We spent the final weekend of our holiday in Athens at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. This beauty opened for business in 1874 and is steps from the Parliament, botanical gardens, the first modern day Olympic stadium, and some of the City’s best shopping.
The property includes interesting architecture, art, and craftsmanship at every turn.
Having followed a fairly busy itinerary for the past two weeks we decided to spend most of our first afternoon enjoying the rooftop pool with lunch.
Another wonderful aspect of the hotel is the bottom floor spa where guests can access the indoor pool and multiple therapeutic steams rooms and sauna at no extra charge.
After the sun and time spent enjoying the spa we waited with anticipation for dinner at the GB Roof Garden Restaurant. The views are legendary and we lucky enough to be seated at the edge of the balcony making for a fantastic evening. The food is good, not great, but the ambiance more than makes up for it.
After a cocktail following dinner we called it a day and enjoyed some much needed sleep on dry land. The next morning we started with a delicious breakfast at the same rooftop restaurant and again were so fortunate to score nearly the exact same table. We were treated to a birds eye view of the elaborate changing of the guard in front of the parliament building.
Having been to Athens before and seeing most of the major sights we searched for something a bit different and after a bit of time with Apple Maps we found the Athens Pinball Museum! This was a really fun hour or so and a great way to beat the Athens heat. For 10 euros you can play all the pinball you want and come and go all day.
After playing pinball until our trigger fingers became sore we sauntered back to the hotel stopping along the way a few favorite sites like the Temple of Zeus and a stroll through the National Garden.
Unfortunately before long it was time to pack the bags and prepare for the end of this fantastic journey. We return home tomorrow with fantastic memories, new friends, a few mementos, and inspiration for future travel. Good night Greece!