We stayed at this hotel for a week. It is large (and I mean large!) and is located on Via Egnatia. This road was built by the Romans to link Dyrracchium (Durres in Albania) with Byzantium (destined to become Constantinople, and later Byzantium again, and later Istanbul). At the moment major works on this road have been stopped (austerity measures?) and it looks like a war zone. The hotel is about a 20 minute walk from Aristotle Square, considered to be the hub of the city.
The hotel is not modern - I think it was built in the 60s or early 70s. It's decorated gaudily in Las Vegas style and fitted carpets abound in corridors and open areas. The reception area is very spacious and the upper floors are serviced by three elevators. Reception is open 24/7 but the receptionists are cold and impersonal! They are there just to hand you your card key and that's it. They could be a little bit more helpful and knowledgeable about the city and the bus transport system.
The dining area was at times overcrowded and chaotic. It's too small for the large number of overnight guests that stay at this hotel. The buffet breakfasts and dinners never featured anything special and the choice of food tended to be repetitive. The room was quite small with a minuscule TV and reception of English channels is limited to BBC and CNN. The bathroom was small too and one has to be careful getting in and out of the bath because one can slip very easily. The AC worked fine.
The hotel is well maintained though it might appreciate a renovation because it lacks character. There is a pool on the top floor but it's so popular with visitors that one has to book a time slot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capsis with the new art character,is an ideal choice for the professional as well as the leisure guests of the city. The largest hotel in Thessaloniki, with 407 rooms with contemporary and modern decor, offers superior quality of Greek hospitality in the center of Thessaloniki. The Roof garden on the roof top, with a breathtaking view, offers the warm months of the year,an escape from the rythm of the city. The guests do not miss the chance, to enjoy until late in the evening, the highest pool in Thessaloniki!The facilities of Capsis including Gym, Sauna (two), Massage Room, Business office, free WI-FI, Cafe Capsis, Byzantium Restaurant, underground parking, conference center and the hotel's high quality services, make it a point of reference in the tourist map of Thessaloniki. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thessaloniki Capsis Hotel