St George Lycabettus Hotel
What We Love
- Rooftop pool and bar with awesome views
- Peaceful location in funky Dexameni, but close to city sights and handy for the airport
- Delicious yogurt, piquant olives, honey-soaked pastries and sweet Greek coffee from the breakfast buffet
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What To Know
- The nearest Metro station (Evangelismos) is a steep 10-minute walk from the hotel
- Open-air Frame restaurant-bar and pool is closed October to mid-April
- WiFi is free in the public areas. High-speed Internet in the guestrooms costs an additional $13 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Tucked away behind the upscale cafés and patisseries of Kolonaki, the St. George Lycabettus has been an Athens landmark for more than half a century. But this grande dame wears her years gracefully. Pale marble and gleaming wood preside over the light and airy space, while animal-print-inspired rugs and dark leather armchairs lend a modern touch.
Bed and Bath
From an Acropolis View Room you get great views over the city to (you guessed it) the Acropolis, while Exterior Rooms look out at Mount Lycabettus. Burgundy velvet curtains and chairs, satin spreads and dark leather chairs put a modern twist on the classic look. For the smaller Standard Rooms the designers have gone for walls and fabrics in cool blue tones (the huge vase of lilies is a nice touch). The bathrooms are lavish and gleamingly modern, with mosaic tiles surrounding the tub and multijet shower.
Dine at the stylish La Suite Lounge, on the sixth floor, or in the hotel’s main restaurant, Le Grand Balcon, which serves a lavish buffet breakfast. Later in the day it offers a menu prepared by chef Vassilis Milios that fuses Greek and French influences. Frame, the alfresco restaurant-bar on the ground floor, has been a popular rendezvous for Athenians since it opened in 2002. Meanwhile, the hotel’s own SG Artgallery offers a feast for the eyes, providing a venue for contemporary Greek talents. Or you can relax by the pool with killer views of the Acropolis rising from a sea of modern buildings.
How to Get There
We stayed here while doing some business in Athens for a week. This hotel is on the upper most side of Lycabettus mountain one of the highest points in the city which has some of the best views of Athens and the Parthenon (especially at night) both from the rooms and the restaurant on the top of the hotel. This is a great location since you are very close to the city center - very walkable to Syntagma Square and to the metro. It is also in the Kolonaki area of Athens known for its fashion boutiques and art galleries. One caution on walking is that this is on a steeper hill and can be for some to walk up the streets and stairs back to the hotel - I personally loved the exercise!. That being said, taxis are available everywhere and the average cost runs about 5-7E and you can always get one at the hotel. There are many cafes and restaurants in this area and down at Kolonaki Square.
The hotel staff are wonderful and most helpful. The rooms are modern, comfortable, excellent beds and very good bathrooms. They have good AC/Heating which is important depending on the time of year. However, what the most amazing thing about these rooms is the balcony and view. Our room was on the 2nd floor but we had a spectacular view of the city and the Parthenon - it was wonderful to have our first morning coffee there.
Breakfast is in the restaurant on the top floor, there is a huge selection of food to accommodate most peoples tastes with fresh fruits, pastries, eggs/breakfast meats, Greek specialties of course, juices teas, coffees to order to much to mention here -- BUT you can have the most amazing table on the balcony with a view that is spectacular - I think we could have stayed there for awhile just enjoying the whole experience. You will not find anything like this anywhere else in the city.
I would highly recommend this wonderful boutique hotel - it has so many advantages to meet the needs of the causal traveler or the those there on business.
All the uphill climbing is well worth it; the view from the restaurant and bar is incredible. What a way to start your days and evenings in Athens! Hotel is clean and has all the essentials; bed was comfortable. While the front desk staff tended toward the pompous, the restaurant and breakfast room staff was kind, courteous and friendly. Our only complaint was that we pulled back the curtains of our room to find no view whatsoever. We spent our stay looking onto the wall of another building--something that is really anticlimactic and not reflected in any discount in the rather high room rate. Be sure to clarify or else you will be disappointed too.
St. George was just what we needed after a long adventure! We stayed there the two nights before we left to go home and it was the perfect stay and launch into a mega day of travel. Everything was fantastic!
Beautiful view from lounge and dining area. Breakfast buffet plentiful and tasty. Prices in lounge and pool deck are steep, but the views make it worthwhile. Rooms are small with little space for suitcases. Bathroom shower sprays water all over the floor, mirror, and sink. Bathroom has insufficient lighting and mirror is too dark for use during shaving or makeup application.
The hospitality and facilities were excellent. The view of the city of Athens was one of the best IÃ¢ÂÂve seen. I will be recommending to any of friends or family staying in Athens in the future and we will come back for our next trip to Greece.