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5 star hotel, but not a 5 star experience
Stayed at the Makedonia Palace for over a week in Nov 2005, and the hotel is totally overpriced for its level of service.
While the hotel may have the amenities to be a 5 star hotel, these factors made me give it the lowest rating due to
1) noise. the housekeepers talked to each other loudly in the hallway almost each morning when they started their rounds. not only were they insensitive with respect to their voices, the housekeeping room on my floor had a door which would slam shut and loudly every time they went through. if they were attentive, as 5 star hotel employees usually are, this would be corrected by either having the housekeepers close the door by hand or else leaving a door stop that prohibits the door from fully slamming shut. i'm amazed since this happens every day, and that no one has thought to rectify this situation during the existence of the hotel, as this is a very simple and inexpensive solution.
2) bathrooms. I'm not a slim person, only 145 pound guy, but when sitting on the toilet, i had to angle myself since the toilet was way too close to the wall and not enough room to sit properly. worst of all in the bathroom, the temperature of the shower would shift dramatically, hot to cold back to hot when taking a shower.
3) room temperature was not controlled very well by the wall thermostat.
The only positives were that the bed and pillows were good, as were the towels, and the breakfast was above average. I had a sea view room, which if for some reason you decide to stay here, would be better than a city view.
The hotel is not worth the price at all. Also, the international phone calls I had to make seemed expensive even for a hotel.
Had a lovely stay at the Makedonia Palace
My husband and I stayed at the Makedonia Palace for 5 days in August 2005. Although the place is more suited for business trips, we were there for a wedding and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and all the services offered by the hotel were very professional. The only thing I would say lacked a bit, was that the menus (pool, room service & restaurant) were too international cuisine. Hardly any greek influences. But that was the only downside. The location is also good, as you can easily get into the centre of thessaloniki and a nice walk by the seafront in the evening will take you back to bed.
Try and get a sea view room, it definetly makes a difference when you order breakfast in your room and have it on your own balcony.
my wife and i stayed in this hotel a couple of times.everything was met our expectations so we held our wedding reception there.everything was luxuriously perfect.overall it is a great 5 star hotel with two high class restaurants, 3 bars, great pool and workout facilities,stylish bedrooms, with bulgary cosmetics in the bathroom,great food,not ar away from main attractions e.g.shopping,sightseeing etc.
i highly recomend it.
i was there last month and the food was excellent. We had dinner in the main restaurant overlooking the sea anda really goodl ocal wine.We liked very much the city and the long walks by the sea infront of the hotel.
We loved it
We stayed at the Makedonia Palace last week and we had great time.The best location in the city,we had a room with a view to the sea and we enjoyed very much the bar on the roof garden.Although the building is old its totally renovated with all the amenities of a five star hotel.The people were very friendly and we will return again if in the city
Decent place but clearly overpriced for what it is
I stayed at the Makedonia for 4 nights and given the price tag, you have to expect more. Most things (rooms, room size, furniture, bed, breakfast) are fine but the little things that make a hotel worth this much were missing. E.g., TV was very limited, you have to pay (Euros 2.50 per hour!) for internet access from your room (very slow btw), there is no iron or steamer in the room, the fitness facilities are OK but not great, etc. (Breakfast at the Makedonia is really good though). Staff is generally friendly except for your occasional "southern european" style attitude (but you get more of that "thank god the waiter did not slap me when i ordered" outside the hotel). In Greece you generally pay a premium (hence, overall overpriced) in pretty much everything (cloths, food, drinks, except taxis!) so, given all that, the Makedonia provides a quality product that you would get for less in western europe but in Thessaloniki, if you want western style quality, you'll have to expect to pay more.
I spent about 10 days at the hotel during April. I have vacationed in Greece at least a dozen times over the past 25 years, I have stayed at many hotels and have stayed at other Deluxe properties and other Grecotels. This by far was the worst and I will tell you why. First there was a secuity breach. I travelled alone, so I purposely picked a Deluxe hotel so that I would feel safe and secure ( please don't give me that old story that there is no crime in Greece - surprise, there is ) obviously the front desk knew I was alone as did the restaurant and room service staff.
Imagine getting a call from another hotel guest who said he saw me downstairs and decided to call for......How would he get my phone number, what would you guess? Do you think I felt very safe after that, do you think I worried about my belongings that I was leaving behind in the room, do you think I looked over my shoulder every time I came in and exited the hotel? Second, every time I approached the conciege desk with a request, ie. how come there is NO air-conditioning, can I get washclothes delivered to my room, can I get an iron delivered, I was given some lame excuse about why not one of the requests could be fulfilled. Regardless of the fact that I was hot in the room, it was hot outside, it wasn't time yet for them to turn on the air. In a hotel where almost everyone is smoking, smoking in their rooms and almost guaranteed smoking in their beds, do you think a 50 year old mother could not be trusted to operate an iron, that I posed a fire threat to the entire hotel? And about the washcloths, what five star hotel doesn't have washcloths for their guests, the maid told me they use to have them years ago. I guess I should remember to always travel with one from now on. Needless to say, this is not a hotel I would recommend.
Really cool! The hotel was better than expected from the pics on the internet site. Rooms are stylish and spacious. Stereo system adds up. Views are +++! So choose a water view. Staff at the reception very helpful, ask for the shopping hints :-) Breakfast offers a variety. Waiters at the breakfast could be a bit more friendly, but I guess it's a general "issue" in Greece.
So go for it! Really memorable experience!
One of two best hotels in Thessaloniki
Before the Hyatt ,Macedonia Palace had the #1 hotel in Thessaloniki now it shares that spot,clean aircond. rooms with their own true thermostat unlike most hotels in Greece were the management realy controls the settings,comfortable beds, there was a large fruitbasket in our room upon arrival ,I stayed there a few years ago it has since undergone a several million dollar renovation ,it is just outside the center of beautifull historic Thessaloniki ,on the water(Thermaikos Gulf no swiming there, just views)gorgeous beaches 90 min. away (Halkidiki ORthe beaches by mount Olympus the largest peak in Greece ,I highly recomend both,northern Greece is truly beautiful and the Macedonia Palace has always been a great hotel in Thessaloniki.
Great Hotel, friendly efficient staff
We have stayed in the Makedonia Palace many times over the last five years. The staff are always efficient and friendly, the breakfast is superb (smoked salmon, bacon, eggs in various styles, fruit, breads, etc., etc.) The rooms are spacious and well equipped. The bathrooms are marble tiled and good quality bath/hair preparations are provided. The reception area is very large, marble tiled and has an excellent coffee lounge. I believe it is the only five star hotel in Thessaloniki, and the prices are very good for the quality of hotel. In fact we are just off for four days to attend a wedding in Thessaloniki, and we will again be staying at this lovely hotel. Don't be put off by the outside appearance which is just a typical city multi storey hotel. The inside is beautiful. A drink in the Corleone Bar, especially in summer when you can sit outside looking over the sea, is a must.
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