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“The very best quality hotel in Athens. Back to old-time luxury!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Vas. Georgiou A' 1 | Constitution Square, Athens 10563, Greece   |  
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Ranked #5 of 324 hotels in Athens
Athens, Greece
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“The very best quality hotel in Athens. Back to old-time luxury!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

In the very heart of Athens, an aristocratic hotel with exquisite rooms as well as a wide variety of dining and wining options. Three stand out for me: (a) the Winter Garden that transports one to an English palace (the afternoon low tea being a fitting option), (b) GB Corner with its lovely atmosphere and classic dishes, and (c) the rooftop restaurant and bar for a drink or a meal/dinner with a view of Acropolis, the Greek Parliament and Syntagma square. The lobby is another pleasant surprise when waiting for one's friends to arrive (one never needs to wait for a taxi). A different yet unforgettable experience every time one visits Grande Bretagne, either alone or with friends!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Htl_Grande_Bretagne, Manager at Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for writing your feedback after your recent stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. How nice to read that you enjoyed so many facets of your stay! We are looking forward to welcome you back on your next visit to Athens and pleasantly surprise you once more.
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed at the Grande Bretagne after a cruise in April 2012. The Hotel is a beautiful classic in a perfect location overlooking Syntagma Square. Most areas of Athens that are of interest to tourists are in walking distance or short cab ride. The interior is indicative of its position as the premier hotel in Athens for over a hundred years. The lobby is grandly furnished, as are the rooms. The staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful.
Our room - #706- I believe a deluxe room, while not extremely large, was beautifully furnished with a balcony with an astounding view. The bathroom was elegant.
The top floor has an open air restaurant with the same fantastic view of Athens and a swimming pool.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Htl_Grande_Bretagne, Manager at Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for posting your comments after your recent stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. We are delighted you had an enjoyable time with us and look forward to welcome you back in the near future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

An incredibly beautiful hotel. The decadence and grandeur are hard to get over. Every time you return to the hotel and walk through the marble clad lobby you almost feel that you are staying in a palace. The service, facilities and location are also unbeatable. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is stunning, the lobby, lobby bar, the rooms and then the rooftop! OMG! The view, the bar, the pool, lunch, dinner or drinks this is the definition of world class! When it is 100 degrees out side during the mid day stay in or by the pool and have a lovely lunch. Early mornings and evenings are for adventure out of the hotel but the mid day is all Grande Bretagne. Dinner and cocktails at sunset is the place to be. I hate gush but when something is this good I have to!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Htl_Grande_Bretagne, Manager at Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback after your recent stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. We couldn’t be more delighted upon reading such riveting comments and do hope to welcome you back when you are next in Athens.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is by far the most sumptuous hotel I have ever stayed in. The style is indeed "grand," with tons of polished marble, gorgeous mosaic floors, plush and beautiful carpets, extensive architectural finish on the walls, stairways, etc. Very posh.

The high tea (complementary for our stay, for some reason) was excellent, no cutting corners here. Superb scones and clotted cream, little sandwiches, and perfect tiny pastries, along with very good tea. As the other commentators have noted, breakfast is hard to beat. First, it is in the roof-garden with a view of the Acropolis! Second, the selection is extensive, probably 20 kinds of pastries including croissants, spinach pie, and lots of other things. Poached eggs in a little cup! Choices of honey! Wonderful cheeses, hams, yogurts, you name it.
There is also a spa, way more elaborate than most luxury hotels. A very good indoor swimming pool, the best gym I have seen in Europe or Asia, pedi/mani, massages of many kinds. This is a full service spa.
The location is also perfect, right on Constitution Square, across the street from Parliament which is beautifully lit up at night (as is the Acropolis, up the hill).
This is a very hard to top hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Htl_Grande_Bretagne, Manager at Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback after your recent stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. We were delighted to read your positive comments and happy that you enjoyed so many aspects of your stay with us. We look forward to welcome you back on your next visit to Athens.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Location of hotel magnificent. Close, by foot, to all interesting points of the city.Reception persons are professional and very friendly.Rooms are clean and comfortable.Breakfast is of the best quality. In total very positive impression of my stay.
Would come back.
Thank you!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Htl_Grande_Bretagne, Manager at Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for writing your comments after your recent stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. It was lovely to read that you had such a nice time while staying with us and we hope to welcome you back very soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights with my family this past December/January. We had an amazing stay at this hotel, and found the rooms to be amazing and functional and the staff to be extremely helpful.

Location and Restaurants : The location of this hotel is IDEAL: You can walk to the "Plaka" and many other important sights in Athens, there are great shops and restaurants around the corner....including the big department store "Attica" as well as luxury boutiques such as Hermés, Louis Vuitton etc. There are also great cafes in the square in front of the hotel....a great place to have lunch and breakfast. The hotel restaurants and room service are way over priced and not worth it.

The Rooms: The rooms were traditional and modern at the same time. The decor was very old Italian style, with rich colors and antiques. The bathrooms were also very functional and big, allowing you lots of room to get ready. The only issue we had with one of our two connecting rooms was the temperature.....the heating was too much and we could not seem to control the temperature. But overall the rooms were amazing.

The Staff: The staff was INCREDIBLE. We found the concierge to be amazing, a special thanks to "Apostolos", who helped us so much and also printed out our boarding passes and sent them to our room for our flight to Crete.

The Spa/Gym/Pool: I had a few spa treatments at the hotel spa, and although the treatments were amazing and the staff was great, they were over priced compared to what I've paid for similar treatments in similar hotels all over Europe. The pool and spa area was nice, would have been good to have more options in the men's locker room opposed to just co-ed spa choices. The gym was enough, but I was expecting more for such an amazing hotel.

Overall we had an amazing stay at this hotel and I recommend it to everyone and anyone visiting Athens! You will have a delightful and restful stay in Athens!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Vas. Georgiou A' 1 | Constitution Square, Athens 10563, Greece
Location: Greece > Attica > Athens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 324 hotels in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel 5*
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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