Overall impression: This is a luxury hotel. Well appointed and maintained. It's best feature is its location. It is close to all the major attractions. The Plaka is within walking distance. The subway station is right next to the building.
Rooms: We are a family of four visiting Athens during summer of 2011. We booked two standard double rooms. The rooms are richly furnished, but quite small. At more than $1000 per night per room, I expected at least a view. What we got is a view of the back window of another hotel room. The TV is still the old style CRT and the remote didn't work. Since I don't watch TV, it is not worth complaining about.
Service: Other than check in/check out, I didn't much direct contat with the staff. Some of staff I passed in the hall way greeted me, others ignored me.
Facilities: the underground pool is outstanding. Clean, cool, and inviting. The outdoor pool on the other hand, was underwhelming.
Breakfast: Excellent, if pricey, breakfast buffet on the rooftop with a view of the Acropolis. Excellent service, good variety of food.
Internet: At rates this hotel charges, internet really should be included. We used the 10 euro a day WiFi. Signal was weak, and speed slow. Random disconnects. There are four free internet terminals next to the lobby. But more often than not, they are already occupied by other guests.
Conclusion: This is a very good hotel. But at $1k a night, I expected more. I would seriously consider coming back in the future, provided I can get a significantly better deal on room rates.
- 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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