The Grande Bretagne represents the essence of hospitality in Greece
for more than 130 years. Since it reopening in 2003, the promises of defined
excellence have even been exceeded. The Hotel was proud to be again host to the
world of sports on the occasion of the Olympic Games that took place in the
country of origin in 2004. For all guests the Hotel Grande Bretagne
offers a special treat with the impressive SPA area, designed to relax and
refresh body and spirit.
Discerning Travelers from all over the world are invited to revitalize their
energy in elegant Recreation Areas, dive into the freshness of the indoor and
outdoor pool or indulge in a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments.
The Hotel Grande Bretagne offers the best location in Athens
with spectacular views to Acropolis and sets a spectacular example in the
international hotel business, offering pure luxury in service and living. This
prestigious hotel, reflecting Europe's finest history and hospitality, is a
perfect asset to the legendary hotels of The Luxury Collection brand within
Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
The Grande Bretagne has reached a new era of defined excellence. Your
stay with them shall be crowned by every conceivable amenity and impeccable
The Grande Bretagne is not simply a luxury hotel in Athens (surely
the most luxurious establishment in Greece) - it is an institution in itself.
Ever since it opened its doors to receive the first visitor in 1874, the Grande
Bretagne has been a point of reference in the social, political and economic
life of Athens and, by extension, of the whole of Greece.
Over the 126 years of the hotel' s existence one also observes the evolution
of a basically agricultural society -just half a century after the country's
liberation from the Ottoman rule and the creation of a tiny, impoverished
country- through the gradual stages of development leading to a modern State and
the creation of an important middle class with a European character.
Over this period, the country lived through an unfortunate war with Turkey,
two Balkan Wars that tripled its territory, two World War~, the Asia Minor
Disaster and its accompanying radical transformation of the structure of Greek
society, and the Civil War, with its catastrophic consequences.
At the same time, the nature of visitors traveling to Greece changed radically,
passing from a few thousand wealthy travelers -admirers of Ancient Greece and
its monuments- to millions of visitors, whose interests also encompass seaside
resorts, entertainment, business or governmental leasing.
All of these developments had serious repercussions on the Grande Bretagne's
evolution, whose very creation -thanks to Efstathios Lampas' perspicacity-
though undoubtedly excessive when compared to the needs of the time, was
instrumental in both introducing Western standards and creating a strong
bourgeois mentality in what as yet was the young Athenian society. The existence
of a hotel on an equal footing with similar European establishments, where
visitors felt at ease in a familiar environment, contributed to the development
of a flow of high-level travelers and became the prototype for the later
development of other hotels and related activities.
Crowned kings and princes, Heads of State, Prime Ministers and Ministers,
business tycoons, prominent names in Literature and the Arts, renowned
journalists, well-known theatre actors and film stars and many other travelers
were regular patrons of the hotel~ which became the Greek State's official
Athenian society embraced the hotel. The Grande Bretagne, in the way of the
great luxurious hotels in the rest of Europe, was always the venue of the Greek
capital's important social gatherings. Receptions, balls, cotillions, marriages,
fashion shows and banquets were regularly held in the hotel's halls, while the
lounges, salons and the bar were the meeting place of businessmen, politicians
and journalists at the same time as being a favorite haunt of cosmopolitan
As the history of the Grande Bretagne unfolds, so does the transformation of the
city of Athens, as well as the political history of Greece, with which the hotel
is indissolubly associated. There is no political or historical event in modern
Greek history with which the Grande Bretagne is not somehow linked, by one means
It should be noted that, with the exception of the 36 new rooms added on the
sixth and seventh floors in 1974 and the creation of the GB Corner and new bar
in 1976, no major modernization had been carried out on the Grande Bretagne’s
premises since the mid-1950’s, when the wing overlooking Constitution Square was
As a result, the hotel's furniture, and its interior decorating in general,
were beginning to show signs of "time fatigue", while all of its installations (heating,
air conditioning, bathroom facilities, lifts, telephone and appliances, had
become antiquated, constantly breaking down and needing maintenance.
In this respect, the year 2000 marked an important milestone in the Grande
Bretagne’s recent history as it heralded the entry of Hyatt Regency SA in the
capital of Hellenic Hotels Lampsas SA. Through the Athens Stock Exchange, Hyatt
Regency acquired a majority stake in the company, allowing it to control the
Board of Directors and implement a radical renovation of the hotel's premises.
In 2005 Hyatt, following a restructuring of its strategic planning, sold its
shares in the owing company of the Hotel Grande Bretagne to the Laskaridis
shipping family, who were already major shareholders in Hellenic Hotels Lampsa
SA. Following this transaction, the Laskaridis family controls in excess of 60%
of the equity.
The Grande Bretagne has been restored to its former glory and transformed
into an establishment capable of meeting the modern requirements of hotel
hospitality, while simultaneously contributing to the upgrading of Athens' hotel
Finally, it is not by accident that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.,
the large international corporation in charge of the hotel's management for the
next twenty-five years, has listed the Grande Bretagne in its “Luxury Collection",
which includes some of the most luxurious hotels across the globe.
Approximately 82 million euros were invested to create a state-of-the-art,
five-star hotel worthy of that title. Reconstructed from top to bottom, it
features 290 rooms and 31 suites, all of them newly refurbished, and redecorated
in keeping with the old Grande Bretagne’s traditional style. These are completed
by modern networks and facilities, the hotel's premises also housing three
restaurants, two swimming pools, a spa, spacious halls and conference rooms as
well as all other comforts expected of a European deluxe hotel of the twenty-first