After a hard couple of weeks sailing around the gorgeous Outer Sporades in the Aegean Sea – I was forced to endure the five star comfort and luxury of what has to be the nicest hotel in Thessaloniki – if not in all of Greece.
The Excelsior. Hands down, I loved this hotel. Everything about it from the smile on Natasha’s face when I walked in to the ultra soft comfort of the mattress in my junior executive suite. A dried fruit snack waiting for me in my room along with a bottle of wine that went way beyond hotel label quality.
The decor was modern, luxurious, and comfortable and while I didn’t have a huge amount of money in my pocket, I was tempted by the beautiful hand crafted gold jewelry displayed tastefully around the lobby. It was that good.
The breakfast buffet had all the usual suspects you find in Greece, Turkey, and Italy (fresh fruit, cucumbers, tomatos, an assortment of cheeses and breads, eggs, tea, coffee, yogurt and more) but it went a step further with smoked salmon, capers, and Turkish bagels (smit).
Not only was the room tasteful and comfortable but they went a step further providing great reading, flat screen plasma TV, and generous discounts at the nearby luxury shops.
There were a couple of things that struck me as I stayed here and really set this hotel apart. The shower products were actually luxury products, not generics thrown into branded hotel bottles or wrappers. When you are paying for quality, you should get quality – like this. Far too often, I’ve stayed in nice hotels and been provided with crappy soap, lotion, or shampoo. These kind of details make a difference.
I loved this hotel. I’ve stayed in a lot of luxury places, but what set this one apart was that what it had in style it matched in comfort. There is definitely nowhere I would rather stay in Thessaloniki. Great staff, great location, great service, great comfort, and great feel. The Excelsior deserves every one of it’s five stars and I have no doubt that their 4-star, The City Hotel lives up to its reputation as well.