Updated on November 22, 2016
Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens
After an awesome stay at the Lufthansa First Class Terminal it was time for our Intra-Europe business class flight to Athens and then check in at our home in Athens for the next two nights at the Radisson Blu!
As many of you know, Radisson Blu’s are part of the Club Carlson hotel group and are generally some of the nicer hotels in that chain. We stayed at one in London that we really loved on Mercer Street a few years ago.
Now this particular Radisson Blu didn’t have any glowing reviews on why we should stay there or some unbelievable location but the price was certainly right! It is 38K Club Carlson points for a night here, and while that’s not necessarily some great deal, it is when you double the value!
The Club Carlson credit card used to be a fantastic deal, and we used its one bonus for 4 nights in London a few years ago. The great part about it was that not only did you get 85K as a bonus, you also got your last night free on any points booking! Apparently this was too good of a deal because they eliminated it about a year ago, BUT before they did, I got one last booking in at this hotel. So really, the 38K points was for 2 nights which makes is a great deal. Katie’s last annual fee on this card was $75 and that comes with 40K points so we essentially paid <$75 for the two nights…WIN.
This hotel is not located within walking distance of the major tourist attraction but it is still very close and a really short subway ride from everything you would want to see.
We had originally wanted to take the train into the city, but lucky us, there was some sort of strike that day so instead we were able to pay twice as much and take a cab…hooray. It was about $30, which isn’t too bad for how far it actually is (about 30 min or so).
On arrival we were warmly greeted by the staff at the desk and saw that it was a pretty unique and fun looking lobby and bar area. As you can see below, it is kind of an eclectic and interesting design style.
After checking in we made our way up to our Superior Room which is slightly bigger than a Standard. Upon entering we found a very basic looking room with a pretty nice view of the near by park and a gift of fruit and wine to welcome us. Katie was still Club Carlson Gold at this time so that may have been the reason for the “upgraded” room and gifts on arrival.
Looking around the room from the front door you find closets and a safe on the left and a good sized bathroom on your right.
Continuing in you find a desk and TV on the left, bed on the right and a table and chairs at the far end of the room in front of the window.
Pretty basic but certainly a good size for Europe and it did have large windows that opened (which I love) and a espresso machine which is a big plus.
Overall, it was a perfectly fine room for us but nothing that I would go out
Now that we have seen the room there are a few other aspects of the hotel which make it unique. First of all there are very interestingly decorated hallways similar tot he rest of the hotel and on one of the lower floors there is a good sized gym and attached sauna.
Next, the unique lobby with restaurant which also had free coffee.
Then, there is a very pricey but actually really good restaurant at the top of the hotel called St’ Astra. The hotel seems to stand taller than the other buildings near by so during dinner you can have great views of the Acropolis! As I mentioned, you will pay for that view with the price of your meal, but the food was actually really good.
Finally, above the restaurant is one last level, the roof. This is where the pool is located as well as a roof top bar. Neither of these were in use at the time we were there because it was a bit chilly that day but it looks like it would be great in warm weather! More great views of the surrounding city and the Acropolis from up there!
How do you get there?
We took a cab on the way there and the subway/train on the way back. There are two stations with in walking distance of the hotel that can take you to the airport or down to the main tourist area with the closest being the Victoria station. Here is the hotel’s description: Take Line 3 Airport-Douk (Plakentias-Monastiraki) to Monastiraki station and then change to Line 1-ISAP (Piraeus-Kifissia) toward Kifissia. Stop at Victoria station, which is only 300 meters from the hotel.
Any good places to eat?
The first night we ate at the restaurant on the top floor which as I said earlier was actually really good and had great views! But as I also mentioned, it was very pricey. So, if you are looking for a much cheaper option I would walk a few blocks to BEAT. It has sandwiches, burgers, french fries, etc. We got food there our second night as we were staying in because Katie wasn’t feeling well and I thought it was actually really good.
This was really a perfect hotel for 2 nights in Athens. It has a very unique style to it which made it pretty interesting as well as a great restaurant and rooftop area which I didn’t see on any of the surrounding buildings. It is also a very short subway ride to everything you would want to see. At 38K points for 2 nights it was a steal, but on a per night cost I think that price is about in line with it’s value as well, maybe a bit high. The rooms are certainly nothing special, and I really think the reason I liked ours so much was simply because of the large windows I could keep open. Overall, I would certainly stay here again, but I don’t think I would go out of my way to pick it by any means. Especially since there didn’t seem to be a ton of great shops, restaurants, attractions that I could just walk out the door and see.
NEXT UP: ATHENS!