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The Athens Marathon Experience by HP Hotels
The HP Hotels Group is honored to welcome you to the 39th Classic Marathon Race in Athens (12-13 November).
Live the unique experience of the Authentic Marathon in the place where it was born, in the land of the Ancient Greeks, while staying at the Herodion & Philippos Hotels in the heart of the historic center.
Both hotels boast an excellent location in the center of Athens: only 100m from the Acropolis Museum, 200m from the Acropolis Metro, and just 400m from the Acropolis Monument.
Among all the Olympic events, the Classic or Authentic Marathon of the Greek capital occupies a special place on the international stage, with participation by thousands of runners from all corners of the world.
It was the French Philologist Michel Breal who came up with the idea to re-establish the race, with Baron Pierre de Coubertin including it in the program of the First Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.
This November, we are delighted to offer the following specially designed services to enrich the stay for marathon runners and enthusiasts.
In every room, guests will receive a beautiful welcome basket to make your stay and experience unique, with detailed maps of the Marathon route and other helpful information.
On Saturday, November 12, a pasta buffet dinner will be prepared for all athletes and guests, served at the Herodion Hotel but also available for Philippos Hotel and walk-in customers.
The price is €38 per person (excluding drinks).
Marathon Pasta Buffet Dinner Menu:
Celery velouté soup with wild asparagus and truffle oil
Green salad with “anthotyro” cheese, pickled beets, and Corinthian raisins
Beluga lentils with avocado, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and lime yoghurt dressing
Whole wheat penne with tomato sauce, grilled vegetables, and cottage cheese
Fileja pasta with rocket pesto, pine nuts, Aegina pistachios, and extra virgin olive oil
Noodles with veal, Graviera cheese, and spices
Yoghurt with seasonal fruit
On Sunday, November 13 (the day of the Marathon), a specially designed sports breakfast to cater to the needs of runners will be available from early morning (05:00 a.m.) for all guests and walk-in customers.
In collaboration with the Healing Arrow Center for Holistic Medicine, we also offer the possibility to book a pre or post-race massage to calm your body and relieve physical tension after the Marathon.
Experience our treatments in the comfort of your own room (minimum duration of 30 minutes applies) or in the specially designed area of the Philippos Hotel (where non-hotel guests can also book their appointments).
To avoid disappointment, please confirm your booking with reception before November 9. For more information, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Massage Menu: (Service - Duration – Price)
- Foot massage 20 min €20, 30 minutes €30
- Legs or Back massage / Deep tissue 20 min €25, 30 minutes €35, 50 minutes €50
- Full body massage / Deep tissue 60 min €60
Healing Arrow** Personalized services addressed to each person's personal needs (combination of therapeutic techniques aimed at restoring the body): 60 min 70€
Guests of both the Herodion and Philippos hotels will also enjoy free access to the outdoor workout area (after consultation with the Reception).
For Herodion Hotel guests only, relax in our two heated hot tubs located on the 4th floor outdoor terrace, and unwind on the comfortable sunbeds with unrivalled views of the Acropolis.
Finally, we encourage you to discover our recommended routes for your training in the days leading up to the race – suitable for both biking and walking.
Please note that all guest stays from November 10 to 14 can also request a late check out until 16.00 (subject to availability).