A Luxury Collection Hotel
What it is
An elegant hotel rearranged with designer gloves.
What it isn't
As large or as traditional as its sister next door, the Grande Bretagne.
What we think
The King George opened in 2004 as a reincarnation of the hotel that was built on the same site in the 1930s, right on Syntagma Square and adjacent to its Luxury Collection sibling, the Hotel Grande Bretagne. While the GB oozes Old World glamour and is opulent in every possible way, the King George is slightly more modern, but no less elegant. There are still acres of marble and gleaming mahogany, regal velvet seating and intricate crown moldings, but the 102 rooms and suites seem to have more space and a preference for clean lines and silhouettes. Shades of grey marble weave delicately together in the lobby, with art from the owners' private collection adding a contemporary tweak. Up on the roof, Tudor Hall has a menu of refined Greek fare that changes with the season and zaps the classics with a bit of modern technique—calamari isn’t fried, but served with white fish roe and aioli whipped up from squid ink. The food is wonderful, but it can hardly compete with the unobstructed views of the Parthenon and the Acropolis.
You're here because
You want a central space that’s small in scale but adheres to the standards of an Old World palace.
After a day of exploring Athen’s historic streets, you relax in your private pool in none other than the palatial Penthouse Suite. What makes this evening so special? Only the backdrop of the Acropolis, painted by the hues of the sunset, just begging you to take a picture for the ‘gram.
Restaurants & Bars
Tudor Hall Restaurant - Modern Greek cuisine
Tudor Hall Restaurant - Bar
On Syntagma Square, next to the the Grande Bretagne and across from the Greek Parliament. It sits between the neighborhoods of Kolonaki and Plaka, whose narrow, winding streets hold some of the city’s best shopping as well as tiny cafés and picturesque nooks and alleys. The ancient Agora, the Acropolis, and the funicular to Mount Lycabettus are all within walking distance. Depending on traffic, the airport is 30-40 minutes away.