This elegant hotel, dubbed the other Parthenon, first opened its doors in 1872. In the intervening years, it has survived two world wars, four dictatorships and 11 military coups and welcomed guests such as Messrs Richard Strauss, David Niven and Alain Delon. It’s ideally situated within walking distance of Athens’ main landmarks – the Acropolis, the original Olympic stadium, Syntagma Square – and the city’s exclusive shopping district. Head to the Roof Garden Restaurant for to-die-for views and new Mediterranean cuisine. Just make sure you leave room for one of award-winning pastry chef Mr Arnaud Larher’s desserts.