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Why Hilton Athens is the ultimate luxury stay in the city

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Why Hilton Athens is the ultimate luxury stay in the city

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There is something very indulging in going on a staycation. Much more so, when you get to do that by staying at a 5-star hotel like the amazing and historic, Hilton Athens!

Hilton Athens Room View Acropolis
Happiness is to have breakfast with this view… – Photo credit: Hilton Athens

Is there anything better than a chance to escape daily life for a couple of days and treat yourself to a relaxing weekend? Sometimes being a tourist in your own city is one of the best experiences ever. You don’t have to spend a lot of time traveling to another location, yet you get all the benefits of a good change of scenery. Combine that with a lovely 5-star hotel stay and it’s a city break as good as it can ever be!

Hilton Athens Executive Room
Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro
The key card for the Executive Rooms also doubles as a key for accessing the upper floors with the lift. Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro

The Hilton Athens hotel

Hilton Athens is one of the biggest and most luxurious hotels of the city, as well as a true historic landmark. Even the surrounding area is now called “Hilton”! The hotel is located in a very central location of Athens, just opposite the Evaggelismos metro station, just a few minutes from Syntagma square, the very center of Athens.

I have been a “regular” visitor of Hilton Athens since I was a child. This was my parents’ favourite place for a celebratory dinner every Christmas and other holiday. Later, as an adult, the famous Galaxy Bar & Restaurant (best rooftop view in Athens, if I may say so) was my go to for amazing cocktails with friends, especially in the summer.

Going up? — Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro

This time, I was invited to experience the hotel in a different, more intimate way: to stay as a guest and even more so, at one of their upscale Executive Rooms, located in the top three floors. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity!

Once through the entrance, you are greeted by a bright and airy open space that has the reception a bit to the left, as well as leads to other venues, such as the new Aethrion Lounge. There you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea, have a snack or drink, while waiting for your room to be prepared or meeting a friend.

Hilton Athens Aethrion Lounge
The new Hilton Athens Aethrion Lounge – Photo credit: Hilton Athens

Even though the main reception is open for all guests, those staying at an Executive Room have a reception exclusive to them, on the 11th floor, where the Executive Lounge is also located.

Hilton Athens Executive Lounge on the 11th floor
Hilton Athens Executive Lounge on the 11th floor – Photo credit: Hilton Athens
Hilton Athens Executive Lounge reception
Getting my room key card at the Executive Lounge reception. Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro

Apart from a dedicated private reception area, the Executive Lounge that is located in the 11th floor of Hilton Athens also offers free continental breakfast, as well as free snacks and drinks during happy hour, exclusively for guests staying at an Executive Room. All this comes in addition to being able to enjoy a magnificent view of Athens and the Acropolis from the top three floors of the hotel. Totally worth the upgrade, I you ask me!

The Hilton Athens Executive Room Experience

Hilton Athens Executive Room
Welcome to the Hilton Athens Executive Room. Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro
Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro
Staying at an Executive Room gives you prime seats to the best view of the Acropolis. Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro

Following my checking in at the Executive Lounge reception desk, I gently walked down the carpeted and well-lit corridor to my room, for it was so quiet, I didn’t want to disturb anyone with my footsteps. A promising start to a quiet, comfortable night’s sleep.

The room itself was bright and spacious, with a large, comfy bed (best sleep I’ve had in my traveling life so far). The Executive room had all the luxury amenities the discerning traveller would expect from a 5-star hotel, such as a 42″ satellite TV and high-speed wireless Internet as well as a fully stocked mini-bar, coffee & tea making facilities, a professional level hairdryer, quality towel robes, slippers and even an actual ironing board and steam iron.  

The Executive Room bathroom – Photo Credit: Hilton Athens
There’s nothing nicer than a relaxing bubble bath and the bathtub of the Executive Rooms is just perfect for that! — Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro

I was very impressed by the gorgeous bathroom. It’s practically a room by itself! Made completely out of marble, it has amazing mirror lights, perfect for a lady’s makeup routine, but also a big bathtub as well as a spacious separate shower cabin. Needless to say, I much enjoyed a most relaxing bubble bath in that bathtub!

Hilton Athens room service breakfast
Had the most amazing breakfast in my room the next morning!

The next morning, I decide to order room service for my breakfast. I made a mistake in the order card I had left outside my door the previous evening, so I got American style breakfast instead of Continental. When I phoned the reception to ask what had happened, as I wasn’t aware of the mistake, they were so obliging and rushed to bring me a continental breakfast in addition to the American one I had already received. They went so above and beyond to make sure I was happy with my breakfast that I felt bad about having caused such a fuss!

The Hiltonia Spa

The indoor swimming pool – Photo credits: Hilton Athens
The gym – Photo credits: Hilton Athens

I’ve already mentioned the exclusive access to the 11th floor Executive Lounge, but it is also worth mentioning that staying at an Executive Room also gives you free access to the splendid Hiltonia Spa.

There you’ll find an amazing (and big!) indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and a fully equipped gym. Moreover, and at extra cost, you can enjoy spa services such as massages and beauty treatments. Personally I went for an unbelievable hyaluronic facial treatment which left me relaxed and face totally glowing.

Hilton Athens swimming pool
Hilton Athens is famous for its huge open air swimming pool – Photo credit: Hilton Athens

Now, although I stayed as a guest in winter, I often make use of their open air swimming pool in the summer and I have to tell you, it is the biggest hotel swimming pool in Athens. It is open to the public, for a fee, has plenty of chaise-longues to relax and a lovely poolside restaurant, the Oasis Bar & Grill, which serves from burgers and juices to light Mediterranean cuisine.

A foodie heaven

In addition to high quality accommodation, Hilton Athens offers an equally high quality cuisine. After all, one wouldn’t accept anything less from a 5-star hotel of a European metropolis. The main restaurant is the Byzantino in the ground floor, it’s open all day and this is also where the main breakfast is served. I am particularly fond of their desserts.

Byzantino restaurant at Hilton Athens
The Byzantino restaurant of Hilton Athens

One of the highlights of Hilton Athens is the Galaxy Bar & Restaurant at the top floor of the hotel, with stunning views to the city of Athens and its landmark, the Acropolis. It offers elegant dishes with a Mediterranean flair, as well hosts probably the best sushi bar in town (it’s my favourite, at least). You can read all about my sushi indulgence at the Galaxy Restaurant in its very own post (that’s how much I love it!)

Read also: Sushi & Champagne under the stars of Galaxy Bar & Restaurant

The wonderful rooftop Galaxy Bar & Restaurant on the 13th floor — Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro
Once again… this view! — Photo credits: Dimitris Mastrogeorgakis – Photo Astro
The view of Lycabettus hill from the balcony of Hilton Athens – Photo credit: Hilton Athens

In addition to comfortable rooms with lavish bathrooms and all the amenities, great food and fantastic views, Hilton Athens is also very centrally located, just five minutes by foot from the Evaggelismos metro station and one metro stop away from the city centre. It’s perfect to use it as your sightseeing basis, very close to some of the most popular attractions, including:

  • The Acropolis Museum
  • The picturesque Plaka district
  • Monastiraki
  • Ermou street shopping area
  • National Art Gallery (currently under refurbishment)
  • Megaron, the Athens Concert Hall
  • The Byzantine Museum
  • The National Garden
  • Syntagma square and the Parliament buildings
  • The Panathinaiko stadium
  • Lycabettus hill
  • The upscale shopping area of Kolonaki

Hilton Athens info

46, Vassilissis Sofias avenue
Reservations: call +30 210-7281000 or email [email protected] 
www.hiltonathens.gr, FacebookInstagram 

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Hilton Athens but all opinions and views expressed here are my own.

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