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.
- 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