Indulging in Opulence: Experiencing a Luxurious Stay at Athens' Historic Grand Bretagne Hotel

Hotel Grand Bretagne, Athens In Greece

When it comes to opulent luxury, rich history, breathtaking views, and an impeccable location, Hotel Grand Bretagne in Athens stands as an unrivalled choice. A favourite among Hollywood stars and royalty for decades, this esteemed establishment has amassed numerous awards and rightfully earned its place as one of the city's most cherished gems.

During our search for a five-star hotel to grace our stay before embarking on the renowned Star Clipper cruise, Hotel Grand Bretagne stood out as a top contender. With its awe-inspiring vistas of the iconic Acropolis, the majestic Syntagma Square, the Parliament building, Lycabettus Hill, and the original Olympic Stadium, this hotel offers a unique and unmatched perspective of Athens' legendary history.

Nestled in the heart of the city since its establishment in 1874, the hotel enjoys a convenient proximity to exclusive shopping districts and museums. And if you're feeling adventurous and the weather is accommodating, a stroll to the Acropolis is within reach—though it does involve an uphill climb for a considerable part of the journey. However, local taxis are readily available. We found solace in a beautiful park just a five-minute walk away, adorned with aromatic orange trees that provide welcoming shade and a serene spot for picnics and leisurely reading.

Hotel

Grand Bretagne Interior

The hotel's interior is a visual delight Setting aside its superb location, the interior of the hotel is a feast for the eyes. If you have a fondness for abundant gold, floral motifs, antiques, and art, Hotel Grand Bretagne is nothing short of a paradise. The name truly lives up to its grandeur. Within the walls of this iconic landmark, history unfolds through an array of antiques and art masterpieces. Notably, the hotel even offers a 'museum tour' for its guests, available upon request every Thursday from 5 to 6 pm.

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Following a substantial restoration investment of 82 million euros in 2003, the hotel emerged as a state-of-the-art, five-star reimagining of its former glory. It continues to enchant guests with legendary hospitality and iconic style. The 320 rooms and suites harmoniously blend old-world elegance with modern amenities, a testament to its historical significance.

Room

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Grand Bretagne Room

Elegance and refinement define the rooms and suites The 320 guestrooms and suites at Hotel Grand Bretagne offer a haven of sophistication amidst the bustling heart of Athens. Each space is elegantly appointed and uniquely designed, showcasing a blend of sumptuous fabrics, original artworks, museum-quality antiques, and architectural features that reflect the city's historic legacy. The Luxury Collection Bed in each room ensures a restorative sleep experience.

With floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light floods the space, revealing captivating views of Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square. Lavish en-suite bathrooms invite indulgence, while modern amenities cater to every comfort. Each room and suite is equipped with a well-stocked refreshment centre, complimentary water, nightly turndown service, flat-screen TVs, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Personalized 24-hour butler service and expedited check-in are privileges extended to all 56 suites, as well as guestrooms on the sixth and seventh floors.

For those seeking an extraordinary experience, the Royal Suite beckons. Spanning 400 square meters, this one-bedroom, two-bathroom suite offers unparalleled city views, overlooking Syntagma Square, the Acropolis, the Parliament, and Lycabettus Hill.

Grand Bretagne Bath

The Royal Suite boasts luxurious bathrooms Though every room boasts its unique charm, our deluxe twin guest room with a city view captured our hearts. From this space, we gazed upon these marvels. The rooms feature The Luxury Collection twin beds, adorned with premium Frette linens and a selection of plump pillows.

We appreciated the distinctive touch of hand-picked antiques and original artworks that grace each spacious guestroom. The muted colour palette of cream and taupe, accented by gold highlights and historical details, exudes a timeless elegance. Some rooms even feature balconies, offering a space to savour a coffee while watching the world go by.

The marble en-suite bathrooms transport you to an era of mirrors, marble, and opulence. Spacious and equipped with a generous rainfall shower, double basins, and well-lit vanity mirrors, they provide a luxurious experience. Plush cotton bathrobes, slippers, and Gilchrist and Soames bath products complete the indulgence.

Food

Grand Bretagne Food

The Roof Garden Restaurant offers Mediterranean excellence Perched atop the hotel is the esteemed Roof Garden Restaurant, renowned for offering the finest in Mediterranean cuisine. Executive Chef Asterios Koustoudis and his experienced team craft a symphony of delightful dishes. Our culinary experiences were exceptional—featuring fresh seafood, delectable desserts, and an impressive selection of fine wines.

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The stunning view of the floodlit Acropolis during evening hours is a captivating distraction from the exceptional food. For the best vantage point, opt for a table outside, near the edge, and arrive an hour early to enjoy the outstanding bar that shares these incredible vistas.

A range of dining options awaits, including the Winter Garden, celebrated as one of the city's most elegant havens. This enchanting space offers European breakfasts, light lunches, afternoon teas, and dinners accompanied by live piano music. Don't forget the Pool Bar, serving authentic Greek cuisine, light snacks, and exquisite cocktails.

Spa

Grand Bretagne Pool

The award-winning spa features an inviting indoor pool With a plethora of attractions within the hotel, it's essential to explore its other offerings. We indulged in the expansive rooftop pool and bar area, savouring once again the breathtaking views.

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A stay at the Grand Bretagne isn't complete without a visit to its award-winning spa. Enter a realm of tranquillity in the elegant indoor pool area, reminiscent of the ancient Roman baths. Experience an array of rejuvenating treatments or partake in a workout at the gym.

Overall

Whether you're planning an extended city sojourn or, like us, a brief two-day respite before embarking on a cruise, Hotel Grand Bretagne is an impeccable choice. Its elegance, history, and luxurious offerings create an unforgettable experience.

Fact box

Address: 1 Vasileos Georgiou A’Str, Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece 105 64 Phone: 30-210-3330000 Website: marriott.com

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