impression was that of, really, I don't want you in my bar at this time of the evening. The same barman rolled his eyes on a number of occasions, I have to say I had the impression he was not liking his job, because we were not being demanding in anyway, we ordered our drinks at the bar and sat down quietly.

Logging on to the WiFi takes a few tries, and it is very slow.

The pool is a little on the cold side and 3.5m deep at one end, which is a lot for small hotel pool, so if you bring young children take care.

In summary this is a good hotel, most of the staff are friendly, the location couldn't be better. If you need city centre hotel close to the sites for a weekend away, or for a short business trip this hotel offers everything you need.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Just returned from a very exhausting weekend in Athens. Arrived early hours of the morning 04.00am pleased to say our room was ready, very large room with all the amenities you would expect from a 5* hotel. Just one problem the hotel does not have tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, WHY! i am sorry but it is standard practice in european hotels nowadays to provide these facilities escpecially in a 5* hotel. Having said that the roof top retaurant/bar made up for the lack of facilities, the views were to die for! avery good base to explore Athens everything very close at hand. Just to add if anyone is thinking of going up Lycabatteus Hill take a taxi to the tram station (8e) well worth it, the panoramic view from the top is magnificent, as is the little church (trams run on the hour and half hour), then walk down (lots and lots of steps to the national gardens

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We were unsure where to stay in Athens but were really impressed with the location and rooms. It is close to the Plaka and within walking distance to many other attractions. Our room had an amazing view of the Zeus Temple. The rooms were spacious and with a huge bathroom. They were also quiet despite being on a main road. The breakfasts were also really good and the staff were all helpful and friendly. The pool area was good and the views of the Acropolis from the rooftop restaurant were amazing. There was a convenience store close by. Could thoroughly recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were somewhat worried having read other comments however we were not disappointed. We stayed a total of 6 nights and had booked an executive room. It was large comfortable and clean. We faced the inner courtyard and overlooked the pool. Not being on the view side of the hotel made it somewhat more quiet.The view from the rooftop garden where we had breakfast (included) was fabulous overlooking the ruins across the street and the Acropolis. This view particularly at night was a real bonus. The staff were friendly and helpful particularly the Canadian born doorman!The only detraction was that the bathroom while large had not been renovated and the shower was still in a bathtub with a shower curtain. Given that the hotel styles itself as "luxury" class this was disappointing. What we also loved was the location--close to the subway and the Plaka as well as Acropolis museum and the Acropolis. Overall we would recommend a stay here.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We arrived at the Royal Olympic after our overnight flight to find friendly, helpful staff. the rooms were clean and comfortable. Our room was at the rear of the hotel so the lack of view was made up with a lovely comfortable shaded balcony in the evening. The location is as good as it gets.The room was clean and serviced very well. The breakfast was varied and good enough for us and the view from the roof was great.
The decor is a lttle dated and that would not allow us to rate it a a 5 star hotel. However, we would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Excellent location, a few minutes walk to the Plaka and yet away from the crowded areas.
The room is quite small and has a small balcony. There was no iron or kettle in the room. When we asked for an iron we were told that the hotel cannot provide one! and at the same time they cannot provide quick pressing/laundry service!
The breakfast was good and there is free wifi even in the rooms.
Overall, I think this hotel is too expensive for the service they provide!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Royal Olympic is the first hotel in my trip to Greece. After read through the review, I was a little bit worried about that i will see a really old, out-dated room. But because of the location and price, i still booked it. And i'm really happy that I stick to this hotel.

We spend total 2 nights there at the beginning of the trip, and 1 night after we came back from a 4 days bus tour.

Hotel staff is friendly. Room is clean and modern and comfy. Breakfast has plenty of choices. The view from the roof top bar is amazing. Location is excellent, walking distance to most of the historical site.

It really build a nice start for our trip.

For the price i paid, its beyond my expectation. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Athanasiou Diakou 28-34, Athens 11743, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#38 Romantic Hotel in Athens
#38 Luxury Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Olympic Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 264
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Olympic is a newly fully refurbished 5* hotel located just in the centre of Athens, at a walking distance from all major archaeological sites, points of interest and public transports of the city, and within easy reach to/from the airport. The 264 rooms, and especially the unique Athenian Panorama rooms with a breathtaking view over the temple of Zeus and other major sites of the city, the 18 state of the art meeting rooms, the roof garden restaurant & bar lying in front of the Acropolis, temple of Zeus and Lycabettus Hill, the swimming pool, create a luxurious and warm environment where personal touch, service and attention to every single detail are very well looked after.Should it be for leisure, corporate or MICE travelers, the Royal Olympic offers a unique and authentic Athenian experience that will remain unforgettable to each guest. ... more   less 
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