I first stayed at The Olympic in February. It's a small, twenty-bedroom boutique hotel with a little bar in the reception area but no restaurant. There seems to be just three members of staff: two receptionists that rotate shifts and a cleaning maid. All three are incredibly friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make you feel welcome as you come and go (when my return flight was cancelled one of them even called me later in the evening to update me on the information that he had checked for me on the airline's website!)
All public areas of the hotel are clean, modern and smart - even the lift has a stylish, metallic design, outer door.
On my first stay in February I had booked a standard room with balcony (room 104). The room was clean, modern but very 'Greek' (old style wooden furniture, terracotta walls etc) with a shower room. These standard rooms are very small and a little basic for an extended stay (fine for a short trip).
So, on my second (and current visit) in March I booked a larger suite with balcony (room 107). I received a great, warm welcome back from the receptionist!!!
Again. the suite is smart, cosy and maintains a lovely Greek feel. However, as advertised, the suites are considerably larger than the standard rooms and much better for a longer stay or for couples. There is a seperate 'hall area' as you enter with an armchair, wardrobe etc which leads into a fairly large bedroom. This is very nicely decorated with typical Greek furnishings/lighting and has a very comfortable bed. There are double doors to the balcony which keep out all outside noises and have thick, lined curtains for those afraid of the sun!!
The bathroom is large, has an excellent modern sink and surround and a big, corner jacuzzi bath. The jacuzzi is a little noisy but very relaxing at the end of a long day. The shower is over the bath, is powerful but has no curtain which is a little odd. Although the bath is large, some water does splash out onto the floor (but not enough to make this a problem).
Overall, the bedroom is extremely comfortable, clean and a pleasure to stay in. The television receives the standard Greek channels and all bedrooms have free wifi (with a fairly fast connection speed).
The only, small, issues are that the built-in hairdryer is not very powerful and the balconies are small with no furniture. In February/March this didn't matter but it may be disappointing not to be able to sit outside in the hotter months.
The hotel is perfectly located for exploring Chalandri which is a lovely district with loads of great shops varying from modern to quaint and some great eating places (so no need for a restaurant at the hotel). As this isn't really a tourist area most of the restaurants don't have any menus or signs in English in the windows. Don't be put off by this - you'll always find a warm, Greek welcome and help with menus.
The centre of Chalandi is only a five-minute walk away but being down a small side street, any noise from this bustling area doesn't reach the hotel. It's also only a twenty to thirty minute drive into the centre of Athens.
All in all this is a fabulous little hotel and a delight to stay in.
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