Historical Traveller Reviews of St Georges Lycabettus Hotel
Great views but nothing else
Well, we've stayed in this hotel a number of times over the last 2 years. In my opinion the quality, service and overall experience has severely deteriorated.
For our last trip over New Year 04 we booked via Expedia and selected an executive room.
On arrival we were put in probably the smallest room available on the 1st floor over the main entrance and opposite the lift. We made the desk aware that this was not the type of room we booked. Initially they said that they couldn't move us to an executive room as the hotel was fully booked. Later, however, they insisted that it was an executive room!!!!!
Service depends on who is working at the time. We are still waiting for a wine cooler!!
The only positive aspect of the hotel is its location, in trendy Kolonaki, and its Acropolis views
from A TripAdvisor Member
I would recommend this hotel if you are visiting Athens and dont want to pay Grand Bretagne rates. Located in the center- lively and rich area - amazing Acropolis view .The staff is very friendly and helpful. Rooms are not very big but practical.Swimming pool and breakfast on the top floor are worth a visit. Try the restaurants if you have time or else the area is full of trendy restos and bars. I was there for the third time this year and definitely go back.
Great value for money!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I have stayed at this hotel before and this time I was impressed by how much it has changed during the last couple of years! Rooms and bathrooms are renovated and I could notice more attention to detail and service. The view of the Acropolis remains the best in town-just make sure to ask for an Acropolis facing room during booking-it is a bit more pricey but absolutely worth it. The chic kolonaki area is 5 minutes away with nice shops, restaurants,bars etc but I also enjoyed the restaurants of the hotel -the one of the top floor has amazing view and breakfast is also served there and during the night is transformed into fine-dining. The lounge-bar on the ground floor was very hip and with nice crowd. I have been told a spa will be operating in the next following months and during summer the roof swimming pool is a must-you are lucky if you can go there on a weekday cos weekends it is a bit crowded . I find this hotel an extremely good value for money if you are visiting Athens.
A big disappointment!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We expected a five-star luxury hotel, and this was a big disappointment. The view of the Acropolis was not what we expected. The rooms were small and dated, and the bathroom was more like what I would have expected from a roadside motel with permanent black marks on the mirror, little counter space, gray interiors and bad lighting. The hotel offered cotton bathrobes, but they smelled as if they had been washed with the table linens from the restaurant, so we didn't use them. The towels had the same odor. The pool, which is why we booked this as opposed to another hotel, was dry when we were there in March. The staff, by contrast, was excellent -- very friendly and helpful. The hotel is currently being renovated, so perhaps it is in for big changes, but in its current condition, I would not recommend it to anyone.
Over-heated and over-rated hotel
Just back from a long weekend in Athens. We booked this hotel through expedia. We expected it to be very nice (as it's listed as a 5 star) but to be inconvenient due to location.
For our 3 day stay the location wasn't too inconvenient. We walked to and from the hotel most of the time. From the hotel the trip down the hill is fine but going back up can be hard work.
But the hotel itself was a big disappointment. I had expected a boutique hotel but the rooms were in no way special.
Worst of all our first room was in the center of the hotel so when you look out the window you just see the wall on the other side of the building. The room was way too hot. There is a climate control unit on the wall but the hotel told us that it only pumps out hot air during the winter and cold during the summer. So no way for us to control it. Even with the window open all night the room still stayed stiflingly hot. So we didn't get a good nights sleep. The on the Saturday morning from about 8 AM there were works in the hotel, just to make matters worse.
In fairness to the staff they upgraded us the next day to another room in the front of the hotel but the room was just as hot and outside was very noisy all night with the cars and motorbikes passing.
I simply cannot understand how this hotel gets 5 stars. I cannot understand how it is listed as having air-conditioning when this is only available during the Summer.
Other than those complaints the hotel staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel was very clean. But I would not stay here again.
Great hotel with GREAT views!!
Just came back from a 10 day honeymoon, and started in the St. George in athens. We cant say enough nice things about the hotel and the staff. Everyone was very helpful, and the staff even surprised us with champagne and a complimentary plate of fruits and cheeses when we arrived. As for the room, yes they are a bit small, but if you are going to greece and spend the majority of the time in the room, it is my opinion you are not experiencing Greece. We only slept there so we were not terribly concerned. The hotel is located on top of one of the two hills in athens. Our room had a GEORGEOUS view of the acropolis, and the restaurant on the 6th floor is one of the highest points in athens, with a surprisingly good buffet breakfast. Just stay away from the scrambled eggs. The greeks just cant quite seem to get that right. Overall, a fantastic experience and in spite of the hotel not being in the middle of things, would definitely stay there again!!
What a dump!
We thought we were getting a luxury hotel. They were not only unfriendly, but not helpful. Our room was extremely small and not very clean. The beds were so hard that I took the sheet off and discovered they were box springs without a mattress. It was high on a hill and the desk clerk warned us to not tell a taxi where we were going until we got in the car as they didn't like to go up the hill! It was also very expensive 22 euro for each breakfast and 24 euro for two drinks in the bar. Fair warning not to choose this one.
Just returned from Athens and a 7 night stay at the St George. Overall the hotel is good, is in a nice area of town and provides great views of the Acropolis from certain rooms. (some rooms only offer partial views, and some none at all - having a deluxe balcony room doesn't guarantee an Acropolis view)
The general area of the hotel is great for shopping and people watching down in Kolonika square. Many chic and fashionable shops a short distance from the hotel. Some great bars in the Klonika Square area - can recommend the Peros bar.
The main areas - Plaka, Sintagma Square and the Acropolis are a 15minute walk away. Please note the walk is all down hill. This makes it easy going but more difficult coming back. After a week, even we health and fitness conscious 45 year olds found the going tough! Be warned!
Disappointments - the pool area is very small with little deck area. Twelve people and the area was full! The hotel is pricey for drinks and food. And watch out for the taxis outside the hotel - if the hotel call them over then there is a 3 euro surcharge plus the tariffs are higher. Little area for storing luggage on day of departure. Bars in the hotel were small and no atmosphere.
Rooms - we had a deluxe, are adequate to good. Good size bathroom. Cleaned well. Turndown service etc. The balcony we had was a good size, but for some reason some appeared smaller.
Overall - we thought the hotel lived up to expectations. We would stay there again. Probably rate it a 4*+ rather than a 5*. Be warned about the hill!
The honest truth !!!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Here is the truth. The hotel is beautiful and service is great. The view of the Acropolis is unbelivable and as we heard one of the best hotel views in Athens. The rooms are small but very clean and the room upkeep was good. There is so much to do in Athens that I would not worry about the room size. We were only there at night sleeping. The hotel is in a nice and rich area with a lot of shops around it. The only small problem is that the hotel is located on a hill and going back you always have to go up a lot of stairs. We do not mind walking but at the end of the day the hill slowly gets to you. If you are young and like the hike you will be fine. If you are older and are not in favor of walking up the hill get a different hotel or take the taxi from the hotel and back. There is a million taxis everywhere 24/7. If you want to be closer to the restaurants and little shops on the streets stay in PLAKA. That is were I would stay next time not because there was something wrong with the hotel but because that's where the nightlife is. From this hotel it is about a 15-20 min. walk down and up the hill. As long as you don't mind the walk (we did it every day) it is a good place to stay. Now, there are trips that you can get from the hotel to see the historical sites. If you go down town there is a bunch of agencies everywhere and you can bargain with them and get a better price for the trip. We bought a trip to Delphi and a 3 island cruse(Aegina, Poros, Hydra) that way and they gave us a discount. Also if you want to save some money you can do 2 trips on your own (Sounion and the Corinth Canal). They have cheep and public buses that will take you there. You might have to take more then one bus to get you there, but don't worry it's easy. You can ask anybody on the street or in your hotel and they will tell you how to get there. The good thing about going on you own is that after you visit the site you can go to the beech for the rest of the day. They are very close by. If you go to see the Corinth canal from there you can take a bus and go to Lutraki it is a nice little town with a beech. One more thing Greeks are very nice and friendly and also very layed back. No one is in a hurry over there if they tell you 5 o'clock it is more like 6. If they tell you you are going to be on the island 2h it is more like 50min. So don't worry, relax and go with the flow. All the sites that I listed are beautiful and worth to see. Don't forget about the Acropolis. Enjoy your trip-it was deffinitely the best place I have ever visited.
Nice, but not that nice....
After reading mixed reviews, but hearing nice things from some friends in Athens, I booked two nights through Expedia intending to either extend my stay or move to another hotel for an additional two nights. I paid for a room upgrade to get an exterior room, presumably with balcony. I ended up in one of only two or three non-balcony rooms in the entire hotel directly above the entrance driveway and across the hall from the elevator and janitor's closet. Having spent a week in Greece on business, this time should have been relaxing and it was anything but that. The desk clerk commented that my room selection was because of the Expedia reservation and that she would give me the rates for another room. A guest services person tried to change my room for the first night and was unable to do so, but promised to try for the second day asking me to wait for her call in the morning. I waited until 11:30, but she never called. The pool was closed for maintenance during my stay....... It is a lovely spot, but I don't recommend it. Needless to stay, I moved on after the two nights....
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