Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece

31 Mar 2017

If you’re looking for panoramic views of Athens, then you’ve come to the right place! From the Hilton Athens property, you can see practically the entire city, as well as the Acropolis. Located near the Evangelismos metro, it’s only 1 station away from Syntagma square.

 

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Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

With brands like Hilton, you can arrive with certain expectations. The property is quite massive and has loads of facilities to take advantage of. The first part I’d like to talk about, is my room. My room was just one floor below the Galaxy Bar and Restaurant which you’ll be able to read about in a separate article. Both the hotel’s rooftop and my room had absolutely spectacular views of Athens!

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Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The styling of the room is a quite typical of business hotels. It had comfortable bed, a large desk and a sofa.

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The bathroom was quite nice. It had a separate shower stall, as well as a large bathtub. Everything was covered in white marble and very bright.

Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Of course I had access to the club lounge on the 11th floor. In the lounge, you’ll be able to enjoy continental breakfast, afternoon snacks and beverages as well as an evening hors d’oeuvres and happy hour. The food in the evening is quite extensive and they offered a large selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages for your pleasure. I was definitely happy to arrive at breakfast both days of my stay.

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Hilton Hotel Review: A Spectacular View of Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

On the PL floor of the hotel you’ll find a lot including the gym, pool, sauna and steam rooms. There spa was quite an extensive facility and surely a great place to relax. The gym is massive and has tons of equipment so everyone can be satisfied. All in all, this was one of Pierre’s favorite places to spend time!

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The Hilton in Athens, Greece is a splendid property. Throughout my stay, the staff were very kind and the stay was smooth and what I would expect from such a well-known brand. I was also able to capture some magnificent photos of the city! The hotel is large and offers lots of space for events, especially for business travelers. My stay went off without a hitch, and therefore I can highly recommend the Hilton in Athens, Greece!

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If you're looking for panoramic views of Athens, then you've come to the right place! From the Hilton Athens property, you can see practically the entire city, as well as the Acropolis. Located near the Evangelismos metro, it's only 1 station away from Syntagma square.   Click HERE to check…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 7.3
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 7.1
Convenience - 7.5
Service - 7.8

7.5

Gorgeous!

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Hilton Hotel Athens

Hotel

Leof. Vasilissis Sofias 46, Athina 115 28

Phone: +30 21 0728 1000

 


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Learn to Cook Like a Professional in Athens, Greece

31 Mar 2017

During my time in Athens, I had a chance to experience a gastronomic cooking class at The Culinary Center and Cookery Club. When reading online, I didn’t realize how impressive an experience this would be. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill cooking class from a hobbyist, this is a cooking class taught by a true professional. My teacher was chef Nikos Macrymichalos. He has studied in France and cooked all around the world with some of the best in the business.

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Learn to Cook Like a Professional in Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

The Culinary Center and Cookery Club is located not far from the Agios Dimitrios metro station. The main floor is sectioned off into a few rooms to provide multiple cooking classrooms. As a photographer, I immediately noticed the great lighting. All in all, the club offered a great setting. Before the class, I was informed that the menu for the lesson would be spinach pie, Beef Giouvetsi and Galaktoboureko for dessert. I didn’t realize how much work goes into creating these dishes until we began!

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I learned from chef Nikos about how important creating stocks are for the recipes. The stocks are where the real labor comes in, and also where you get tons of flavor. Throughout the lesson, I learned many important cooking techniques. From how to hold the knife properly to producing the best results while baking, the expertise of chef Nikos truly shined bright!

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Learn to Cook Like a Professional in Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

It was very impressive and interesting to see all of the steps behind these three dishes. Honestly, it made me want to keep learning, but unfortunately, my time in Athens was limited.

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Learn to Cook Like a Professional in Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Learn to Cook Like a Professional in Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Throughout the lesson, it definitely seemed as though chef Nikos knew what he was talking about, but I wouldn’t know until I had the first bite of food. Dear God! The results spoke louder than anything anyone could’ve said. This food rivaled all of the fine dining that I recently ate in the top restaurants in Athens. Incredible results. This is when I knew chef Nikos was truly the real deal.

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This short lesson at The Culinary Center and Cookery Club was incredible! I feel as though I gained so much more insight than I would have received in a normal cooking class. This was definitely above and beyond what I would have expected. Therefore, I would highly recommend you to do the same and experience The Culinary Center and Cookery Club when you are in Athens, Greece!

During my time in Athens, I had a chance to experience a gastronomic cooking class at The Culinary Center and Cookery Club. When reading online, I didn't realize how impressive an experience this would be. This isn't just your run-of-the-mill cooking class from a hobbyist, this is a cooking class…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.5
Value - 9.4
Feng Shui - 8.9
Convenience - 8.3
Service - 9.2

9.1

Magical!

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The Culinary Center

Cooking Class

Vouliagmenis ave, 299 (opposite to ”Panagitsa” church, 300 m. from the metro station), 17343, Agios Dimitrios 1st Floor

Phone: +30 2109882378

 


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Learn to Cook Like a Professional in Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Learn to Cook Like a Professional in Athens, Greece Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen’s Most Prestigious Dining

29 Mar 2017

While staying at the King George hotel in Athens, I had the pleasure to try one of the city’s best Greek restaurants. If you haven’t guessed, it’s of course Tudor Hall. The location is just on the Syntagma square, atop the King George hotel in the center of Athens.

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Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

When you walk into the dining room, your jaw will literally drop. This dining room is absolutely gorgeous. Not only is there a beautiful dining room with a fireplace, but if you look outside, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Acropolis. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

For my dinner, there was an a la carte menu presented. The first dish that I especially enjoyed was the traditional Greek fish soup with olive oil and garlic flavored croutons. This bowl of soup was packed with flavorful seafood. Definitely a great way to start the evening!

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The chef prepared a smaller order of their beef tartar after soup. This was presented in a very unique manner and tasted wonderful as well. I love the fact that Greek cuisine has lots of intense flavors! Pierre style.

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I must take note of their eggplant salad with smoked eggplant. This is a dish prepared table-side. Customers are able to have input on the amount of seasoning and have the dish customized to personal preferences. This is best served up with their great bread. Just lovely. I also ordered the seafood ‘yiouvetsada’ with orzo pasta. This was another great dish, bursting with flavor. Feeling very Greek.

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Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

One of my favorite dishes of the evening, was the Corfu Bourdeto with scorpion fish, red pepper, onions and potatoes. This was a dish that really packed a punch! Absolutely lovely presentation and great flavor.

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The meal was of course accompanied with wine pairing of local Greek wines. Some were nicer than others, but overall I appreciated them all.

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For dessert, I had to get the traditional Kataifi. This was prepared in a very elegant manner which did not resemble the typical appearance of the dessert, this was the fine dining version. This dessert was phenomenal. Even though I was stuffed, I still managed to finish it. What a way to end the meal!

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Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

The staff wouldn’t let me quit. There was dessert wine and candied fruits even though I felt like I would burst!

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This was one of my favorite meals while in Athens! As a whole, this restaurant was on top of things! Tudor Hall offers a magnificent view, wonderful service and of course great Greek food. I can’t help but recommend a meal at Tudor Hall, at the King George hotel. I’m certain that you’ll enjoy yourself like I did, enjoy!

While staying at the King George hotel in Athens, I had the pleasure to try one of the city's best Greek restaurants. If you haven't guessed, it's of course Tudor Hall. The location is just on the Syntagma square, atop the King George hotel in the center of Athens. When…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.9
Value - 8.5
Feng Shui - 10
Convenience - 10
Service - 9

9.3

Top of the top!

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Tudor Hall Athens

Restaurant

Vasileos Georgiou A 3, Athina 105 64

Phone: +30 21 0322 2210

 


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Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Tudor Hall Restaurant Review: Athen's Most Prestigious Dining Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece)

29 Mar 2017

In Athens, Greece, there are two SPG Luxury Collection hotels pressed right up against each other! I’ve never seen this anywhere else in my life. Lucky for me, I got to stay at both of them while on my recent trip to this wonderful city. This article will be about the King George hotel just next to the Grande Bretagne hotel which you can read about in this article. Both hotels overlook the Syntagma square and have a great view of the Greek Parliament and the Acropolis.

 

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King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The King George hotel has a gorgeous lobby. It’s not anything to sneeze at, it’s massive, practically the size of a shopping mall! It’s full of luxury furniture, chandeliers and artwork. A very impressive and gorgeous way to be greeted at this beautiful property.

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King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

My suite was located on the fourth floor. The King George hotel is quite modern and it shows in the features of the property. There was a great coffee machine, high-tech light switches and an updated interior. I really liked the wooden floors throughout the suite.

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From the suite, I had a wonderful view of the Syntagma square below. I could also see the Acropolis easily to my right. You really can’t get a much better location than this!

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The bathroom was a marble masterpiece. There were both a separate bathtub and shower stall. This bathroom just screamed luxury. Really fantastic.

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King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

I loved the little extras that the hotel staff left for me which included a bowl of Werther’s candies, a box of chocolates, a bowl of fruit, bottle of alcohol, a bouquet of flowers and a chocolate statue. All made me feel right at home and maybe added a few inches to my waistline. Wink.

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King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The King George hotel boasts a fairly substantial gym. There you will find a handful of cardio equipment, tons of free weights and of course, a weight machine. Also, the gym has a wonderful sauna. I really enjoyed the feeling and the lighting in the gym as well as the herbal water in the sauna which really helped clear up my sinuses.

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King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

King George a Luxury Collection Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

One of the best features about the King George property in the fact that it has one of the best restaurants in Athens. The restaurant I’m talking about is called Tudor Hall. This restaurant is all over the internet with fantastic reviews. During my Athens stay, I had the chance to have a great dinner there which you can read about in a separate article. For my time in the King George hotel, I also ate breakfast at Tudor Hall. The restaurant offers a large breakfast buffet, along with à la carte options for your choosing. The breakfast not only looked like a piece of art, it tasted beautifully as well. Picture-perfect!

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The service during my stay at King George hotel was flawless. The staff were punctual and there when I needed them the most, I’d like to thank them for this. As I said earlier, I appreciated all the extras including the welcome gifts and great service. The property itself is just amazing. The two Luxury Collection hotels in Athens are gorgeous and I can highly recommend you to stay at both of them especially, the King George hotel!

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In Athens, Greece, there are two SPG Luxury Collection hotels pressed right up against each other! I've never seen this anywhere else in my life. Lucky for me, I got to stay at both of them while on my recent trip to this wonderful city. This article will be about…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9
Value - 7.9
Feng Shui - 9.3
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 9

8.9

Top notch!

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King George Hotel Athens

Hotel

Vasileos Georgiou A 3, Athina 105 64

Phone: +30 21 0322 2210

 

GB Roof Garden Restaurant Review (Athens, Greece)

27 Mar 2017

As you know from other articles, I recently stayed at the Grande Bretagne hotel as well as the King George hotel located in the center of Athens. Both are Luxury Collection hotels and I’ve had a chance to have dinners at both properties. The rooftop restaurant at the Grande Bretagne hotel is called GB Roof Garden. The restaurant gets great reviews online and I already had a chance to enjoy the beautiful view at breakfast. As you can imagine, I was excited for the dinner!

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To begin the meal, I went with a recommendation from my server, which was a drink from their special cocktail menu. The cocktails were made partially with Greek ingredients, I went for a Manhattan. Well done!

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GB Roof Garden Restaurant Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

After much deliberation with the staff, I had finally made my decision for the evening’s order. To begin I went with their tuna tartar and an order of scallops. The tuna tartar was the clear winner if these were competitors. The tuna tartar was exploding with flavor. It was seasoned with soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil which gave it an Asian flavor.

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Everything was going well, and then came the risotto, which blew everything else away to that point! This was seasoned with saffron and slow cooked ox tail. This risotto was extremely creamy and packed a serious punch! You can tell from the photos that it was very dense and bursting with flavor. There was also seafood in the risotto which helped to balance out the extreme richness. This was paired with a 2014 Nykteri wine from Santorini. A lovely combination indeed! Bravo.

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GB Roof Garden Restaurant Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

For the main, I went with the 1,000 gram Tomahawk steak! Of course, I ordered it medium-rare. This mega steak did not disappoint. Although I ordered sides, they were unnecessary. No seasoning to mask over this beautiful flavor. To accompany this fine piece of perfectly cooked meat, was a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a 2012 Emphasis Syrah. You can’t beat this combination!

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GB Roof Garden Restaurant Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

GB Roof Garden Restaurant Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

GB Roof Garden Restaurant Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

To finish off the evening, were several items, including tiramisu, sorbet, dessert wine and espresso. I must say that out of all of these, my favorite was the Vinsanto wine from Santorini. After much discussion, I learned about how the different dessert wines are produced. At the end of the day, I preferred the light, less sweet taste of the Vinsanto. It was magical!

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When it was all said and done, this was a fantastic meal. The dining room looks over the Acropolis as well as Syntagma square which provides a beautiful setting for a meal. The service throughout the evening was exceptional and I truly enjoyed myself. For all of these reasons and more, I can highly recommend you to have a meal at the GB Roof Garden Restaurant at the Grande Bretagne hotel in Athens, Greece.

As you know from other articles, I recently stayed at the Grande Bretagne hotel as well as the King George hotel located in the center of Athens. Both are Luxury Collection hotels and I've had a chance to have dinners at both properties. The rooftop restaurant at the Grande Bretagne…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.2
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 7.7
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 9.6

8.6

Breathtaking!

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GB Roof Garden Restaurant

Restaurant

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Vasileos Georgiou A 1, Athina 105 64

Phone: +30 21 0333 0000

 


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GB Roof Garden Restaurant Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen’s Top Luxury Hotel

26 Mar 2017

At the end of the day, I have grown accustomed to a certain level of quality. That’s why I was so excited to visit the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece. The hotel is a member of the Luxury Collection by SPG. The property is located on the Syntagma square in the middle of Athens. This is the absolute best location for a hotel to be in the city, in the middle of everything!

 

Click HERE to check out the Hotel Grande Bretagne!

 

When you enter the front door, you’ll enter into a large and luxurious lobby. Most likely you’ll hear classical music being played and greeted by friendly staff. I was eager to get through the check in process to explore the rest of the property.

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Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Opening the door to my room was a delight. There were gorgeous ceiling to floor curtains with an elegant looking bed. The bedding was of course, very comfortable. There were two chandeliers in my room!

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Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The bathroom was equipped with nothing less than marble everything. There was of course a shower stall and a separate bathtub. Lots of space to move around in this bathroom.

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My room even had a great view of the Greek Parliament.

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Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

One of my favorite parts of this property would have to be the hotel’s spa and fitness center. Located in the basement, they have a very large spa equipped with tons of relaxation space, multiple steam rooms and of course a sauna. This is also the floor where you’ll also find the gym and pool. I worked out several times throughout my stay and relaxed afterwards in the steam rooms. It was an underground oasis!

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The hotel staff were great and they left me a wonderful welcome gift. The macarons and a bottle of wine made Pierre content. Thank you Grande Bretagne!

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Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

I also had a dinner at their GB Garden Rooftop restaurant, which you will be sure to read about in a separate article. The hotel’s location creates an absolutely stunning view from the dining room. The buffet breakfast has tons of options, surely making your morning very happy! Once you gather your food and of course order your Greek coffee, you can sit down to take in this magnificent and breathtaking view. On one side, you have the Greek Parliament and on the other, you have the Acropolis, which stands out gorgeously in the distance. I didn’t even bother to look at my phone, I just sat and took in this extraordinary view and ate the wonderful food.

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Staying at the Hotel Grande Bretagne was a treat indeed. My stay was absolutely flawless. The food, location, service and the facilities were above and beyond. Without a doubt I can highly recommend you to stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece!

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At the end of the day, I have grown accustomed to a certain level of quality. That's why I was so excited to visit the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece. The hotel is a member of the Luxury Collection by SPG. The property is located on the Syntagma square…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.2
Value - 9
Feng Shui - 9
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 9.7

9.3

Fantastic!

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Hotel Grande Bretagne

Hotel

Vasileos Georgiou A 1, Athina 105 64

Phone: +30 21 0333 0000

 


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Hotel Grande Bretagne Review: Athen's Top Luxury Hotel Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

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The Y Hotel Review (Athens, Greece)

25 Mar 2017

Another property that I experienced while in Athens was The Y Hotel. The hotel is located on the outskirts of the city. I’d imagine that most would stay here when they had business or activities in the Kifissia area. It is easily accessible from the city center, just get off at the Kifissia station of the metro.

 

Click HERE to check out The Y Hotel!

 

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The Y Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The Y Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The Y Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

After arriving in the evening, I headed up to my room to see what I had to work with. On the way there I noticed the beautiful style of the elevator. Everything in the hotel was fairly new, and this excited Pierre. The room was painted green and all went together well. Comfortable bedding insured a quality night’s sleep!

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The room even had a balcony with chairs and a table which made it easy to enjoy the outdoors.

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The Y Hotel Review (Athens, Greece) Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

In the basement of The Y Hotel, there was a fitness center. I was quite impressed with the quality of the equipment. There were two treadmills, a weight machine as well as free weights. It provided a great place to workout and I was really happy with the layout.

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I was very excited after my workout for breakfast! Breakfast is located just off of the lobby in their café. I was impressed with the breakfast selection. There were tons of international and local Greek dishes to choose from. I especially loved the spinach pie, the bacon and feta cheese. Of course!

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The service throughout my stay was very enjoyable. For example, when I called for an iron and ironing board, I received it within minutes. They also offered a very smooth check in and check out process. I was pleased that the hotel was located in higher-end area with lots of shops and restaurants. All in all, The Y Hotel is a solid and brings a lot of value to the table!

Reserve YOUR room at The Y Hotel now!
Another property that I experienced while in Athens was The Y Hotel. The hotel is located on the outskirts of the city. I'd imagine that most would stay here when they had business or activities in the Kifissia area. It is easily accessible from the city center, just get off…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.6
Value - 8.3
Feng Shui - 8.1
Convenience - 7
Service - 8.2

8

Smooth!

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The Y Hotel

Hotel

Mikonou 3, Kifisia 145 62

Phone: +30 21 0801 8495

 

Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review

24 Mar 2017

I’ve always been a huge fan of Greek food, this is why I was super excited to attend the Athens Walking Tour’s cooking class! The class focuses on creating traditional food that would be cooked in Greek homes. The course was taught by a lovely instructor who informed us that she learned the recipes from her mother and grandmother. For me this was better than if she was a professional chef!

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Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

The class revolved around creating a traditional Greek feast. We started the meal off with Greek alcohol called Tsipouro to get us in the mood. Accompanying the alcohol was toasted bread, feta, olives and tomatoes, all covered in olive oil. We were off to a great start even though we hadn’t prepared anything yet. We worked on dishes individually and the menu consisted of stuffed grape leaves, deep-fried zucchini balls, a Greek spinach pie, roasted lamb with potatoes and a yogurt with lemon for dessert.

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Throughout the three hours of the lesson, we learned all of the ins-and-outs of how to make each dish. The instructor was a delight. The lesson took place in a prominent restaurant in Athens and provided a comfortable environment for the lesson.

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Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Once we were done learning about Greek culture and how to make the food, we were able to enjoy it in the dining room of the restaurant. I must say I am quite the chef! All the food turned out quite good and I’d really love to cook these dishes at home!

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I’ve always been a big fan of cooking classes and this one was great! I think it’s definitely a must-do while in Athens. Cooking classes are a great way to learn about culture through food. If you’re looking for a great activity in Greece, then I can highly recommend that you take the cooking class by Athens Walking Tours!

I've always been a huge fan of Greek food, this is why I was super excited to attend the Athens Walking Tour's cooking class! The class focuses on creating traditional food that would be cooked in Greek homes. The course was taught by a lovely instructor who informed us that…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9
Value - 7.5
Feng Shui - 8.2
Convenience - 9
Service - 9.1

8.6

Magical!

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Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner

Cooking Class

2 Cheiden St., 104 34 Athens, Greece

Phone: +30 21 0884 7269

 


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Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Athens Walking Tours: Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner Review Athens Blog Europe Greece Tours

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens

23 Mar 2017

One of my first proper dinner reviews while in Athens was at the Aleria restaurant. The restaurant is not too far from the Metaxourghio metro station. Once inside, you’ll enter a world of wonder! There is a bar and dining area on the ground floor and a more formal dining room on the first floor.

 

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When I got to the top of the stairs, all I saw were white table cloths and beautiful interior design. I found my table and got to work browsing the menu. To get a full feel for the restaurant, I decided to go with the first tasting menu, which came chef recommended.

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The meal started off with an amuse bouche which had three different items. They were all fantastic and exploding with flavor. I especially loved the potato. It’s always an absolute delight when a meal starts off with such a strong note!

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

There were a few more dishes but one I loved very much was the Couscous “Bourdeto” with scorpion fish, muscles and squid. It looked like corn but it was actually large couscous and the seasoning used was impeccable. The whole dish was simply exploding with flavor and I was sure to finish every last drop! Magnificent.

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I also went for the wine pairing to accompany the tasting menu. This included five Greek wines that varied according to the different flavors of the food. For the couscous, it was a 2016 Limniona from Tyrnavos, Greece.

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

The next course that was quite memorable, was the roasted lamb. The lamb came with tomato, a butter beans cream, celery and caper berries. The lamb had some of the most perfect texture I could ever dream of. I barely touched it with my fork and it fell apart because it was so tender! Well done.

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

For the final dessert there was a white chocolate and yogurt cream with strawberries and red fruits. This was bursting with flavor! Really a fantastic dessert and one of my favorites of all of my three weeks in Athens.

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Of course I did finish the meal off with a nice coffee to balance the food. The service throughout the evening was extraordinary. There were tons of staff moving around the dining room, making sure I was taken care of. As I said before, the ambiance and interior of the room really were splendid and the food was incredible! Overall, it was a very fantastic meal and I can definitely recommend you to visit the Aleria restaurant in Athens, Greece!

 

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One of my first proper dinner reviews while in Athens was at the Aleria restaurant. The restaurant is not too far from the Metaxourghio metro station. Once inside, you'll enter a world of wonder! There is a bar and dining area on the ground floor and a more formal dining…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8
Value - 9
Feng Shui - 9
Convenience - 8.5
Service - 9

8.7

Flavor Heaven!

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Aleria Athens

Restaurant

Meg. Alexandrou 57, Athina 104 35

Phone: +30 210 52 22 633

 


Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Aleria Restaurant Review: Amazing Greek Cuisine in Athens Athens Blog Europe Food Greece

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens

21 Mar 2017

As soon as I walked through the doors of the Grecotel hotel in Athens, I fell in love. Honestly, it made me wonder why I don’t visit more luxury boutique hotels!

 

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Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The Grecotel is stunning straightaway in the lobby. I love the white color scheme with all of the art.

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

I approached the reception on the right and checked in. My excitement was building and I couldn’t wait to see my room! I was lucky enough to secure a suite on the second floor, with a private terrace. The suite was incredibly large, and had many features to take note of.

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Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

First and foremost, no one can ignore the pig in the room. This is not a joke, there was a giant yellow pig next to the bed. I loved it, and quite fitting for me! Another feature that I really liked, was the fact that there are two full-sized bathrooms, both with full bathtubs and showers. You can have two baths, simultaneously. Boss life!

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

It’s been a hit or miss with coffee machines lately, but lucky for me, the Grecotel definitely has a great one. They’re quick to refill the coffee capsules and make sure you get your caffeine fix. The way the marble goes with the yellow accents was flawless. The terrace had a great view of the square below, and even though I’m in the center of the city, it was quite peaceful in the room. Also, thank you for the delicious welcome gift of local Greek food!

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As I stated before, the art doesn’t stop in this hotel! I was able to take a quick tour of the other rooms. No two rooms are alike! They all have very unique artwork and you can choose the room you like best. When you’re feeling creative, this is definitely the place to be in Athens.

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

In the basement, there is the fitness area. I was told that this gym will be undergoing a update very shortly. At the time of my visit, there were three pieces of cardio equipment and free weights. This was enough for me, but maybe not for others.

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Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The Grecotel’s restaurant is located on the first floor. I was able to have both a dinner and breakfast in their restaurant. Just like the rest of the hotel, there was lots of artwork throughout the dining room. I loved the setting and feeling change from daytime to nighttime. For dinner, I would recommend taking note of how good the goat cheese was, as well as ordering the prawn salad or the lobster ravioli! Overall, a beautiful setting indeed.

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

The next morning, I returned to this gorgeous dining room for breakfast. This breakfast buffet was quite impressive! They have all types of western dishes as well as a corner for items from Crete exclusively. The Crete corner had the things that I liked the most. Lots of olives, tomatoes and of course, cheese. Breakfast was fantastic!

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This hotel’s location is really convenient. It just moments away from the Omonia metro station, as well as only a 10 minute walk away from the major attractions of Athens. It’s definitely in the center of the action. This luxury boutique art hotel is a nice little getaway in the center of the madness. The property incorporates lots of artwork and gorgeous designs throughout. The service was always on point and much better than I would have expected. I also really loved the food at breakfast! All in all, I had a great stay at the Pallas Athena Grecotel Boutique hotel in the center of Athens, Greece and I highly recommend it!

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As soon as I walked through the doors of the Grecotel hotel in Athens, I fell in love. Honestly, it made me wonder why I don't visit more luxury boutique hotels!   Click HERE to check out the Pallas Athena Grecotel!   The Grecotel is stunning straightaway in the lobby. I…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8
Value - 8
Feng Shui - 9.7
Convenience - 9.1
Service - 9

8.8

Beautiful!

Pallas Athena Grecotel Hotel Review: A Beautiful Design Hotel in Athens Athens Blog Europe Greece Hotels

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Pallas Athena Grecotel Boutique Hotel

Hotel

65 Athinas & Lycourgou Street, Omonia, Athens, Greece, 10551

Phone: + 30 210 3250900