Hotel Grande Bretagne
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|Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens|
Hotel Grande Bretagne in Central Athens
|Owner||Lampsa Hellenic Hotels S.A. |
|Management||Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide|
|Number of restaurants||8|
The Hotel Grande Bretagne (Greek: Ξενοδοχείο Μεγάλη Βρεταννία) is a luxury hotel in Athens, Greece. It is located next to Syntagma Square, on the corner of Vasileos Georgiou A' and Panepistimiou Streets. It is owned by Lampsa Hellenic Hotels S.A., of which the majority shareholders are the brothers Panos and Thanasis Laskaridis.
The original structure was built in 1842 as a house for Antonis Dimitriou, a wealthy Greek businessman from the island of Limnos, only twelve years after independence of Greece from the Ottoman Empire. In 1874 it was bought by Efstathios Lampsas, who restored the mansion with an 800,000 drachma loan and named it "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 tried 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. Following the Axis occupation of Greece, the hotel served as the Nazi headquarters. British forces made the hotel their headquarters at the end of the war in 1944.
In 2003, Hotel Grande Bretagne underwent a €112-million renovation to restore it to its former glory. The hotel has 320 rooms and suites, including a 400-square-metre (4,305 sqf.) suite on the fifth floor.
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