The location of the hotel was superb. Our 7th floor room overlooked Syntagma Square and had a view of the Acropolis. Most of the major sites, including the Acropolis, were within walking distance, weather permitting (it was 40degrees while we were there). The rooms were well maintained, albeit dim, and the roof top restaurant where breakfast was served, again had a fantastic view of the Acropolis.
We had one hiccup at the end of our stay. The driver, organized by the hotel, who took us around town the previous day, offered to take us to the airport on our departure day. The flat rate to the airport is 35 euros. He billed us through the hotel for 48 euros and when we inquired, we were told it was because we were being driven specially in a Mercedes and many taxis are not Mercedes and will "not have aircon, have their windows rolled down...". We didn't see any of this during our two day stay in Athens, and many of the taxis waiting outside the hotel were Mercedes. My husband asked a second receptionist about the charge and this time the reply was that the driver had told the butler that he was taking us to several different places before taking us to the airport. The butler did not inform or confirm this with us and we came away questioning the integrity of the hotel staff and wondering whether they were safeguarding the interests of their guests. For this reason, fours stars only from us.
Note that the Greek restaurant in the hotel is only open Monday to Friday. And the pool in the afternoon is crowded so don't count on cooling down there after sightseeing in the morning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With breathtaking views of the famed Acropolis and Parthenon, regal Constitution Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill, or the original Olympic Stadium, the Hotel Grande Bretagne offers unrivaled perspectives of Athens' mythical history. Each of the 320 guest rooms offers enchanting views of the hotel courtyard or a spellbinding panorama of the city's timeless landmarks, while the exquisite interiors pay homage to Greek culture with intricate moldings and classic decor. ... more less
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