This is a first-rate hotel, with all the facilities one needs. It has a wonderful top-floor eating and drinking space. The service is immaculate.
Our room (708) was on a "butler service" floor and its balcony afforded views of both the Acropolis and Parliament - including the Sunday morning Changing of the Guard, with the, shall we say, interesting, marching steps. The butlers (more female than male, we thought) provided a concierge service - a good one, but no more than that. We did not try them out on bringing a tea tray or breakfast.
The room was well-equipped and kept, but small. There was a shortage of drawer space. We stayed for four nights and frankly if we had brought things for longer, there would not have been enough space.
The hotel's gem (perhaps goldmine would be a better expression) is the 8th floor space. We dined there twice and on each occasion had a table on the veranda. One of you gets the magnificent view of the Acropolis. We also had breakfast there each morning and a cool drink before changing to go out for dinner on another evening. It was busy each time we were there, but the staff dealt with us (and I expect everyone else) courteously, calmly and correctly.
This then is the place to go. I think the butler floor room was unnecessary. I wonder whether I could have paid less to get a larger room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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