Steve’s Sojourns – A Place to stay The Grande Bretagne Hotel – Athens
What you have here is one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world. It’s no surprise royalty, Hollywood film stars and anyone else who is anybody stays here when they come to Athens.
It would be difficult to find a better breakfast — indeed a better view— than the Hotel’s Roof Garden. Starting the day with the sun lighting up the Acropolis takes some beating I can tell you.
This is opulence and Edwardian grandeur on a beautiful scale. The small but classic Alexander Bar is a treasure chest of rare malt whiskies and cognacs, you can even watch the changing of the guard below from the terrace. Whilst the snug, clubby Cigar Lounge, secluded away on the first-floor, is a great place for a nightcap.
The 320 rooms and suites marry charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities. The rooms themselves are simply stunning and as you would expect nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff plus you get exclusive use of the seventh floor pool from April to October.
The hotel is smack bang in the centre of Athens, the Syntagma Metro station is right by the hotel entrance, and is thus only a short walk from the Parthenon, the Ancient Agora, the Monastiraki Flea Market, the Lycabettus Hill, and the Original Olympic Stadium, everything you could want to see in fact.
I gave this hotel 9 out of 10 but with rooms starting from around £350 a night I was really glad I was a guest of the Greek Tourist Board. However it’s a fabulous experience. Catch it if you can.