This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com.
On Our Way to the Hotel Olympia
For our arrival, we decided to forgo the traditional taxi and use a service called Welcome Pickups. When we arrived at the airport, our driver Falkos waited for us with a sign and a friendly smile. En route he told us about Thessaloniki—its dining district, its university, its historical sites—and took us on a hill behind the city so we could see it spread out before us.
Then we drove down past the walls of the Byzantine fort and into the heart of the city toward our hotel. It was a great way to meet a local and learn about the city, and I highly recommend.
Hotel Olympia—Steps Away from the Civic Center
We arrived at Hotel Olympia in the late afternoon. After a long day of traveling, we felt immediately welcomed by its minimalist style of grays and whites with touches of color and plenty of lounging areas.
After a quick check in, we headed up to our 6th-floor room that featured the same urban chic style with oak parquet flooring, two single beds pushed together (very common in Greece), white against soothing earthy tones, a desk and chair, television, a safety box, fridge, and a contemporary, very cozy marble bathroom.
One of my favorite features of our room soon became the balcony with a view of the activity on the street and the Roman Forum a half block away.