Sitting like a refined lady on Athens’ beautiful Syntagma Square since 1878, the luxurious Hotel Grande Bretagne invites you-in to experience a world of refinement and luxury in Greece’s iconic ancient capital. This incredible property, a member of Starwood Hotels Group, is the only hotel to choose when contemplating hotel options for a stay in Athens. Offering a storied history, beautiful amenities and impeccable service – the Grande Bretagne caters to those who pay attention to the subtle details which take a hotel from good to great.
Entering through the double doors armed by attractive doormen dressed in the hotel’s signature green overcoats, you are instantly taken by the sheer beauty and grandness of the lobby. As staff hustle about catering to the needs of discerning guests, you can’t help but notice the nuances of the room which make it special. Pieces of period furniture dot the marble floors, lush flower arrangements fill every corner and a reception and concierge desk sit quietly in the distance. Directly in front of the entrance a “winter garden” awaits for you to enjoy a moment over high tea with friends or Alexander’s Bar calls for you to sip ouzo over ice late in the evening. There is much to offer in the “heart” of the hotel.
The Grande Bretagne has so much more aside from its beautiful lobby. This property boasts 320 rooms and suites, stunning indoor and outdoor pools, a spa with several sauna and steam experiences, a salon, conference rooms, event spaces and more. “The Cellar” offers an experience for any wine lover, including private chef dinners with over 3,000 bottles at guests’ disposal. The incomparable GB Roof Garden is an ideal place for lunch with views over Athens and the Acropolis. And, Alexander’s Cigar Bar is an intimate and cozy space with a roaring fire, inviting guests-in to experience a late night digestive and smoke. Truthfully, you don’t have to leave the hotel. The dining and activities geared towards relaxation will keep you occupied for days.
The rooms at the Grande Bretagne, from the standard to the suites, all nod to a period of elegance and graciousness. The thread of period furniture marries well with modern conveniences like rain showers, jacuzzi tubs, entertainment systems and more. Staying in a suite means access to your own butler, there to assist you with everything from dinner reservations to a tour of the local shopping district. Whatever your needs, they are met and exceeded. The rooms are comfortable and act as a lovely respite from days exploring the city.
Staying at the Grande Bretagne is a must for anyone who wants to exist in total comfort throughout their stay in Athens. Although the city offers several other hotels in the luxury category – it’s not everyday that you come across a property as truly magical as this one. And, upon departure, when the acts of kindness and service from the staff remain ingrained in your memory, you know you’ve made the best choice in town.