Royal Olympic Hotel

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Royal Olympic Hotel

, Athens
4 star

Rooms: 297

28 Diakou Street - Athens - 11743 - Greece Hotel Website | (210) 9288400
561 Traveller

Reviews - Royal Olympic Hotel

10/10
Loved the Royal Olympic!
Submitted by: Elianne in 09/04/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: France
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I went to Athens with my husband to celebrate my 50th birthday. Athens is fantastic! We stayed at the Royal Olympic because some German friends of us had recommended it. Everything was great; we loved the hotel from the first minute. The hotel staff really made what was on their hands to make our time in Athens as enjoyable as possible, both at the hotel and in the city. They recommended us excursions and places for entertainment that we really enjoyed. It was a perfect combination, a quiet and comfortable high class hotel located by the lively Plaka area and the main monuments and attractions of the city. We strongly recommend this hotel.
10/10
Excellent Service & Staff
Submitted by: F. in 22/04/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
The service was excellent. The staff were always helpful, the rooms were comfortable and clean. And the buffet breakfasts were hot and plentiful. A bit pricier than other hotels. We stayed there as part of a package deal. It is located in the centre of the city near Hadrian's Gate/Gateway to Olympian and near the Plaka. I highly recommend it.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Royal Olympic Hotel

Not so Royal after all

from nubian_phd
I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in mid July for a conference in Kallithea. While the main lobby and other areas (pool and breakfast room) were what one would expect from a "5-star" hotel, the guest rooms were not! Perhaps it was the luck of the draw, but I was placed in a room (458) in the back of the hotel that had obviously missed the renovation boat several times. While spacious, the room was dimly lit and felt dingy in the 1970's brown decor and knock-off mural on the wall. Items such as an iron and hair dryer were not even provided! The hotel's business lounge was under renovation and therefore not functional. The service at the front desk also left much to be desired. While they were not overtly rude or crass, they had an "I'm just tolerating you because this is my job" attitude. The remaining staff - housekeeping, bartenders, bellboys- were all very helpful and genuinely friendly. The saving grace was the hotel's pool in the 34 degree heat.

The hotel's location is decent (Acropolis area) but there are better places to stay (see my review on the Adrian Hotel). If you want to be overcharged and short-changed on service then this is the place for you. Their five star rating leaves much to be desired :-(

Freindly Helpful Staff

from kathpatterson
The hotel staff were great, friendly helpfull, nothing too much trouble.

The entrance, lobby is stunning, pool looks really inviting, shame time didn't allow me to use it.

Breakfast buffet choice was vast, everybody can find somthing they like! and there is a plentiful supply even when getting down with 10 mins to closing time on the first morning.

Clean sheets and towels every day.

We were on the 3rd floor at the back of the hotel in the old rooms. OK it is in need of modernisation and some of the furniture is a bit shabby, but it was OK the biggest drawback was the noise from the main road, even with the outer door closed and the double glazed door to the balcony closed the trafic noise spoilt it. You could not enjoy the use of the balcony. They seen to love their noisy motorbikes, scooters and horns whatever the time, day or night!

The re-construction / modenisation work continues slowly, closing the roof top area. Bags of constuction materials are stored on the path at the back of the hotel making this area a bit shabby.

Would I use the hotel again. Yes I would, but I would ask for a room not overlooking the road.
The air conditioning in this wing is not that good but in the modernised areas it's great.

Enjoyed the Royal Olympic Hotel

from DanfromUSA
I stayed at the Royal Olympic Hotel from July 10 to July 13, 2006. I found the hotel to be very nice. The staff was friendly and helpful. The entire hotel seemed to be kept very clean. I stayed on the 4th floor. The bathrooms didn't have washcloths. I don't know if this is normal for this part of the world or not. I didn't ask if they had any available. I just assumed this was the way it is. I guess you are suppose to wash yourself with your hands. I talked to some other guests, and they didn't have them either. I didn't use the pool, but it looked quite nice. I ate at the continental breakfast, and the food was very good. I also had dinner/supper at the restaurant, and found the food good, and the staff friendly. The hotel has wireless internet available. There is an internet cafe about 2 blocks from the hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of the Plaka and the Acropolis. I took a bus tour of Athens which included the Acropolis.

Our room was superb!

from RCS1977
Our room was over the top and we loved it - of course, it wasn't cheap. We had a view of the Temple of Zeus and it was outrageously phenomenal. There was so much marble in the bathroom that I felt like Donatella Versace. Great location for tourists as well as we easily got to the Parthenon, Plaka and other sites. We HIGHLY reccomend going to Thissia at night for dinner on Irakladeion Street - it was awesome.

The hotel was quiet and we didnt see any construction at all. Very quirky mix of furniture and art and it really works at the Royal Olympic.

LOVED the Royal Olympic - FABULOUS ROOM!

from IDRMOF
My Husband and I stayed there for our honeymoon and the room was fabulous! We were totally blown away by the outstanding view of the Temple of Zeus right outside our windows. The bathroom was immense and everything was immaculate. The staff was friendly and very accomodating. We enjoyed hanging out by the pool each day after all the walking we did. The Bellman gave us great restaurant recommendations too!

Absolutely awful!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is classed as a 5 star. However the 5 stars begin and end at the imposing lobby. The rooms are shabby, toilets unclean and tiny. My room did not even have a minibar (in a 5 star hotel?), towels were very old and worn, corridors are narrow, dark and look more like an old hospital. The service was not much better: from messing the reservation to refusing to lend me an iron. It is tempting to fall for the 130 euro offer if you believe you're going to stay in a 5 star hotel, I definitely did, but I reccommend you stay well clear.

beautiful stay in Athens

from docfs
5-star fully honored. We were in the renovated rooms of the hotel with a fantastic view on the temple area. No problems at all with air conditioning; staff was also very kind (each day at 8 pm room was cleaned again, candies for babies, ect). Breakfast was according to european standard. Location is wonderful; you are 10 min walking from the acropolis and from Syntagma square (the main square). If you can get to the hotel by subway, there is the Acropolis station 3 min far from the hotel; there is an airport connection every 30 min.
Let's try it!!

Do Not Stay Here.......

from JDDB
DO NOT STAY HERE....This is supposed to be a 5 star hotel. The Reception looks like a 5 star, but the rooms amd staff are not. In Canada, this would be a 2 star at best. We were intially put in a room that was dated by at least 30 years. At 125 euro a night. After considerable complaining, we were re-located to a room maybe 10 years newer, getting into the 80's now. The staff are snotty and unhelpful. The hotel manager could care less. The air conditioning did not work properly, it was explained that they are having problems, but nothing was ever done. The whole hotel was stuffy, so I'm guessing it was not only our room. We had pre-booked this hotel through a travel agent, otherwise we would have left immediatly. The breakfats were terrible.....pancakes were rock hard, and the bacon undercooked. The fruit came from a can. 5 Star, far from it.

luxury hotel-great value.

from telis
it is a wonderfull hotel.
fully renovated.the room was very large overlooking athenian antiquities with quality fabrics and beautiful furnishings.service very proffesional.great value for money.

Faulty Towers in Athens....

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is classed as a “luxury” 5-star hotel in promotional material but the standard of accommodation and service we were offered would be classed as 3-star or less by Australian standards. The hotel is undergoing extensive renovation and we were located in the unrenovated section. I was told by other guests that the renovated rooms are much superior to our room although the charge is the same regardless of where you are located. The service at reception was unhelpful, unfriendly and unacceptable on each of three occasions we dealt with them. While waiting in line to check out, I observed the same attitude to other guests, so it was not a matter of the staff taking a disliking to us.
The food and restaurant service was good, but again there was a problem with the attitude of the restaurant staff. Would I stay here again? N0 – not unless the standard of accommodation and the behaviour of the staff can be guaranteed to have improved by 100%.

Top Local Tips for Athens

Using the reduced metro fare It was my third day when I figured out that if you stay on the same metro line, you can pay the reduced fare. Save some money!

Best bar in town The best bar in Athens is located in the Plaka. Brettos - the colorful wall of bottles lures you in and you are taken care of by Tarek and his team. They brew their own ouzo and brandy. All the prices here are really cheap. You'll find people from all over the world in here. If you are hungry when you leave, walk out the door and across the sidewalk for a gyro - they are great and about 2 euros.

Antiquites , journey into the past Antiquites , journey into the past

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  • Address: 28 Diakou Street - Athens - 11743 - Greece
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