The grande dame of Athens, the Grande Bretagne is the city’s landmark hotel, having played host to notable figures throughout its history. With a central location, a classic, old-world style, and facilities to meet every need, the hotel deserves its lauded status.
Sitting pretty, right behind the sleek, contemporary architecture of the Acropolis Museum in the Koukaki district of Athens, Herodion Hotel revels in its wonderfully convenient location and accompanying views of the Acropolis and Parthenon.
You enter the hotel lobby from a quiet street. This leads to the lounge, one of the hotel’s carefully thought-out public spaces, furnished with plush sofas and dark-wood furniture. Greek olive trees grow out on the sunny roof terrace, where you have a choice of two Jacuzzis and the backdrop of the Acropolis. The Herodion’s rooftop restaurant and bar offers unrivaled views and is open throughout the summer. The atrium bistro serves more casual Greek cuisine on the ground floor, its glass walls and ceiling look out onto the leafy trees and vines behind the hotel.
The 90 rooms are snug but comfortable. Junior suites and superior rooms give you a bit more space, and some rooms have balconies and look onto the Acropolis. All the rooms are decorated with modern furnishings and fitted with marble bathrooms.
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The 90 rooms are small but ample and all decorated in a similar style, with grey and beige tones accented with terracotta and pale parquet flooring. Certain rooms have a balcony with a small table and chairs, so you can sit out in the Greek sunshine. Some also give you views of the nearby Parthenon. The rooms’ modern facilities include a marble bathroom.
Herodion Hotel is well positioned in the Koukaki district of Athens, standing almost directly behind the Acropolis Museum and very close to many of the top historical sights of the city. The leafy, pedestrian Dionysiou Areopagitou street is a two-minute walk away.
Food and drink
The rooftop restaurant and bar offers modern Greek cuisine against views of the Acropolis and opens throughout the summer. The ground-floor Atrium Greek Bistrot sources local, seasonal ingredients for its menu of signature Greek dishes, its glass walls and ceiling looking out onto a leafy greenspace behind the hotel. A buffet breakfast is also served on the ground floor.
Facilities and activities
A roof terrace shaded by olive trees gives you a place to take in the views of the Acropolis and relax in one of the two Jacuzzis.
If you’re in Athens to explore the ancient sites, Herodion’s location at the base of the Acropolis is a major draw. We also loved the views from the roof terrace and restaurant, as well as the friendly service.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A quirky design hotel that artfully incorporates elements of an older property, the New Hotel sits in the heart of Athens and offers distinctive designer style, original food, a tempting spa and sweeping views of the city.
The elegant, modern NJV Athens Plaza is set in the heart of the action in Athens, directly on Syntagma Square. Spacious, well-appointed interiors make this a comfortable option.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
On this half-day privately guided tour, you’ll uncover the history, significance and function of the Athens Acropolis and its crowning glory, the Parthenon. Your time includes a trip to the Acropolis Museum, where the most highly prized sculptures are on display.
An expert guide will lead you around the ruins of ancient Delphi on this full-day tour of one of Greece’s most prestigious archaeological sites. The day ends with a trip to Arachova, a mountain town known for its textiles and cheese.
Sample fresh pies, succulent olives, traditional souvlaki and sweet desserts on a guided half-day walking tour of central Athens with a local guide. You’ll get an introduction to Greek cuisine and culinary techniques as you visit the city’s finest markets, delis and bakeries.
Discover Athens’ powerful street art on a guided tour that throws light on everything from the Greek economic crisis to the power of art to force social change. This half-day tour takes in Athens’ lesser-known districts and most impressive murals.
Offering an insight into Greek myths, beliefs and building methods, this privately guided tour of the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion reveals much about ancient society as well as presenting you with panoramic views from its headland setting.