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This Hotel in Athens Has a Designated Selfie Spot

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  Site Where: Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, 10564
August 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Selfies. You either love them or you hate them but no matter how you feel about them, you are taking them. Just admit it. You’re taking them in the car, at the club, at concerts, at sporting events, at the playground, the beach, the rooftop bar, and even from your bed. Especially from your bed.

But at the Hotel Grand Bretagne in Athens, you’re gonna want to get out of your bed for that selfie because the hotel has a designated “Selfie Spot" on the GB Roof Garden Restaurant. The spot marked with a selfie icon is actually the best spot on the terrace to take a selfie so that you can show off your newly acquired Grecian glow with a precise view of the Acropolis in the background. For Millennials, we'll put it in terms that you can understand--The Acropolis will photobomb your selfie.

The hotel is a Luxury Collection Hotel from Starwood in Syntagma Square but rates aren't crazy out of control. We found a prepaid rate for next weekend for 278 Euros. That's for a classic room with two beds. A king bed with butler service was also available for 303 Euros. Fortunately, you can get your selfie on without booking a room as the GB Roof Garden Restaurant is open for lunch and breakfast. Now, let me take a selfie.

[Photo: SPG Greece]

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Funky Friday: The New Hotel in Athens Gets Funky With Recycled Materials

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  Site Where: 16, Filellinon Str, Athens, Greece, 10557
August 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

At New Hotel, old scrap materials get a second life and come back as, what else, trees.

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Occasionally we come across a hotel that takes the concept of adaptive reuse to new heights, literally. The New Hotel in Athens is a great example of recycling materials in a fun and funky way, and we think it deserves a little close-up look in Funky Friday. The New Hotel is one of five properties in the Athens based Yes! Hotels collection, self-described as: Young Enthusiastic Seductive. That's enough to get our attention right there.

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Gazing at The Acropolis in Athens from the Hotel Melia Rooftop

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  Site Where: Chalkokondili 14, Athens, Greece, 106 77
June 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everything you've heard about the city of Athens being packed tighter than a New York City subway car is absolutely true. On a recent trip to the capital of Greece, we fell in love with the pace and pulse of the city (not to mention the gyros), but boy, talk about a maze. Navigating those Greek-named streets was by no means a walk in the park, and while the city is surrounded by mountains and dotted with hills, it can be tough to get a grip on where you are due to the limited sight lines and endless infrastructure.

But, like New York, the rooftops of hotels and restaurants give you a whole new perspective on the chaos below, turning those closed-in, clustered feelings to ones of awe and appreciation. One such opportunity is found at the Hotel Melia, located right downtown in the heart of the city and boasting a view of Athens' most infamous attraction, the Acropolis.

The view, as you'll notice, is indeed killer, especially at night when the Acropolis is lit up like a torch over the city. But beyond the aesthetics, the Sky Lounge Rooftop Dining Bar turned out to be one hell of a nest, a relaxing pool scene by day and a delicious dining area at night. When in town, you've got to have a few drinks during the sunset and watch the lights of the Acropolis turn on as the daylight dwindles down. Check out the photo gallery below!

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Get Local Food and Priority Club Points with Hotel Indigo's "Not All Business" Package

January 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the caveats of being a business traveler is never getting to eat the wonderful food in the destination they travel to. Seriously… some hotels in NYC don't even offer a New York slice! What up with that? Hotel Indigo witnessed all the sad faces and recently released the "Not All Business" package throughout their hotels.

For business travelers who don't have the time or opportunity to explore local foods and neighborhoods, Hotel Indigo brings the local taste to them. All hotels now highlight regionally sourced ingredients for a complimentary breakfast and cocktail, like the organic locally roasted coffee beans featured in the Espresso Martini at Hotel Indigo Asheville or local stone ground grits (ground specifically by a mule named Luke) at Hotel Indigo Athens. We especially like the "pain perdu" with Leidenheimer Baking Company French breast and bananas Foster syrup at the new Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District.

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Ice Skating Near the Acropolis is Now Possible, Thanks to the Athens Marriott

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  Site Where: 115 Syngrou Avenue , Athens, Greece, 11745
December 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have sort of a fetish for hotels with ice-skating rinks which is why we're tingling with excitement over the new rooftop ice skating rink at the Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel in Greece.

From now through the end of February, guests and Athens residents can skate for free at the rink which is operated by the hotel atop the Star City Cinema complex next door. And it's not called "The View on Ice" for nothing as the amazing scenery of Athens is spread out before the skaters as they go round and round the rink. Check out the Acropolis in the background of this photo!

The rink is open from 11am to 11pm daily. Seasonal drinks and food catered by the hotel are also served.

Right now, the hotel is also offering a two-night "Explore the New Acropolis Museum" package which gives you two complimentary tickets to the new Acropolis Museum, accommodations with an Acropolis view and of course, the chance to do triple axels on the ice. The package is priced from $179-$249. Use promotional code M11 when booking. It's available from now through February 7.

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Room With an Anti-View: Athens King Jason Hotel Not Fit For A King

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  Site Where: 26 Kolonou Street , Athens, Greece, 10437
July 17, 2008 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

When you're on your honeymoon, you're hoping not to come up against any hotels worthy of our anti-view series, but even though a guidebook recommended the King Jason Hotel in Athens, Greece, to the (unlucky) boeke, that doesn't guarantee a great view. As proven by this particularly grotty view out of the King Jason at night.

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Greece Hotel Guide :: Order Out of Chaos at the Ochre & Brown Hotel

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  Site Where: 7 Leokoriou st. Psiri, Athens, Greece, 105 54
January 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our far-flung correspondent Monica Guy has once again slapped together a guide to city we have only dreamed about visiting. This time, she's summing up various hotels in Greece. Got a tip, question or suggestion about where to stay? Send it our way.

Chaos. It's a Greek word originally, and it's exactly what you'll find in Greece's capital of Athens.

Chaotic driving, chaotic shopping, chaotic, hot, throbbing nightlife. It's good chaos - especially if you need a break from the boring predictability of an office - and one of the most fun and alive places to visit in southern Europe.

The hotel scene is as chaotic as the rest of the city. We've had the quintessential English hotel, we've had the typical Spanish hotel and a few classic Spanish New Year's Eve hotels and now we were hoping to bring you the classic Greek hotel.

But we can't - a typical Greek hotel doesn't exist. They're not all as bad as this guest's experience and they're not all as weird as this one. easyCruise have just set up a kind of floating hotel but let's face it, that's not so typical either.

Our Greek spies are out looking for a way to make sense of the chaos - or at least to make sure you end up under a clean pair of sheets every night. Today, Athens - the rest of the week, we'll take a tour of some of the best Greek islands.

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