I really wanted to like this place. Now, I really regret staying there. We picked it because of the outstanding view of the Temple of Zeus, and that view is absolutely beautiful And we stayed in the Panorama Room with the balcony, so that part was wonderful.
We were there for four days. Where to start. The room smelled. The linens were old. Hotel bedspreads are never truly clean, I guess, but it was hard to convince myself that this one was ok to be physically located in the same place I planned to sleep. The glasses were dirty. There were no washcloths or hand towels in the bathroom. We asked for both, got hand towels, never did get washcloths. The minibar had drinks in it that were half gone, and the cap stuck back on. I also suspect that some of the clear liquids in the minibar had been used and replaced with water and the cap stuck back on. The air conditioner did not work. We asked several times for it to be fixed, only to be finally told upon checkout that they did not run the AC this time of year. Someone entered our room even when the "do not disturb" sign was out. One night there was a wedding upstairs, and the music vibrated our entire room way into the night. And the door to upstairs was just feet from our door, so it slammed all night. (fire door, btw, so it was a big slam) And if it didn't slam shut, sometimes it just stayed open, making the music 3 times louder.We complained about midnight, and were offered to move to another room. Seriously? Just have someone at least stay by the door, keep it from slamming , and keep it shut.
And here is the biggest part of all. Athens is cheap. The citizens are broke, so nothing is expensive. You can have a fabulous dinner for 50 euros. Cab ride across town 3 euros. THIS PLACE WAS 400 EUROS A NIGHT. For that price, this place should have been equivalent to the Plaza.
In closing, the breakfast was acceptable and the view was stunning. Would I stay there again? Not on your life.
- 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