Athens is The Capital and Largest City of Greece

Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years, and the earliest human presence around the 11th–7th millennium BC. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely because of its cultural and political impact on the European continent and in particular the Romans. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.

Follow the exciting journey of two Starwood Preferred Guest Members as they unveil their perfect day exploring Athens.

Athens is home to some of the amazing ancient sites and together with a local guide, Richard and Kim learned about the great architectural and historic significance of one of the most visited sights in the Greece, Acropolis. Later on, they watched the changing of the guards “Evzones” in front of the Unknown Soldier statue, a symbol of the Hellenic Republic. Next stop was The Olympic Stadium of Modern Times or “The Kallimarmaro Stadium” which is situated right opposite the National Gardens’ entrance.

Not to be missed, Plaka, which an enchanting cobblestone neighborhood to explore and is renowned for its diverse range of delightful restaurants and iconic small shops to buy memorable souvenirs. The night ended with a dinner at the GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar of Hotel Grande Bretagne, offering a breathtaking view. In the most ideal location, the uninterrupted views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus hill and the Parliament are truly magnificent.

This is the perfect way of SPG Members, Richard and Kim, exploring Athens. Enjoy discovering yours.

“SOMM III” private screening at Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens opens the doors of its majestic Grand Ballroom and welcomes the movie “Somm III” in an exclusive private screening evening for all the movie and wine aficionados.

Christmas in Athens

The majestic Christmas tree of the historic Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens has been decorated and officially welcomes the Festive Season!

Opera Nights at the Winter Garden City Lounge in Athens

Thursdays dress-up their opera and festive attire and welcome you to the city’s most elegant and enchanting refuge; the Winter Garden City Lounge in the heart of Athens.
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Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

Located on Syntagma Square, the multi-awarded 5 star Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an unrivalled perspective of Athens’ mythical history. Providing breathtaking views of the famed Acropolis and Parthenon, the Parliament or lush Lycabettus Hill.

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

Being one of Athens’ most prestigious hotels, the King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel is situated right in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1930, its 102 rooms have hosted not only legendary personalities but also some of Athens’ most astonishing events.
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Changing of the Guards

They hold the honorable distinction of being the Greek Parliament’s and the Presidential Palace’s guards.
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Museum of Acropolis

The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
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National Archaeological Museum

Founded at the end of the 19th century and totally devoted to ancient Greek art, it is the country’s largest archaeological museum.

Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence.

– John Milton