My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights on our honeymoon and definitely have no complaints about the hotel, its spa, or its location. It is located directly in Syntagma Square which is a great central location (bus #95 goes from the airport to Syntagma Square and back-- trip takes about an hour one way depending on traffic, also the Metro runs from the airport, but is currently under construction again, or you can obviously take a taxi). Athen's parliament building, tomb of the unknown soldier, and changing of the guard takes place right next to the hotel (our room overlooked all of this, as well as Syntagma Square which was very nice, but if you can somhow get one of the few rooms with an Acropolis view I'm sure that is 5x as amazing).
I booked this hotel with points+cash through Starwood and think for what we paid it was obviously an amazing deal. They upgraded us to a view of Syntagma Square (if I was Platinum maybe I would have been luckier and gotten the very coveted Acropolis view). Our room was large, comfortable, and very clean. Our bathroom had an AMAZING shower--especially for Europe-- and a very nice bath tub (the room was marble everything). Wherever you end up in the hotel, make sure you either go up for drinks or dinner or sneak up for a peak of the Acropolis at night from the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar. It was amazing all lit up at night. The rooftop pool was nice, but rather cold. it was relaxing to lay out around, though.
My sister got us a couple's massage for a wedding present at the hotel's spa and we cannot say enough about how amazing the spa was. From the perfectly heated salt water pool/whirlpool to the spa massage showers to the foot baths to the differnent saunas (could have spent all day going from the dry ones to the herbal ones, etc). We got to do all of these things together and just had a completely relaxing time before our massage. My husband who didn't think he was a "spa" person has now completely changed his mind and can't wait to find another one (although I think he'll be disappointed after how great this one was).
Don't plan to go out to eat in Syntagma Square (unless maybe you're eating in the hotel's restaurant). The few restaurants there are are quite a dissapointment. There is much better food if you take a short walk (or metro ride). (While in Athens, make sure to try their souvlaki, kebobs, feta, and baklava among other things!) In general when eating in Athens, try to avoid the places that look too touristy or you will definitely be disappointed with the food. Venture a little bit off the beaten path.
My husband and I found the city surprisingly walkable (especially from our hotel). We really didn't take any taxis or busses around the city the entire time we were there (but be prepared for some larger hills, especially around the Acropolis). We did the "Athens Walking Tour" for 3 hrs through viator.com which I definitely think was worth it (goes through the city and then up on the Acropolis, etc-- the cost of the tour does not include your admission), but we wish that the tour had spent a little longer on the Acropolis itself. That being said, we found it very helpful in understand everything around is, and it conveniently met right in the Syntagma metro station.
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- 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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