King George Palace, Athens $$$$
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Named for the monarch who used to stay at this hotel during its heyday—along with Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, etc., etc.—this annex to the former palace (now Greece's parliament building) aimed squarely at its old clientele when it did a gut-and-start-again reno in plenty of time for the 2004 Olympics. If obvious opulence is what you crave, this has the works: raw silks and velvets, ornate moldings, chandeliers, gilding, marble—and a private rooftop pool in the royal suite. The skylit Tudor Hall restaurant is a power-dining, expense-account kind of place with nouveau-Greek menus designed by Alain Ducasse and executed with organic produce direct from a farm in Crete. There are fabulous views of the city: top drawer on the top floor.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The King George II is Greek through and through: Greek owned, rooms done up in local antiques and neoclassical moldings, and with stunning vistas of the Acropolis, the Greek parliament building, and Constitution Square. Classical touches in the 102 rooms and suitesinlaid oak herringbone parquet, oil paintings, silk-damask curtains, and raw-silk bedcoverscoexist effortlessly with contemporary ones, including Bang & Olufsen TVs, Internet access, sophisticated lighting, and a minibar kitted out with goodies from Agreco, the nearby luxury grocer that's made a swank cult of rusticity. Tudor Hall, the hotel's restaurant, overlooks the Acropolis and boasts a Greco-French menu by galloping Gallic gourmet Alain Ducasse.2005 Hot List
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