At the end of a long climbing trip in the Peloponnese, we treated ourselves to a few days at the Electra Metropolis while wandering around Athens.
What a delightful hotel! Our rooms overlooked the Acropolis, which we fell asleep and awoke to each day. It was my son’s first trip to Athens, and this view, while expensive, permeated our visit and provided an ambience and sensitivity to the splendor of the ancient city that was priceless. The bed was amazingly comfortable and the rooms are sound proofed and extremely quiet. Every night produced a long and satisfying slumber after long days of walking the city. The breakfast spread each morning in the rooftop restaurant was an amazing feast. There was no breakfast choice missing in the entire spread that I could see. From omelets to eggs prepared any way you like, to yogurt and fresh fruits, to fresh breads, cakes and croissants, to sausage, bacon, prosciutto, juices of every kind, machiattos, etc., the selections were sumptuous and delicious. When the sad time came for us to check out, we had to catch an early taxi to the airport before breakfast was served upstairs. The friendly concierge arranged for us to have a small breakfast waiting for in the downstairs bar at 5:15 am.
While we greatly enjoyed our visit and will stay here again on our next visit, this is an expensive, luxury hotel and there are one or two things they could do better. The reception staff and most of the other staff, with a few exceptions, were polite and professional, but rather cool and not very welcoming. In my initial interaction with reception, the woman told me that I had not already paid for the room, which I had. It took calling a manager to confirm this, and the receptionist barely registered her error. “Oh. OK.” One exception to the cool staff demeanor was the manager on duty the night before and the morning we left. He was engaging and warm and the hotel would provide and even better experience if it would clone his enthusiasm to the other staff. The hotel greeter and bellmen were also pleasant and helpful, as were the spa staff. Another minor issue is parking. There is none at this hotel - it is at the sister hotel, the Electra Hotel. While that hotel is only a few blocks away, driving there can be a challenge. If a truck is blocking the turn you’re supposed to take (drivers apparently park anywhere in Athens) or if you miss a turn, it can be a harrowing 15-20 minutes to drive to the parking! Driving in Athens can be challenging (hint: rent a small car), especially when tired after a long road trip to get there. Having someone at the hotel park the car would be a welcome service. Another option is to do what we did the next day and drop off your rental in Athens. A car is much more of a liability than a convenience in the city and many rental agencies have drop offs in the city so you don’t have to drive all the way to the airport.
I want to be clear that the few minor points described above did not affect our overall enjoyment during our stay. The pool, sauna, and spa in the basement were very enjoyable. One of the many memorable highlights staying here were cocktails in the roof top bar each evening while enjoying the lit Acropolis a kilometer away, with a stunning beautiful infinity pool bathed in a serene blue light. The Electra Metropolis is centrally located and very convenient walking distance to the ancient sites and innumerable amazing restaurants. Unfortunately, our climbing trip this December/January was cut short by unseasonable rain and snow(!). We will be back for a rematch next fall and when we stay in Athens we will be staying here at the Electra Metropolis.