A few weeks ago I flew to Athens for several days of sightseeing before joining a cruise in nearby Piraeus. I had not been to Athens before and was pretty excited at the prospect. As is my usual practice, I used Trip Advisor to search for a suitable hotel that fitted my parameters. Location, 5 stars of course and with excellent reviews. Well 2 hotels kept popping up. Hotel Grande Bretagne (A Luxury Collection Hotel) and King George also (A Luxury Collection Hotel). They are part of the Starwood Group, so they had to be good.When staying for several days at a destination, I often book more than one hotel. I love a good hotel and want to experience all it has to offer. As an ex hotel manager, during part of my varied life, hotels hold a fascination.
Entering the lobby was almost like stepping into a regal palace, intricate moldings and classic décor. After friendly and fast check in we headed to our room, but not before partaking of a complimentary cold drink from a table next to check in. Our room was spacious and elegant with a great view overlooking the Square and Parliament House. Some other rooms looked towards the Acropolis.
Situated a short walk from the best shops and famous Plaka, where hundreds of restaurants offering mainly Greek fare, could be experienced. We ate mainly in the hotel restaurants, but had some traditional meals in the nearby eateries. A highlight each morning was breakfast at the rooftop garden restaurant, which offered panoramic views of the nearby Acropolis. A drink or afternoon tea in the ground floor bar area is a must.
This was an outstanding, truly 5 star hotel. One of the world’s best in my opinion.
Suggest a view room, either of Parliament or Acropolis.
Words & Photos: John Pond