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Hotel Grand Bretagne
Athens, Central Greece, Greece|www.marriott.com|
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Every visiting VIP since 1874 has stayed at this neoclassical landmark opposite the Parliament. The opulent period interiors remain undiminished – from the Beaux-Arts lobby to the moodily-lit cigar bar everything oozes opulence.
Gracious staff glide through the gleaming interiors, tending to the whims of diplomats, celebrities, and CEOs. The small rooftop pool and bar are the height of discreet chic in the heat of summer, while the basement spa, with its marble-lined pool and hamam, is a treat in winter.
Without a doubt, this is the classiest address in the capital, and bang in the heart of town.
The GB occupies a corner of central Syntagma Square, a bustling hub of activity opposite the Parliament (where you can watch the changing of the guard) and the National Gardens.
Lined with cafes, banks and office blocks, Syntagma Square constantly throngs with locals and tourists alike. The Metro is literally on the doorstep and it’s a short walk to the boutiques of Kolonaki, the souvenir shops of Plaka, and the Acropolis.
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