Discover Athens from Above

By Journey to Greece on May 9, 2018

In a city as vibrant as Athens, there is not usually time to discover the perfect spots to unwind and enjoy some of the most enchanting views the city can provide. One of the best ways to spare time and learn about all the secret and no so secret views in the heart of Athens, is to ask the locals, who can offer you information about the essential places to visit. If you are lucky to be staying at Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel or King George Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, the exceptionally well-informed Concierges can offer you all insights about the best city spots, to satisfy your every need.

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From Tudor Hall Restaurant, located on the 7th floor of King George Hotel, you will admire Athens’ grandeur at its best. An excellent choice if you want to enjoy Modern Greek cuisine in a neo-classical décor, with the majestic sight of the Parthenon on Acropolis Hill, the most renowned Greek landmark.

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If you are planning the perfect romantic evening, you should also visit the awarded GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar 8, to taste new Mediterranean cuisine and well-crafted drinks, with uninterrupted views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and the Parliament. The most idyllic time is when the night falls and city lights come on; when the cosmopolitan aura becomes apparent all over the urban, vivid scenery.

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If you feel like walking and exploring the historic center of Athens, you may follow the labyrinthine paths of Plaka and the picturesque neighborhood of Anafiotika, which are clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis. The temple of Parthenon stands just above the residential area, on an emblematic rock, where you can climb and admire the breathtaking view of the whole city of Athens, which looks exceptionally beautiful when the sun sets.

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Just across the Acropolis, you can see three small consecutive hills with hidden paths that constitute Philopappou Hill. This is a walk for the adventurous ones, who might want to get away from the city center and enjoy the captivating green scenery.

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By following the route above the area of Kolonaki, you will find Mount Lycabettus, a hill with panoramic view of the city, as it reaches the sea and the islands of the Saronic Gulf.  Lycabettus can be ascended by a funicular railway, which climbs the hill from a lower point at Kolonaki and adds one more entertaining element to the experience.

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Keeping the best for last, it is almost time for the third annual Dinner in the Sky. Hosted by Hotel Grande Bretagne, it gives the opportunity to some lucky SPG members, of dining over 50 meters above city’s ground. This fine dining experience, especially designed by the executive chef of the Hotel Grande Bretagne, will take place at the Technopolis industrial museum in Gazi, one of the most lively neighborhoods of Athens, providing not only a rare view of the cityscape, but also some exquisite tastes for the mouth.

Bid HERE until May 22nd to live this unique experience.

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.

“Democracy and Books” Weekend at Costa Navarino 14-16 September 2018

On 14-16 September 2018, The New York Times’s Athens Democracy Forum and Costa Navarino join forces for the next edition of their annual event, the “Democracy and Books Weekend”.

"Once Upon a Time in Mexico" at Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens celebrates some deliciously Mexican flavours! The hotel’s open-air Bar 8 sums up all that’s best about cocktail culture. It has stunning views of the city of Athens and a gentle, relaxing atmosphere.

The Tale of Anastasia of Rhodes

As you enter the main yard of the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes City, on the wall, you will see an abstract from De bello Rhodio, a medieval book describing the Wars fought by the Knights in Rhodes, against the Ottoman Empire.