King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
What We Love
- Location, location, location: overlooking the Greek Parliament with breathtaking views of the Acropolis from most rooms
- The sense of history and heritage that comes with welcoming dignitaries since 1936
- The seventh-floor terrace at dusk, where you can enjoy a cocktail under a floodlit Parthenon
What To Know
- The ornate, gilt interiors are not for those who favor minimalism
- The hotel’s position in front of Parliament means it is in the epicenter if a demonstration takes place
- This is an historic building, so corridors and lifts are small
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- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
The King George is an institution — not just a hotel — in Athens, and its décor and furnishing reflect its dignified place in Greek life. Classical columns meet swaths of heavy silk, parquet floors gleam and delicate antiques, from desks to bedside lamps to hand-woven rugs, grace the 78 rooms and 24 suites. Just reopened in June, the hotel underwent a major renovation before its entry into Starwood’s Luxury Collection.
Bed & Bath
The elegant rooms have been completely made over in the recent renovation and the new color scheme mixes golds and creams. Marble bathrooms are luxurious and include separate showers. The best rooms have magnificent views onto the Greek Parliament and the city skyline with the Acropolis as its centerpiece. The two-bedroom Royal Penthouse suite comes complete with a private terrace, Jacuzzi and pool all looking onto the Parthenon.
Tudor Hall Restaurant on the seventh floor must rate as one of the world’s best restaurants with a view. Breakfast on fresh Greek yogurt, local honeys and warm, sweet pastries as the sun rises on the Parthenon. Enjoy a fruity regional white wine and a bowl of juicy green olives from Kalamata as dusk falls on the famous Athenian skyline, then dine on international favorites and Greek specialties like tender lamb and feta cheese.
In the Area
Behind the hotel are the charming streets of Pláka, lined with shops displaying beautifully worked Byzantine gold jewelry. Highlights are Maris, with stunning gem-set heavy gold rings and necklaces, and Takis Jewellery, with eye-catching designs drawing on classical ancient Greek symbols. Walk up the main thoroughfare of Mitropoleos to the City’s magnificent Cathedral and the not-to-be-missed 12th-century “Little Cathedral” next door, with its richly ornate Orthodox interiors.
How to Get There
Right beside the Syntagma Square at the center of the beautiful city of Athens where you can watch the change guards ceremony performing in front of the Parliament of Greece right on your room balcony! Cat 5 hotel under the SPG's Luxury Collection brand. Location, service, and everything else are all good
This hotel lives up to its billing as the best hotel in Athens. We were not disappointed. Our room with a king size bed was large enough and comfortable. On arrival we received a pleasant surprise with a room overlooking Syntagma Square and the Acropolis. The nighttime view of the Acropolis are amazing as is the view in the morning from the rooftop breakfast and restaurant when the sun rays hit the Parthenon. This hotel pampers you (turn down service every evening with chocolates). From the front desk to the restaurant, the staff is very friendly and helpful. The only negative to this hotel is the rather sterile atmosphere in the lobby. The neighboring sister hotel, The Grand Bretagne has a lively lobby atmosphere in contrast. I would stay at this hotel again. You cannot beat this hotel for its service and central location.
Great hotel in the center of Athens! Near the metro! Very clean rooms. The area is beautiful! The staff was very kind and helpful. Next time I will visitor Greece and Athens I will decently stay again at this hotel!
We recently stayed at the King George Hotel and were highly impressed by the property's tastful art design, spectacular level of service in all outlets and outstanding location, which enabled us to discover the wonders of Athens by foot. We booked a Classic Room with twin separated beds and courtyard view. The room was well maintained however, we found it to be relatively small. Our special thanks goes to Evalia and Sofia from the Front Desk. We joined the Marriott Rewards program, and are certainly planning to return to this lovely hotel next year.
We liked our stay at the hotel from beginning to end - rooms were big enough, comfortable, bathrooms were nice, lobby is lovely decorated, rooftop breakfast and restaurant provide amazing views of Acropolis. The hotel is on the Syntagma square, between the parliament and main shopping street of Athens. Would return there when I go back to Athens !