We chose to stay at the Athina rather than in Olympia itself during a visit to the Olympia ruins. I'm not sure it was the right choice. First of all, Olympia is not that bad as Greek tourist towns go. Sure, it's 100% built for tourists but it's better done than other archeological tourist towns such as Delphi or Mycene with tree-shaded pedestrian zones. And the Athina just isn't that nice. The rooms are spartan, it wasn't super clean (well, my wife said it wasn't, I didn't see the problem), the bathroom rickety, the breakfast was minimal. We paid 70 euros for our room. We had much better value elsewhere in Greece. We'd decided to take the Athina because we thought it would be quieter, but any hope of a good night sleep was ruined by country dogs that barked all night. I'd advice just biting the bullet and staying in Olympia and getting to the site early. The only point of staying around here is to see the ruins, so any search for charm or for the ``the true Greece'' is pointless. On the plus side, the owner of the hotel is very friendly. I'd reserved ahead because I incorrectly thought that finding a room would be a problem. It may be different around easter or in mid-summer but when we went (late May) there was no problem finding rooms anywhere in the Peleponnese.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Krestena-Olympias, in an area fully planted with olives and pines we can find hotel Athina! Walk through the same paths the ancient Historian Xenophon used to, admire the surrounding area of Olympia, Epicurean Apollo, and Neda falls. River Loucios is ideal for fishing and rafting. Nearby: Strofylia forest, Samiko beach, Kaiafas mountain hot-springs, monasteries, abbeys, Papalexi-Villa by Tsiller , Alfeios and Selinoudas rivers, pool, pool-bar, buffet-breakfast, restaurant, bar, parking, amazing view, air-condition, and satTV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Athina Hotel Olympia