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Royal Olympic Hotel
Ranked #59 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Devon
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“Wonderful - we loved it!”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

On arrival we were delighted to find out we had been upgraded to a suite! A beautiful, old fashioned, rather "over-the-top" lavish room right at the front of the hotel with a fantastic view of the Temple of Zeus. The staff were friendly and couldn't be more helpful. The breakfast (included) on the roof terrace was fantastic with a good selection and a priceless view of both the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. (NOTE: breakfast was cleared away very promptly - check times carefully!) Cocktails and bar snacks on the roof terrace were VERY pricey but magical and worth it on the first night when we were tired and didn't want to head out into the city.
The location was great, an easy tube ride from the airport (one change) with a 5 minute walk from the station to the hotel and close enough to walk to to the Acropolis and museums, coming back for a cool off in the pool at lunch time before heading out recharged.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This hotel has a very nice roof top bar - But that is it...nothing more to say about it. We apparently had breakfast included in our stay but when we went to the restaurant, the waitress embarrassed us explaining that breakfast needed to be paid for. My friend went downstairs to investigate and we ended up being right. They didn't even apologise!! We ended up missing breakfast as we had to catch our flight. VERY DISAPPOINTING. The hotel looks good in the public areas but the rooms are very poor e.g. shower head is lose and you have to hold the shower head as its going. Rooms are tiny and this makes it uncomfortable. I can't see how this hotel is 5 star...rooms need renovation desperately

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

I am so extremely disappointed with this hotel. I am currently staying in this hotel and I am so glad I have only wasted one night here.
Upon arrival we were offered no help with our bags. Checking in was very brief with little to no explanation of the hotel and area. Upon arrival into our non smoking room we discovered the terrible smoking odour, I would have normally requested a room change but arriving late at night I was to exhausted to enquire.
The bathroom is outdated and was not cleaned properly, I do love to find strangers pubic hairs on the floor!!!
Rooms overall were okay, very outdated and would have been good in the 80's.
We weren't provided the wifi password on check in which to me would have made more sense?
Lastly my partner and I got to enjoy two single beds pushed together when the request was made for a double. By this I mean two completely separately made up beds just pushed together.
Overall this was by far in my opinion no where near worth it's 5 star rating. We stayed at the 4 star Amalia hotel up the road about a week ago which included breakfast in the rate and was by far 100 times better than this place.

  • Stayed October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We arrived and to be fair, Greece was in a general strike for two days, however no advance notice was give, and on arrival those working appeared under duress to be there. As result not great atmosphere nor service, making it expensive for what it is. Also top area with views was not accessable as had let it to a 'corporate' and seemed totally unconcerned that we could not get on it, as the location and roof top restaurant was key reason to select it. Very poor staff on reception. Poor value hotel, living on its location and nothing else. Were happy to leave.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Riga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2012

It definitely used to be a great hotel ~15 years ago. Everything is old and needs full refreshment.
However it has positive assets as well:
1) location is very convenient if you like Acropolis & Plaka. Lots of restaurants near by and area is safe for walking during the night
2) Bar, Garden & the swimming pool in the inner yard of the hotel are very useful when its hot.
3) Views from your hotel window & rooftop terrace are priceless
Cannot comment on breakfast since Hotel personnel was on strike and it was served instead of the roof terrace in the basement and choice was very limited -bread, salami, cheese, cold boiled egg and lots of jam :)

Taxi from the Airport to the Hotel 35EUR
Taxi from the Hotel to the Airport ~30EUR

All in all worth staying if the price is right.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Although the view and location are good, youcant help get the feeling in this hotel you are being ripped off. The lack of availabiity of ironing boards and the attempts to torce custoers to pay 23 euros per ironing service are a con, as obviously if you are on business you have to at least iron your shirt! I made this point to the manager who said I had a choice, and did not have to iron my shirt for a formal meeting lol.

The location and views are good, but everything else is bad. The room I was in was dingy, had now view, no tean making facilities and the TV kept breaking down, I am just glad I was only there for a couple of days. Although the location is good during the day, it has to be said thatat night the hotel becomes ringed with pimps and bar promoters, ready to sting the unsuspecting, and getting out ot go anywhere means running the guantlet of these people.

In general, terrible hotel, rude & unco-operative staff, tired roms lacking the most basic faciliteis, very average food and a general feelin of "we are here to take your money,and we dont care how we get it, you should be glad we have allowed you to stay!" permeates the place. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Avoid this place.
We had stayed at this place for 1 night 2 years ago, and thought the Panorama room we had was great. The view was really nice. This time we were staying 4 nights and booked the same type of room at 325 euro/night. The room we were given was not as nice as what we had previously. We discovered that they gave us 2 twin beds put together, instead of a king. Our request for a different room was denied, on the basis that they were full.

Next mornig we went to the included buffet breakfast. They were busy. There was absolutely no service.Tables were not set. Only sugar cubes at the tables. fetch your own napkins, forks knives, salt and pepper shakers, that is if they had not run out! The food was laid out so badly, that it could only be described as a cattle market. Items were constantly out and not replenished; Used plates were not cleared; hot food was cold. Several people were frustrated, including ourselves. I have been to cafeteria's that have had better food and service.

Next day we return to find that the internet was not working. Upon enquiring with the front desk, we were off-handedly informed internet was out and no idea when it would be working.

When my wife asked about using the gym, we were told it was under repair, and she could go outside to a room around the corner to use the temporary gym. Pool is in the middle of the hotel ground floor, with very limited sunshine, as the building obstructs all but the directly overhead sun.
Next morning, the breakfast was just as bad as the previous day. No internet. I asked to speak to the General manager and was given the front desk manager, whose response to the breakfast mess, was that it is not his department and that they could have put a king size mattress in for us, except for being too busy to do it.

We finally checked out two days early and went to the Astir Palace-Westin. Great place- 5 star.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Royal Olympic Hotel
Address: 28-34 Diakou Athanassiou, Athens 117 43, 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:
#36 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#43 Romantic 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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