Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

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Eternal Elegance in the Heart of Europe's Historic Capital

Experiences

Europe’s oldest capital and our expert Concierge are delighted to introduce you to the most memorable experience in the luminous city of Athens and its modern and historic treasure troves. With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, the multi-awarded 5-star Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivaled perspective of Athens' mythical history. Situated right in the heart of the city since 1874, the landmark hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums, and the business district. Begin your day with a walk under the Acropolis hill, through unique places such as the New Acropolis Museum, The Ancient Agora, Plaka, and Thission. Keeping these memorable feelings, visit the Monastiraki Flea Market and exceed even your best expectations by taking in the indigenous and authentic flavours of the city of Athens. One minute you’re walking through The Acropolis, the next you

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GB Spa Atrium

GB Spa

Welcome to the multi-awarded GB spa in Athens, Greece, the renowned Hotel Grande Bretagne spa that has lifted the power of well-being to new heights. The GB spa in Athens invites you to embark on a journey of rejuvenation and relaxation.

GB Fitness Studio

Fitness Studio

Outdoor swimming pool.

Swimming

GB Spa Indoor Pool

Mon-Sun: 9:00 AM-9:00 PM

Indoor

Towels provided

Heated

Outdoor Pool - GB Pool Bar

Mon-Sun: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

Outdoor

Towels provided

Lifeguard on Duty

Fitness Studio

Our fitness facility offers a variety of opportunities for an invigorating exercise session while it features an extensive range of cardio & resistance equipment fitted with flat-screen televisions. Expert personal trainers will be glad to assist you optimise a current fitness routine or customise a new regimen.

Treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes in an fitness salon.

Our state-of-the-art Fitness Studio offers a variety of opportunities for an invigorating exercise session. Located at the GB Spa, our Fitness Studio features an extensive range of LifeFitness® cardio and resistance equipment—including treadmills, bicycles, and elliptical machines—fitted with flat screen televisions for private entertainment. Our expert staff of personal trainers is available to help optimize a current fitness routine or customize a new routine. Chilled bottles of water help you maintain peak energy during your workout.

The Fitness Studio is available for hotel guests only

More Spa Services & Amenities

Couples spa treatment beds with therapy stones, towels, and lotions.

ESPA Couple’s Suite

This treatment ritual for two begins in total seclusion with a 20-minute session in the Serail Mud Chamber. Relax as you apply mineral masks to each other’s face and body. Allow the gentle steam to cleanse the skin and gently rinse away the nourishing body masks. Retreat to the couple’s suite for a 55-minute GB Collection Exclusive Massage, side by side. This treatment is available as a gift voucher.

Spa treatment room with beds, waiting chairs, and equipment.

GB Collection Massage

Selection of body oil aromas: LUXURY COLLECTION, HONEY or FIG. Choose the body oil of your preference and enjoy a unique Swedish massage designed to ease tension, relieve stress and promote a general state of well-being. Using a precious mix of local vegetal oils to nourish, regenerate and protect the skin.

Spa Policies
Please schedule appointments at least 48 hours in advance to ensure a preferred treatment or therapist. To reschedule or cancel, please contact the spa 24 hours in advance to avoid a charge. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before a scheduled treatment. Any delays will result in shortened sessions to avoid disruption to other guests. Children 16 years and younger are only permitted to use the indoor pool from 9 am to 2 pm and only when accompanied by an adult. Children are not permitted to use the Thermal Suite or gym area. Please note that all prices are quoted in euros including taxes, do not include gratuities, and may be subject to change.

Hair Spa Salon

The Hair Spa Salon is one of a select few in the world that offers customized spa treatments to improve the strength, health, and texture of each guest’s hair—elevating the salon experience to a decadent new level.

Hair Salon

The idea of creating nurturing spa treatments for the health and beauty of hair was first developed by the Hair Spa Salon’s owner Yianni over a decade ago in Japan. Assimilating the experience of some of the finest hair care professionals in Tokyo, and later in London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, Yianni refined his concept to culminate in the menu of services offered exclusively at his salon at the Hotel Grande Bretagne.

Insisting that all products used at the salon are totally pure, natural, and must tangibly improve the health of guest's hair and scalp, each salon treatment customizes a blend of essential oils, herbs, fresh fruit, and flower extracts.

Unique hair spa treatments may be combined with regular styling or may be enjoyed on their own. Guests may also simply select a wash and cut, or wash and set, while still reaping the benefits of Yianni’s and his staff’s unrivaled experience as hair stylists.

Hair services: Daily, 11 am to 7 pm.
Manicure / Pedicure services: Daily, 11 am to 7 pm.

Kure Bazaar

Kure Bazaar is the leading nail varnish of a new generation; combining the ethics of new, environmentally friendly formula with the vibrant colors of Paris fashion. The exclusive Kure Bazaar formula - up to 90% of which is natural origin based, maintains the vitality of nails by respecting their natural regenerative cycle.

Barber Corner

Meet the most elegant Barber Corner right in the heart of Athens. Hotel Grande Bretagne introduces you to the fascinating ritual of authentic barbering.

GB Hair Spa

The GB Hair Spa is one of the selected few in the world, that offer customized and five star spa treatments to improve the strength, health, and texture of your hair – elevating the salon experience to a decadent new level.

Swimming Pools

Enjoy a refreshing dip in our two sparkling pools, a respite from Athens’ summer sun. Savor poolside refreshments and relax amid fragrant flowers and Cyprus trees.

GB Spa Indoor Pool

The indoor heated pool of the GB Spa is operating throughout the year - Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Located at the GB Spa, the 65 sq. meters indoor pool area evokes the finest tranquil ambiance. An infusion of Aegean hues and sleek design set a contemporary tone that still manages to evoke the classic feeling of the ancient baths of Rome.
Heated to the perfect temperature year round, the deep turquoise water of our indoor swimming pool reflects beautifully off of the white marble walls & flooring.

Maximum capacity: 6 guests

The roof-top outdoor swimming pool provides a cool respite from Athens' summer sun - Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Located on the 7th floor, the 50 sq. meters outdoor pool provides a cool respite from Athens' summer sun. With picture-perfect backdrops of Lycabettus Hill, it's hard to determine which is more gratifying: the refreshing water or the uplifting views. In the warmer months, the adjacent pool bar offers refreshing cocktails, fresh fruit juices & light dishes set amidst a profusion of fragrant flowers and cypress trees.

Open from May until approximately the end of October (weather permitting, for hotel residents only).

Eternal Elegance in the Heart of Europe's Historic Capital

Every Friday at 18:00

Discover Athens on Foot

Our Concierge team has prepared a unique 90 minutes walking tour for the guests of Hotel Grande Bretagne. Discover hidden gems in the heart of Athens, all within walking distance from the hotel. Cost is €35 per person, for 4 min.- 8 max. persons. Contact the GB Concierge for further details. * Kindly be informed that visit to archeological sites is not included in the tour

Exterior shot of the Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens at night.

This city tour of the most important landmarks and sights of Athens including a tour of the Acropolis. Visit the Syntagma metro station with very interesting archaeological artifacts from the daily life of Ancient Athens, the House of the Greek Parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and optionally the changing of the guards. Continue towards the National Garden, the Temple of Zeus, Adrian’s Arch and walk through Plaka district. Enter the Acropolis, to the Sanctuary and Theatre of Dionysus. Visit the Parthenon, the Erectheion, the Propylea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Monument of Agrippa and also the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora, the Observatory, as well as the Philopappos, Mars, and Pnyx hills.

For a maximum of 6 participants, the total cost is €60 per hour. Contact the GB Concierge for further details.

This tour provides an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. You can see the center of the city including Constitution Square, the Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. At the Acropolis you will visit the majestic Parthenon, as well as the New Acropolis Museum.

Contact the GB Concierge for further details.

Visit non-touristic venues where you will experience everyday life and taste Greek delicacies. Enjoy intriguing stories that shaped local culture and cuisine whilst tasting a variety of mouth-watering bites and drinks. Your host takes you on a tasty journey, immersing you into the richness of the Athenian life. Live like a local.

Cost is €129 per person; contact the GB Concierge for further details.

Concierge Desk

Want to schedule a tour? Contact the Concierge Desk. Available 24 hours, the Concierge Team stands ready to be of service seven days a week. Each one is a bilingual, certified destination expert. From dinner reservations to private tours, our team always performs with efficiency and aplomb.

Sightseeing Beyond Athens

Sounion

The drive along the coastal road goes past the countless private coves and lovely beaches of Glyfada and Varkiza. From the comfort of the luxury motorcoach, bask in the splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while heading toward the tip of the Attiki peninsula to Cape Sounion. Here on a clifftop, overhanging the deep green Aegean Sea stands the tour’s ultimate destination—the spectacular Temple of Poseidon, built in the Doric style in 5th century BC as a place of worship to the god of the sea.

Hydra, Poros, and Aegina

Sail for the picturesque island of Hydra, where if you have time at leisure, you can enjoy some strolling, shopping or swimming. In the early afternoon sail for the island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros. Upon arrival in Aegina you can either join the excursion to the Temple of Aphaia or walk around the scenic main town.

Enjoy some lunch, served on board and proceed with sailing to Poros for short visit, before embarking for the sail back to Piraeus Port.

Delphi

The tour includes a visit to the majestic monastery of St. Lukas and Arachova, a beautiful village that maintains its traditional architecture. The visit to Delphi usually lasts for approximately three hours, so that there is enough time to walk around the archaeological site, the museum of Delphi and the streets of the villages.

Argolis, Mycenae & Epidaurus

After traversing the canal of Corinth, which is uniting the Ionian and the Aegean Sea since 1893, you arrive at the ancient site of Mycenaes site, where a detailed guided tour is organized. The next stop is the Quaint of Nafplion, the previous capital of Greece, before Athens. Enjoy a tasteful lunch and possibly some of the best fried asparagus you have ever tasted. After departing from Nafplion, you head towards the famous Ancient Theater of Asklepios at Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Center and you can attend a guided tour of Epidavros, before heading back to Athens.

Ancient Attractions

Witness to Athens’ singular mix of old and new, Hotel Grande Bretagne is a gateway to the vivid sights and sounds that capture the unmatched spirit of Europe’s oldest capital. Located at the corner of the impressive Syntagma Square, the hotel offers uninterrupted views of the Acropolis, while the ritual changing of the Evzone guard in front of the Parliament building occurs virtually on its doorstep. In addition to such celebrated attractions as the Parthenon, the Temple of Poseidon, the National Archeological Museum, and Cape Sounion, we have a number of special nearby places to explore.

Decorative ceiling at Vitraux.

Sightseeing in Athens

Lycabettus Hill

Approximately 300 meters high, this favorite spot among locals and visitors alike boasts superb views and a sense of tranquility amidst the sprawling Athenian cityscape. Intrepid travelers may ascend the hill on foot. The funicular provides an easier alternative.

Thission

One of the most intact temples of ancient Greece is located at one end of the Ancient Agora. First built in 450 BC, the Pnyx, the hill on the west side of the Acropolis, was the meeting and debating venue for the Athenians. Nowadays, Thission is one of the priority choices for an evening walk along its cobblestones and numerous elegant restaurants & bars that set the scene for the perfect city experience.

Ancient Agora

The most famous Agora in Greece is placed right inside the renowned Stoa of Attalos, at the foot of the Acropolis. The spiritual sense of the place where ancient Athenians used to have their everyday commercial and social activities will fill you with a deep desire to buy rare artifacts and miniature models of how the Acropolis and the Agora looked during ancient times.

Zappeion

Zappeion is built between the temple of Olympian Zeus - the largest ancient temple in Greece which was dedicated to the Olympian god Zeus and was being built since the 6th century until 700 years later- and The National Gardens. The Zappeion was once the first building in the world to be constructed in order to serve Olympic needs and is today, one of the most beautiful walks in the heart of Athens.

The First Olympic Stadium of Athens

Also known as Panathenaic Stadium, is situated right opposite the National Gardens’ entrance on Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue. It was built in 330BC and it was the venue to host the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875 as well as the first Modern Olympic Games of 1896. The sparkling marble can still convey the feeling of greatness of the 80.000 Athenians that were and still are able to watch some of the greatest eve

Temple of Zeus

Just 700 meters south of Syntagma Square, the temple's foundations date back to the tyrant Pisistratus in 515 BC. Its graceful columns influenced the development of Corinthian style.

The Acropolis

The New Acropolis Museum was established in 2009 and is named to be one of the highest-profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe for the last decade. Visit its 226.000 sq. meters space, and become proudly part of the city’s greatest and most historic museum.

Live View of Athens

Discover iconic views from our rooftop and get inspired for your next stay at Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens.

Exterior

Hotel Activity Highlights

GB Corner Gifts and Flavors gift shop with food display cases, towels, gift sets, and trinkets.

GB Corner Gifts & Flavors

The most renowned 'corner of Athens' welcomes you to a magic world filled with unique shopping and gift ideas. Explore the authentic selection of GB Products, the Zeus + Dione handmade fashion clothing and an exclusive variety of indigenous delicacies by French Pastry Chef Arnaud Larher.

Banquet dining table with decorative candleholders, wine glasses, and stocked wine shelves.

The Wine Library

The venue for wine connoisseurs in the center of Athens. We proudly introduce you to a unique setting, the Wine Library, located at the mezzanine of the GB Corner at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a distinct “library”, showcasing all the 3.500 wine labels of the historic hotel.

The Lobby Shop

Located on the lobby level, the Gift Shop offers jewelry, clothing and decorative items as well as daily local and international newspapers, magazines, guide books and other sundries. The Gift Shop offers an exclusive selection of products with the hotel's signature. Indigenous marmalades, honeys, body oils, home fragrances & more are included in our private label collection.

Bar 8

The open-air bar overlooks the lush Lycabettus Hill and Athens from above while the relaxed atmosphere turns it into the ultimate place-to-be.

Bar 8

More Area & Activities

Plaka

This enchanting neighborhood embraces archaeological sites nestled next to small ouzerias and tavernas, colorful flower stands, and artisan shops for an authentic flavor of local Athens. The Sunday flea market at Monastiraki Square is well worth a visit.

Psiri

This quarter comes alive when the sun sets—perfect for night owls in search of superb live performances of every kind of music imaginable.

The Monastiraki Flea Market

The perfect place to be at the beginning of a bright Sunday morning. Here, you will be thrilled to walk through colourful shops and find a wide selection of souvenirs and traditional relics to take back home.

Voukourestiou Street

After your morning walks through historic treasure troves enjoy an afternoon visit to the shopping district where the most elegant international brands are being hosted.

Shopping hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm*,

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 am – 9 pm.

*Large shopping malls remain open until 9 pm.

**While most are closed on Sunday, some shops around Plaka and Monastiraki are frequently open.

The National Gardens

Once named “The Royal Gardens” are located right behind the Parliament. Standing at the very entrance of The Garden, one can immediately feel the magnitude of the place which is surrounded by extremely high palm-tress. Hosting a large number of walkways, small lakes, and rich vegetation, this peaceful place will give you the absolute sense of tranquillity even though in the heart of the city centre.

Lycabettus Hill

The Lycabettus Hill is located approximately 300 meters high. This favourite spot among locals and visitors alike boasts superb views and a sense of tranquility amidst the sprawling Athenian landscape. Intrepid travelers may ascend the hill on foot. The funicular is an easier alternative.

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art is a pioneering Museum, one of the very few worldwide that exhibits exclusively drawings and three-dimensional artworks created by children 5 to 14 years old.

 

The Benaki Museum Childhood, Toys and Games Exhibition

The collection includes 20,000 toys, games and childhood items, from antiquity to 1970, originating not only from Greece and the broader Greek world but from Europe, America, Africa and the East as well.

 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

The Stavros Niarchos Park is ideal for children, who can play undisturbed in its playgrounds, but also for all visitors, who will be able to enjoy their leisure walk, exercise or attend concerts, exhibitions, and a multitude of other events.

 

Athens Happy Train Athens Sightseeing

The Athens Happy Train is a toy-like street train that starts its sightseeing tour from Syntagma Square, near the hotel, and Monastiraki Square and follows an amazing route through the historical center of the city, the old neighborhoods and the hill of Acropolis.

 

Cultural Center Hellenic Cosmos The Virtual Reality Theater - Tholos

The interactive shows at the Tholos are a unique experience of immersion into the virtual world. The virtual tours include interactive tours to ancient Greek sites and culture.

 

City Sightseeing Bus: A Tour Through History & Culture

Each tour with the sightseeing buses takes approximately 90 minutes and has a commentary in eleven languages that traces the history and culture of Athens. You can Hop On Hop Off from any one of the 27 stops as many times as you wish.

Long table in front of many cases and shelves of wine bottles.
The Wine Library
Long table in front of many cases and shelves of wine bottles.
The Wine Library

The Wine Library

A new venue opens its doors to wine connoisseurs in the center of Athens. We proudly introduce you to a unique setting, the Wine Library, located at the mezzanine of the GB Corner at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a distinct “library”, showcasing all the 3.500 wine labels of the historic hotel. The impressive 19th – century table serves for private wine tastings and unique wine pairing meetings, while the wines are stored to the appropriate temperature within the eye-catching glassy showcase. Let the Head Sommelier of the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Evangelos Psofidis, introduce you to indigenous Greek and international varieties, as well as propose the wine that exclusively responds to your taste preferences.

Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 45 EUR per person

Greek Wine Masterclass

Learn about indigenous varieties and discover flavors that respond to your palate. Available by reservation only, this 40-minute class must have at least four participants and no more than 14.

Long table with chairs set in front of showcase full of wine bottles

Friday - Wednesday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 5 EUR per glass

Meet the Sommelier

Head Sommelier Evangelos Psofidis will enhance your knowledge of wines as you savor a glass of your preferred variety.

Wine library lounge area with game table and comfortable lounge chairs.

Wine Legends of the World

The Hotel Grande Bretagne opens the doors of its impressive 19th century Wine Library and, with great honor, presents the “Wine Legends of the World”. Evangelos Psofidis, Head Sommelier and Asterios Koustoudis, Executive Chef welcome their international guests, and through a unique wine tasting experience accompanied by the finest gastronomic creations, guide the attendees through the deepest secrets of legendary wine producing regions of the world. Hotel Grande Bretagne Syntagma Square - Athens - 10564 For more information please call +30 210 33 30 737

Chairs and tables next to showcase of many wine bottles.