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Hotel Grande Bretagne

Hotel Grande Bretagne

The Hotel Grande Bretagne looks proudly over Athens’ bustling central Syntagma Square, as it has since its inception as a private residence in the late 19th century. The property is rich in history. Since its time as a private residence, it has served as the Greek government’s general headquarters, the British HQ after World War II, and the house of the Greek Prime Minister. Today, the hotel’s traditional style recalls this illustrious past. It drips with old-world elegance, as you’ll see from walking across the grand entrance’s black marble floor, past its stately columns.

The rooms all benefit from spacious layouts, even the most basic options, and their decor adopts the same classical style as the rest of the hotel. Some rooms boast views of the Acropolis.

The service is excellent, and facilities abound throughout the property. The choice of dining caters for everything from haute cuisine to a casual poolside snack. A wine library, curated by the hotel’s resident sommelier, keeps wines from around the world. The rooftop pool is a welcome relief in the hot Athenian summers and offers fantastic views over the city, taking in the Acropolis.

Our rating: Deluxe

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The 320 rooms maintain the historical grandeur of the hotel, updated with modern comforts. Traditional drapes and chandeliers, as well as patterned carpets, lend a sense of tradition to the decor. Beds are plush with tufted headboards and down pillows. All the rooms are spacious, and even the most basic options give you space to spread out (which is uncommon for a hotel in central Athens). Your room will include amenities of the highest quality, including luxurious marble bathrooms, coffee and tea-making facilities, and thick, soft robes.


Standing on Syntagma Square in the heart of Athens, the Grande Bretagne benefits from its central location. The main sights of the city are within walking distance, and you have restaurants and shops all around. The Greek Parliament presides in the same square, with the once-royal National Gardens right behind it.

Food and drink

Breakfast in the roof garden is a lavish spread of buffet and à la carte options, which you eat to the backdrop of the Acropolis. Lunch and dinner are served here later in the day. The Winter Garden off the lobby offers a British-style high tea in the afternoons, and the Alexander’s Bar provides evening cocktails. There’s also a bar and grill at the rooftop pool for the summer months - the views from here are amazing.

Facilities and activities

Although it’s small, the rooftop pool is a welcome relief in the heat of summer. The wine library, overseen by the hotel’s sommelier, serves an encyclopedic range of labels. The hotel’s spa contains an indoor pool, a hair salon, a full menu of treatments and a fitness studio.

Our opinion

For us, the Grande Bretagne has it all. If you’re seeking a prestigious name, excellent service, a convenient location, and a wide range of facilities and amenities, the Grande Bretagne is our standout choice.

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