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Yassou!, we are here at last. This morning we sailed into the port of Piraeus and were one of the first off the Nieuw Amsterdam to met our guide Aristeidis who took us straight to all the 'unmissables' the Acropolis, Plaka, Lycabettus Hill, the Hellenic Parliament, Presidential Palace and the National Archaeological Museum. It was recommended to be …
... So we had a driver for the morning. He dropped us at Acropolis for an hour to allow us to walk to the top. Fantastic views from the top. Had a look at the arena where the lions were set upon the slaves. Walked around the top and took photos. At 9.30 it was already 31 so it was nice to head to our air conditioned cab and off to tHe site of the ancient Olympics. Then our driver took us to the site of the 1896 Olympics which was the ...
The drive from the Athens airport into town is a little depressing with more than 50% of the industrial park buildings empty. The city does have a feel of partial abandonment. Food is great - fresh, lots of variety and tasty. Breakfast at the hotel was included and absolutely amazing - no muffins in cellophane but Greek yogurt, a tabouli salad, feta and gouda cheese, kalamata olives, ham, eggs, sausage, bacon, 3 types of bread, fruit salad, ...
... me the detail of marble Erechtheum was spectacular, particularly the Caryatids (women columns). From the top you get to see a fantastic panoramic view of Athens, on the day we visited, the clouds were grey giving it a "Zeus" feel to the area. After walking around for about an hour we decided to get some souvlaki for lunch and go home for some card games before dinner.
Our apartment was located in Psirri which known for its restaurants, bars, live music ...
... the city a gift: Athena touched the ground with her spear and an olive tree grew, while Poseidon stuck his trident in a rock, creating a salt spring. Since the spring water was salty, the citizens chose the olive tree, which they could harvest, thus choosing Athena as their Patron.
Walking through and visiting the many temples, we can get a sense of what it was like for those walking the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKing George A Luxury Collection Hotel Athens
Changing of the guards, is O.K not as good as the Parliament.
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very central to all sites. Good service. Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Acropolis was a delight. Rooms rather dark but lovely furniture. Would recommend it
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Historical Traveler Reviews King George A Luxury Collection Hotel Athens
KING GEORGE II IS TERRIBLE!!
Don't waste your money on the King George II Hotel in Athens, Greece. The rooms are dank, small, cold and a total rip-off. The staff are rude and un-helpful. The restaurant food is less than mediocre. The Matre'd expects a "spiff" for seating you. Spend your money next door at the Bretagne where the service and hospitality are fabulous.
Good value, very clean, great location
Unlike some other reviewers I found the hotel to be excellent value, at US$220xnight, with the best possible location and in general clean and in excellent condition after extensive renovations (something you can't take for granted in Europe!).
The breakfast buffet is expensive and limited, but dinner or drinks on the roof-top terrace in front of acropolis is truly priceless. The MaitreŽD is snobbish and should be changed, but the food and service is of a high standard.
The concierge was very helpful to us and arranged all our requests (dinner reservations, private tours and guides, shopping recomendations, etc.) quickly and professionally, I even saw him manage to recover some other guests lost camera from a cafe on one of the islands and have it brought to athens overnight (thats a feat in greece!).
I wouldnŽt hesitate to recomend this hotel to anyone going to athens, just make sure to get a good rate :)
Secure yet discreet
We had the opportunity to stay here last year during the Olympic Games and again in October. With security being so tight around the whole city during the games, it was 'comfortable' just knowing some of those 'well-appointed' individuals hovering around the entrance and lobby areas were security! Visible by senses yet visually discreet. The entire property is discreet....helpful and gracious when needed but will not 'intrude' in any way. We were fortunate in that we had a spectacular room overlooking the Square with views of the Akroplolis and Parliament building. We booked through Leading Hotels and both times got the same huge room. The only incident that rattled me a bit was at breakfast. It was not included in our rate. We decided to go up to the Tudor and sit outside to enjoy the view as well! Nevertheless, I am not a big breakfast person. Just put the pot of coffee in front of me and I'm fine! My husband, on the other hand, enjoys his 2-eggs sunnyside up w/some bacon, oj,etc. When it came time to sign for the bill I noticed they charged for 2 breakfasts. Although I tried explaining that I just had coffee - after 2 visits from the waiter to our table he informed us that it didn't matter and that the charge stood! that's the most expensive coffee I've ever had! Oh well! I guess you're being charged just for the opportunity to sit and enjoy that view - even though we had the same view from our room - just a couple of floors higher! With this exception, all else was great!
We had a flight at 2AM so we checked into King George for a day's rest. Therefore, this review will miss parts of a full-night stay experience. Nevertheless, we looked into everything since we just moved out of a not-so-nice 5-star hotel in the same city.
We requested for a room with Acropolis view. It was very nice, especially in the evening.
The room, though small, is outfitted luxuriously. The bed we had, (we were informed it would be 2 twins before confirming the reservation, which was fine since we were checking out by midnight.) It was surprisingly comfortable, the pillows, the blankets etc. We took a nap and it was a good rest.
The room has a writing desk and a chair. A flat-screen television sits on the desk as well. Plenty of work space even if you need to work on your laptop or write something.
Marbled bathroom (no shower) had all the necessary amenities, including bath robes and slippers. Nice and clean.
The lighting in the room was not as easy to figure out in the beginning... it has dimmer feature. It was a nice effect once we figured it out.
In the basement, there is an indoor "L" shape pool, and a square jacuzzi. The pool was warm and the jacuzzi was quite powerful. There is also a steam room and 3 shower rooms, as well as a well-equipped exercise room. The lady at the front was very nice.
We did not dine at Tudor Hall so no comments on the restaurant.
The front desk personnels were nice and professional. We did not encounter any negative experience, even though my husband was wearing shorts and I was just in jeans/t-shirt.
We paid 290 euros/night. We liked the location of King George much better than the hotel we stayed at prior. It is literally minutes away from Plaka and have plenty of restaurants/cafes to choose from. A very nice national garden to walk around across the street from the hotel. We would stay here again.
Not worth it
This sounded like it would be a great hotel but besides the excellent view to the Acropolis and convenient location, it was a disappointment. The room was small with no seating area and bathroom had no room to put toiletries etc.
But, most of all, the service was terrible, haphazardly and snobbishly delivered. When they couldn't find our reservation at Tudor Hall (made months in advance by a travel agent), the concierge, when we could not get the time we wanted, said that we should be grateful we were lucky enough to get any table at all and reminded us that there was a dress code (we had just come from a hot day at the Acropolis). Not very welcoming. By the way, the dress code was flouted by many men without jackets. On top of it all, view great but food (if you're used to NYC standards) not so great. Concierge also not helpful re local shopping.
Not sure what else Athens has to offer but would try to find somewhere else, like Grande Bretagne.
Really not up to scratch
The room here was small for a top-price room with an Acropolis view.
The bathroom had no shower, which is absurd for the price. The "king" bed was two twin beds pushed together without a common base - the beds separated with any movement. There was no seating area in the room.
The staff were not at all friendly; in fact, just the opposite.
In short, for such a beautiful hotel in an excellent location, the accommodation and staff were very sub-standard, and we are used to staying in luxury hotels at top prices.
The good life.
My wife and I spent 3 nights at the King George II in August. Wow! It is elegant, in the most convenient spot in Athens, has a great restaurant with fantastic balcony views of the Acropolis, a nice gym with sauna, steam room, indoor pool and exercise machines. It is on Syntagma Square, 60 seconds into the Metro, and 5-10 minutes from the historic Plaka district. Impossible for a tourist to get lost. Stay here if you can get in.
Great Boutique Five Star
I just got back from staying at the King George II and have to say that it was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. I travel a lot for pleasure and have stayed in some of the best hotels. In Athens I have always stayed at the Grande Bretagne next door and thought I would have GB envy. Not for a moment. My room, even though just their standard room, was beautifully decorated and spacious with spectacular lighting. The front desk staff was courteous and helpful. The doorman was always friendly and helpful. Even the housekeeping staff was excellent. The chocolates they leave on the night table are freshly made, not packaged chocolates. The Tudor restaurant is not to be missed. The breakfast was fine, though not extraordinary, but more than adequate. But you can sit eating breakfast on the finest bone china and silver cutlery outside on a balcony overlooking Syntagma Square with a view of the Acropolis. That is heaven. The service was excellent even though breakfast was a buffet. I cannot imagine anyone complaining about this hotel. I look forward to returning soon. I had a wonderful experience. I almost didn't write this review because I fear that too many people will want to book this hotel and it will become difficult to book and/or more expensive. But the hotel deserves recognition for a job very, very well done.
Loss of money
when you spend so much money for a hotel (300euros per night)you expect everything is going to be perfect.Unfortunatelly it wasn't like that at all. you had to drag your suitcase up to the hotel entrance so the groom to help you. the reception area was impressive with baroque style furnishing but the concierge not very helpfull and very snobish. the room was extremely small although the view was excellent.it has no sitting space, the decoration was just too much for such a small room there was not even a space where you could place your lugages.we complained in the reception and they gav us a bigger room with a view to a...wall!anyway there was some space to move around!the maids were unhelpfull and one day they forgot to clean our room! the restaurant was very impressive, the breakfast extremely poor while we did not have the chance to dine because it was continously booked for various receptions.this I find very disturbing because it was the only restaurant in the hotel so we had to go somewhere else to eat. the spa facilities are nice and clean.it's a waste of money going back again.if someone likes classic hotels i would recomend the hotel next to that ''grand bretagne''is so called and believe me it's grand!
The most stylish hotel in Athens
This is propably the best and most stylish hotel in Athens. I just stayed there for a couple of nights last January but i was very impressed. I didn't even know that one can find in Athens such a high standarded hotel, everything was impeccable, the service, the room, the view to the Acropolis (unbelievable!!!),the breakfast, the Tudor Hall restaurant (a Alain Ducasse restaurant). Off course it's not a cheap hotel but sometimes you can find offers and definately you don't feel like somebody is stealing your money (which i have felt in many hotels)