King George Hotel Review: Athens, Greece
Updated: Dec 12, 2018
A luxury Category 7 property in the business district of Athens.
The backend of a 2 week long Italy/Greece trip just so happened to be in Athens. Leaving Santorini you are basically forced to fly back to the mainland in order to get back home (in my case, the US). It is no secret that Athens International Airport (ATH) is Greece's largest airport and easily its busiest. It was where I decided to book my flight home from ending this trip. The plan: use my SPG Free Night stay here as I was only staying 1 night and avoid the $270 USD/night cost which is what the room was running during the time of booking. Yes, this was prior to the Marriott/Starwood merger.
“A luxury Category 7 property in the business district of Athens. ”
Booking this stay wasn't completely straightforward as I wanted to use my SPG Free Night at this property. Here was the catch. What I often find are higher end properties when trying to book the room online via "SPG Free Nights", show as not available, or sold out. It never hurts to call the property directly to see if they can make it work for you. In this case, a call to the property directly, approval from the manager, led me to be able to book the property for the single night. This is not the first time this has happened as I was in a similar situation earlier this year trying to use a 7-Night stay voucher (from transferring Chase points to a Southwest/Marriott package) at The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection. In that case the SPG customer service rep had to hear it from the manager in order to book me in the room. At the end of the day, it took some convincing, but was a success! Note that there is a sister hotel right next door (literally) called Hotel Grande Bretagne, which is also a Luxury Collection Hotel that falls under the now Marriott umbrella. That property is also a Category 7 property, but tends to be a bit higher in price if you were to pay in USD.
The minute you walk into the King George the first thing you notice is the "Grandness" of the property. The marble floors and ornate fixtures make for a "Grand" entrance. The raised ceilings with recessed hidden lighting make for clean luxury feel. The location of the property makes this a great location if you wanted to visit the Acropolis, Plaka, Agora, local museums and upmarket boutiques. You will in fact be staying in the business district which also means you are going to naturally see a higher level of police presence. This was seen immediately when driving in the area.
The service was above average with the doormen to the front desk being attentive and ready to assist. If you are staying here or just want to grab a drink or bite to eat, head upstairs to the Tudor Hall Restaurant for one of the best views directly facing the Acropolis. While it is a full service restaurant, coming up for a craft cocktail to relax is not a bad idea. The restaurant was higher end with good food, but let's be honest, most folks there were there for the view.
The breakfast location I do not believe had a name, but it was on a higher floor with a great view as well to wake up to. A large bread type spread, eggs you could order, and the usual suspects when it comes to buffet style. Needless to say it was a great view and meal before heading to the airport.
The room exceeded expectations and mimicked a lot of what was seen in the lobby. Does anyone else hate when you walk into an amazing modern hotel lobby, just to find the room looks like it went back 30 years? Not the case at the King George! The room had a living space, large bathroom, and nicely sized bedroom. The bed....oh the bed. The bed amazingly comfortable and just what was needed before a long flight the next morning. The atmosphere in the room with the raised ceiling and recessed lighting made for a cozy and perfect feel.
In the bathroom the shower gels and shampoo were made with organic fruit which was a nice touch. The shower had amazing water pressure, which is something I'll be mentioning in all reviews as I feel that is important! (laugh all you want). The one thing I can't seem to grasp in many modern hotels these days is the half glass shower wall with no door. Sure, it looks great, but I always seem to get half of the water outside of the "shower zone". Maybe I'm just a sloppy "showerer"? None the less, that did not take away from the chic look.
Bottom Line The property overall was had everything I needed and delivered on what it portrays online. The location, service, views from the dining area, modern and chic lobby and room, all made for a great experience. I always appreciate the small details in the room and the King George was no exception. Slept like a baby that 1 night in the amazing bed and ate like a King (no pun intended) the following morning for breakfast. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would book this property again in a heartbeat. It is also in a pretty well policed area if that is important to you. In the cab from the airport to the hotel, the driver asked where I was staying, and once mentioned, proceeded to keep telling me "Oh, a vary nice and safe area". Interesting response as I did not bring up neighborhoods or safety at all! While I feel every place has its rough neighborhoods, the King George is in the business district and in walking distance from some of the major attractions, so that seemed about right.