Hotel Grande Bretagne

Athens, Greece

At a Glance

  • Showcasing exquisite cuisine in a myriad of magical settings

  • Fantastic views across Athens' most famous landmarks, including the Acropolis

  • Designs celebrating Greek culture

  • The GB Spa is the perfect retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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The climate in Greece is warm and sunny for the majority of the year with the risk of the odd shower of rain and some cooler periods over the winter. From April/May onwards the weather settles but it can sometimes be cool in the evenings. By mid/end of May, the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August when it can be very hot. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. May to October are particularly pleasurable months.

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Insider's View

A fantastic base to explore the historical city and sites.

The seafood at the Winter Garden restaurant is fantastic and even more enjoyed with the tinkling of the piano player.

After a busy day exploring Athens try the selection of herbal steam rooms and saunas at the GB Spa - the ultimate way to relax!

Every Sunday, enjoy the Parade for the Changing of the Guards outside Parliament just opposite the hotel

Try the flip-flop shaped Tarte au Citron in the rooftop restaurant – it’s amazing!

Enjoy a truly traditional and elegant high tea in the stunning Winter Garden – the sweet treats are amazing!
Indulge yourself with some time basking in the sun at the rooftop pool and enjoy the city views with one of the GB Pool Bar & Grill’s signature dishes

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Description

A city hotel that combines history, culture and breathtaking views; Hotel Grande Bretagne is a five-star haven in Athens' mythical centre. Surrounded by the Acropolis and Syntagma Square, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring this ancient city.

Hotel Grande Bretagne has 320 rooms and suites, all designed with elegant antiques and beautiful old fashioned furniture, many of which have been restored at Christies. A large collection of original artwork adorns the walls and the view from the hotel's rooftop offers a panoramic vista of Athens' historical landmarks, including the iconic Acropolis. All of this beauty and grandeur is accompanied by state-of-the-art facilities and a fantastic GB Spa, which offers signature treatments and massages to help you relax in style.

Other facilities at Hotel Grande Bretagne include an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, which features a pool bar for you to sip cocktails at whilst taking in the breathtaking views of Lycabettus Hill. An indoor swimming pool is available in the GB Spa, as is a gym with personal trainer for those looking to keep active during their holiday.

The Hotel Grande Bretagne is also a fantastic option for those who have a passion for gastronomy. With a wide selection of restaurants and bars on offer there is something for every discerning palate. From traditional Mediterranean cuisine with views of the Acropolis to high tea with champagne or inspired cocktails, nothing is too much trouble at the Hotel Grande Bregtane.

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Accommodation

With 320 rooms and suites, this hotel has something to offer everyone. Every room boasts a palatial-sized bathroom, with some offering a separate bath and shower. Butler service is available for all suites, interconnecting rooms are available on request, as are balconies to enjoy the fantastic views that Athens has to offer.

Deluxe Room

Measuring 28 - 36 sqm, Deluxe Rooms are spacious and offer views of the House of Parliament and Lycabettus Hill. Some rooms offer a separate shower and bathtub.

Junior Suite

Junior Suites measure 44 sqm, and offer courtyard views. Junior Suites provide butler service for a personalised and relaxing stay.

Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suites measure a spacious 50 sqm, and boast antique furnishings alongside beautiful artwork. There is a separate living room, and the bathroom provides Acqua di Parma amenities and a double vanity.

Grand Suite

Measuring an average of 60 sqm, Grand Suites offer a separate living area and bedroom. Some suites boast views towards the Acropolis, while all benefit from a separate walk-in closet and double vanity in the bathroom.

Grand Deluxe Suite

Measuring 90 sqm, Grand Deluxe Suites are luxurious spaces with views of Syntagma Square and Athens' Parliament building. There are two bathrooms, each with a steam shower, and the suite benefits from butler service.

Executive Grand Suite

The Executive Grand Suites measure a spacious 70 sqm, and each is decorated with antique furnishings and opulent fabrics.

Presidential Suite

The Presidential Suite is a magnificent space measuring 200 sqm, featuring a large living area and spacious dining area. The suite is decorated opulently and benefits from butler service.

Royal Suite

A unique suite at Hotel Grande Bretagne, the Royal Suite measures 400 sqm and boasts one bedroom and two bathrooms. The suite offers views of the Acropolis, Syntagma Square and Lycabettus Hill.

Childcare

Hotel Grande Bretagne welcomes children of any age. The various restaurants at the hotel offer a wide selection of meals for younger guests, as does the hotel's room service. Special bathroom toiletries can be found in all the rooms and suites, while for the youngest visitors disposable bottles, high chairs, potty seats and safety-designed bed railings can be provided. Professional babysitting services are also available upon request through the hotel concierge.

Facilities

With several restaurants and bars at Hotel Grande Bretagne, there is something for every palate. The Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar offers breathtaking views of the famed Acropolis and for those who fancy a bite to eat during the afternoon, high tea with champagne is served in the Winter Garden City Lounge. Inspired cocktails are available at the fabled Alexander's Bar.

Activities

At Hotel Grande Bretagne, there is plenty on offer to keep all ages entertained. The GB Spa has a range of treatments to pamper and rejuvenate the most discerning of guests. With an opulent variety of signature massages and treatments, a gym, outdoor pool and hotel hair salon, the experienced staff devote themselves to a pampering session like no other. The majestic city of Athens also has plenty to keep the keen culture vulture satisfied, with an enormous array of historical sites, National Gardens and local markets.

Reviews

4

Sierra Obermark (Staff)

This opulent hotel offers spectacular views of the city of Athens and the Acropolis and other ancient sites. Centrally located, shopping, dining, and attractions are only a short walk down the street. With butler service, anything you need is only a phone call away, from pre-purchasing tickets to running you a bath for when you return from a day's exploring. Feel transported to a residence fit for royalty within the city that effortlessly blends city dwelling with ancient architecture.

5

Alice Peal (Staff)

The Hotel Grande Bretagne is the perfect combination of sophistication and grandeur whilst still feeling relaxed and family friendly. Its location is absolutely perfect to explore all that historic Athens has to offer, but with the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. The choice of indoor or rooftop pool gives you the choice of places to relax after a day enjoying the sites and history. The service is impeccable and if you are a big foody, you will love the rooftop restaurant.

4

Robyn Ewart (Staff)

Hotel Grande Bretagne radiates elegance and sophistication - this is old-world luxury at its finest. Surrounded by antique furnishings and beautiful artwork, you'll be transported back in time as soon as you step in to this historic building. Breakfast offers an incredible view of the Acropolis from the rooftop restaurant, while in the hotel's lowest level the GB Spa is the ultimate sanctuary away from the busy streets of Athens. There is a variety of saunas and herbal steam rooms available for complimentary use, and this is the perfect way to relax after a day exploring the city.

4

Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)

The Grand Bretagne is the top of old-school luxury. 5 star in every way; impeccable service, fantastic restaurants and a classic bar accompanied by a piano player, stunning views of the Acropolis and prime location. The spa is amazing, the rooms wonderfully decorated and the rooftop pool is a welcome refreshment from the sun.

Experiences

  • A different taste of Athens

    Join your private guide in a truly tempting tour of Athens, visiting local food shops, traditional bakeries and lively markets to taste a variety of Greek delicacies. From olive oil and honey to souvlaki, this is a real treat for the senses.

  • Athens neighbourhoods tour

    Discover the unique and contrasting neighbourhoods of Athens as you enjoy a walking tour of the city with your private guide. From the Ottoman past to the contemporary architecture, you'll see how this fascinating city has changed over the years.

  • Day trip to Delphi

    Visit the incredible archaeological ruins at Delphi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and sanctuary chosen by Zeus as the centre of the ancient world, and the location of the most important oracles of the classical period.

  • Explore Ancient & modern Athens

    Journey from Ancient to modern-day Athens on a full-day walking tour of this fascinating city. You'll visit ancient archaeological sites, discover picturesque neighbourhoods and enjoy some of Athens' most delicious street food as you explore.

  • Greek mythology at the Acropolis

    Discover the world of ancient Greek mythology during a visit to the Acropolis with a private guide. A fantastic experience for families where children can learn about Greek history through exciting stories and fascinating legends.

  • Hiking Mount Olympus

    Led by a member of Greece’s first Everest Expedition team, climb the spectacular Mount Olympus, home of the Greek Gods. Admire the spectacular views as you make the ascent in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

  • Live like an Olympian

    Step back in time and become an Olympic athlete as you learn about the history of the Ancient Olympics, try your hand at some of the classic events and race around Athens' historic Panathenaic Stadium.

  • Tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

    Explore one of the world's most recognised and celebrated monuments, the Acropolis, with your private guide. Discover the history behind this fascinating complex and the legends of Greek mythology that accompany its temples.

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    Athens, Crete & Santorini

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    • Sample delicious snacks and authentic Athenian dishes on a tasting tour of the city
    • Immerse yourself in the traditional Cretan lifestyle with a hands-on cooking class
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    Athens & Costa Navarino

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Location & directions

Athens, Greece

Located in the very heart of Athens, Hotel Grande Bretagne is close to Syntagma Square and the Acropolis.

How to get there

Direct flights from London Heathrow to Athens take just over 3.5 hours with British Airways. Hotel Grande Bretagne is a 40-minute drive from Athens International Airport.

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