The first time I stepped out onto the rooftop bar at the luxurious Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece, my heart skipped a beat. The view of the Acropolis from that patio was what I had predicted, yet totally unexpected. Graham and I had been in Athens for just a few hours, and to kill some time we wandered around the neighbourhood in an effort to fight back our travel fatigue. Back at the hotel, we decided to make a stop at the rooftop bar at our hotel known as the Roof Garden (although we continued to call it the Rooftop Bar). The view was absolutely spectacular. We promised to spend more time at the Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.
What can you see from the Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne?
Here’s a brief list of the main monuments you can see from the Rooftop Bar:
- The Acropolis, including the Parthenon.
- Sýntagma Square, a busy public square and park (Plateía Syntágmatos)
- The Voulí Building, which houses the Greek parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can see the changing of the guard here each Sunday at 11:00 am.
- Kallimármaro Stadium, dating back to 330-329 BC and restored in time for the start of the first modern Olympic games in 1896.
Breakfast at the Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne
One of my favourite meals we ate at this venue was breakfast. Starting our day in Athens in the open air with such breathtaking scenery was really special.
There was a beautiful, traditional breakfast buffet, with fruit, eggs, breakfast meats, tomatoes, yogurt and several different kinds of honey to choose from. Also available was freshly squeezed juice, coffee and tea.
My breakfast of choice was yogurt with fruit and honey.
There was also an incredible spread of pastries, bread and other delicious sweet or savoury baked goods available.
I mean honestly, how are you supposed to choose?
Can anyone enjoy the rooftop bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne?
In a word, absolutely! When traveling in Athens, you can contact the rooftop bar directly to make reservations for lunch or dinner by using their online reservation system. I’d also recommend calling ahead to see if there’s space to sit for a cocktail by the bar so you can take advantage of the unique and unforgettable view of the top of the city, the Acropolis.
Which cruise lines depart from Athens?
As you know, cruise lines do change their itineraries from time to time. However, you can currently book an 11-night Mediterranean cruise on board the Seabourn Odyssey, which departs out of Athens. Whether you’re cruising out of Athens, Greece, visiting the city for a day, or staying on an extended vacation, I highly recommend a visit to the rooftop bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne.
Have you visited the Hotel Grande Bretagne? I’d love to hear about your experience there, too!