Classical Athens Imperial
Travel Blogs from Athens
... Sea. The other day I will journey back to classical Greece with a day trip to Delphi
I made it in time for the tour and along the way met some great people! First stop was the Acropolis it is located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens completely beautiful views. The tour guide went pretty quickly and ...
... For those that need a refresher, Agamemnon is the Greek king who Brad Pitt doesn't like in the movie Troy. Anyway, it's just a name for the mask, it's really from some Mycenaean king or rich guy, there is as of yet no concrete proof that Agamemnon existed. There was also a gold body covering for an infant that died, that was awesome. Not so much the dead baby part, but it's a kick-ass funeral custom. I want to be covered in gold when I die. There ...
... with no vegetation and covered in volcanic rocks..very different landscape.
Visited the Lassithi Plateau where the villagers grow their small crops, make their wine and do many handcrafts, wood turning , weaving, honey, wax ceramics....tried their local spirits...Ouzo and Raki a traditional Greek drink....very powerful stuff...like rocket fuel . Their Greek ice creams are delicious.
Next day was port of Pireaus which is a short drive ...
... from the hotel storage where we had left the before heading to Mykonos. My options were limited because of my ankle, however I was determined to see Acropolis. Doing this meant I had to use crutches kept on the tour bus as being there involved a lot of stairs followed by walking on uneven ground. So, with crutches on arms, I very slowly hobbled my way to the entrance of the Acropolis. Even though I told them to walk ahead, Laura and Lisa stayed with me the entire ...
... and 'loukoumi' –a turikish delight! I am indeed surprised why it is called turkish delight since it is Greek!! In minutes we were up in our room with no delay.
STAFF & MANAGEMENT: I can highly speak of the friendliness of the Staff and Management –happy faces, impeccable service, professionalism and open-hearted people that indeed made our stay unforgettable. The guys at the reception are eager to help with knowledge of the round ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Classical Athens Imperial
This hotel is super, and I know what I talk about
I booked this using Orbitz, and I thought that the building was very nice. But let me tell you, the picture is much greater. But, the real thing is this. This hotel is located in front of a underground. From here you go anywhere. The pool upstairs is super. You can see the Acropolis, and me and my wife stayed in the night, watching it, and also having a drink, was like paradise. Also has a small but nice pool.
The staff is great. They helped me with everything, to me, my wife and the baby. In front of the hotel also is a nice greek restaurant, that has good prices.
What else. Rooms, are ok, the bathrooms are big. I dont like the alleys, the decoration is not so super for my style, but that is not important. This hotel is not so expensive, and is a real deal if you can get all this service, the pool upstairs, and I forgot: the breakfast. Wow, this is unbelivable. Salmon, eggs, american style, all kind of cheeses, breads, fruits, is so so huge, that really is a pleasure. In a brief summary, I loved this hotel. Was a real pleasure, and I think that much of my stay in Athens was so good based on this hotel. Is not located in the turist areas, but the underground system has been renovated, and as said, you can move around until is getting dark. Then, after that, stay in the hotel, eat in the restaurants around, and go to the pool to have a drink and enjoy the Acropolis all lighted up in the high floor.
Greco Imperial OK, No local flavor
Stayed at the Imperial based on recommandations from fellow managers who worked the Olynpics in 2004.
Their advise was to stay away from Omonia, Yes, too noisey and Times Squarelike, Syntagma was out of my price range, $300 per night plus. Syntagma's too "busy" for me,in Europe enjoy small out of way boutique hotels with a great location, The Imperial's location is probably great for business people, not much charater in the area.
The hotel will fit your needs if you want a large bedroom with great pillows and down bed. Bath is all marble with tub and shower, however room closets and space is small. A plus, the location was very quiet, OK At 125 euros per night. Staff very attentive.
It's on par with a US Marriot or Hyatt. Remember since a (4-5*) in Greece, come the 4-5 * extras, the Full Breakfast is 35 euros, Room Service Continental is 20 Euros pp. (Walk up the street to the right, or across the Square for a reasonable breakfast)
The plus's, easy access to the Metro , the wonderful little resturant across the street "Alexandre the Great" and if walk out of the hotel to the left, away from Omonia, you find great little bars, restuarants, and local shops.
However; next trip I will find my way to a small hotel in the Plaka, since most of my time was spent there.
Dissapointed-definetely not a 5 star hotel.
my wife and i stayed there for 2 nights.
the location pf the hotel is pretty bad.the area there is very commercial with nothing interesting nearby.the hotel is definetely not a 5 star property.the lobby is small and check-in took us at least 20 minutes.our room although it was on the executive floor and much more pricy than a standard room was small, there was not enough working space,the fabrics were not in a good condition and the bathroom amenities were the most common not what you expect from a 5 star hotel.the lighting in the room was not enough and there was not enough space to put your clothes etc.the noise from the street was so much even we were on the highest floor of the hotel.the air-conditioning system did not work properly.the business center was terrible and the copy machine was broken(too bad because i needed it-one thing that i chose this hotel was that they claimed that they had a good business center-great lie!).health club was a very tiny place and we did not use it at all.
the restaurant was o.k. but nothing to do with a 5 star hotel.the bar had always a t.v. on and having a drink there wasn't what i call relaxing!
breakfast was very tasty and general food was good.
the stuff seemed that they did not know their job well.generally i don't recommend this hotel.i believe athens has better hotels in the same price as this in better locations with much more facilities and better trained stuff.
Exceeded my epxectations..
A friend and I travelled to Athens for the weekend in early October 2005. The rate we paid was extremely reasonable, having found a special rate for American Express cardholders on Orbitz. The hotel looms right in front of you as you exit the Metaxourghio Metro stop. The lobby was a decent size and floors polished. The staff at the front desk were more than accommodating, as we often had inquiries for them. They even allowed us to extend our checkout time by over 3 hours without charging us more. As our flight was not until the late evening, the hotel held our baggage for us until we were ready to head out to the airport.
The room was quite large for a European hotel, with excellent views of Karaiskaki Square. The bathroom was large compared even to American hotels. The bathroom featured a separate glass enclosed shower stall and a nice bathroom-very rare for Europe. High qualty toiletries were included of course. The views from the roftop pool area are quite stunning. Overall, and having stayed at some of the finest hotels in the world, I can recommend this hotel to any traveller to Athens.
And when it comes to the neighborhood, just keep walking towards your destination and don't act like a tourist (same advice to travellers in any city). My friend and I (who look like Americans and don't speak a word of Greek!) were out quite late walking from Omonia Square back to the hotel and encountered no problems.
Best hotel I have stayed in
An amazing hotel! Bedroom was excellent - fluffy pillows, comfy sheets, very clean, room is equipped with ironing board, huge TV and radio/CD player. Bathroom was spacious and clean. Breakfast is great - a huge buffet selection. Beware - the staff are bipolar!
My husband and I spent only one night here, our last night in Athens before flying home, but quite liked this hotel. It is modern, spacious and clean. A major plus for us was the fact that the bathroom is wonderful - it had a glass enclosed shower and a separate bathtub (this is rare in Greece). Best of all, is the wonderful SOFT bed, unlike most other beds in Greece where the mattresses are HARD! Also had all amenties expected from a 4 star place, such as hair and skin products. We did not eat in their restaurant as the prices seemed a little steep. We went instead, across the street to Alexander's restaurant and had wonderful food for reasonable prices. The only down-side was the poor lighting in the room (hard to read, either from the couch or in bed). We would consider this hotel again, if we return.
Not bad for the price, but nothing to write home about.
We stayed for three nights at the Imperial during the middle of summer in late August. We were impresssed by the lobby and was greeted by friendly and helpful hotel staff.
The rooms, whilst a very good size, were somewhat lacking in cleanliness. This was obvious when the carpet left bleak marks on the white sole of my girlfriend's slippers. There are signs that the door had been "kicked in" before with the areas around the door locks being glued in. Moreover, the door alarms seem to ring unless the door is slammed shut.
The doors on one of the lifts malfunctions during our entire stay and the lift indicators on our floor were not even complete (with wires hanging out waiting for light bulbs to be fitted).
It would appear that the hotel owners intended to build and run a respectable business hotel, so it is sad to see the relatively new property being run down at such a fast rate.
The location was not great but with the subway 200m away and taxis being relatively cheap in Athens (assuming you manage to wave a legitimate one one down) it's reallly not a problem.
All in all, the hotel is okay for the price but nothing to write home about.
Gorgeous views, large room
I stayed at the Grecotel Athens Imperial Hotel for 3 nights while in Athens. I was very impressed. The main lobby was all marble and was very nice. My friend and I stayed in a room with two twin beds and I was shocked at how large the room was, definitely not typical European rooms. The bathroom was large, with a bath tub as well as a separate shower and was marble and tiled. The rooftop pool and bar was the highlight of the hotel. You had an incredible view of Athens and the Acropolis. We took many pictures from up there. We were within walking distance of everything and there was a metro stop right outside of our hotel. I felt safe at all times and we ate twice at the Alexander the Great cafe across the street from the hotel, very delicious.
Great hotel ,less great location
I stay at imperial for 1 night and i was very satisfied with my choise.The room was spacy (European standards) ,large very clean bathroom and a nice view of Parthenon.Expencive furnitures ,big TV and a 'worth the money"feeling after all.The staff was very friendly and helpfull.The grecotel company (the full name of the hotel is grecotel imperial) is a trusty company in greece.At the roof there is a pool and a bar with nice views of ,modern and ancient ,Athens.Also an not so gently barman but ....he do the job even if you ask for somethink out of the ordinary.Try to book a room with breakfast ,the food is giam giam!!!! ----- is the site of the chain and you find good prices for last minute reservasions.Now the dark side of the hotel.Location.The area is propably the worst in Athens.Close to the metro ,busses etc but you don't want to hang around late at night.The safety is not so bad (police station 100 meters) but ....And the last tip,high floor rooms is much better ;)
I stayed at the Athens Imperial on a five day group trip to Athens. It is a brand new hotel built for the 2004 Olympics and it is fabulous! So close to the Plaka and pretty much walking distance to all the major points in the city. The hotel staff were super friendly and all spoke English impeccably. The rooms were just wonderful; huge bathrooms, everything ultra modern, and all the rooms have either a view of Karasaki Square (which is ALIVE at night - but you don't hear anything in the sound proof rooms), or of the Acropolis! The hotel serves a wonderful buffet breakfast with just about everything you can imagine. The hotel bar is open until the early hours of the morning, and once again, with the friendliest staff. This hotel was wonderful and is a credit to Athens and the newly re-designed Karisakaki Square! Oh, and by the way, there is a FANTASTIC little restaurant right opposite the entrance of the hotel, which serves true Greek style, or American style food, and once again - all the staff spoke perfect English. This was the best meal we had in Greece!