Stayed twice in 2013, impressive hotel lobby but signs of faded grandeur elsewhere and probably not a true 5 star by international standards.
Rooms are impressive in a grand style (heavy curtains etc) but bathrooms are end of life dated. Rooms facing internally over the pool, whilst not enjoying the city view will pay you back for respite from the traffic on the road side of the hotel where the bus stops and traffic lights create noise from buses and motor bikes (lots of those!) stopping and starting.
I was not able to sample the pool due to late opening and early closing so tried the gym, which is actually accessed by walking outside, round the corner and through an anonymous steel door. As I was the only user I was given the key, the equipment is state of the ark and there are obvious security and other risks, so this was a one off.
The location is fabulous and breakfast with views to the Acropolis, standing against a clear blue sky take a lot of beating anywhere in the world. A five minute walk takes you into the Plaka area and if you arrive by air, 8 euros on the metro delivers you at Acropolis station, only 2 minutes from the hotel.
Overall bankable with great views
- 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