What a cool hotel. I mean, this place has real character! The front desks are cars. My mother, rather accurately, described our room as having a "Lord of the Rings" feel.
The staff was extremely helpful, pleasant, and courteous. Upon arrival, we were upgraded and a porter helped us take our things to our room. We went to happy hour a few times in their chic art deco bar. We were on the cusp of being too late, but the bartender gave us the 2-for-1 special and brought us really nice snacks. No questions.
The breakfast buffet was wonderful. I'm vegetarian, so this could be a major limitation in Greece, but I always looked forward to their breakfast. There is such a variety-fresh fruits, cereals, greek yoghurt, eggs, cheeses, fresh bread, juices, to name a few things-that I think it would be difficult not to find something that you like. My advice- pay the little bit extra and get the breakfast. You won't find anything else in the area that's remotely comparable and honestly, it was so filling, we could eat a very late lunch and be fine.
A lot of reviewers have commented on the area. Yes, we saw shady people, but Athens is a city. There are drugs, prostitutes, and questionable characters. I found it no more threatening that NYC (former residence) and New Haven (current). Like they say, use common sense and you'll be fine!
Classical Baby Grand made our stay in Athens such a pleasure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Athens downtown, Grecotel Pallas Athena is a place where luxury and feeling at home interweave to create a new hospitality experience: an art boutique hotel for luxurious downtown living. This luxury hotel is ideally located in the city’s historical center, next to Athens Town Hall just a short walk from Acropolis and the New Acropolis museum, the old city (Plaka) and most of Athens sights and attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baby Grand Athens
- Hotel Baby Grand
- Baby Grand Hotel Athens