Always Grand: Athens’ Hotel Grande Bretagne Celebrates 150 Years

The iconic Hotel Grande Bretagne in the heart of Athens launches the official celebrations for its 150th anniversary with an immersive audiovisual experience.

Nestled in the heart of the Greek capital, overlooking Syntagma Square, the multi award-winning Hotel Grande Bretagne is an icon of elegance and Athenian grandeur. Renowned for its neoclassical architecture, lavishly decorated interiors, and roof garden restaurant, the Luxury Collection Hotel has borne witness to many important milestones in Greece’s political and social history, hosting royalty, political figures, and some of the world’s most famous celebrities.   

Founded in 1874 by Greek chef and self-made business tycoon, Efstathios Lampsas, the father of Greek hostelry, the 5-star Hotel Grande Bretagne has always been at the forefront of the country’s hospitality industry, combining Old World opulence with state-of-the-art amenities.


To commemorate 150 years of continuous operation, the landmark hotel is hosting a series of events over the course of 2024, entitled “Hotel Grand Bretagne 150 Years: Always Grand.” To launch the year-long celebrations, the hotel will present an immersive audiovisual experience, inviting viewers to embark on a captivating journey through its rich and dynamic past. 

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From February 11 to 18, the hotel’s iconic Grand Ballroom will host daily screenings of “A Journey Through Time: The Immersive Experience,” a spectacular extravaganza that seamlessly blends images, sounds, and stories that narrate the hotel’s history. The exhibition will use projection mapping on the surfaces of the ballroom to create a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

From the important role the hotel played in the revival of the modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, as a military headquarters during World War II, and the formation of the Government of National Unity in 1974, following the fall of Greece’s military dictatorship, viewers will explore many of the most formative moments in the country’s modern history.


Admission is free with advance booking at Eventora. All screenings will be held daily, in both Greek and English.

For more information, please follow Hotel Grande Bretagne on Facebook & Instagram.

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