We stayed in this hotel for two nights in September 2010. My impressions are mostly positive. It is very well situated in the plaka area - about a 10-15 minute walk from the entrance to the acropolis and near a metro for other sites. The lobby is large and airy with an attractive breakfast area where you can sit outside on a patio or under a gazebo or inside. It has a beautiful rooftop bar and outdoor pool area that has a view of the acropolis. Both days my husband and I took advantage of the outdoor pool and the chaise lounges after a day of site-seeing and it was just what the doctor ordered. Pool was well-kept, very clean. It also has an indoor pool area - my experience there was a little more bizarre - the attendant wandered off right after I got there and didn't return - the indoor pool was too cool and I didn't know how to turn on the whirlpool (sans attendant) but I did enjoy the steam room and sauna. The fact that there were all these facilities and the best breakfast I had on my 10 day Greece/Europe trip for this price, tell me that this is still a value gem despite some minor criticisms. My criticisms are that the standard room is very dated in furnishings (think 70s) and very small. I couldn't really unpack everything. If you go, I'd pay more for a larger room. I felt like the cleaning staff did a great job but the age of the furnishings meant the room never felt completely new and fresh to me. One afternoon we asked a front desk clerk to tell us the route to the acropolis at about 5:45 - I think he should have known that the wonderful tourism office had truncated hours for the acropolis so that tourists were being asked to come down at 6:30. I'm not saying the front desk staff needs to know every tourist detail but that is a major one. No harm no foul, we went up the next morning. Ask to see a few rooms before committing but I think this is still a great place to stay because of its amenities.
- 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