Electra Palace Hotel
18-20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Greece, 105 57
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, Sightseeing
Best for Food - Expert review of Electra Palace Hotel
This isn’t the kind of hotel I’d normally choose for an indulgent five-star experience. But the Electra Palace makes up for rather uninspired décor in so many ways: a blissfully peaceful location in the heart of the historic centre, a rooftop pool and an award-winning restaurant with dazzling views of the Parthenon, and plentiful, thoroughly professional staff. Not to be confused with the Electra Hotel (owned by the same mini-chain of hotels) on Ermou Street - a decent option if you're on a tighter budget.
Unbeatable: on a tranquil backstreet in the heart of Plaka, the postcard-pretty Old Town of Athens. Safe, convenient, and quiet.
The dated décor in all 102 rooms is conservative/classic: dark wood furniture with heavily patterned upholstery, livened up with prints by Greek artists. Suites have wooden floors and whirlpool baths. Most of the superior rooms and junior suites are in a new wing overlooking the garden. Room on the fifth floor and up have the best views, but unfortunately for non-smokers, the seventh floor is reserved for those that partake. Not all rooms have balconies, so ask for one when you book.
The sparse, gleaming lobby with its crystal chandelier and painted ceilings is less inviting than the rest of the public spaces. The small, strangely endearing Ducktail bar leads onto a peaceful garden with a wooden gazebo, where you can have drinks and snacks. But the rooftop pool bar has much better views, with the Parthenon presiding over the tiled rooftops of Plaka - especially magical by moonlight.
A generous American buffet breakfast, served in the ground-floor Motivo restaurant, includes squeeze your own orange juice. Kids will love the waffle-making machine. Local gourmets have discovered the Electra Roof Garden restaurant, where award-winning chef Yorgos Venieris creates refined Gallic-Greek dishes in very romantic surroundings. The menu changes often, but I was blown away by the sea bass sous-vide with orzo and bottarga and the lamb moussaka. Lemon and vanilla rice pudding even converted this rice-pudding hater.
The basement spa is fairly basic – a handful of exercise machines, a sauna and steam room, and a treatment room. Here therapist Vassia gives good lymphatic drainage massage – great for jetlag or hangovers. The indoor pool (with Jacuzzi) is usually empty – unlike the much busier (and lovelier) rooftop pool.
Don’t be put off by their old-school uniforms and rather jaded air – the staff are invariably helpful and efficient.
An older crowd of both business and leisure travellers. There are lots of connecting rooms, so this is a good choice for families too.
Prices drop considerably outside the peak summer holiday season. There's a surcharge for Acropolis views in high summer. You can log onto the Internet for free for 20 minutes, but watch out for very high rates thereafter.
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- 18-20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, Greece, 105 57
- Free tags / Keywords:
- city centre, swimming pool, Gourmet cuisine
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool