Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Footprint in Greece
Thursday August 8th, 2013 - 9:35AM CGPI
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ATHENS, GREECE—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the King George hotel in Athens joins The Luxury Collection portfolio following a three-month renovation. With this opening, Starwood expands its footprint in Greece where it now operates 11 hotels and resorts, including eight under The Luxury Collection brand.
Owned by Lampsa Hellenic Hotels S.A., King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens has been redesigned. Led by Greek architect Alexandros K. Samaras with local artisans, the hotel’s renovation embraced a contemporary style. The hotel features 59 guestrooms and 43 suites, all with views of the city and the Acropolis. The neo-classical Greek interiors include silk and satin upholstery with distinct furnishings.
The two-bedroom penthouse suite spans 3,770 sq. ft., across the entire ninth floor of the hotel, featuring a private terrace offering a panorama of the city; a swimming pool looking out to the Parthenon; an open-air Jacuzzi; and private elevator access. Completely redesigned, the penthouse suite is adorned with a selection of original 19th century antiques and paintings.
The lobby, which has high ceilings, marble floors and grey and yellow accents, has been carefully restored to its original state. Amid its neo-classical interiors, the newly renovated ballroom can host up to 400 guests and be divided into three separate rooms.
Tudor Hall, the hotel’s restaurant on the seventh floor, has been transformed from the previous classic Greco-Roman design to a contemporary Mediterranean setting with both the indoor dining and outdoor terrace options.
Tags: • Hospitality • Architecure & Interiors • Construction/Renovation • FF+E/Purchasing • Openings •
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