Nestled on an unassuming little street in the heart of Plaka, Athens’ quaintest and most historic neighborhoods, the neoclassical-style hotel building is grandiose in a charmingly old-fashioned way. The high professionalism of a well-established Greek chain hotel is pleasantly combined with the upmarket atmosphere and a near complete list of hotel amenities at a fairly reasonable price for the range of services on offer.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Located on an attractive back street close to the area's museums, the renovated guest rooms have ample storage space, and the breakfast is ample for determined urban explorers.
Dark wooden floors and furnishings, luxuriant and elaborate Persian rugs and stylish materials, elegant classical details, comfortable beds and all the technological essentials like Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV make for a sumptuously comfortable stay. Rooms from the fifth floor up have a view of the Acropolis.
The Presidential Suite has access to its own rooftop area with the Acropolis so close you could almost touch it, as well as a small pool; if you are staying there, grab some bubbly and invite your friends for a divine Athenian soiree.
With marble as their main feature, and in most cases the continuation of the brown and cream colour scheme, as well as skylight-style lighting on the ceiling, the classical-style bathrooms are on the ostentatious side and provide designer toiletries.
YOU SHOULD KNOW In some rooms the furniture and bathrooms could do with renewing.
You are immediately immersed into the personality of the hotel upon stepping into the majestic lobby, where cream-colored chaise-longues invite you to rest after your travels as the professional reception staff at the desk with a giant star on the polished marble floor before it sorts out the details.
Dive in, then lie back on a sun lounger and soak up the view of the Parthenon in all its sunlit glory. The rooftop pool is small, so arrive early on busier days like the weekend to grab your spot (closes at 7 p.m.). There is also a pool bar for snacks and drinks. There is also a small indoor pool, handy for when the outdoor pool is closed, like in winter.
In summer you can bask in the sunshine at the outdoor swimming pool as you take in the view of Athens's greatest monument or catch the sunset from the rooftop garden.
In the evening, relax in the steam room in the hotel spa. With an indoor pool, sauna, and top-notch massage and beauty therapies such as The Wish Treatment dreamy four-hands massage, the basement-level wellness area is a great place to be.
The fitness center is equipped with a treadmill, an elliptical trainer, a multi weight machine, free weights and benches.
Much has been said about the hotel’s awarded rooftop restaurant, Electra Roof Garden, and it’s certainly not all about the pleasing views. With a menu centered on innovative Greek and Mediterranean fusion dishes, a lovingly curated wine list and live music events on some nights, it’s definitely worth a try. Motivo, the Electra Palace’s second best restaurant, is inspired by the classic Plaka taverna, serving up traditional-style fare made with high-quality ingredients and flavors.
Before setting out in the morning, fill up with one of the city's best buffet breakfasts--sausage, pancakes, and home fries.
The relaxing and clubhouse-style Ducktail Bar in the garden / lobby area serves classic drinks and a few snacks, and the barman is happy to oblige to more creative requests.
Apart from taxis from and to the Athens International Airport, more lightweight travelers can walk there by getting off either at Syntagma Square or Monastiraki Square metro stations. Monastiraki also connects to the HSAP electric railway that can take you to Piraeus port to catch any boat to the islands within 20 minutes. Plaka itself is a walker’s paradise, full of little and large streets dotted with interesting shops and sights to explore, and from there it’s easy to reach Thisseio, Monastiraki, Syntagma, Acropolis, and the National Garden.
When staying in the heart of Plaka, it’s definitely worth venturing out to try the authentic version of the taverna. Favorites include Platanos, O Psaras, and Scholarcheio (all a 10-minute walk). For a further exploration into the more contemporary Greek dining scene in the immediate area try Daphne’s (10-minute walk), and Asian fusion restaurant Nolan (15-minute walk). For arguably the best souvlaki in town go to Kostas (15-minute walk).
Over recent years Plaka and the nearby Syntagma environs have gone up a few notches in the coolness stakes, gathering the trendiest crowds. Artsy bars like Blue Bird, Ipitou The Bar and Kiki De Grece in the pretty Ipitou Square are just a 3-minute walk away, while at Heteroclito wine bar you’ll find hundreds of Greek labels (5-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location, location, location--but not only. A wonderful base for connecting to Athens’ most fascinating areas and sites, the hotel is luxurious and refined enough for those seeking a sense of prestige without the pretension that often comes with such a place. And the food, service, facilities, views and in-room amenities definitely aspire to match that standard.