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After the cruise we disembarked in Piraeus and waited for our taxis which had been booked ahead. We needn't have bothered as there were lots of taxis waiting. As it happened our guys were waiting in Terminal 1 and we were in Terminal B so we had a bit of a wait while we found each other. It was a short journey to the King George Palace Hotel in …
If you want to walk on the same grounds as the mythical Greek gods, travel through centuries of history, view the most recognizable icons of the modern world, then Athens is the place to be. Athens's history began more than 3,000 years ago and during its "Golden Age" gave the world treasures of incalculable importance and beauty.
... I put my underwear ( ....you know, the stuff I couldn't dry at the pool...) and sneakers in that gap to dry in there like a hot house. I had trouble opening that sliding window to put the gear in there so I didn't latch the window shut in case I had to tour the rest of Europe with no underwear. Anyway...... This morning, before I went to breakfast, I pulled the curtain across so the cleaning lady would not see what I had put in there. And....you ...
... this was the wrong place and to catch the train one stop which turned out to be back to where I started turns out I walked way too far. Then from one ticket office to another finally got a ticket and rail pass activated though I don't think she did it right, had to call for help. Now I'm on the train hope I end up in Corinth!! There’s beautiful views out the window.
Seems green or blue houses are not allowed here!!
I swear I've seen gum trees ...
... Greek food...yikes, I will need to run an extra 30 k next week...post dinner card games were in order...I accompanied Victoria and Ashley to a corner store...and that is about it!
Looking forward to tomorrow...it will be a full day, but very appropriate way to close up what has been a fantastic week...
p.s. have I told you how thoughtful, respectful, and fun your children have been this week? just checking :)
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
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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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)