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Royal Olympic Hotel
Ranked #61 of 326 Hotels in Athens
Devon
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“Fabulous, apart from the breakfast!”
Reviewed 30 September 2009

I wish that we had stayed on a Room-only basis. The Hotel was in a fabulous location, just opposite the Temple of Zeus and in a safe area, well stocked with great shops and places to eat. We went for the basic (Executive Double) room, which had a huge bed (2 singles together) and a bath as well as a shower, which was unusual but highly welcome. Our room overlooked the pool, which looked very inviting but was very cold. The Rooftop bar and restaurant had fabulous views but was a bit pricy.

Now for breakfast! Considering there was a huge number of non-greek tourists, they certainly were not catered for. The hot options changed daily but consisted of vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, courgettes or mini jacket potatoes), runny scrambled eggs containing greek cheese, omelettes which were ok but greasy and lots of strange greek options. My husband, who loves a hot breakfast, had to eat bread and cheese all week as he did not fancy anything - not good for a 5 star hotel. There also seemed to be no option to have food cooked to order, such as eggs, etc. One day we waited 10 minutes for juice glasses and 15 minutes for cereal bowls. I would recommend this hotel but only on a room-only basis - there were plenty of places nearby to have breakfast.

We found a wonderful restaurant nearby (XANI) where we ate 4 out of 5 evening meals, for a very reasonable cost. We also found that the Acropolis, etc was all free to visit on the Sunday we went (not sure if free every Sunday or just the last in each month.

The public transport is fantastic! We paid 10 Euros for a week of trams, metro, trains and buses for all trips excluding to/from the airport.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 September 2009

We just stayed 2 nights at this hotel while visiting Athens. We had an executive room overlooking the pool, the room and bathroom were small but clean, the bed linens were clean and soft. The hotel foyer is nice (in a greek way) and so are the roof bar, dining room and pool. We had drinks at the roof bar with an excellent view of the Acropolis at night. The service is excellent. I would recommend this hotel as it is just a few blocks from the Plaka which, if you are visiting Athens as a tourist, is where you want to be. The hotel is on a very noisy street with traffic, for this reason I would suggest a room not on the street. We didnt hear the street at all from our room. While I would recommend this hotel, I would not say it is a 5 star hotel. The rooms are just not that caliber. We opted out of the morning breakfast, for 25 euros per person we felt it was expensive and instead went to the Plaka and head a great breakfast for much less.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

Booked this hotel due to its location near to the main sights. We weren't disappointed with the location just 5 minutes walk from the Acropolis and near to plenty of cafes and restaurants. The nearest Metro station (Acropolis) is about 3 minutes walk and the tram to the beaches is 3 minutes walk in the other direction.

The first room I was offered was spacious and well furnished but had no window! This was quickly changed for a room in the other wing of the hotel which had french doors onto a good sized balcony. This immediately roused my suspicion that the Royal Olympic is not a 5 star hotel for what 5 star hotel would have bedrooms without windows! Anyway the second room was more than adequate. Not particularly modern in design but it was comfortable and quiet.

Checked out the rest of the hotel. The swimming pool was disappointing as its set in a courtyard on the ground floor which means it is surrounded by several storeys of the hotel on all sides so gets no sun. Consequently we only saw people using the pool once during our 3 day stay.

We didn't manage dinner in the hotel but the rooftop restaurant looked attractive. The bar off the lobby was pleasant but very quiet. Breakfast is in the main dining room on the ground floor and was very busy. On 2 of the 3 mornings the breakfast offering was very Greek with few items we recognised. The 3rd day there was bacon, scrambled egg etc. i was surprised by this as most of the other guests appeared to be from the US or Germany and we never encounted any Greek guests.

On 2 afternoons we took the nearby tram to the beaches. The cost is just 1 euro and the journey takes around 20 minutes. We also took the Metro into the centre of Athens (1 stop and again 1 euro) although I think you can walk in around 20 minutes. We visited the Acropolis around 10.30am on day and it was already very busy so I'd recommend arriving there as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

We reached the hotel from the airport by Metro. The directions on the hotel website are good and it was an easy journey with just one change. There are escalators in all the stations so it was easy with luggage. The journey to and from the airport took us 50-55 minutes, not 25 minutes as quoted by the hotel. The cost is just 6 euros each way. Make sure you take the right exit from Acropolis Metro station (as stated on the hotel website) and don't be put off by the narrow road you are directed to walk down as it saves quite a distance. It is only about 200m to the hotel but you need to cross one major road where there is a crossing.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Montana
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

The lobby was impressive, pool was nice and rooftop bar/restaurant had incredible views though extremely pricey. The doormen were the most personable of all the staff offering suggestions, answering questions and making us feel welcome. The rest were professionally cool. The room was a bit small for 2; more the size of a moderate motel. There was a small balcony which offered a view of the pool, a nice place for an evening drink. The location makes this hotel a good choice when visiting Athens.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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USA
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Reviewed 21 September 2009

Looks like its best days are behind it. Great location. Many attractive 'physical' attributes - nice lobby, pool area, dining room. But service is mediocre (e.g. breakfast buffet not replenished), and overall it has a slightly run down feel to it.

Perhaps a management change would let it fulfill its potential?

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 21 September 2009

We stayed in September 09, and were pleasantly surprised on arriving to the hotel. It is very grand, a lovely hotel and definitely for the upmarket. They had a wedding on and it looked lovely.

Our room was an executive with pool view and was nice, had 2 singles piushed together to make a double and a further single by the window, very clean and the bathroom was a good size. Safe in the wardrobe was also free of charge. And there is free wifi in the hotel, you just need to get a card from reception.

The pool was very nice, the only issue is that because of the height of the hotel buildings the pool had limited sun and in some positions it was only from 1.30 until 4. So you do need to move your bed or move to other sun loungers throughout the day. The pool area was very nice with loungers and tables with chairs etc. There is a pine needle type tree which was a bit annoying when the wind blows and you;ve got loads of pine needles on you but not too much of a disturbance and the pool is kept clean.

The pool bar however was extortionate $5.50 for a coke and $20+ for a sandwich, not your average pool bar prices. The rooftop bar/restuarant was very nice and the view is amazing, however the prices are quite expensive so we only went up for a drink.

Breakfast was a bit of a let down as well, they had a variety on most days but they stop putting new food out at about 9.45 even though breakfast goes on until 10.30. Also on some days when they changed the menu it wasn't very breakfasty at all e.g. spinach pie, cous cous, polenta & carrots!

Really good location 2-3 mins walk from the tube stop - Acropoli & the Acropolis museum, 10 mins walk to the entrance of the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus is literally opposite the hotel although the entrance is 5 min walk.

All in all good hotel, just a bit over-priced considering we booked through last minute.com, however it is 5 star!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed 17 September 2009

The Royal Olympic is in a great location, the lobby looks super, but we were very disappointed with our room. It was small and only had a view of the pool. The bathroom had no counter space and the door had to be closed in order to use the toilet. The hair dryer was attached to the wall by the door making it difficult to use. The faucets in the tub stuck out so much that we bumped into them while showering. Service was slow, elevators were tiny, and costs were high. Room service charges three euros for a bucket of ice. The roof garden restaurant has a great view, but is only open after 6:30pm and is considerable expensive. We would not stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Royal Olympic Hotel
Address: 28-34 Diakou Athanassiou, Athens 117 43, Greece
Region: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#37 Luxury Hotel in Athens
#43 Romantic Hotel in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Olympic Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 264
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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