A stay at the Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

A stay at the Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

A stay at the Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

A rooftop view from the Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

I’m so loving it here: a stay at the Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

 

I head directly to the top viewing floor to get a view of the expansive grounds below fronting the Temple of Zeus in the historic district of Athens, Greece. The views are stunning with a commanding panorama of the temple grounds, off to the left side are views of the Acropolis with the Parthenon jutting out magnificently from the plateau. It is impressive to see both major landmarks from the rooftop terrace of the Royal Olympic. The entire terrace is both indoors and outdoors with a joint breakfast buffet area, a fine dining restaurant and an adjacent bar all sharing these outstanding views of the ruins below and above. I could easily spend the entire afternoon relaxing with a nice drink with those amazing views to enjoy, without the crowds of tourists below.  I had just checked into the hotel and left my suitcases downstairs at the desk check since I had arrive early for a conference and the room was not quite ready.  Coming up to the roof to catch a view of the temple grounds and get a few bites of breakfast before the start of my conference was definitely a great start of my stay at the Royal Olympic hotel.

 

Bedroom view to the Temple of Zeus

Bedroom view to the Temple of Zeus

 

Upon returning to the hotel from the conference, I was quite surprised by the views from my bedroom. It was an exact duplicate of the rooftop views, but a few floors below. My room and views fronted directly to the Olympic ruins to the  temple of Zeus, these huge windows covered an entire wall to maximize the larger than life views of the ruins.  I was really impressed and thought maybe I should sleep with the windows open at night-time so I can see this all evening.

 

Bedroom suite at the Royal OLympic Hotel

Bedroom suite at the Royal OLympic Hotel

 

 

The bedroom suite is also grand with and extra-large living room and bedroom suite in classic traditional furnishings trimmed in yellow and blue, very formal but still livable – it definitely matched the views within its elegant surroundings.  Let me add the closet was a large walk-in closet with seat, a bar area and well the bathrooms – totally over the top with wall to wall carerra white marble from the floors to the surrounds and vanity, needless to say all the fixtures are gold/brass interim for added glitz but not too excessive if you can imagine that.  Fortunately I had cut out of my conference a little earlier so I can enjoy the room a bit prior to an evening function and that called for a nice long bath and why not, the tub was huge and I had a long day of focused study so I needed a little TLC.

 

Marble bath at the Royal OLympic Hotel

Marble bath at the Royal OLympic Hotel

There’s enough room in this walk-in closet

 

Walk in closet at the Royal Olympic Hotel

Walk in closet at the Royal Olympic Hotel

 

Breakfast service

Back up at the rooftop buffet for breakfast, I was impressed again with the expansive breakfast buffet, it commanded and entire back side of the room with sections for fruits and cold breakfast items, hot ready items, an omelet station, bread station, desserts. It had everything you could imagine including items for a typical Greek breakfast and all the delicious Greek pastries you would want to indulge in. Every seat in the dining room had amazing views, but the ones right on the edge by the windows were truly remarkable. I could have easily spent the entire morning eating through the line of goodies and soaking in the amazing views, but I had the morning’s conference to attend to.

 

 

Acropolis views, roof top breakfast at the Royal Olympic Hotel

Acropolis views, roof top breakfast at the Royal Olympic Hotel

Bar service

The Royal Olympic has two bars and pool for drinks service. I had reserved a small section in the upstairs bar to host a group of conference friends to enjoy the views and sunset up at the rooftop which was a fantastic way to network with people and enjoy the views from the rooftop. Let me say that having drinks while watching the sunset in front of the temples and then the Parthenon lit up for the night is just outstanding and all my friends enjoyed the views and drink service at the rooftop.

 

Downstairs lounge, amenities and pool area

I didn’t get to use the hotel pool because of my conference schedule, but I did take a quick peak and took some pictures along with the reception areas. The pool is nice and quiet and a perfect way to end a busy day touring all the attractions around the city. The reception and lounge areas have a variety of seating areas to relax or meet casually with friends. There’s also the premiere restaurant located one the main floor, but I didn’t get a chance to have a meal there due to a tight conference schedule.

Sunrise fronting the Temple of Zeus, at the Royal Olympic Hotel

Sunrise fronting the Temple of Zeus, at the Royal Olympic Hotel

Summary

I cannot say how wonderful my stay was and how excellent the accommodations were. My room was very comfortable and so large, I can’t get over how amazing the views were and the elegant room. Even the turn-down service with all the lights turned on at night raised the experience. I’m so impressed with the service and attention to detail and cleanliness. Needless to say, if you want to be located central in the historic district, this is exactly the right place to be. I can’t express how exceptional the stay is at the Royal Olympic and would welcome staying in Athens at this fine hotel. Royal Olympic is a member of Great Hotels of the World Luxury Collection.

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Thank you for hosting my stay at the Royal Olympic, all thoughts and opinions are my own and I enjoyed my stay and would recommend others looking for an exceptional stay to visit Athens to consider this hotel.

 

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13 Responses to A stay at the Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel December 28, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    What a fantastic view… and that bathroom! Your sunrise photo of the ruins is beautiful

  2. Lillie December 27, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Wowza! I didn’t know a hotel like that existed! Lovely. I’m a sucker for gorgeous hotels, and this qualifies.

  3. alison December 26, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    What a wonderful view you had from the hotel. This looks like a great place to stay and I think the fact they have a pool to cool off in the hot summer months is key. Thanks for the tour.

  4. Gran Canaria Local December 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    If the conference room offered those beautiful views too, we’d imagine we’d find it difficult to concentrate.

  5. Penny Sadler December 24, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Wow! Those views! And that sunset. I can see why you liked it there.

  6. boutiquetravelblog December 23, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    Sounds fabulous and very grand indeed but what a view from your bedroom. There can’t be many to compare to that in the middle of a city.

  7. anna parker December 23, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    Love that view – we must have walked past the hotel when we went up to the Parthenon. We stayed at the Grande Bretagne when we were there this year, I wouldn’t swap that, but this hotel has the benefit of being a little way away from the central square (which is noisy and so the smart rooms are inwards facing!)

  8. Paul (@luxury__travel) December 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    I stayed at the Intercontinental on my visit earlier this year. Lovely hotel, but the location was not the best IMHO – my view of the Acropolis was lovely, but a little distant. Looks like you had a great view.

  9. Larissa December 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    It looks like a gorgeous place–and very reasonably priced!

  10. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas December 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    What a privileged view! I first went to Athens with a school tour group, and we somehow lucked out with a hotel with awesome views and an enormous pool! Athens itself is incredible, and moreso with a fantastic hotel!

  11. wandering educators December 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    I’d LOVE to stay there – it looks amazing!

  12. Elle | Spain Buddy December 21, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Ooh Athens has been on my bucket list for longer than I care to remember. It’s all the ancient history that appeals to me. Thanks for adding so many photos in your article – I am now dreaming again.
    Merry Christmas
    Elle x

  13. Marilyn Armstrong December 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    That walk in closet is larger and more luxurious than several resorts I’ve wound up staying in 🙂

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