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Grand hospitality indeed!

I consider myself a lucky person! I live close to nature, my house built on a hilltop, located a short distance (approx. 30 km) away from the city of Thessaloniki! This means that I can still enjoy all big city advantages without any difficulty. This also allows me to often come to the city as a visitor, stay in a hotel for a day or two in order to have the opportunity to attend a theatrical performance or an art exhibition, to enjoy a good dinner with no need to rush back into the night, but return home relaxed the very next morning.

A few days ago, in order to attend a theatrical performance followed by a good dinner with friends, I chose to stay for the night in one of the most famous five star hotels in Thessaloniki, the Grand Hotel Palace. I arrived to the hotel early, leaving me plenty of time to experience the hotel’s services, relax and get ready for my outing with no rush at all.

The hotel provides its own parking so we did not have to worry about a parking spot. The entrance of the Grand Hotel Palace is quite impressive. A cool big fountain caught my eye right away at the entrance while the reception and lobby area were equally impressive. The receptionist was extremely helpful. I was in my room, checked in, within five minutes!

The hotel offers several types of rooms. My personal choice was a fantastic executive queen room! Comfortable, with large double bed, a beautiful and elegant desk, spacious bathroom, nice balcony, coffee maker and above all sparkling clean!

I unpacked and went downstairs to the lobby to drink a cup of coffee and check my emails. The coffee area is as elegant as the lobby, furnished and decorated with luxury in soft tones!

At noon I had lunch in the restaurant! The food was really tasty and the quality of the products used, was clearly of top quality! A relaxing early afternoon nap followed in my room. The bed was so comfortable that I didn’t wish to leave it!

The evening passed pleasantly watching the performance I had tickets for and spending time with my friends. I came back to the hotel shortly after midnight, and went straight to my room. I took a shower and afterwards sat to the balcony for a while, enjoying the quiet, warm, summer evening.

I enjoyed a deep refreshing sleep and woke up a bit late at 9 so I went straight to breakfast! The variety and quality of the breakfast offered by the Grand Hotel Palace was exciting and I enjoyed it slowly accompanied by a cool Greek frappe!

Unfortunately time flies and eventually I had to leave! I had enjoyed a relaxing day, but my business obligations allowed of no more free time! I left Grand Hotel Palace with the best of impressions and I have no doubt that I will visit it again at the very first opportunity I get!


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Maria Athanssopoulos was born in the city of Tripoli, Greece, 1968. She has worked as a lawyer for almost 20 years. She writes interesting articles and takes photographs from the places she visits, since 2009. She run her own travel related web pages. She likes exploring new places and new cultures. She loves writing about her travel experiences. She also loves the art of photography. She has travelled almost all over Europe, but also in Turkey. Her plans for the future are to visit a lot more countries. Stay tuned!

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