Athens Hilton Adds New Suites


The Hilton Athens recently added 16 new junior suites, designed by Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis.

Each 861-square-foot junior suite consists of two separate areas: a sitting room and dining area and a large bedroom with a double king size bed and wardrobe. The couch in the sitting room doubles as a bed. Each suite is equipped with two Philips LCD televisions (32" and 20"), two balconies with a view of the Acropolis and two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a steam bath.

Guests of the hotel should be sure to check out the new Acropolis Museum, which opened in


June and features hundreds of sculptures and artifacts from ancient Greece. The museum reportedly holds more than 4,000 ancient works, including some of the best surviving classical sculptures that once adorned the Acropolis. Entry to the museum is $1.40 (one euro) until the end of the year, when it will increase to $7 (five euros). According to the museum's management, a typical visit could take up to three hours, not including possible stops for food and refreshments.

The new additions to the Hilton come upon the heels of a study revealing that Greece's hotel industry has improved this year over last. The study, conducted by Athens-based tourism and hospitality consultant Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas, says that the presence of well-known hotels in Greece has grown, with four percent of the properties, which control 19 percent of the total room capacity, being affiliated with one of 113 brands compared to three percent of hotels and 17 percent of all room capacity in 2005.

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