Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens $$$$
Concierge.com'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:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.2
- Design: 91.2
- Food: 83.6
- Location: 96.5
- Rooms: 88.2
- Service: 91.3
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2009, 2008, 2007
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