Earlier this year I had written my 2018 bucket list destinations and Greece was at the top. Santorini to be exact, closely followed by Athens and all the other Greek Islands. So when I opened my inbox and saw that I had been invited by St George Lycabettus Hotel to experience a relaxing weekend in Athens, I was beyond excited.
Not only is St George Lycabettus a visual treat showcasing views of the Acropolis from your balcony (I know right! Heaven right there), but it’s also historical. Since 1974, the hotel has welcomed guests from around the world including celebrities, the most recent being French designer Pierre Cardin. During the day you’ll be surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery, then at night, the hotel transforms into a urban oasis.
It took me a whole two seconds to dump by bags and run to my balcony to check out the view. Words can’t even describe how amazing it was. Knowing I’d be waking up to that every morning, made me one happy woman. Known as one of the best hotels in Athens, you can certainly feel it the minute you step into the rooms. From old photographs of Athens adorning the walls, to bathrooms with Mediterranean inspired tile work, it’s like living in a piece of history.
You can choose from a variety of rooms and suites, but my favourite is the eco room. All the furniture in these rooms are made from 100% natural materials. I’m all for helping the environment whenever I can and I love that this hotel is so luxurious whilst being environmentally friendly too.
St George Lycabettus has all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel. A rooftop pool and bar, in house art gallery, fitness center, spa, private screening room and so much more. Unlike most hotels the fitness center is more than just your average gym. It has a specialised Pilates and Yoga studio, designed where one can work out individually or in private groups of 2-4 people.
And a visit isn’t complete without a trip to its Aegeo Spa. A blissful escape to relaxation with massages, face and body treatments, all customised to your liking. You can even choose to enjoy your massage on the rooftop overlooking the city. Greek goddess treatment for sure!
My favourite part of our stay was definitely the food. Authentic Mediterranean flavours that melt in your mouth, mmmm I’m drooling just thinking about it. The hotel features an all day restaurant and once you sit down, you won’t want to leave. From the incredible flavour combinations of each dish to the friendly staff, it was by far my favourite dining experience in Athens. If I could go back in time just to have this food again, I would!
To compliment your meal the restaurant has an amazing selection of wine. I don’t know a lot about wine so I went with the waiters recommendation of rose’ ans it was perfect. If you’re feeling in the mood for a cocktail either before or after dinner, then the rooftop bar is the place to be.
In the morning after watching the sunrise from our balcony, we indulged in a gourmet buffet breakfast. Filling my plate with pastries, fruit, bread, cold meats and various hot items, I sat down with the view of the Acropolis in front of me. It was definitely the perfect start to my day.
Athens has so much to offer and what I loved most was finding hidden gems as I explored the city. Walking through small streets that don’t look like they’re going anywhere, seeing the beauty of craftsmanship in the simple yet exquisitely designed houses, it was truly amazing.
Special thank you to St George Lycabettus Hotel for making my visit possible and providing an incredible experience for my first time in Athens – as always my opinions are my own.