About 70 minutes on the train. You get the Blue line from airport to Sygmanta then red line to Akropolis. Cost from airport 8 Euros. Make sure you validate your tickets before travel on train or face a very steep fine. The validating machines are in the stations.
Taxi would be probably be between about 35 Euros and 65 Euros depending on time of day and haggling skills.
Quick check in
Staff was very professional and polite but lack warmth or personal touch. Some cleaners and some restaurant staff were quite nice.
We were not given info about fitness room or Internet. We had to ask. Given two guide booklets on Athens ...one which had very expensive tours. The gym was at the back far away from rest of hotel building, you have to go out of the door and walk down the road.
The gym is small and equipment is not the best I've seen.
Water cooler and towels provided in the gym.
Pool looks lovely but was closed during our stay as it was winter.
The lobby is big and nicely decorated to make it look impressive.
The standard room is very basic. Bathroom had a tub and shower thing hanging over bath and a curtain...ok but not 5 star at all, have stayed in other 4 stars with more stunning bathrooms. Yellow blanket on the bed (see pictures) not a 5 star look at all, it doesn't look very lush. Asked for extra blanket, brought quickly.
We had free wifi, connection a bit slow most of the time and we had to keep logging in often.
No kettle/tea facilities in room. LCD tv but not much choice on stuff to watch. Mostly Greek. We just watched news.
Our room was at the back facing the pool. It was quiet but there was a humming noise during the night possibly from the fridge.
There was a mini bar/fridge. No iron.
More Sockets needed in rooms.
Cleaners came very early. (Maybe too early)
They had two options, hot and continental. I've had better. Food barely warm. Eggs, Mushrooms, Sausages, tomatoes, croissants, breads,
cold stuff: Cheese, ham, turkey breast, olives, tomatoes, cucumber
Juice nice, greek yoghurt nice
Varieties of tea
Great view from the rooftop restaurant ...hotel's best feature I would say.
Things to do
Sightseeing Hop on hop off red bus does a very quick tour of Athens. (There are other city tour buses, we used the red city sightseeing one)
There are two lines, one for the city centre and one for outskirts and ports.
90 minutes and 60 minutes each.
Demitris...an employee for the bus gave us good info and discount.
Some stops include Akropolis, old Olympics stadium, Planetarium , cruise ship port, Markets for meat, fish, cheese, spices,
For those who love shopping, there is the bug department store...Attica store. You can find expensive designer stuff there and other things too. More like John Lewis or House of Fraser in UK.
There are many cheap and also expensive Restaurants to patron in Athens. Most allow customers to smoke which was strange for us Brits. They also have a habit of opening bottled water and pouring it in your glasses, and giving you bread and olives without asking (and they will charge you for it) so don't be embarrassed to say no thanks if you don't want it. Some of the smaller eating places near the Akropolis have this irritating habit of nagging and coaxing people into restaurants. Again just say no thanks and they will eventually leave you alone.
Lovely city...3-5 days should be enough to explore!
If we ever visited Greece again, would try a different hotel.
- 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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