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To Be Recommended

Reviewing: Electra Palace Hotel Athens  |  Rating:
By sarah351 on
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We spent 3 nights here on a recent tour around Attica. We chose the hotel for its proximity to the Plaka and the fact that it is a 5 star. Too many times we have chosen 3 or 4 star hotels in the Med only to discover their standards are far lower than ours, so this time we went for a luxury class hotel. And this hotel does live up to its 5 stars (although when we stayed at the 5 star Sofitel at Athens airport a few days later, the Electra was found retrospectively lacking somewhat, but probably only because the Sofitel is utter luxury and excellence and well worth the money for an extraordinarily comfortable night's stay!).

We would definitely recommend the Electra Palace to anyone. The reception area is like a chic gallery. Probably a complete waste of space, but beautiful and welcoming nonetheless. The air conditioning is a godsend in the summer heat. Breakfast was excellent. The cornflakes were real, the fruit juice was real and even the milk was real and not UHT rubbish. I don't know what it is about the Med, but it's not often we find these ‘real' items on offer, only their pour cousins. The only thing missing from the room was tea and coffee making facilities. Perhaps that's just an English thing, but it would have been welcome, especially given the price we were paying per night.

The hotel's location was perfect for us. Unlike other hotels that announce their closeness to a particular landmark only to have you walking for miles to actually get there, this hotel really is as close as it says to the Acropolis. The Plaka, the shopping and the restaurants are just down the road (turn right out of the hotel, walk a short distance down the road and there you have it). The Acropolis was a short distance away (and, if you get a chance during your stay, have dinner at a taverna called Strofi - the view of the Acropolis lit up is just spectacular from their terrace).

We didn't get a room with a view of the Acropolis. I wasn't going to pay extra to see it when it's visible from pretty much everywhere when you step outside the hotel. And who goes to Athens to sit in a hotel all day? Save the extra money and use it to buy all those good and cheap products on offer in the streets outside!