It’s the middle of Autumn and I decided to choose a resort near the Greek capital of Athens to have as my base for the Athens marathon. However I knew before I flew out to Greece that I would not take part in the marathon due to injury but as I already paid for the flights and accommodation at the Dolce Attica, I still came out here and made a long weekend of it.
The Dolce Attica Riviera (which is managed by the Wyndham group) is located about a fifty minute drive from central Athens and about fifteen minutes from the airport. Can’t really say much for the public transport as the location is so remote but there is no trains which come near here. I rented a car as I knew the location was so remote but this is what I needed, I didn’t want many people around me, I wanted peace and quiet and this resort was the answer (maybe in the summer months it is much busier with holiday makers but during my trip, I saw several guests and a conference room packed with business people).
My experience follows in this order, I arrived by car (as mentioned) to which the car park is secure with security guard and barrier. Walked up to check in where the front-of-house staff were very friendly and welcoming, plus spoke excellent English (my Greek is so awful, I don’t even know how to say hello!). Check in was quick and swift and within ten minutes I was entering my room for the four night stay.
No way could I fault this room. I loved the decor but more importantly it had everything I need from a very large comfortable bed, television screen, desk (for my blogging of course), and plenty of storage place for the clothes. The washroom was spotless, clean and spanky and one thing I always check for is the pressure in the shower, hard pressure equals a fantastic scrub down and wash for me. This shower, fantastic!
Another feature I liked about my room was the view. Not the 100% view of the ocean, but I did see the sea plus part of the land to the east of me. Loved waking up this every morning. There is nothing more refreshing than waking up to a perfect sea view on a nice warm sunny day. This feels me with energy and contentment and sets me up for the day.
After waking up and feeling the energy, it is time for breakfast. There was plenty on offer with the buffet breakfast with all types of food on offer, such as the hot food, pastries, omelettes, bread and the usual hot and cold drinks. I just loved sitting outside on the terrace and getting that perfect sea view at the same time.
I have to admit, I didn’t use the hotel restaurant which has an ‘A La Carte’ menu as I was in the capital most of the time but I did check out Aegeo Spa. After a long weekend relaxing and before the flight the next day, it was great to check out the swimming pool with the jacuzzi. It was so late in the day and I forgot to check out the sauna as I was content with staying in the pool. Oppsie!
The resort does have an outside swimming pool but it was closed during the autumn, winter months, to which I noticed as I was heading down to the sea. I loved doing a walk along the rugged coastline here, listening to the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. It was also nice to see a small island opposite the hotel to which has a traditional Greek windmill. A walk to the nearby small town of Brauron took me about thirty minutes (can be done a lot quicker but when one is taking everything in, it takes longer). Here there are a few restaurants and shops.
Overall, my stay here is nice, relaxing and I came away feeling refreshed. There were no problems, staff were excellent (I find that wherever I went in Athens and the local area, the customer service, politeness and friendliness is totally above expectations), and would seriously consider coming back here (hopefully for the next Athens marathon as I really want to tick this course off!). Great stay and still got the views from breakfast in my mind.
A personal note from me – my time at the Dolce Attica Riviera Hotel was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in anyway by the company. The opinions in this post are my own and is totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making my short stay here an enjoyable one.
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