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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Royal Olympic Athens
- Hotel Royal Olympic