The King George is situated in Athens’ prime real estate, Syntagma Square. Built in 1837 by the French architect V.E. Poitrinaeu it was once the residence of the Greek Prime Minister. This refined and exclusive hotel is probably the best in town in terms of classical, understated luxury and tip-top service. Many A-listers such as Madonna have stayed here while visiting Athens (in the Royal Penthouse suite, naturally!), and first impressions tell you why: Once you enter the impressive neoclassical entrance, the staff go out of their way to make your stay seamless.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Syntagma Square is the first place that Greeks gather to voice their disapproval, a rather common practice!
Each room is individually furnished with one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture in the classic style, antique desks, and raw-silk upholstery. Heavy brocade curtains are no more than a decorative flourish, the rooms are soundproofed and their lighting calibrated to the natural light. Rooms on the higher floors at the front of the hotel have views of the Acropolis. Even though basic Wi-Fi is free, for a good high-speed service you will be charged €10 a day.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms on the sixth floor may have a little noise in the morning coming from the breakfast area above.
Bathrooms are finished with marble, bronze, and gold with a Victorian style tub (in some rooms) whilst the frosted glass shower stalls with mother-of-pearl tiles are a nice touch.
Forgotten your overnight bag? Worry not, high-end Molton Brown toiletries are standard.
A grandiose lobby done in marble, mahogany, velvet, leather, and gold trim lures you into a world where antique crystal lamps and elegant antique furniture raise standards of luxury to dizzying heights.
As with the spa, guests can use the indoor swimming pool at The Grande Bretagne. Not particularly ideal.
While there is no on-site spa, all guests can use the excellent spa at the sister hotel, The Grande Bretagne, right next door. This is an experience that should not be missed.
The hotel has a modern, spacious gym. Ask the concierge for a personal trainer if you’d like.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bottled water and fresh fruit are complimentary.
There is an excellent breakfast buffet on the seventh-floor rooftop terrace, which is supplemented with A la carte options making sure your specific needs are met. At the Tudor Hall rooftop restaurant, also on the seventh floor, savor Greco-French delicacies whilst taking in a superb view of the city skyline stretching from the Panathenaic Stadium to the Parthenon.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Tudor Hall has an Elegant Smart Casual dress code; no flip-flops, sandals or shorts are allowed. Make a reservation at tudorhall.gr
The nearest metro station is Syntagma (1-minute walk). Syntagma station has direct trains to and from the airport (45 minutes). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport it will take about 35 minutes, depending on traffic, and it will cost around 35€ during the day and around 55€ at night (00:00-05:30). The airport bus goes to Syntagma Square and takes around 45 minutes (6€ one-way).
Want a healthy meal? The place to go is Avocado (5-minute walk) to enjoy lovely veggie and vegan dishes. Try some of the best sushi in Athens at Sushimou (10-minute walk) for light, expertly crafted dishes, ideal for the sweltering summer months. Enjoy the tastes of Greece at Tzitzikas & Mermigas (3-minute walk), for thoughtfully prepared traditional fare. For a quick bite pop to O Kostas souvlaki (5-minute walk), a small hole in the wall which, according to many, serves the best souvlaki in town (lunch only, no table, but worth it).
Sample Greece’s top wines at Vintage (7-minute walk), considered as one of the best wine-bars in Athens. No night out in town is complete without a stop-over at the Baba Au Rum (10-minute walk), for an expertly made cocktail. On the way there have a drink at trendy Drunk Sinatra (7-minute walk) and take in its '60s retro interior. Feeling adventurous? Try and find the trendy little rooftop bar of Couleur Locale (15-minute walk) with close up views of the Acropolis.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Think sophistication, location, and lashings of luxury. The service, as one would expect at an exclusive establishment such as this, is faultless, you are in safe hands from start to finish. The views from the dining areas are the Athenian highlights that people travel from around the world to see.