We stayed at the Grande Bretange for 4 nights in May 2009 and really liked this hotel.
Booked on the Starwood website and got a deal for 210 Euro's per night which was considerably lower than their rack rate. Were allocated a Classic room on the 6th floor with a view of the inner courtyard - which was fine for us since I was concerned about noise.
Room: The room was plenty big for the 2 of us and very nicely decorated. The bathroom was huge and had all of the trappings of a 5* place. We were given 2 free bottles of water each day (they were placed in our minibar) and the turndown service was great.
Pools: We used both the outdoor and indoor pools while we were there and both were better than expected. The spa area (where the indoor pool is located) was relaxing - they allocate you a locker - slippers, bathrobe etc when you get down there. It wasnt crowded and sometime we had the whole place to ourselves. The outdoor pool area was also nice with a great view. Had lunch up there one day and the food was very good (I had read reviews and checked out the menus on-line so I wasnt shocked by the prices).
Meals: We had a few meals in the hotel - the breakfast in the outdoor area was great (but expensive). It was a wonderful start to the day to sit out with a view of the Acropolis and sip coffee. I splurged on it while we were in Athens. I will say that the service there was not always great, though. It seemed like the wait staff had too many tables and therefore had difficulty keeping up (as they didn't always respond to requests or fully reset the table). However, we also had dinner and a snack in the restaurant off of the lobby and the service there was excellent. I had the best ice-cream I have every had there - pistachio flavour...yum.
All in all, a great stay. Would recommend it and will definitely stay there again if we are back in Athens.
- 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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