On a flight from Athens to London recently, I sat next to a well-travelled English woman who had just stayed at the classy St. George Lycabettus, on the lower slopes of Mt. Lycabettus. As an independent traveller who felt quite alone in some Greek hotels where she was the only one not in a group, she was delighted that this hotel did not seem to have a single tour group. When I asked if she had tried out the pool, she beamed and said she sank into it at the end of each day's sightseeing. Her rapture tells you a lot about what to expect. The rooftop restaurant, Le Grand Balcon, is a popular spot for wealthy Greeks to host wedding and baptism receptions. Some rooms look toward the lower slopes of Mt. Likavitos and not toward the Acropolis, others face a peaceful courtyard, and décor runs from minimalist to ornate, so if you have a strong preference, make it known when you reserve. Like many Athenian hotels, this one often offers excellent price reductions when business is slow. Tip: The walk here from the Metro is steeply uphill and should probably not be undertaken with luggage.
St. George Lycabettus Hotel
2 Kleomenous. From Kolonaki Square, take Patriarchou Ioachim to Loukianou and follow Loukianou uphill to Haritos (sometimes signposted Charitos). Turn right into Haritos. The hotel is on the right.
Our Rating Neighborhood Kolonaki Transportation Metro: Evangalismos or Syntagma Phone 210/729-0711 Prices €120–€170 double, continental breakfast €20, parking €14 per day Units 154 units Amenities 2 restaurants, 2 bars, concierge, exercise room, outdoor pool, room service, smoke-free rooms, spa, free Wi-Fi Web site St. George Lycabettus HotelBook a Room Now
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