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|DrivingDirections||From Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH):|
Distance to the Hotel Grande Bretagne is 27 kilometres, approximately 40 minutes' drive.
Travel information. Metro line 3 to Syntagma Square departs every 30 minutes and costs 6 EUR. A taxi to the hotel should cost around 25 EUR. The hotel also offers a transfer service (surcharge); this must be pre booked.
Getting around. Athens' metro is cheap and frequent. The service operates from 5.30 a.m. to midnight and a single ticket costs 0.80 EUR. Yellow taxis can be hailed on the street. A speedy tram links Syntagma to Glyfada on the coast. Prices are all subject to change.
Driving directions. From Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, take the Attiki Odos highway (pay toll) and follow the signs to Katehaki Avenue.
Take the K2E exit to the elevated road, then the 16K exit which leads to the Ymitos Ring for Katehaki Avenue.
Follow this road until exit Y1 for Katehaki and Messogeion Avenue. Turn left in Messogeion Avenue and follow the signs to Vas Sofias.
From here, follow the road for approximately 1 kilometre until you reach Syntagma Square and the Hotel Grande Bretagne.
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|Description||Location. The Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece, is a 19th century palace facing the main Syntagma Square and adjacent to the Parliament Building. The Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum and the labyrinthine Plaka (old town) are within 1 kilometre. Syntagma metro station is 300 metres from the hotel. |
Hotel Features. Set in a palace built in 1862, locals call the Hotel Grande Bretagne the 'Royal Box'. Guests enter through rotating doors into a lobby with Corinthian columns, Persian carpets and neobaroque style furniture.
The skylit Winter Garden is the setting for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner with piano music. The high ceilinged GB Corner restaurant's signature dish is Dover sole meunier. From April to October, the GB Roof Garden serves cocktails and Greek specialities from the grill.
The GB spa features a mosaic lined indoor pool, reflexology foot baths, and treatments like hot stone massage and Oshadhi herbal wraps. The tree fringed rooftop outdoor pool affords Acropolis views.
Guestrooms. Decorated with antique furniture, subtle cream hues, and red and gold fabrics, the Hotel Grande Bretagne's 327 guestrooms have a marble bathroom, minibar, high speed Internet access and views of the inner courtyard or Syntagma Square.
Expert Tip. A five minute taxi ride from the hotel, a funicular runs up to the 300 metre Lycabettus hill offering panoramic views over Athens. The open air theatre at the summit stages concerts in summer.
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