We were guests of the hotel for four nights, the end leg of a two week stay in Greece. Although we stayed at two very good hotels in Santorini and Rhodes, this was by far the most comfortable of all.
Check in was smooth, although I agree with other posters, somewhat terse and unfriendly.
Our stay got off to a rocky start. We routinely inspect our rooms for evidence of bedbugs, after having learned that 1 in 4 hotel rooms in North America is infested. In the course of inspecting our room, we discovered a large blood stain on the underside of the mattress topper. That room was quite small but satisfactory, the stain excepted. My spouse went down to the front desk to have a chat. The head of housekeeping visited the room, saw the stain, apologized, and we were re-located to an upgraded room. It was quite generous in size and included a bidet in the bathroom. It faced the street and, even with the window closed, the noise level was high. In any event, an inspection revealed a large urine stain on the underside of the mattress topper. Again, there was a visit to the front desk and the aforesaid routine repeated. This time, housekeeping stayed for the inspection. The third room faced the pool and fell somewhere between the two other rooms in size and fittings. All in all, we spent over an hour finding a room. For our troubles, we received a fruit plate and bottle of wine.
Now a list of the pros and cons of the hotel:
Good looking hotel, with very attractive and clean public spaces.
Very clean room, with linens changed daily on request.
Terrific location. We never took transportation. We walked everywhere - Acropolis, National Archaeological Museum, Roman Agora, Ancient Agora, Parliament, Attica department store, etc.
Bed was extremely comfortable.
Beautiful pool area.
Great breakfast. It was served in a main floor dining area. Perhaps, better rooms have access to breakfast on the roof.
Multiple bars, including the rooftop bar. We had a light dinner (sandwiches and wine) on our last night. The view of the Acropolis is jaw dropping. Nothing in our travels has compared to watching the sunset and the lit Parthenon from that viewpoint. An absolute must.
Helpful doormen, who appear to act as concierges.
Unhelpful front desk, which adopts a somewhat distant and impatient attitude.
King size bed is in fact two singles put together with separate linen. Not great if one is sharing with a partner.
Toilet sounded like Niagara Falls when flushed.
The hotel is spread over several buildings and there is no universal access by elevator. We needed to use a specific lift to get to our room. It’s a bit confusing and the front desk failed to explain.
Service in the breakfast room is uneven. We sometimes had to wait for wait staff to bring us coffee while they cleaned and reset tables. Other times, we were offered coffee as soon as we were seated and regularly thereafter.
Notwithstanding these problems, the overall experience was very good and I would definitely recommend the 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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- Also Known As:
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