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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Very Good Hotel in a very central location. My suite had an incredible view, clean and nicely decorated.
Staff is helpful and polite.
Bed was comfortable with nice sheets but the bathroom was a big disappointment .
Bathroom is very outdated ,small, bath tub is very old and so are the shower and bathroom fixtures. Light fixtures are also very old and light control of the room is also very old
For Greece I think is the best you can get in terms of luxury and don't expect American standard of real luxury in a 5 start Hotel.
Amazing hotel with a very central location. Bar on the rooftop has amazing views of the acropolis and an 10 star breakfast. Staff in the lounge is excellent. Staff at the front desk are a bit stuck up. Offered up a nice loud announcement that I was using points to book my stay in front of the other guest during check in.
We could not have asked for a better location. And were pleasantly surprised to have a quiet courtyard room while staying on the main square in Athens. We had only two issues: one elevator was broken, so the remaining was very slow, and the suite had only a Queen, maybe Double bed. I thought I had booked a King room but was upgraded to a suite. The staff was top notch, very helpful with check in, recommendations, and transportation services. The breakfast was outstanding, with very welcoming and friendly staff there as well. Would certainly stay again next time in Athens.
This is a great location and most things about it are good. However, I had a problem when we checked in - our rooms weren’t available until after 2pm and when we finally got them mine was a great deal smaller than I expected. Very difficult to fit in with my luggage.
I checked with my friend and hers was fine, so I went back to the Concierge and complained only to be fobbed off - something like “I have run out of options”. Disappointing - a small problem for one night but a real drag for 3 nights.
Thankfully my paperwork spelt out the Deluxe size (30-sq.meter) so I went back again and established my room was in the very low 20’s. I made the point that I had paid up-front a very long time ago to get decent rooms - ideally on the same floor. (There was another Deluxe room close to my friend but it was ‘unavailable’).
After a lot of hassling and referring ‘upstairs’ they eventually found me a larger room on a lower floor. Disappointing I had to go through this process.
Be aware that only higher floors (including the nice restaurant) have views of the Acropolis, and some facilities are only available in the sister hotel next door. Overall a very nice hotel combination but expensive.
I personally prefer this hotel than Grand Bretagne. It has more simpler elegance. Interiors are amazing specially the chandeliers. More spacious rooms specially at the standard level. The breakfast area is very beautiful and more suitable for. A luxury hotel. I loved the experience.