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
The decor was gorgeous but in an understated way; sometimes luxury hotels are very in your face with their design and I find it garish, but the King George strikes a balance between fancy and comfortable. Every staff member we encountered was attentive, professional and warm, and not overly formal.
The location is ideal; it is on the same block (literally steps away) from the metro station with the train that goes to and from the airport. It's walking distance to everything you would see in Athens: the Acropolis, the shopping areas and for us, the meeting point for our food tour.
We stayed in deluxe room facing the Acropolis and the moment we walked into the hotel, we knew that we made a right choice. The hotel is a bit old and the deco needs an upgrade. However, the staffs were absolutely great. They just pampered you and made you can’t live without it. Since it our wedding anniversary, they offered us a welcome drink and a plate of fresh fruits. Well done and definitely will come back!
The King George hotel lived up to its reviews and our expectations. It is an elegant hotel without being pretentious. It is located across from the old palace which is now the Parliament. It has great views of the Acropolis.
All of the staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are beautiful. Comfortable beds. Nice baths. Wonderful views of the square and parliament and the Acropolis.
The hotel is located within a 10 minute walk to the central market, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Acropolis and many many tavernas, restaurants and bars. It is fun to watch the changing of the guard in front of the Parliament every hour right from your hotel room.
We enjoyed our stay and will stay here again the next time we are in Athens
Nice location at the Syntagma Square. The metro is right next to the hotel and so is the shopping area. The hotel is very walkable to all tourist attractions. The rooms were comfortable and I enjoyed the welcome drink being a SPG Gold member. I enjoyed my stay there.
Terrific old hotel, nice rooms, nice public areas, etc... and one really false note: The front of the hotel is staffed with numerous doormen and bell hops. When your taxi arrives, they fall over themselves to help you with your luggage and direct you to reception. God forbid, however, that you should arrive in an Uber; they will look the other way and pretend that you do not exist. It's shameful. Management should be able to correct this. When I said something at reception, all I got was a shrug.