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
This hotel has already seen better days and is a little dated...The rooms are super small, the food was "just ok", and the ambience too. Definitely not worth the money you pay, excerpt for the service that is really excellent.
A walk back in time to a sensational hotel designed in an opulent time of history. Excellent location and a fantastic staff, the only drawback was the lack of a “coffee shop” but that was easily overcome with all the nearby bodegas. A bit pricey but to be expected for the standards provided.
Excellent location, right on Syntagma Square. The rooms are small but comfortable and have all that you require for a comfortable stay. We had a courtyard room which was lovely and quiet. The breakfast restaurant overlooks the Acropolis (also open for lunch and dinner). The breakfast buffet was fresh and substantial. All staff were professional and courteous. This hotel is right next door to The Grand Bretagne (a busy feel to this hotel) and as a guest of the King George you have access to the facilities of this beautiful neighbouring property. Definitely try their pool, sauna and spa area (Hamam style).
This is a nice, but vastly overpriced, SPG property centrally located on Syntagma Square. They charge a huge premium for what is described as an Acropolis view suite. And yes if you bend your neck trying to look out from the windows (which only open 3 inches) it is possible to see bits of the site but nothing worth the money.
If you have breakfast at the hotel (most Athens hotels routinely include it in their rates but not KG) it is served on the top floor which really does have some views of the Acropolis.
We were guests at the King George, Athens for 3 nights, over 2 separate stays and just fell in love with this hotel. The location, smack in the middle of the ancient city, provides tremendous views of the famous Acropolis and also the Parliament, with the hourly changing of the guard in front of the Unknown Soldier. More spectacular than the views are the hotel staff: incredibly accommodating, friendly, knowledgable and beyond helpful.
The King George has a real star in Demetra, who checked us in on both occasions, and could not have impressed us more. We booked under the American Express Fine Hotels program, which requires a hotel representative to know their stuff. Demetra was amazing, with every detail at her fingertips, to make our registration an absolute pleasure. She booked a dinner reservation and had us upgraded to an executive suite in a matter of minutes, and several other requests we made were fulfilled expertly. The King George is lucky to have her, and everyone we encountered was superb - from the valet to the Tudor Hall dining staff, to the concierge to housekeeping. We felt truly welcomed and valued every step of the way, and will return whenever we visit Athens in the future. On our vacation we also stayed in Paris and Santorini - but our favorite spot was the king George. We will see you again!!