The King George
This is the younger, hipper child of the Grande Bretagne.
Located next to the Grande Bretagne on Syntagma Square. If you run across a photo of the building that stood on this location before the hotel was built do not look at it cuz it will surely break your heart.
More attentive than its older next door sibling. Mr. Stavros really can’t find any fault with the service here.
This hotel was also renovated for the 2004 Olympic Games and its façade was changed from a 70’s nightmare to what it is today. The first decorative redo featured Jeff Koons style artworks and statuary that made it feel like a crappy midtown W. However, the GB bought the place from the less refined Grecotel Group some years ago and has infused it with some class.
Rooms are very generous and nicely appointed. The bathrooms are exceptionally nice.
The lobby of the hotel is big and useless with some nice groupings of furniture floating around like they are begging for someone to arrange them properly. For some reason the front desk is crammed up in the entrance and doesn’t utilize the space at all. Mr. Stavros is hoping this will be fixed sometime in the near future. A lobby restaurant or café would be a nice idea here. There are two weird but welcomed perfume shops that flank the entrance that sell some of the best scents in the city. The doorman might even hold the door open for you if he isn’t checking his latest instagram post.
The lower level public bathrooms are very nice. Mr. Stavros likes the hand soap.
The top floor restaurant has wonderful views, service and food. The staff is exceptionally nice and attentive. Unfortunately, it appears to be popular with breakfast and nothing else.