The King George Athens Hotel Review is part of the Trip Report Athens Marathon: The Original Course which includes the following cities:
- Toronto, Canada
- Detroit, Michigan
- London, England
- Athens, Greece
- Giza, Egypt
- Cairo, Egypt
- Luxor, Egypt
- Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Getting There: Take the x95 bus for 5 euros. It drops you off at Syntagma Square where the hotel is located.
Here is a bold statement: The King George Athens is one of the best hotels in the world. If you exclude the view in the Maldives or the tranquility of Seychelles and focus only on the property itself, this argument holds water.
I stayed at the King George when I first arrived in Athens, switched to the Hotel Grand Bretagne which was supposed to be nicer only to switch back to the King George. The hotels are adjacent to one another but that’s as close as they get in terms of similarity.
The Hotel Grand Bretagne’s staff were prim and proper. The staff at the King George were professional yet approachable. I’m partial to the staff at Hotel George because of their great food recommendations and because one member had also ran the Athens marathon.
On points the hotel is 6000 SPG + $110 a night. In tradable currency, it is cheaper than the Hotel Grand Bretagne.
If there’s such a thing as too nice, it is the Hotel Grand Bretagne. The Hotel George on the other hand was beautiful in its simplicity.
The Room: Junior Suite
The first night I was upgraded to a junior suite which was nothing short of perfect. It had a comfortable king size bed, a cozy loveseat sofa, and a large HD TV that actually transmitted HD channels. The welcome gift was chocolates and an amaretto liqueur. No one could ask for more.
The Room: Deluxe Suite
After switching back to the King George, I was upgraded to a deluxe suite. It was like the junior suite but on a grander scale. If it had been equipped with a kitchen, I wouldn’t mind calling it home.
Continental breakfasts become bland because they consist of the basic staples: eggs, fruit, and breads. Usually, I skip breakfast in favor of sleeping in. Do not make this mistake at the Hotel George. Not only is the view spectacular but the pancakes are the best I’ve ever had. The omelette is far too big for one person making the buffet superfluous.
The King George is a wonderful hotel in a great location. The rooms are well-appointed, luxurious, and modern. I certainly recommend staying here if you visit Athens.