Royal Olympic Hotel
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From Marseille, we flew direct to Athens. We stayed in a large hotel opposite the ancient Greek ruins “Temple of Zeus" and the “Acropolis”.
Within walking distance of our hotel was a fabulous strip of restaurants, cafes and bars. After big days exploring this amazing city and visiting the Acropolis, the new Acropolis …
... church. Went back to the studio and the boss went past the printers on the way and collected the prints from earlier in the week. Had a quick rundown of everything we went over during the week, checked out our prints, said my goodbyes and went back to the hotel. Andy headed home for the weekend so that left Simon and me to have a few beers to celebrate. After dinner we went and had a few more at a local Irish bar before going to bed.
... city Athens.
We passed the stadium where the 1896 Olympic Games were held and then moved on to the Acropolis Museum, which was pretty cool. There were so many statues and there's alot of stuff from the Parthenon been moved to the Museum. There's a heap of restoration work being done at the Acropolis - the problem is though, in my view, it seems that they're trying to re-create it to its former glory, not just letting it be a ruin. So ...
... sizes of bells outside the monastery parking lots. Somehow the shepherd managed to make the group of goats take a very sharp left hand turn and head toward Agia Trias. I’ll probably never forget that sight. I could hear those bells when they were far away.
Have I mentioned there are cats all over the place in Greece? Everywhere you look, a cat is looking back. I love cats but Mom loves them more. She walks up to every cat. ...
... s really strange bescause all around the area, there are archeologists digging up ancient ruins. So we literally sat down to dinner and a couple metres away there is a deep hole and inside you can see old walls and pillars, some old broken pots, etc. We are sitting on ancient ruins!!
Dinner was great, and we sat and watched the world cup final, with my support going to Spain and therefore obviously fizz felt she needed to go ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRoyal Olympic Hotel Athens
The hotel is very big and caters for large tourist groups. The panoramic viewing area has a superb view of the Temple of Zeus ruins.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Olympic Hotel Athens
While the room and location were fine with the Royal Olympic, I had issues with noise. Firstly, the next room's bathroom was "in" my room. The air-conditioning duct ran above it, so whenever somebody next door used the bathroom I could not only hear them, but the light would reflect into my room through the grill. As 2 out of my 3 nights I had neighbours who were in tour groups, they were up at 4am to catch ferries. On the other night, a Saturday, there were 2 weddings on as I returned to the hotel at 12. I could hear the music pumping through the building.
Location, location, location
Just steps from the Plaka, metro station and the Acropolis, the location can't be beat. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Before arrival I was able to arrange a pick up at the airport and was given excellent advice for arranging day tours, all through email! While there the front desk was very friendly and more then willing to give directions or arrange a reservation. The rooms were rather small by American standards but not European, but well appointed and nicely decorated. Included breakfast was well above average, offering Greek favorites as well as traditional American and European dishes. I found the renovation to be a very slight inconvenience.
Hotel is very well located, about a five minute walk from the Acropolis Metro station, and also only about five minutes walk from the Plaka area of restaurants and shops. Syntagma Square is about a fifteen minute walk. We received bad directions from several people in Athens in trying to find this hotel. It is owned by same people who own Olympic Palace which is about two blocks off Syntagma Square, which apparently caused some of the confusion. We were told repeatedly by several different people that this hotel was at or near Syntagma Square. Only after several failed attempts to find it were we able to locate it, all the while dragging a bunch of bags from the Syntagma Metro station. Once we located it, we discovered the hotel is undergoing a major renovation, which should be completed by the end of September 2005. When this renovation is completed, the hotel will be quite luxurious. Strangely, you have to walk down a flight of stairs from the street to get to the lobby, which is not particularly fun with bags in tow. Breakfast, which was included in our triple room price of 140 Euros per night, is quite nice. Breakfast is in a large room with many different foods to choose from. We ran into several service problems - TV did not work in one room (they fixed it), TV CNN had no sound (this was true in different rooms, so it was a hotel problem), A/C had minimal cooling capability, hairdryer in bathroom didn't work, elevator got stuck, and only Internet broadband access is through wireless network where charge is exorbitant at 5 Euros per hour and access is cumbersome to obtain a login through hotel front desk. Laundry charges were high enough (several Euros per item) to cause us to decide to buy new clothes rather than pay rates to launder our dirty laundry. Hotel charged us a daily fee of 2 Euros per bag to store some bags between stays, as we traveled through other parts of Greece. Staff is pleasant, but aloof.
This hotel can only be rated 3 star due to the ongoing renovation/construction at the hotel; however we felt the hotel staff should be rated at least 4 star for their friendliness, cooperation and helpfulness.
The location of this hotel (near the Acropolis and Plaka) is excellent. However, the apparent indifference of some of the staff (especially at the front desk) and the noise from ongoing renovations within the hotel made my experience here less than perfect. (I should note that my room was quite clean and adequately appointed.)
A hotel in need of an update
While the hotel location was great, our room left a lot to be desired. It hadn't been updated since sometime in the 1970s and there was some raw sheetrock in the hallway. We had a nice view of the Temple of Zeus, but it was too loud to keep the windows open so we could admire it (and we are from NYC so we are used to a little city noise!)
The Royal Olympic is situation in the PERFECT location to see all the sites of Athens. I've stayed there twice over the past two years. Rates are a good value, even though the rooms are just a little tired if you're into high style and decor. But hey, who spends much time in the hotel room when in Athens? Be sure to stop in the bar any evening and meet and talk to the original owners. They ALWAYS sit at the table by the window right by the bar. Wonderful, interesting people who can fill you in on the off the beaten path sites of Athens.
Perfect Place To Stay!
With it's view of Hadrien's Arch, the Royal Olympic Hotel offers the most spacious of hotel rooms and pleasant service. I've been to seven hotels on the mainland and can think of nothing poor to say about the Royal Olympic. It is close to La Plaka, the Acropolis and many great resteraunts and night spots (not to mention an ATM). With the city renovating many hotels for the 2004 Olympics, the Royal Olympic remains open and offering wonderful hotel rooms at reasonable prices, a warm atmosphere, and a comfortable ease into your stay in Greece. Just be careful crossing the streets around there, as you'll find the driving a bit erratic in Athens!
Great Location in Athens
This is a great hotel in a wonderful location. While on vacation I like to walk to the different attractions and sites to get a feel for the city and the people. This hotel could not have been in a better location. The staff was wonderful and upgraded me to one of the Front Rooms with the most glorious view of the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and Olympian Zeus Temple, if you can reserve one of these rooms. An easy walk to the Platka and Acropolis makes this hotel perfect. I cannot wait to return to Athens and stay at this wonderful European hotel.