my boyfriend (now fiance) traveled there over the christmas and new years of 2010/2011. the hotel is utter perfection and it was the trip of a lifetime for us. even though we do a lot of international travel and stay at very nice hotels, nothing seems to compare to this. things get close but we always end up saying "remember the bretagne?" the location....right in the middle of syntagma square, perpedicular to the parliament building with a perfect view of the acropolis off in the distance. the rooftop restaurant is heavenly. the decor is old world style and especially at christmas time, was just breathtaking. our room (junior suite) was extremely spacious with very elegant furnishings. (they upgraded us to the suite as a courtesy upon check-in so don't hestiate to at least ask!) the bed was super comfortable and bathroom spotless. bathroom was spacious as well. the walls seemed completely sound-proof as we very rarely heard noise from any other guests in the hallways. the breakfast was delicious and presented beautifully even when ordered from room service. the turndown service was better than any i'd ever had. housekeeping folded and hung-up any clothes we had lying around each and every day which was fantastic. after long days of sight-seeing, we came "home" to a neat and tidy room which always felt good. now onto the hotel staff and their butler service. each one (they are on a rotating schedule) was professional, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate virtually any request we had. they arranged drivers for us to do sightseeing tours. they recommended restaurants and were always spot-on. they always gave us pointers on how to stay safe in the city and which areas we probably shouldn't go to. alwasy felt like they were looking out for us and took responsibility for our safety and well-being. on the morning of our departure, they pulled us aside and let us know that our flight had been cancelled and had already checked to make sure they could accommodate us for another night. if they didn't pro-actively check on guests' flight status, we would've paid for a cab all the way to the airport only to realize we were stuck and would've had to come all the way back. i would recommend this hotel moreso than any other i've ever stayed at. taking everything into consideration, you simply cannot get much better than this. ENJOY!
- 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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