We stayed for 2 nights on two different stays at the hotel. It is a beautiful hotel and as a Platinum SPG we got upgraded to a Deluxe Suite - the 2nd time the suite having a nice outdoor patio on the 6th floor. We got a nice bottle of Ouzo on each stay and on the first stay we got a nice bottle of Champagne. Rooms are very nice as is the whole hotel. The roof top patio is very nice as well. The food at dinner on the Roof Garden was ok - some dishes were served cold (i.e. fish). But otherwise it was a nice atmosphere and a nice view and good service. The outdoor pool also looked really nice but we did not have a chance to enjoy.
Overall, we were very satisfied with this hotel - from quality of rooms, service, etc. check in was slow on both occasions -once because they were training but they apologized and were friendly during the process.
My main complaint would be that upon checking out the 2nd time, we asked for a cab to take us to the airport. We had inquired the night before at the front desk as were told the cabs were EUR 35. When we left early that morning, we were told by the bellman and front desk that it was EUR 55 - I told them I had checked the night before and was told EUR 35 but they said it was due to a night premium being applied since we were leaving early - I thought it was weird and I re-stated that I just wanted a regular street taxi and was sure the day before I had been told EUR 35. The bellman took our bags and when we got in the cab, I realize it was one of the hotel cabs - a Mercedes with even the hotel's magazines in the car. I knew we had just gotten ripped off as the bellman got us a hotel cab (which are normally EUR 75 at night time) for a reduced rate instead of a regular outside taxi – I’m sure splitting some of the fees with the driver. It was too late but I felt cheated by the hotel. This would be only my negative on my experience -I would stay again but I would just get my own cab. Also, taking the subway to the airport is very easy, we did this on the first stay - there is one line that is direct between the hotel and airport and would recommend as it is cheap and efficient.
- 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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