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Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Athens, Greece, Europe: The Roof Garden restaurant at the Hotel Grande Bretagne
Syntagma Square
Tel: 800 325 3589
Tel: 30 210 333 0000's insider take:

While some might argue for the Parthenon, more modern types agree that the most enduring luxury address in Athens is this 321-room hotel on Syntagma Square. Storied enough to include Winston Churchill and even Sting on its celebrity guest list, the imposing 1874 neoclassical structure got a rugs-to-rooftop renovation in 2003 that made the new marble bathrooms alone worth the stay. (What, one wonders, would Plato have made of the fog-resistant mirrors?) The service, as you'd expect from a hotel that caters to the jet set, is as good as you'll find in Greece. The most desirable rooms have balconies facing the square, with views of the Acropolis and the daily changing of the guard at the parliament building. For a better view, do as the local gods and goddesses do, and dine on stuffed calamari or a simple grilled steak at the Roof Garden restaurant.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 90.2
  • Design: 91.2
  • Food: 83.6
  • Location: 96.5
  • Rooms: 88.2
  • Service: 91.3
On Constitution Square and within walking distance of the Benaki Museum, this 1874 hotel with "a stone exterior and a grand staircase entrance"looks "like a Greek government building." Public areas' "classic design" includes marble floors and Limoges porcelain. "Large, spacious rooms more than meet expectations." GB Roof Garden has "an extraordinary view of the Acropolis but ordinary food."

(320 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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