Grande Bretagne
The Grande Bretagne is a luxury city hotel in Greece
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, one of the most luxurious in southeastern Europe
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. It is located in central Athens
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 immediately adjacent to Syntagma Square
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, 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
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 from the island of Limnos, only 12 years after Greece's independence
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 from Ottoman Rule
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. It was then bought in 1874 by Efstathios Lampas, who restored the mansion with an 800,000 drachma loan and named it the Grande Bretagne; by 1888 the hotel had electricity installed. Its location is adjacent to the parliament building and one kilometre from the Acropolis.

During the early stages of the Greek Civil War
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, the hotel housed the British
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 military administration, under General Ronald Scobie
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, in Athens.


In 2003, the 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 metres (4,305 sqf.) Royal Suite on the fifth floor; the price for a night in the Royal Suite can reach € 12,000.

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