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
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 !
Thanks Evalia at Check-In for little extras and for a wonderful check-in with personality, personalization, and pizzaz. Thanks for the AMEX PLT upgrade. The Tudor view is spectacular for any time of day, and service friendly and efficient. The reason to come here, though, could be the ROOMS, ROBES, and ROYALTY in the bathrooms, but the REAL reason is Joseph the Concierge whose 5+ years of service here are unmatched for knowing the city, for English, for genuine charm, and just plain old-fashioned NICENESS, a dying trait in the hospitality business. I recommend the lobby, the Tudor, the rooms, and the location... and ask Joseph for tips to the city.
We stayed at the King George for three days while in Athens and had one of the best hotel experiences of our lives. We were upgraded to a suite thanks to platinum SPG status and there were even a dozen fresh roses waiting in the room for us.
Super comfortable bed and great rain shower, even full sized bathroom amenities which sounds like a little thing but is so nice when traveling. The sitting room and decor made a traditional European-sized hotel room feel open and airy. The staff was wonderful. We had a delicious breakfast at The Tudor every day while looking at the Acropolis.
The location is also great, right next to the Metro and within walking distance of everything you’d want to do in Athens. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
We recently stayed at King George on two separate occasions and enjoyed both visits tremendously. Our room was lovely and well appointed. The front desk team provided us with great suggestions for dining, shopping and arranged for a wonderful private guide. Our guide gave us a close-up view of all things Athens and escorted us to the major tourist sites such as The Acropolis. The dining experience at King George far surpasses many other hotel restaurants we have experienced. The managers, chef and serving team provide both a warm welcome and excellent food which is as good as it gets in any fine dining restaurant. Plus, there is a wonderful view of the
Acropolis. We highly recommend staying here and would surely stay again.
The view of the Acropolis from the dining area is beyond fabulous. Both the food and service were superb. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Conveniently located. Truly a 5-star hotel, without the 5-star price.