I stayed at the Hotel Andromeda for business for 4 days in June 2011, and now I want to return on holiday! This hotel was recommended to me by some locals. Looking at some of the recent reviews I wondered if the hotel had changed recently; but it has not and I had a wonderful stay, one of the best hotel experiences I have had for years.
The hotel is located right in the centre of Thessaloniki, about a block from Aristotle square, surrounded by bustling city streets filled with cafes. This is not a quiet location. However, although I am a light sleeper I simply closed the double-glazed windows, turned up the very efficient central air-conditioning, and had no trouble at all sleeping. Indeed, the hotel felt a little like an oasis of calm in the middle of all this hustle and bustle.
The room was great. Many of the rooms are decorated in their own distinctive, and what can only be described as rather quirky, style. the furniture and colours of the rooms are all different, and perhaps in some cases a little over the top! If you like hotels where you can't tell from the room whether you are in London, Tokyo or New York, this is probably not the sort of hotel for you. My room was great: a very comfortable bed, two small balconies, a good internet service, wooden floor with rugs, and very spacious bathroom. The room was decorated all in blue and included a large UV strip light--part of the quirkiness. A couple of the pieces of furniture were slightly chipped or marked, but this added to the individual quirkiness rather than making the room feel at all dated or dirty. The TV channels were mainly in Greek and the only English channels were the porn channels which may have attracted the ire of one previous reviewer, but the 'quirkiness' of the hotel was underlined to me by the way these two channels were next to the 24 hour Greek Orthodox TV channel.
The service at the hotel was wonderful. The desk staff were very helpful and always present, indeed they seemed to go out of their way to offer assistance. The cafe was good, and it was a great experience sitting eating your breakfast in the pavement cafe watching the world go by.
I would say the hotel is ideal for business and individual travellers, and couples looking for a romantic weekend--I never tried the spa in the basement but it certainly looked very attractive. It is probably not quite so ideal for families with children.
As I have said, the hotel was recommended for me by locals, and I would really like to return there for a proper holiday.
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