With breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium, our multi-awarded 5 star Athens Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an?unrivaled perspective of Athens' mythical history. Located right in the heart of the city since 1874, our multi-awarded landmark luxury 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 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.

Property Information

Year Built: 1872
Last Renovation: 2003
Floors: 7
Nonsmoking rooms: 320
Suites: 58
Total rooms: 262
Total rooms and suites: 320


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Prices are based on single or double occupancy. You will incur additional charges at the time of check-in for additional room occupants. The Front Desk will verify the age of the guest to determine whether the extra fee would apply.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Kids Stay Free Policy Maximum number of children per paid adult: 0Maximum child age: 12

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 4570 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Pricey comfortable well-located hotel; needs more drawers for clothes storage

    My husband and I stayed here 4 nights in conjunction with our Tauck tour of the Aegean. We liked the hotel’s location in a safe convenient neighborhood. The hotel is across the street from the National Garden and the Changing of the Guards at Parliament. The hotel is midway between areas that interested us. To the west is the Plaka tourist neighborhood of many shops and restaurants. We took a 23 minute walk southwest to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. East of the Grand Bretagne (within a walkable distance) is a higher-end shopping district and several very good museums all lined up along one major street on the north side of the National Garden: the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture (7 minutes walk from the hotel), the Museum of Cycladic Art (9 minutes), the Byzantine and Christian Museum (12 minutes), the War Museum (14 minutes) and the National Gallery (19 minutes). If you choose not to walk, you can easily Uber. The street in front of the hotel is wide enough for Ubers (or tour buses) to load passengers without blocking traffic. Our room was comfortable. Each side of the bed had a night stand with a reading lamp. There was an electrical outlet on each side of the bed, and we had the appropriate adapters for our American electronics. Our room had one upholstered easy chair and one semi-upholstered desk chair. The closet provided a bar for hanging clothes. (As usual we brought supplemental hangers.) Our chief complaint with the room was that it did not have enough drawer space for us both to unpack. My husband unpacked into the 3 very small drawers in the closet. I put my suitcase on the folding luggage rack and mostly lived out of my suitcase. The room had a pretty piece of wood furniture on which the TV rested, but it contained no guest storage space: the top drawer was filled with chips and chocolate for sale, and the refrigerator was filled with drinks for sale. We were able to place items on top of this wood furniture piece. Expecting to do laundry, we had 7 days worth of clothes for our 20 day long vacation. We would have appreciated more drawer space. (When we boarded our cruise after 4 nights at the Grand Bretagne, our small Windstar cruise cabin had better storage.) We enjoyed the tasty breakfasts at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. It had a view of the Acropolis (less than a mile away). I particularly enjoyed the hotel’s first floor lounge, which has small tables with white tablecloths. We had drinks and dessert there twice after dinner. The server brought my teapot and served it gracefully and formally. The dessert was quite tasty. One night three musicians were playing quiet music: a piano, a string bass, and a trumpet. The other night I think we heard a pianist. The music was audible from the lobby. We had an excellent dinner in the hotel’s pricy rooftop dining room. Other nights we walked to three nearby restaurants. The best one was Athenee, where we dined twice. We also liked Old Ithaki. As part of our Tauck tour we had one dinner at the hotel in a private banquet room. The food was very good, but the service was slow. This hotel is expensive. We stayed here because our Tauck tour began here. When we returned to Athens after our cruise, we stayed in a very nice but cheaper hotel (Electra Palace) in the Plaka tourist neighborhood. In a side note, we took a dozen trips with Uber while in Athens, and everything worked perfectly. My destination and credit card were on account so I never had to communicate anything important. The only problem we had was the pickup at the Museum of Cycladic Art: we should have been waiting on the nearby major street instead at the museum entrance on a small side street 100 feet from the major street.

    Jun 12, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful Hotel in a Prime Location with Disappointing Service

    This hotel is in a perfect location and boasts grand, beautiful architecture. However, the staff’s overly commercialized attitude was off-putting. I often felt that I wasn't acknowledged if I wasn't a VIP guest. One particularly uncomfortable experience was when I asked the doorman about the guard change schedule (the performance at the presidential mansion across the street) before entering the hotel. He responded, "Are you staying at the hotel? I cannot help you if you aren't a guest." It felt wrong that they wouldn’t answer a simple question unless you were a guest. Breakfast was chaotic. Despite having around 30 guests, at least 30 wait staff were cluttered around, chatting amongst themselves, and not enhancing the service experience. No one informed us that à la carte options were included in our breakfast until the last day, which was disappointing given the number of staff present doing nothing but blocking the narrow spaces between tables. Upon check-in, we were cramped into a room with three beds despite not requesting it. When we asked for it to be changed, they demanded additional money, falsely claiming we booked a twin room. After much back-and-forth, they finally changed our room but did not prepare it properly; there was no water and towels for only two people. We had to call multiple times to sort things out. Finally, at check-out, they tried to charge us €90 per night for an extra bed, which was included in our package. I had to argue with the clerk to get this rectified, and his attitude was very unpleasant. He snatched the incorrect invoice from my hands right in front of me and ripped it into multiple pieces. It felt very aggressive. Despite its beauty and location, the insincere service and logistical issues made for a frustrating stay.

    Jun 10, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Quiet room in the middle of everything

    Perfect one night stay. Great location for exploring Athens. Very walkable. We had a classic king courtyard view. The room was completely quiet. No noise from anywhere. Have dinner at the rooftop. The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful, especially when we realized we had brought the wrong electrical converters.

    Jun 09, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    FANTASTIC HOTEL- If you like good service no better place to stay!

    The best hotel I have ever stayed with! The staff was absolutely fantastic. It started out as a nightmare. but that was with Marriott corporate itself. My itinerary was accidentally given to another person who ended up canceling my reservation and did not find out until I got to the hotel. This staff went above and beyond to make our stay incredible. I travel over 100 nights a year and have stayed at some great places. From Mohammed to Edi in the butler lounge gave us the royal treatment. From the beautiful rooftop restaurant recently remodeled gave us spectacular views to see the Acropolis during the day and even more spectacular at night. I really enjoyed the cigar lounge and pool during the day. You have a choice of Marriot properties this one by far is the best. Athens is spectacular and the staff is very helpful and informative. This was a great hotel stay and you should not think twice about staying anywhere else. It's extremely close to high end shopping and Olympic Stadium.

    Jun 08, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    It's a no from me.

    The problem here is the price. The GB is currently pricing itself over Eur1000 per night for base rooms. This is in line with the top hotels in Europe, in more expensive cities than Athens. And it isn't delivering at that price. Examples: - staff who turn over dirty place mats at breakfast in front of you - TV screens in the lobby with information for cruise parties - large groups of guests at breakfast in leisure gear with name badges. Ugh. - single sinks, non-fine bed linen, KitKats in the minibar, chunky catering cups in the room, tetrapak water.... - check in staff who don't bother to stand up or smile when you check in - I could go on. It's just painfully unclassy. I am very happy to pay the price - for the right product. This is absolutely not the right product. The staff are nice. The location is good. The pool area is nice. It's a great grand dame hotel. But it just isn't operating at the level to deserve its pricing. So why so expensive. Because it's almost exclusively American guests from who it is 'the best' and a 'Marriott'. So, overall, don't. Go cheaper, less of 'the name'. What a shame, but I guess 'who can blame them?' If Americans will pay it, why not? Just don't fall for it.

    Jun 05, 2024
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