Overnight stay at the Royal Hotel - too short!
Posted Oct 12, 2015
Because of our flight timings and subsequent travel arrangements, we needed an overnight stay at a hotel near the airport. The hotel was very helpful and arranged for us to be collected from the airport when we landed at 10.30 pm (we emailed the day before to arrange). The drive to the hotel was 10-15 mins and we were pleasantly surprised when we reached it. The hotel was very smart, the manager was extremely friendly and helpful and we were upgraded to a suite, followed by a complimentary drink at the bar. The rooms were of course excellent. We had a bar meal delivered to our room - good quality. Breakfast the next day was also very good, and the reception team were very helpful organising a taxi for our drive into Thessaloniki. Approx. 30 mins and c 20 euro.
I really wish we had known more about the hotel before we arrived. If we had, we would have scheduled at least an extra day's stay to take full advantage of facilities and hospitality. I wonder how many people, like us, look for a stopover after a late flight and then move on. The quality of this hotel and its fantastic staff deserve more. Having said that, there were quite a few other guests at breakfast, so that was good! If you have a car, this is definitely worth a stopover for a day or two. However, even without a car, taxi access is reasonably priced and I believe there are buses too.