I think my problem with this hotel was that I had too high expectations?
I stayed here for one night earlier in March. The location is a major asset - right there on Syntagma Square.
As a SPG platinum member I was upgraded to a Deluxe Suite (used SNA), it was a smallish suite, with a sliding door between the living area and the bedroom. The suite was nicely decorated, but the tv-sets were old and small. I think these models were the first LCD-tvs around, with big grey frames and speakers on the sides (hehe). Not very proper for a hotel of this calibre. There was a TV in the bathroom, but it did not work at all. It is not a must to have tvs in the bathroom, but if they do it should work at least. Again, not very proper for a hotel of this calibre. For 300 EUR ++++++++ this is not acceptable. The suite was very comfortable otherwise.
The common areas of the hotel was very beautiful - the bar is magnificent and must be visited. I had some food in the lobby restaurant, but the food was rather plain and not very impressive - the feta cheese was very dry and the meat was tough. Again, dissappointment.
In the basement there is a spa. This is a great place to spend a couple of hours. The changing rooms are wonderful - with completely private showers and Molton Brown amenities (just like in the suites). The pool was wonderful, but my favourite was the many steam rooms - haman, roman bath, steam room, etc, etc...absolutely fantastic.
Great staff in every corner of the hotel.
Great hotel, but needs to put a little more attention to the smaller details.
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- 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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