Marriott has announced that it will be returning to Athens in 2018, following a partnership agreement with Greek hotel group, Chandris Hotels.

The hotel, which currently operates as the Metropolitan Athens Hotel, will undergo a USD15 million renovation to offer 366 rooms as the Athens Marriott hotel.

The signing underscores Marriott’s desire to expand the brand in European capitals. Chandris Hotels currently owns and operates five hotels in Greece.

Located 40 minutes from Athens International airport, the hotel will have two restaurants, a rooftop bar, fitness facilities, a swimming pool and meeting space featuring Marriott’s customisable meeting service, Meetings Imagined. It is opposite the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, which houses the National Library of Greece and the National Opera.

The announcement comes within a few weeks of Marriott International completing its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It is now the world’s largest hotel company, with Marriott International operating or franchising more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms in more than 110 countries.

In the last year Marriott has also opened two Autograph Collection hotels on the island of Crete, Domes of Elounda and Domes Noruz Chania.