I visited Olympia in mid-September in 100+ degree weather. Upon arrival at the Hotel Europa my group and I were hot and tired. We had spent much of the day at Delphi climbing the ruins on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus. So when we discovered our hotel high on a hillside in a garden setting we were ecstatic. We were assigned our rooms quickly and headed for the hotel's Olympic sized swimming pool with poolside bar and taverna - just what we needed to revive us. This pool is splendid, deep, and altogether refreshing. There are plenty of poolside lounges, tables, and other amenities. The garden surrounding the pool is filled with flowering plants, fruit trees, and inviting plantings.
My room was #203 with a terrace overlooking the garden and pool. The room is split level with the bed and bath on the upper level and the sofa and writing desk three steps down. Lighting in the room was good and included indirect lighting above the wooden joists in the ceiling. The color scheme was refreshing with white painted walls, blond woodwork, and grey floors. Drapes were soft yellow sheer jacquard and bedding all in white. Sheets were ironed. Honestly, this touch made me feel like the Duchess of Windsor. The bath was richly appointed with a black and white marble vanity, slate-like floor, and excellent hot water with strong water pressure.
The room included amenities like refrigerator and mini bar, blow drier, and safe. The public rooms are spacious and comfortable. The main floor included a large reception area and computer stations adjacent. A few steps down to a busy taverna where Constantine made excellent drinks and shared stories with us about his life in Greece.
One floor above reception housed a very large dining room where we enjoyed buffet dinners two evenings. Food was plentiful with a variety of choices including several meat dishes, wonderful salads, and six or eight side dishes that included superb Pastitsio and Moussaka. Breakfast was also served in this room and included scrambled or boiled eggs, very good bacon, mouthwatering croissants and superb fig jam.
The morning of our departure found us sorry to leave this wonderful hotel. This was one of the most enjoyable places we stayed in Greece. The hotel's location is a bit isolated from town. It's not within walking distance, a minor drawback when you consider the pool and other amenities here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A member of the Best Western Group of hotels. The Europa Hotel is set among the enchanting landscape of Ancient Olympia. It is ideally located to visit the important sites of the area and enjoy the natural beauty of the mountain and coast of West Peloponnese. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Olympia
- Olympia Best Western