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- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Makedonia Palace - Classical Hotels Thessaloniki
Stayed at the Makedonia Palace for over a week in Nov 2005, and the hotel is totally overpriced for its level of service.
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
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.
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.
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.