My wife and I stayed there for two nights at a modest rate, b'fast included, in off-season, late October, 2010, were very pleased with hotel and town and would gladly return.
This Amalia is a large, resort-style hotel of three stories with large, polished public rooms and large, clean private ones as well. It had surely been renovated at millions-plus within a year or two of our arrival and looked nearly new. The lobby, hallways, gardens and common spaces looked and were impressive. The huge swimming pool, its deck, chairs, towels, umbrellas and surroundings were top-flight and we had them all to ourselves after the overnight bus tours left early every morning. There was a free parking lot outside the door. The staff was experienced, reserved but attentive.
Our second-floor balcony room with views toward Naflplion, its bay and its peak, Palamidi, was large, clean and modern, as was its largely marble bath. The bed and such were comfortable and modern as well. Our evening views were pastoral--shepherds in the fields adjoining this orchard-built hotel outside of town were sending out or bringing in their sheep for hours. I enjoyed watching them do their thing.
Except for a dozen or two guests in this large hotel, most others every day were one or two busloads of French or Japanese in their budget-friendly bus tours who arrived at 5:00PM, ate their pre-arranged meals,at 6:00PM and vanished by 8:00AM. We, too, ate the included buffet breakfast ; it was passable and sufficient, but not very tasty. The middle-aged Greek waiters with attitudes were just what we were accustomed to in our own town. We went into town each evening for waterfront dinners which we enjoyed.
The hotel is a great place for exploring Nafplion and the Peleponese peninsula, but only if you're in a rental car or tour bus as there was no known shuttle but for cabs to go anywhere from this remote hotel built in an orchard 2km outside of town. From what I know, there's still nothing--only callable taxis which, in Greece, can be trouble. So, those in the tour buses would actually have to spend extra to get to town. Horrors!
The views at night of lighted Palamidi and its fortress were great, and the town itself was very nice--a bit touristy but not too much. The fort was great, but the beach areas a little crummy. Yet, to visit there or other areas of the Pelopponese, this is a great base well worth two or three nights.
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- Amalia Hotel Olympia