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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 …
... the plaka we also came across a small spa that specialised in fish pedicures – you know where the little fish nibble at your feet. As we were a little sore in the foot area, we decided to give it a go and proceeded to hand over the relevant number of Euros. After washing and preparing our feet for the fish, it was time for them to start eating. The sensation was neither pleasant nor unpleasant, it felt like a mini spa bath and every so often would get to a place on ...
... our produce properly, and after thoroughly
confusing our cashier, we left chanting Efcharisto, Efcharisto… thank you !
Returning to our hotel, we dressed for the beach. There is a far beach for free, but the closest
has a 4 euro entry fee. The beach is swanky- lounge chairs with waiter service and
bar. The water is beautiful , and there
is a sandbar that stretches quite far out, leading to shallow warm water and ...
... to jump off of one. Well, we waited around and finally saw people on one and we got brave. We saw a boat with a french flag and corinne took french at Westmont so we decided why not? So we swam to the boat and struck up a conversation with a retired french couple who travel the world for 6 months every year. They were super nice and let us jump off their boat. Basically, the highlight of my day. After that we got to watch the sunset from ...
... because I wanted to see more petrified bodies but we only saw about 5. It was another very hot day in Italy. After Pompeii we drive for 4 hours an arrived at Bari to get onto the ferry to take us to Greece. By tomorrow night we will be on our Greek island cruise which is very exciting. Kellie is also on the ferry so we had a very strong barcardi mai tai and then we had dinner together so we could catch ...
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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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)