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November 1, 2013updated Feb 14, 2014

Regal Renovation

By Chris Boyle


Perched on historic Syntagma Square, King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens has been welcoming visitors to the heart of the capital city’s Golden Quarter since 1936, its beautiful neo-classical façade since becoming, like the nearby Acropolis, a true Grecian landmark.

Today, however, the King George, fresh off a rejuvenating three-month renovation and its introduction into the Luxury Collection portfolio, retains its old-world charm without sacrificing the amenities of the modern world.

As a shining example, the magnificent Penthouse Suite (about $11,610) unfolds over 3,770 square feet of silk and satin-draped opulence, made all the more exclusive by private elevator access and original 19th-century artwork.

The beauty continues outdoors as well, where a secluded terrace and open-air Jacuzzi offer a stunning Athenian panorama. Below, Tudor Hall—the hotel’s famed seventh-floor restaurant—furthers the experience with a combination of classic Greco-Roman design and modern Greek cuisine, including signature dishes like roasted lamb saddle with rosemary pesto and potato cream.

A newly renovated ballroom—capable of hosting 400 guests—and a carefully restored lobby with towering ceilings and rich marble flooring put the finishing touches on this truly singular stay.

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