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Royal Olympic Hotel
Ranked #62 of 327 Hotels in Athens
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“Best 5 Star Hotel”
Reviewed August 18, 2010

We traveled to both Crete and Santorini before arriving at the Royal Olympic Hotel. We were very impressed with the hotel lobby and service at check-iin. We were upgraded to a room on the highest floor facing the ruins. We were not only impressed with the magnificent view and balcony, but the room was quite beautiful. We were very thrilled with the complimentary Bulgari toiletries displayed in a beautiful sea shell.

Compared to the other five star hotels we stayed at on our trip, the Royal Olympic Hotel beat them hands down. Plus, the room cost half the price of those other hotel rooms.

We would definately recommend this hotel to others for its beautiful rooms, view, location and service.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

I traveled to Athens with my wife , 9 year old daughter & 18 months boy. we received an upgrade to a deluxe room which was pretty good. after reading all those reviews about the hotel I was in doubt about our experience but to be honest we found the hotel to be a nice one. we had no problem with the service as the personnel were very responsive and fast. the rooms are a bit small but OK up to European standards. Breakfast restaurants and service is quite good.the pool area was nice also specially during the hot summer days where you can cool off .The decoration of the lobby is more luxurious than the rooms. The best thing about this hotel is it's unique location almost with minutes of walking form Acropolis, Plaka, Temple of Zeus,...getting around in the city is easy and Taxis are not much expensive like other European countries.

Things to consider :
1. like the previous review mentioned the double beds are two single beds next to each other and since they are on wheels with every movement you can see a gap in between so making them a bit uncomfortable.

2. The prices in the minibar & roof top garden restaurants are ridiculously high so try to avoid them as it may cost you an arm & a leg ! Don't worry ! the neighborhood is full of shops and restaurants!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

The "double bed" in our room turned out to be two single beds, ON WHEELS, made up separately and then pushed together. Every time either of us moved, the gap between the two beds would widen and somebody's arm would disappear down it. We eventually gave it up, hauled all the bedding off and slept on the floor... not an ideal start to the honeymoon!

On the bright side, the rooftop terrace is lovely and the location is great. Management a bit feckless but well-meaning. ("Is this a washcloth?" holding up a hand towel. No, no, something smaller. Mikro. For the face. 20 minutes later, "is this a washcloth?" No, that's a bath mat...)

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

we booked the Athenian panorama room and it was amazing. The restaurant on the roof garden is expensive, but it worths every euros( the view on the Partenon is amazing!!)

We only had a problem because the electric curtains that keep away the light coming through the enormous window in front of the temple were broken, but next morning everything was ok.

The staff is quite friendly, and the common spaces( swimming pool, breakfast room, lounge...) were great!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

We booked this hotel from Trip Advisor in January and were a bit worried when the troubles started in Greece throughout the year but we needed had worried as usual the greek people are friendly, the hotel is outstanding,clean and each night the evenihg staff called to see if you were happy with the room and the cleanliness they would then fold back your sheets on the bed and leave a sweet for you. The pool is fantastic always being swept clean on the pathways. My only disappointment is that the drinks on the roof terrace are expensive 7 euros for a small beer but then the view of looking at The Acropolis, Temple of Zeus and Lycabettus hill made up for the drinks bills. Their business centre has free internet acess which was useful when checking in on line for flights home. This hotel should be listed as the number 1 hotel on your list.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Swansea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2010

Really good hotel, with good service and clean, well-appointed rooms. We booked this quite late and got a really good deal which I think helped us bump this hotel up to five stars. Our room faced inwards towards the pool, which meant it was very quiet. The pool looked lovely although we never got chance to try it out. Some rooms will face the road outside but it was never busy or noisy, and those rooms would face the Acropolis and Temple of Zeus. Some other hotels we considered nearby turned out to be on one of the busy and noisy roads through Athens.

We didn’t book the hotel breakfast, which was expensive. You can find lots of street cafes which are much cheaper just a couple of minutes walk away.

The roof garden was exceptional, with clear views across to the Acropolis and Temple of Zues. Some other hotels claim they have views, but face the wrong way, or have a terrace but with no bar or facilities. Check if that’s important to you, but this hotel won’t let you down. The bar is lovely and relaxing. Prices are expensive as you would expect for a hotel bar with this view. If you’re from the UK, think London club prices and you’re in the right ballpark.

The rooms themselves were very good, with good curtains to keep out the light and nice beds. The rooms had a safe, hairdryer, quiet a/c and everything we needed. The only slight let down was that the bathrooms looked a bit dated. There was nothing wrong with them, and they were clean and tidy, but in a five star hotel elsewhere you'd get a swankier bathroom.

Staff were always available and happy to help at the reception. One gave us distinctly dodgy advice about ferries, but luckily we checked with someone else and got the correct information.

It took us less than five minutes to walk from the Acropolis metro station. Don't be put off by the slightly disheveled look of the street as you approach the hotel - a lot of Athens is like that! Would definitely stay here again if the price was right.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

Hotel : The hotel is lovely and great location. Its right across the street from Zeus's garden and within walking distance of the Plaka and Syntagma square.
Rooms: Very small though there were 3 adults in one room and basically the 3rd bed was a crib meant for a small child. Bathrooms clean and nice size. I was expecting a room with some kind of view since reservations were made 9 months in advance though we ended having a view of their transit system. Room service and daily cleaning.
They do have a business center with free internet access which was a nice plus.

Roof top Terrace : The best part of the whole hotel with a wonderful view of the Acropolis and of Zeus. The food was not bad though very expensive, drinks were great and the staff was very nice and helpful. Make sure you go up at night because that is when the view is worth it.

Breakfast room : Nice array of food in a buffet style is offered with room and they have coffee, sweets, breakfast dishes and fresh squeezed orange juice.
Pool : It was so hot in Athens that the pool was the saving grace, nice chairs , good drinks , bathrooms that are clean and some big trees to hide under in the shade. My only complaint is with a hotel that size and when its hot why would there only be 9 chaise lounges available ? Otherwise the hotel is lovely, within walking distance to most attractions, transit and done in the Greek style of over the top.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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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:
#38 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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