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Grande Bretagne, Athens, Greece

Location: The Hotel Grande Bretagne offers the best location in Athens, within short walking distance from the business centre as well as the fashionable Kolonaki Square with exclusive shopping, entertainment, restaurants and cafes. Also nearby are important museums and the historic and picturesque old quarter of Plaka with tavernas, open air coffee shops and souvenir shops. The Hotel Grande Bretagne is an architectural landmark and the historic grande dame of the city. From many of the rooms and suites, hotel guests can marvel at dramatic views of the Acropolis and the changing of the guards with the famous Ephson guards just under the former palace of the Kings, which is nowadays the Parliament. This is also the place for the botanical gardens called National Gardens, which are worth while visiting. The Hotel is located 27 kilometres (approximately 45 minutes) from Eleftherios Venizelos, the new Athens International Airport. 

History: In 1872, the former residence of a wealthy expatriate Greek was lavishly renovated and converted to a grand class “palace hotel”. Immediately, the Hotel Grande Bretagne was ranked among Europe’s hotel legends. Host to royalty, heads of state, international names in the arts, money and industry, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has and will continue its historic course as the venue of major events. The Grande Bretagne is living history: upon its opening in 1872, the Hotel Grande Bretagne offered guests the comfort and luxury one expected to find exclusively in the most elegant estates and palaces of the era. Following a painstaking restoration, which took place between November 2001 and March 2003, the Hotel Grande Bretagne once again provides the atmosphere and attentive service found only in the most gracious residences in the world. The bathrooms have been meticulously re-furbished with luxurious marble and are well equipped with deluxe amenities. 

Rooms and Suites: Luxurious fabrics and restored antiques personalize the 321 rooms and suites, all newly renovated. Distinctly refined residential elegance is reflected in each of the 59 well-appointed suites, while butlers and staff provide unsurpassed service. All rooms and suites offer the finest appointments: beds are cocoon of pure comfort with multiple pillows and cloud soft douvets, plush bathrobes and slippers. The wall-to-wall marble bathrooms are well designed with fog resistant mirrors, quality amenities and lighted magnifying mirrors. The Royal Suite of the Grande Bretagne offers 400 m2 / 4300 ft2 of elegance, furnished with antiques and original artwork to create an unparalleled atmosphere of comfort and beauty. Located on the 5th floor of the Hotel, the Royal Suite offers a panoramic view of the city including Constitution Square, the Acropolis, the Parliament with the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Lycabettus Hill. 

Restaurants and Bars: A roof top restaurant and bar providing an unsurpassed view of the magnificent Acropolis, Constitution Square, the Parliament, National Gardens, the old Olympic Stadium, and an overall breathtaking view of Athens. The eclectic and imaginative menus offer an array of choices for dinner, or enjoy the view and cocktails from the bar. Elegant with a polished, historic atmosphere and unique gastronomic offerings, the GB Corner transforms lunch and dinner into a special event and a memorable experience. A tranquil oasis in the centre of Athens in the heart of the Hotel Grande Bretagne. The city’s most elegant and relaxing refuge for European breakfast, light lunch, high tea and dinner accompanied with live piano music. The unique 18th century tapestry of Alexander the Great is the focal point of Alexander's Bar. With its warm atmosphere and the walk- in cigar humidor, Alexander's features a unique selection of premium brands, an exquisite selection of cognacs and brandies, and of course, cigars.

Sport and Spa: The Grand Bretagne boasts of two pools: an indoor pool and an outdoor pool at the roof-top with a spectacular view on the Acropolis. Revitalize your energy in the hotel’s fully equipped gym for a perfect beginning to a productive working day. Positioned majestically in Constitution Square, Hotel Grande Bretagne prevails as a timeless masterpiece in craftsmanship and luxury service. Nestled at the heart is the stunning new GB Spa, a new concept in total well-being and the first of its kind in Athens. Cleansing waters, soothing heat, invigorating fitness programs and holistic Spa treatments all combine to create our philosophy of total well-being. Every visit to the GB Spa will be a truly memorable encounter, with its restorative effects lasting long after your departure. After a high-energy workout or a relaxing body treatment in GB Spa, ease back into real life in the beautifully tranquil atrium. Enjoy a variety of freshly prepared juices - ask for the local fresh fruits of the season.
Address Details:
The Grande Bretagne
The Luxury Collection, Starwood Hotels
Constitution Square, Athens 105 63, Greece
Tel.: +30-210-3330 000
Fax: +30-210-3228 034
e-mail: info@grandebretagne.gr
website: www.grandebretagne.gr

Room Rates (in Euro):
Classic Rooms: Single € 550 - € 660 or Double €605 - € 660 
Deluxe Rooms: Single/Double € 660 - € 770 
Junior Suites: Single/Double  € 860 - € 1050 
Deluxe Suites: € 990 - € 1050
Grand Suites: € 1430 - € 1980
Grand Deluxe Suites: € 3195 - € 4190
Presidential Suite: € 8800
Royal Suite: € 14000
(rates are inclusive of Value Added Taxes of 10.16%, American Breakfast €28 p.p., special rates apply for fair periods, please ask for weekend rates)

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