We have reviewed hotels in Athens, Greece, with the best club or executive lounges to help you decide on the best choice for traveling as a couple, a family, or a single business traveler. By reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotel I would select as having the best club lounge in Athens.
Europe’s oldest capital, ancient and yet remarkably modern, Athens, is a convergence of mythology, and philosophy. Explore the vibrant city of Athens from a luxury hotel with the joy of an exclusive club lounge to return to at the end of the day.
The vibrant city of Athens offers countless activities for all types of visitors, where ancient history mixes with modern coffee shops and rooftop bars. At the same time, it is also known as the historical capital of Europe – an ancient city with rich culture, iconic sites, and attractions. Discover the narrow streets and small buildings of Plaka, and merge into 3.000 years of Greek history while visiting the Acropolis Hill.
1. InterContinental Athenaeum
InterContinental Athenaeum combines elegant contemporary design and the classical architecture of the Acropolis.
This hotel offers the perfect setting for business events with an award-winning conference center, while the serene spa and gourmet restaurants add a subtle touch of luxury.
Spend the day exploring the city’s world-renowned ancient sites, or the boutiques and galleries of Kolonaki, before returning in time for champagne cocktails at the rooftop bar.
One of the highlights of this InterContinental hotel is that you can book a club room and get access to the brilliant executive club lounge here. The clubrooms themselves offer aristocratic accommodation and stunning views of the city’s most important historical points of interest, with the Acropolis standing majestically among them.
The InterContinental Club Rooms were designed by French architect Pierre Yves Rochon specifically to meet and fully satisfy even the most discriminating guests. These rooms are rather special with impressive spaciousness, colors reminiscent of Greece, with blue hues pervading, refined wall coverings and fabrics, leather, wood, and clear glass.
The Club Rooms have unrestricted access to the 8th floor Club InterContinental Lounge and its graceful window looking out onto the wonders that stand proud on the rock of the Acropolis opposite. Guests of the lounge have included Liza Minnelli, Neil Armstrong, Sean Conner, and the Rolling Stones. So you will hopefully feel like a superstar when staying here.
Premium Services in the Club InterContinental Lounge include a private check-in area, buffet breakfast, which is usually very good in InterContinental hotels, see our review of the InterContinental London Club Lounge. You also get free dinner and lunch snacks as well as complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
2. Hilton Athens
One of the only and best hotels with a club lounge in Athens is the Hilton Athens. Described by many as one of the nicest Hilton’s in Europe.
Explore the unique architectural and artistic style of Hilton Athens and relax at the spa. View the Acropolis and city skyline from your private guest room balcony or from the Galaxy Bar, which has one of the best views in Athens, particularly at night.
Situated in the center of Athens, a short walk from the upmarket district of Kolonaki and steps from the Metro station, which links you directly to the airport and beyond, this hotel has 4 restaurants, 2 bars, and a club lounge.
The lounge Executive Club Lounge is on the 11th floor. You get access if you choose an executive room or suite at the Hilton Athens hotel. The lounge is exclusive and spacious, ideal for relaxing or working while admiring a panoramic view over the city of Athens and the Acropolis.
Lounge offerings include a buffet breakfast starting at 6:30 am and a rich selection of snacks and beverages throughout the day, including cookies, cakes, muffins, and nuts, plus coffees, teas, refreshments, and orange juice. Complimentary evening snacks are served, including sandwiches, salads, and hot items, plus alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. A dedicated Executive Lounge host will ensure you have everything you need, from a selection of local and international newspapers to access to complimentary Wi-Fi.
4. Athens Marriott Hotel
The newly renovated Athens Marriott Hotel is a Marriott Bonvoy rewards category 5 hotel and is located on the bustling artery of Syngrou Avenue, opposite the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, which houses the national Opera and the Library.
The newly renovated rooms and suites are outfitted with plush pillow top bedding, sofa beds, spa-inspired bathrooms, and features such as wall-mounted HD, LED 49 inch TVs, modern workspaces, and contemporary artwork.
The M Club executive rooms give you access to the M Club executive lounge. Enjoy free breakfast, evening light bites, and drinks, including free beer and wine in the lounge.
Enjoy your lunch or dinner at the Made in Athens restaurant with ingredients made from premium Greek products, or enjoy a drink at the E&O restaurant and bar overlooking the Acropolis, the Aegean Sea, the Opera. In between activities, stay active at the well-equipped fitness center or walk to the Stavros Niarchos Park, where can discover jogging paths and biking trails.
5. Grand Hyatt Athens
The Grand Hyatt Athens opened in August 2018 and has a brand new spa, atrium pool & bar, and a rooftop with stunning views over the Acropolis. Air-conditioned accommodation has elegant furnishings and modern technologies. Facilities include a fitness & spa center and a restaurant.
Located on the famous Syngrou Avenue, between the cultural center of the historical city of Athens and the cosmopolitan Athenian Riviera, Grand Hyatt Athens offers the ultimate hospitality experience in a city with a heady mix of history and edginess.
The executive club concierge lounge is a little odd here. It is the bar/lounge area next to the lobby, which is kind of blocked off. They have cookies, cake, and fruit out until early evening and then add smoked salmon and a few other bits. Non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, and tea are free. All Explorist and Globalists receive access to the lounge, but the lounge does not serve breakfast and is not included with this perk.
6. Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre
The Crowne Plaza Athens City Centre also has an executive club lounge. While it isn’t the best in Athens, this club lounge adds to the comfort of your stay and is exclusively available to guests of the 22 Club rooms and 6 suites. Described as an “oasis of upscale tranquility” by the hotel, this lounge is bathed in sunshine and offers all-day refreshments, snacks, and a fully stocked bar in the evening, with wine and beer.
Technology-wise, the lounge boasts a computer station, wired and wireless internet, flat-screen TV, electronic key access to members only, and ambient lighting that is strong yet soothing. You can even enjoy wireless printing that sends documents to the printer at the business center in the lobby.
Club and suite hotel clients also have the privilege of receiving one guest free of charge at the Club Lounge, providing the ideal space for leisurely chats or business meetings. In the morning, you can help yourself to the breakfast choices if you want a change to the buffet at the Ambrosia restaurant or Rooftop Garden Restaurant. The choice is yours!
7. Sofitel Athens Airport
The Sofitel Athens Airport is not an inspiring hotel but is adequate for an airport hotel. Be aware, that it is not worth paying to upgrade to use the club lounge as the club lounge here isn’t great.
Sofitel Athens Airport luxury hotel is just 50m away from the arrival and departure terminals of Athens International Airport and only 35 minutes from central Athens by metro. The hotel is the only one to be located within the airport, overlooking the Messoghia Valley. The hotel provides direct access to the Olympic Stadium, the Trade Center, and the main highway, Attiki Odos.
The club lounge here is very small with no natural light and tables which are rather too close together and some sofas.
There is a small business center with a computer and printer and a buffet area towards the entrance. Throughout the day is a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, including soda, water, and two coffee machines.
The evening food selection is not noteworthy, with cold cuts, sandwiches that don’t appear fresh and whole fruit. While the alcoholic drinks, including wine and liquor, may make this club lounge worthwhile, the food is not of great quality and is not good enough to be a dinner substitute.
8. The Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel
The Hotel Grande Bretagne, is a historic landmark situated in the very heart of Athens and within walking distance of the Acropolis. It is also part of A Luxury Collection which means you can earn and spend your Marriott Bonvoy hotel points here.
Established in 1874, this palatial hotel offers breathtaking views of the famed Acropolis and Parthenon. Featuring opulent artwork and precious antiques, this hotel has hosted esteemed personalities and heads of state who have experienced the renowned Royal Suite as well as the exclusive Butler Service.
Hotel Grande Bretagne indulges guests with deluxe guestrooms and suites, two distinctive restaurants, two swimming pools, and the multi-awarded GB Spa. Guestrooms feature sumptuous fabrics, original artwork, and restored antiques from Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
The indoor and outdoor swimming pools are particularly good for cooling down after exploring Athens.
The Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, does not have an executive club lounge or floor. However, it offers butler personalized service.
Guests booking rooms and suites on the designated sixth and seventh Butler floor, as well as all-suite guests, can savor the exceptional privileges associated with the Butler Service.
With an expedited private check-in on the sixth floor, guests will be personally greeted by the Front Office Manager and dedicated team, assisted with immediate needs, and offered a welcome refreshment.
The private concierge service, associated with the Butler floor, is on hand to share unrivaled knowledge of all things Athens-related. The team has an impressive network of contacts and enriching experiences, from organizing special event tickets and private city tours via limousine or helicopter to accessing exclusive art collections and bespoke dinners served against the backdrop of the Acropolis.
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