Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

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Welcome to Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

ETERNAL ELEGANCE

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. Located right in the heart of the city since 1874, the multi-awarded landmark hotel is within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district. With meticulous attention to detail, the 320 rooms and suites marry charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities, whereas the 58 suites enjoy additional benefits including personalized Butler Service. Visit the picturesque GB Roof Garden Restaurant for the finest Mediterranean cuisine or the Winter Garden for an afternoon high tea and do not miss the GB Spa for a signature massage, beauty treatment or an indulgent respite in the thermal Suite. Meet our Concierge team members, who stand ready to unlock the secret treasures of Athens.

Rooms & Suites

Eternal Elegance in the Heart of Europe's Historic Capital

A Unique and Luxurious Retreat

The only Royal Suite in Athens, and located on the fifth floor, the sprawling one-bedroom, two-bathroom Royal Suite encompasses over 400 magnificent square meters, while its many windows frame iconic views of Athens.

Royal Suite - Bathroom

History and Heritage

Situated right in the heart of the city since 1874, the landmark hotel is an important part of the history of Athens. When the Olympic Games were revived for the first time in 1896, the Hotel Grande Bretagne was the official host of foreign missions, diplomats, statesmen, political figures and royalty.

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After the Ottoman fall in 1830, Athens began to attract a new type of visitor—wealthy Greeks from the “Diaspora” intent on reclaiming their ancestral heritage. Among these, Antonis Dimitrios returned in 1842 to start a business. He acquired a plot of land opposite the Palace of King Otto and commissioned Athens’ first “Stadtpalais”—a majestic residence that reflected the refined city lifestyle enjoyed in London and Paris. His impressive 90-room mansion was the first incarnation of today’s hotel.

The hotelier Savvas Kentros purchased the former Dimitriou home with Efstathios Lampsas in 1874, and with a staggering loan of 800,000 drachmas, transformed it into the Hotel Grande Bretagne. With its unprecedented opulence, the glittering hotel was heralded as Athens’ finest.

When Greece fell to Nazi occupation in 1941, the hotel was turned into headquarters of the Third Reich. At the end of World War II, the unrest continued as civil war erupted between the communist resistance and the Greek Army. The Hotel Grande Bretagne housed scores of refugees for years while hosting diplomatic negotiations between George Papandreou and the British delegation, most notably Winston Churchill.

With peace finally restored in 1956, the hotel was able to re-open its doors to the world’s social, political, and economic elite. When the Junta of 1967 collapsed in 1974, Constantine Karamanlis spent four months forming a new government from his fifth-floor suite. That same year, Archbishop Makarios addressed Greece from a second-floor balcony after his near assassination and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

Notable Guests

Given its rich history, it is no wonder that the list of royalty, heads of state, international business tycoons, and celebrities that have stayed at the Hotel Grande Bretagne is endless. To name but a few, leading ladies Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Maria Callas, and Brigitte Bardot all enjoyed the regal treatment in the Royal Suite. Hollywood icons Greta Garbo, Sean Connery, and Francis Ford Coppola have visited repeatedly, while music stars Sting, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jay-Z, and Jose Carreras have resided here while on tour.

Hotel suit with living area and bedroom with king bed.

A Living Museum

Given that within the walls of Hotel Grande Bretagne, history is unveiled through myriads of antiques and art masterpieces, the historic landmark graciously offers its guests a “museum tour”, every Thursday between 17:00 - 18:00, upon request.

Destination Discoveries

In-house guests are guided through the hotel’s history while being led through its rooms and introduced to its antiques and art masterpieces. For more information, please contact our Concierge Desk.

Winter Garden

Live View of Athens

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

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Commitment to Clean

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The Heart of Athens, on Syntagma Square

Located in the heart of the city, the Hotel Grande Bretagne offers the utmost accommodation experience as well as an unrivaled perspective of Athens’ historic heritage, authentic experiences, and indigenous cuisine.

Explore Athens

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.

Walkway on the North Slope of the Acropolis

Renowned for its diverse range of delightful restaurants and variety of international cuisines, Plaka is an enchanting cobblestone neighborhood embracing archeological sites, small tavernas, colorful flower stands and artisan shops. The area is one of many popular spots across this fabled city.

Kallimarmaro Stadium (Panathenaic Stadium)

The first modern Olympic Games were held in the Greek capital in 1896, with 14 countries competing. The Kallimarmaro Stadium was chosen to host the Olympic Games and was the epicenter of the city’s preparations for this major event.

The Changing of the Guards

It is a truly memorable experience to attend the Changing of the Guards. An Evzone will never leave his post unless instructed by a senior officer; they hold the honorable distinction of being the Greek Parliament’s and the Presidential Palace’s guards. Evzones escort the president on foreign visits.

The Perfect Place to Be on a Sunday Morning

The city boasts numerous attractions, however one of the must-visit places in Athens is the world-famous Monastiraki flea market. Here you will discover an array of vibrant, colorful stops and a wide selection of delightful souvenirs and traditional artifacts.

The GB Spa

In the heart of the historic Hotel Grande Bretagne, the multi-awarded GB Spa in Athens welcomes our valued guests with a fresh innovative approach to total well being.

Indoor heated pool with decorative glass ceiling and lounge chairs.

Indoor Pool at The GB Spa

Located at the GB Spa, our indoor pool area welcomes you with its tranquil ambience. An infusion of Aegean hues and sleek design is set in modern tones, but still manages to evoke the classic sensations of the baths of ancient Rome.

Decorative atrium with fountain, marble busts, and palm trees.

Ultimate Relaxation at the Spa Atrium

Invigoration is a feature of our hotel. After a high-energy workout or a relaxing body treatment in the GB Spa, ease back into life in the beautifully serene Atrium just around the corner, where a variety of light refreshments await you.

Couples' spa treatment beds with candles, stones, and towels.

Perfect for Sharing Treatments

Relax and enjoy the company of your partner while savoring one of the hotel’s exceptionally soothing spa treatments. Select from a variety of indulgent signature offerings and massages, for a transcendental experience devoted to pampering and restoration.

Barbershop hair salon with chairs, blow dryers, and hair styling products.

Spa Treatments for Healthy, Beautiful Hair

The Hair Salon is one of a select few in the world that offers customized and five-star spa treatments to improve the strength, health, and texture of your hair. The venue elevates the salon experience to an indulgent new level.

Hair salon with trimming stations, hair washing sinks, and haircare products.

The Barber Salon

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

Awarded Epicurean Experiences

Online Store

Our online store invites extravagance with a selection of indigenous Greek products and flavors. The Hotel Grande Bretagne's sea of treasures implore you to capture a facet of it's historical magic. In-room amenities make products and flavors available as an enhancement to your stay, while spa and beauty products, gift ideas and vouchers indulge guests in every other corner of the world. The gift of giving becomes effortless with gift vouchers for the hotel's spa and award-winning dining venues.

Macaroon pastries in crystal display holders.
Important Details
Worldwide shipping & Order Tracking, Secure payments for all transactions, Free gift wrapping and Return capability up to 15 days.

The Wine Library

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.

Library with long table and chairs next to showcase of wine bottles.

Pool your cinema

: August 29, 2022October 2, 2022

The GB Pool welcomes its honorable guests to a cinema experience.

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Rediscover Greece

: April 21, 2022November 30, 2022

Nourish your senses with an escape to Athens and Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and enjoy a variety of benefits for stays up to 30 November 2022.

GB Roof Garden Restaurant - Breakfast

Athens: Get 10,000 bonus points + free breakfast

: October 1, 2022December 24, 2022

Elevate your stay at our 5-star historic hotel in the heart of Athens, with breathtaking views of the Acropolis and more.

Our Location

Getting Here

Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

1 Vasileos Georgiou A' str., Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, 105 64

Tel: +30 210-3330000
Distance from Property: 35 KM
Phone Number: +30 21-03530000
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Alternate Airport Transportation

Private Car Transfer

Nearby

Subway Station

Syntagma

Train Station

Larissa Station

The Luxury Collection Concierge

We invite you to meet our Chief Concierge Apostolos Papayannakis and the members of his team. Our concierge team stands ready to be of service, dedicated to ensuring that each guest is able to unlock the very best of each destination. Each Luxury Collection Concierge is a bilingual, certified destination expert, proudly wearing the “clef d’or”—the gilt insignia of the celebrated international concierge society—and eager to reveal the secret treasures of Athens and beyond. From dinner reservations at the finest city restaurants to private tours of historical landmarks, our team always performs with efficiency and aplomb. Turn to them for car rentals, limousine service, florist services, theater and sports tickets, directions, general information, and so much more.

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Concierge Recommendations

In addition to such popular attractions as the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Concierge recommends the following as unique places to explore in the local area:

Temple of Zeus

About 700 meters south of Syntagma Square

Ancient Agora

The most well-known agora

Plaka and Monastiraki

The Plaka is a rewarding part of the city for daytime wandering

Lycabettus Hill

A favorite spot for Athenians and visitors to take a stroll

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Butler Service
Butler holding box with box on it in front of the trunk of a car.
Butler Service

More Services

Guests booking rooms and suites on the designated sixth and seventh Butler floor, as well as all suite guests, can savor the exceptional privileges associated with the Butler Service. With an expedited private check-in on the sixth floor, guests will be personally greeted by the Front Office Manager and dedicated team, assisted with immediate needs and offered a welcome refreshment.

The private concierge service, associated with the Butler floor, is on hand to share unrivaled knowledge of all things Athens-related. The team has an impressive network of contacts and enriching experiences, from organizing special event tickets, and private city tours via limousine or helicopter, to accessing exclusive art collections and bespoke dinners served against the backdrop of the Acropolis.

Butler Floor Privileges

Butler Floor Reception is currently closed

Direct Private Check-In and Check-Out on the 6th floor

Welcome Drink upon arrival

Butler & Concierge Services during the stay

Shipping luggage in advance to a destination is the ultimate luxury travel experience. The Luxury Collection’s exclusive partnership with Luggage Forward, the cornerstone of Luggage Liaison, one of our newest signature programs, makes it easy.

The Luxury Collection’s exclusive partnership with Luggage Forward is the cornerstone of Luggage Liaison, one of the newest signature programs. Luggage Liaison, a suite of travel services, also includes luggage storage and unpacking/packing services upon request.

Guests deserve the finest travel experience and Luggage Liaison provides this by eliminating the need to carry luggage to and from the airport, wait in long check-in lines or at baggage claims, or worry about lost luggage. With Luggage Liaison, Hotel Grande Bretagne guests will be able to travel confident that their luggage will be waiting for them upon arrival at Hotel Grande Bretagne. As the exclusive hotel partner of Luggage Forward, The Luxury Collection offers exceptional pricing available only to its guests for door-to-door luggage delivery. Discover the ultimate in luxury travel while collecting Athens' best experiences.

To enjoy this rare pleasure, contact the Luxury Collection Concierge.

Comfort for Our Younger Guests

Hotel Grande Bretagne welcomes children and wishes to make their stay as pleasant and welcoming as possible. An assortment of snacks & meals can be found in the In-room Dining and in all restaurants children's menus. Disposable bottles & high chairs are available upon request. A 50% discount on all laundry and dry-cleaning services applies for children's garments. Professional babysitting services are offered upon request.

Complimentary 24 Hours / 7 Days

A 24-hour center that accommodates professional life with a wide range of expert services. In addition to expert secretarial and translation services available Monday-Friday, guests may also use a selection of state-of-the-art technology to streamline their work projects. Computer technology support also provided.

Since business doesn't stop even when traveling, the Business Center supplies your professional life with a range of expert services, including IT support.

In addition to secretarial & translation services Monday-Friday, a selection of modern technology (fax machines, color copiers, printers & scanners) is also available.

Our Business Center allows guests to work in an efficient environment. In addition to expert secretarial and translation services (Monday - Friday), a selection of state-of-the-art technology—fax machines, color copiers, high-speed printers, and scanners—streamlines work projects round the clock. These services may incur a fee.

Guests may use the provided computers or connect to the hotel’s High-Speed Internet Network via their own laptops. Computer technology support is also provided and guests receive one hour of complimentary use of High-Speed Internet Access in the Business Center.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Hotels Grande Bretagne & King George, as a healthy, proactive and socially responsible organization, place great emphasis on acts that add value to the community. The philosophy of our Corporate Social Responsibility program for our Hotels is based on the below key three pillars of sustainability.

Elegant hotel lobby with chairs  and couches throughout the room.

We have been actively Recycling as of 2006, glass, paper, plastics, lamps, kitchen oil, toners, batteries and electronic equipment.

As participants of the “Green Room” initiative of Marriott International, all Guests are given the option to take part in this program. Being so proactive in regards to the environment has given us the honor of being award the distinguished “Green Key” award.

Our established Environmental Health and Safety Council of the Hotel makes sure that we comply with all local law, EU law, and Marriott International initiatives for the environment.

Our Annual Environment week for our Associates takes place prior to the Annual ‘Earth Hour’with the participation of WWF Hellas in the presentations made to our Associates.

We participated in the Tree Planting- Reforestation initiative organized by the media conglomerate of SKAI for Sunday, 13/03/2011 in the area of Pendeli. Our Hotel offered sandwiches and soup with beans to all the participants & the team of our Hotel planted 150 trees. Our motto for the event was: “Let’s all participate by planting a tree, in order to help the environment and our city”.

As an extension of Marriott International’s community program named: ‘’TOGETHER AS ONE’’, for the first time we organized in 25/10/2015 a beach cleaning in Legrena. Our action took place in collaboration with Medasset. Medasset is a nonprofit organization with its target: the study and protection of sea turtles. On 06/11/2016 we conducted the 2nd beach cleaning in Oropos area and on 23/04/2017 we organized the 3rd Beach Cleaning Activity in Akrotiri in Elliniko.

We use only Ecolab biodegradable chemicals for cleaning purposes throughout the Hotel. These chemicals are 95% biodegradable.

We have installed low wattage, energy saving lighting throughout the Hotel.

We use natural gas for cooking purposes in our kitchens, and also use renewable energy sources wherever possible in the building.

We regularly organize fundraising activities with various local charities, such as, “Hamogelou tou Paidiou”, “Me Agapi”, Doctors without borders”, “Theotokos”, local orphanages, etc.

Twice per year, our Associate’s collect clothes in specially placed bins for the purpose of donating clothing items and books to the homeless shelters of the Municipality of Athens, as well as, the “SOS Children’s Villages”.

Every week we organize and give food portions to the Municipality of Athens for the “Homeless Foundation” and the “Galini Foundation” for Socially Vulnerable Groups. This activity started in 2013 and is ongoing.

We regularly make donations of Hotel equipment that is in storage and no longer required to local orphanages of Athens.

We inform all our Hotel Guests of the specially designed program of Marriott International to support the actions of UNICEF, our “Life is Unique”.

We participate in the “Check Out for Children” program in both our Hotels: Check Out for Children is a partnership between UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization, and Marriott International Hotels & Resorts. The partnership supports UNICEF Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). In 2016 UNICEF & Starwood celebrated 21 years of the COFC partnership and thank guests and employees who together have raised over $35 million to help UNICEF improve the lives of more than 4.5 million children.

Every day 1,400 children die from diseases caused by dirty water or poor sanitation. Yet, just $1 could help provide 9 children with safe drinking water for a month.

Check Out for Children offers guests at participating hotels the opportunity to add $1 to their bill to help UNICEF provide clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for children and families across Africa and the Middle East.

After achieving outstanding results during Sales Blitz Program 2010, a Global Initiative of Marriott International Hotels and Resorts, our Hotel was awarded US$1000.00 as one of the top participating properties.

We decided to donate the US$1000 to UNICEF and its fundraising program.

Also, we give emphasis on local support by obtaining many times our Annual Associate’s Children’s party presents from UNICEF to support their important actions.

We support UNICEF through the international channels of our Marriott International programs, also with the R2A(“Road to Awareness” program. The Road to Awareness is an associate fundraising campaign, which has been making a positive difference to children in the communities Marriott International operates in since 2008. Every year, employees throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East organise fundraising events to help raise funds for UNICEF’s vital work for children. The campaign began when several senior associates at Marriott International decided to take on a cycling challenge in the French Alps in aid of UNICEF. In the six years since associates have raised over $5 million, and the bike ride has continued to be a highlight of the campaign every year.

During the last years (2013-2015) we organized each year a Bike Ride Event in which our Associates participated with their bikes in an Athens city center bike tour, giving the message of volunteerism, team spirit, and sensitivity. Our aim was and is to collect money for UNICEF in order to contribute to their important target. On 06/11/2016 we conducted our 4th Bike Ride in Oropos area and on 23/04/2017 we organized the 5th Bike Ride in Elliniko area.

The last 6 years we support the International Fund for the initiative on prevention of breast cancer through Race for the Cure.

The race takes place every year at Zappeion supported by Alma Zois-The panhellenic women society of breast cancer. Our hotels support financially the society by covering the participation cost of the associates and by donating a symbolic amount for each kilometer run or walk by each of our associates.

The last 2 years we organize with great success a Christmas Bazaar In which they are sold handmade creations of our associates in order to raise money for ‘’Kivotos tou Kosmou’’ and ‘’Faros Tiflon’’. Kivotos tou Kosmou is a nonprofit organization established in 1988 and takes care of abandoned children. This year was the first time where we hosted also handmade creations of ‘’Faros Tiflon, an organization for helping blind people.’’

We organize the “Parents Day” in which every year we invite the Associates Children on Christmas in our Hotel. During this day each child visits the department of its parent in order to see the working environment and they discuss professional guidance. This year, our event was conducted on 21/12/2016.

Every year we invite orphans from the”Children SOS Village” to participate in our Annual Associate Children’s during the Christmas period.

We collaborate with the Hellenic Cancer Association and organize fundraising activities. Furthermore, we take part in the program "Marriott International Associate Relief Fund". The mission of the Marriott International Associate Relief Fund (SARF) is to help ensure safe living conditions for Marriott International and franchise associates after a natural disaster or a large scale act of displacement through the provisions of need-based emergency financial grants.

The SARF is a charitable corporation established by Marriott International Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and financially supported by associates and matching corporate funds. The SARF supports the emergency housing needs of associates who incur a significant loss in property damage as a result of a natural disaster or a large scale act of displacement by providing need-based financial grants.

In 2016 our Hotels participated in a Football Game organized by Astir Palace with a beneficial view the amelioration of the installations and standards of living of "SOS Villages of Vary" and "Xamogelo tou Paidiou."

We hold a bi-annual Blood Donation in cooperation the Aghia Sofia Children’s hospital in order to support our Hotel’s Associate Blood Donation Bank.

We pay close attention to conditions of the workplace, so as to protect our Associates and create a safe working environment for them by adhering to all National Health and Safety standards.

We focus on the Training & Development of all our Associates.

We have a plan on Information and Training through Wellbeing activities with our Associates

We give additional leave days in case of maternity. Our target is to mothers and supports them in order to dedicate more time to their families

We regularly host Parties and Cocktails for our Team, as part of our ongoing internal communication initiatives.

From 2004 and on, as a benefit, we have an addition to the social security system: a Group Medical Insurance program for our employees.

We have introduced a new hypo-allergenic “Pure” room category in our Hotel that has been specifically designed for our highly sensitive Guests.

We conduct a new generation program through an internship program the last years by employing 20-30 people every season.

Property Details

Restaurant

Spa

Fitness Center

Indoor Pool

Outdoor Pool

24 Hour Room Service

Daily Housekeeping

Turndown Service

Meeting Space

Gift Shop

Laundry

Room Service

Wake up Calls

Service Request

Check-in: 3:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

Smoke Free Property

Pet Policy

Pets Not Allowed

Pets are not allowed.

Off-Site Parking

Aegean Parking .5 KM

Additional Parking Information

There are 3 parking lots near by the property in case needed

Policies and Payments

Accepts: Credit Cards

Services

Babysitting

Concierge desk service

Property has elevators

Languages spoken by staff:
English,Greek

For more information about the physical features of our accessible rooms, common areas or special services relating to a specific disability please call +30 210-3330000

Accessible Hotel Features

Property has elevators

Service Animals are Welcome

Accessible Areas with Accessible Routes from Public Entrance

Accessible Entrance to On-Site Pool

Entrance to On-Site Business Center is Accessible

Entrance to On-Site Fitness Center is Accessible

Entrance to On-Site Spa is Accessible

Main Entrance is Accessible

Meeting Spaces are Accessible

Room and Suites Access through the Interior Corridor

Guest Room Accessibility

Accessible Vanities

Adjustable Height Hand-Held Shower Wand

Alarm Clock Telephone Ringers

Bathtub Grab Rails

Deadbolts on Guest Room and Suites Doors

Electronic Room Key

Flashing Door Knockers

Guest Room and Suites Doors Self-Closing

Lever Handles on Guest Room Doors

Lowered Electrical Outlets

Mobility accessible rooms

Non-slip Grab Rails in the Bathroom

Roll-in Shower

Room Windows Open

Safety Chains and/or Latches on Guest Doors

Secondary Locks on Room Windows

Toilet Seat at Wheelchair Height - Toilet for Disabled

Viewports in Guest Room and Suites Doors

Certifications

The Green Key Certified

Footprints

Carbon Footprint : 94.22 kg per room night

Water Footprint : 1060 liters per room night

Environmental Practices

Guest Room Recycling