Alexander's Bar has long been an Athens institution and favorite hotel bar among the international jetset. Decorated with an 18th century tapestry of Alexander the Great, the bar resembles a leather-lined gentlemen's club with a walk-in cigar humidor and menu featuring classic cocktails and premium brandies. The Hotel Grande Bretagne's latest addition is Alexander's Cigar Lounge, a destination for cigar and cognac afficionados. It's a new and elegant space for smokers, operating daily from 4 pm to midnight. Guests can also order light meals and snacks from the Alexander's Bar menu.
Greece's economic hardships are in the news a lot these days, but tourism is on the rise. In fact, The International Herald Tribune reports that the number of foreign visitors is at a record high-- up to 16.5 million this year. This is partly due to the enticing hotel and travel packages available- making it a great time to travel to Greece. The Grande Bretagne has a number of enticing packages available, including a new “Explore Athens” package which puts the best of the city (like the new Acropolis Museum) at travelers' fingertips.