Recently visited the Hotel Grande Bretagne – http://www.grandebretagne.gr/ – below is our review for our events clients! For more detail on the review, follow me on Twitter (weblet71)
If you’re planning a trip to Athens for business or pleasure this hotel is delightful. It’s located right opposite the Government Headquarters and in the main city square, it is the city’s leading hotel so you can spot the odd (sometimes literally) celebrity or politician hanging around. Jeremy Irons was there just after we left – we don’t think it was personal!
The quality and appearance of the hotel are breathtaking – we looked around the main ballroom and some smaller conference rooms – they are well equipped to handle any type of event and the service is incredible – perfect for events targeted at senior executives. They have a lovely Spa – and yes, we tested out the massage (heavenly), the pool (wet) and the saunas (hot) – it was a challenge but we’re prepared to make sacrifices for these reviews.
This is a 5 Star Hotel – not cheap but worth every penny. I have stayed in quite a few 5 Star hotels over the years, and this is one of the best. The staff were among the friendliest I have ever met at this type of establishment – without exception they were warm and welcoming .
We had breakfast every morning on the roof terrace overlooking the Acropolis – and it never failed (even after a few croissant) to look amazing. We had dinner in the restaurant one evening and at night it was lit up and you had a real sense of what it would have been like centuries before.
Athens itself was highly interesting – we did the dutiful thing, as we were only there for a few days, and stuck to the main attractions. Zeus’s temple and the Acropolis were, as expected, spine tingling – but then I am a bit of history/architecture geek. I loved the narrow streets and the piles of traditional tavernas squeezed into the many squares – alongside more modern bars and restaurants.
We had dinner at one taverna (Taverna Acropolis – how originabpand had an incredible starter (me: Moussaka, JGC: cheese flan thing) and a mediocre main (kebabs and rice) combined with some jolly lovely Greek Dancing – watch out Mr Flatley.
In summary: I can’t possibly do this place justice – setting out I expected a standard 5 star hotel but this exceeded every expectation. Lovely, lovely people (have I said that enough) and extremely high quality facilities make an unforgettable combination – and even for a short break we felt rejuvinated.
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