Hotel Grande Bretagne
|Hotel Grande Bretagne|
Logo of the Hotel Grande Bretagne
Hotel Grande Bretagne in Central Athens
|Owner||Lampsa Hotels S.A.|
|Management||Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide|
|Number of rooms||321|
|Number of suites||59|
|Number of restaurants||4|
The Hotel Grande Bretagne (Greek: Ξενοδοχείο Μεγάλη Βρεταννία) is a luxury city hotel in Greece, one of the most luxurious in southern Europe. It is located in central Athens immediately adjacent to Syntagma Square, on the corner of Vasileos Georgiou A' and Panepistimiou Streets, and is now part of "The Luxury Collection" hotel chain, managed by the American company Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
The structure was built in 1842 as a house for Antonis Dimitriou, a wealthy Greek businessman from the island of Limnos, only 12 years after Greece's independence from Ottoman Rule. It was then bought in 1874 by Efstathios Lampsas, who restored the mansion with an 800,000 drachma loan and named it the Grande Bretagne; by 1888 the hotel had electricity installed. In November 1930 a new wing on Panepistimiou Street was inaugurated and in 1950 another wing on Voukourestiou Street. In 1957 Dimitriou's mansion was demolished and a new wing was built on its place. The architect Kostas Voutsinas and the owners decided to try to keep much of the style of the original building.
During the Greco-Italian War and the Battle of Greece in 1940–41, the hotel housed the Greek General Headquarters. During the early stages of the Greek Civil War, the hotel housed Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou, the Council of Ministers and the British military assistance force under General Ronald Scobie.
In 2003, the Hotel Grande Bretagne underwent a complete renovation to restore it to its former glory, and approximately 82 million Euros were invested to completely modernize the building. There are 321 comprehensively renovated rooms, including a 400 square metre (4,305 sqf.) suite on the fifth floor.
- E. Papandreou, The History of the "Grande Bretagne" Hotel, archaiologia.gr.
- "Accommodation: Guest Rooms of the Grande Bretagne". Grande Bretagne. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
- "Dining". Grande Bretagne. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
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