Although the Hotel Europa is part of the worldwide Best Western hotel consortium, it is family-managed and certainly does not feel like a chain hotel. It is set between modern Olympia and the ancient ruins (which are within walking distance), on a hillside among vineyards, olive groves and gentle, fertile countryside.
The lobby is attractively designed, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and has a flagstone floor. The well-furnished rooms are in wings leading off the main building, and the view and location more than make up for any lack of character. Some rooms are split-level, with the bed on a lower level.
The restaurant, which has panoramic views, is the best in Olympia, with a menu which features locally grown and organic produce. The gardens are lush and well laid out, surrounding a full-sized swimming pool. In short, there is no doubt that the Europe is by far the best place to stay when visiting Olympia, and not only does it have all the amenities, but it is also reasonably priced. ‘Et in Arcadia ego’, to quote the poet.