LUXURY CONCIERGE & PRIVATE TRAVEL SERVICES
Hotel Grande Bretagne
Eternal Elegance in the Heart of Europe's Historic Capital
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.
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.
Rooms & Suites
Discover Eternal Elegance in the Heart of Athens
Elegantly appointed and entirely individual, the 320 guestrooms and suites at Hotel Grande Bretagne provide refined living in the heart of Athens. Sumptuous fabrics, original artworks, museum-quality antiques and classic architectural features combine with modern technology to present accommodation that embraces the historic legacy of this dynamic city.
Each guestroom and suite is furnished with The Luxury Collection Bed allowing for restorative sleep to enrich the soul. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer an abundance of natural light and captivating views across Acropolis Hill and Syntagma Square, while opulent en-suite bathrooms provide prime opportunity for pampering.
All rooms and suites come with a well-stocked refreshment center, restorative bottles of water and nightly turndown, as well as flat screen televisions and access to highspeed Wi-Fi. Personalized 24-hour Butler Service and expedited check-in is offered to all 56 suites, alongside guestrooms located on the sixth and seventh floors.
Spa & Fitness
Wellness Spa Therapies & Treatments
Sooth your body and soul with an amazing range of wellness spa therapies and treatments, balance your mind and spirit with a refreshing swim in our indoor pool, and experience the total rejuvenation of your senses in an environment oozing serenity and calm. Welcome to a world of harmony, beauty and recreation, a world of well-being and indulgence, the world of the award-winning GB Spa.
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February 8, 2023 22:56 local time