More about Olympic Palace Hotel
Pass On This One
We chose this hotel on the basis of it's 4 Star rating and location. We really wanted to stay at the Hotel Electra Palace, but couldn't get rooms for the first few days of our stay in Athens. What a terrible misclassification.
The hotel shows signs of former splendor. The large public areas have furnishings that must have been luxurious at another time. Today they are tired and worn. The rooms were really disappointing. Again, worn, tired, ragged (shredded drapes), and downright depressing are all words I would use to describe the room. The bathroom had plumbing held together with duct tape. If the ancient Greeks could build something as magnificent as the Acropolis, why do the ones working in this hotel need to resort to duct tape?
The staff was surly and unfriendly. They were not inclined to offer any advice or even assistance in an emergency. And our "loss of identity" (see warnings and dangers) surely qualified as an emergency! Don't ask the desk clerk to mail a postcard for you.
I had thought that this property might be refurbished for the 2004 Olympics. But this is apparently not the case, based on reviews from 2005 visits. The best thing about this hotel is its location. It was just couple of blocks to the Plaka. It was also an easy walk to the major squares and shopping area.
Some may enjoy the included breakfast. The huge buffet included lots of (heavy) breakfast items; bacon, eggs, sausages, toast, cereal, fruit, and and endless supply of coffee.
It's So Good We Had to Book Again
My family and I have just returned from a week's holiday in the Olympic Palace hotel in Rhodes. This holiday was the first time my children had been abroad and the first family holiday my husband and I had been on for 16 years! What a fantastic holiday we had we are so impressed with the Olympic Palace that we had not been home 2 weeks (12 days in fact) and we have booked next years holiday for two weeks to this fantastic hotel. The setting of the hotel was fantastic, the staff friendly, the hotel room was clean and the maid service fantasic with clean sheets and towels every day. The swimming pool was fantastic and my son Jack loved the activities around the pool whilst my daughter Emily enjoyed the pool and sunbeds. The food at the Hotel was fantastic and the service excellent as a family we cannot wait to return the Olympic Palace on 25th July 2007.
The Worrell Family from Grimsby
Dated rooms, friendly staff, won't be going agian
We arrived at the olympic palace in the middle of the night, so were very tired from the travelling, when we walked into our room we were greeted with very dated rooms, we got into bed and the beds were very hard, uncomfortable with hard pillows. It didn't take me long to work out that a towell would be better.
The food isn't great, but there is a reasonable selection, therefore most people would be able to find something that they are happy with.
Not everything at the hotel was bad, the staff were friendly, and thew water in the pool was clean.
There really are plenty of options for accommodation on Rhodes so I would recommend that you look elsewhere before booking a holiday at Olympic Palace.
Superb Staff, Dated Rooms
After reading some of the negative reviews of the hotel I think we would be doing the (mostly) fantastic staff of this hotel a disservice by not posting our thoughts.
We enjoyed a pleasant fortnight in the Olympic Palace with my mum and dad in the summer of 2005. The staff throughout the hotel were fantastic (except in the shop), and the facilities were great. The rooftop top bar, with it's views over Ixia and out to sea as night was drawing in will be a memory I will take to my grave. The food was fine, the restraunt staff were helpful and the sea views from our balcony were breath-taking.
There were gripes...
The time-share touts use the entrance to the hotel as their base in Ixia.
Not enough lifts.
The finishing of the hotel room walls seemed to be inside out.
On the plus side...
Go to the Blue Eyes, let the boys look after you.
The hotel's entertainment in the roof-top bar is fine. We were annoyed that in our first week (the Kilmarnock fair) the prices were very reasonable, in our second week as the Glasgow fair started, the prices went through the roof.
There are plenty of nice restaurants in Ixia/Trianda. It is a pity that they are desperate for business as every other hotel in the area seems to be self-catering.
Finally, it is within a short taxi ride of Rhodes old town which is one of the most interesting and delightful places we have ever been.
The reception staff were always helpful whenever we had any dealings with them.
I would recommend the Olympic Palace as a decent base for exploring Rhodes, but if you want 5-star treatment pay the extra for the bigger, plusher hotels just up the street.
Nice hotel if you like to lazy around the pool
I have just returned from a weeks holiday in the Olympic Palace Hotel with my partner. Everything apart from the decor in the room was very good, lots of space in our room on the third floor and the bathroom was very mordern and very spacious. We had a inland room with balcony and it was very dark during the day so it would be worth paying the extra for the seaview although we didn't.
Clean towels and bedding every day which was nice.
We couldn't fault the staff in the hotel as they were all very friendly and very helpful, especially in the dining room.
The pools were very good indeed and we had no problem securing a sunbed around the pool area, however, this may have been different had we gone at a busier time.
Visted Old Rhodes town which was very nice, much better than the New town as the old one had a lot of character. Taxis from the hotel cost 7euros each way.
We hired a Jeep for a few days and went to the Butterfly Valley which cost 5euros but was disappointed as the butterflies were all the same colour.
We travelled around the Island visiting Lindos which was very nice although not suitable for anyone who had problems getting around as it was very hilly and had lots of steps.
Although the hotel was nice we would not stop at the same hotel again as we felt that it was not up to the standards of a 4* hotel.
requested sea view on booking and was disapointed on arrival to be told all sea view rooms must be paid for on booking. requests fall on deaf ears. alternative to sea view rooms are caves, dark dull and dreary. described as deluxe in brouchre but deluxe it is certainly not. massive renovation is needed to brighten this hotel. food is basic and peaches are available at every meal. staff suberb and pools are brilliant, going to the rocky beach is very dangerous as you must cross a busy dual carriagway.if you get there be prepared for a seven euro charge for a sunbed. taxi to rhodes is six euro. cockroaches do visit the rooms although very clean with linen changed daily covering badly stained matress in our room. check before retiring. entertainment very poor in bar on the eight floor.however there is a magnificent view from this bar. better entertainment in pubs outside. would not visit this hotel again, compared with other hotels in the area it certainly needs upgrading.
brochure description very misleading and haveing visited numerous hotels this one is in my opinion not a delightful holiday abode. remember ask for a sea view and pay for it because in rear view rooms your view will be solid rocks,
Get ready for sunbed wars!!!
After reading comments in Trip Advisor, we requested a sea view room, on arrival we were told we had to pay 16 euros extra per day for this, which we did! The room was large, in need of updating, with a large balcony with lovely views of the sea and on a clear day Turkey. The beds (all single), were rock hard, my son commented like sleeping on a brick! We were on the 4th floor, and the air conditioning didn't work very well so we spent 4 out of the 7 nights putting our beds on the balcony, as it had a lovely breeze!
My husband woke up at 6am, on our first morning, looked over the balcony to see a lot of the guest,(some in their pj's), putting out their towels to reserve them! The fun and games had started! During our week we noticed, and by talking to other guests, some people set their alarm clocks to reserve their sunbeds, some reserve them and go off for hours,( I noted one day 7 hours!) and by 8am, forget it no sunbeds left! We rented sunbeds on the beach opposite for 14 euros, but on our last day I hated myself as I was determined to have beds by the pool, and I too went down at 6.30 to reserve them. I must say that I did give one away to a family of 4 with a disabled child! Be prepared for getting up early if you stay here!!
The hotel staff are friendly and helpful, the hotel is clean but not 4 star plus!! If you're an early riser then this is the hotel for you!
Handy hint, don't book the trips through the reps, go to the Old Town(which is lovely) and book the boats to Lindos, Symi (etc)yourself, you'll save alot!
Loads of things to doo, we stayed in ixia which is quite quiet but Rhodes town isn't that far away and there is a bus outside hotel which takes you or the taxis aren't that expensive. We went on a trip to lindos wasn't that good we stayed on beach all day didn't want to walk up the hill and thought the donkey ride was cruel, can't really see the whole on lindos in a day, me and my cousins had a pretty awesome time though met loads of new people, spent most of our time in the cabelleroo bar. :D which is just left of the hotel.
Overall it was a really good hotel Olympic palace, and the bars were really family orientated so if you want the lively scene rhodes town would be better. :D
I'm putting this stolen photo (sorry Ingo) as a place holder until I find my scanned Greece photos.
There are so many excellent Greece pages here that I can't add anything amazing, except a few great photos of Delphi, Meteora and my travelogue of our once in a lifetime sailing adventure, I will leave Athens to some of the excellent VT contributors who live there!
For my part:
The 10 Best Things about Athens
* The First Greek Salad
* Hotel Electra Palace
* The roof garden at Hotel Electra Palace
* Caffe Freddo (YUM!)
* Calamari Fritte
* Cheap cab fares (so why do they have to cheat you?)
* The Plaka on Saturday night
* Greek Dancing
* Greek Red Wine
The 10 Worst Things about Athens
* The Tenth Greek Salad
* November 17 Terrorists
* The Taxi Cab and the Taverna Scam
* The Athens Police Station
* The 4 Billion Tourists at the Accropolis
* The Olympic Palace Hotel
* Rotary Dial Phones
* Noise and Dirt
Olympic palace hotel.