The name itself makes for a rather exaggerated imagination of a palace , so when this is your First hotel of your honeymoon & you are taken into a really small one-way street & dropped in front of a door-like opening, you feel you have been duped !!
But the moment you enter the Hotel , your perception starts quickly changing & the frown does go upside down. From the greetings & impeccable assistance you get from the staff to a beautiful garden where you can sit & sip on some morning coffee, this is indeed an inner-street mini-palace with beautiful decor & a breakfast spread that is no less than that of the maharajas of pre-independence India.
The rooms are a tad small compared to the rooms of other cities in Greece, but we did a walk around to understand the spacings of rooms in hotels of Athen & it turns out , its all the same. So it's an Athens thing to have smaller rooms. The rooms were rather gaudy for my taste with thick bed spreads & big cushions . They have small attached balconies that stand right above the moving traffic on the busy street . The street can be noisy sometimes but it surely adds to the experience of living in Athens.
All the tourist spots are almost a stone's throw from the hotel & this we found out when we took a hop on & hop off tour & were dropped off 300 mtrs away from our hotel.
All in all I would give it a 3.5/5 as the location is centric, service is good & breakfast is scrumptious!
My extra pc. of advice :Put on your walking shoes & a hat , buy fresh fruits from street vendors & go around the city on foot ! Its' a beautiful & friendly city with the right mix of museums,monuments & gardens !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stately, with the air of an era long gone, the Electra Palace Athens, hospitable and aristocratic, awaits to welcome you in the heart of the city. Classical in its architecture and design, blending beautifully with the noble historical buildings of the Plaka area, the hotel’s elegant luxury is complemented by the majestic views of the Acropolis that can be enjoyed from the rooftop restaurant, pool, rooms and suites. Marble bathrooms; soft duvets; handmade carpets; custom furniture; these are but a few of the details that make the Electra Palace Athens luxuriously enjoyable. The amenities of our hotel will leave you wanting for nothing more: for your comfort and enjoyment, here you will find satellite T.V.s, laptop size electronic safes, Wi-Fi internet connection, and fully equipped bathrooms with hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers, magnifying mirror and more. Right in the city center and within walking distance from all major sights, easily accessible by car or public transport, the Electra Palace Athens is the ideal hotel for your stay in Athens whether you are here for business or leisure: spend a summer day at our outdoor swimming pool, soaking up the sun of Athens as it rises above the Acropolis – or spend it shopping in the city’s lively markets. Wander through the ancient Agora and visit the Parthenon – then wonder at its glory, all dramatically lit at night, from the balcony of your room. Stroll around the city under the autumn rain, then warm up in the hotel’s sauna. Relax after a day’s hard work - or blow off some steam - at the indoor pool or our gym. Enjoy our delicious contemporary greek cuisine at the award winning “Electra Palace Roof Garden” or at the “Motivo” in the lounge, or with a drink at the “Duck Tail”, our British inspired bar. For bigger celebrations or for business events in the heart of Athens, our hotel’s five-star service extends to our seven meeting rooms and ballrooms: fully equipped, air-conditioned and naturally lit, our halls can cater for up to 350 people for any event type, no matter how formal: host your business meeting here, or organize a successful conference. Or, have the reception or banquet of your dreams, tasteful and impeccable, a festive testament to your own sophisticated style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Tulip Athens
- Electra Palace Hotel Athens Greece