Athens Capital M-Gallery
Athens Capital M-Gallery, one of the most awaited hotel openings in Athens, opened its doors on September 3.
Taking in the view from its 10th floor roof-terrace feels like a quick lesson in the city’s layered architectural history: right across is its sister hotel, the majestic Grande Bretagne; this is a vantage point to view reliefs and details of the Greek Parliament that get glossed over otherwise; admire the handsome Attica building in burnt orange (formerly known as the Army Pension Fund building) and all the stunning buildings that line Panepistimiou; the neo-classical grandeur of the Egyptian Embassy, (the spacious, two-story building, which originally belonged to Greece’s King George II, was given as a gift to Egypt’s King Fuad and became the Egyptian royal summer residence in Athens. The deposed King Farouk stayed there briefly in 1952 en route to Italy, following the revolution and his exile from Egypt!); and of course, the two landmarks that define the city: the Acropolis and Mt. Lycabettus. With stellar views to compete with, the interior designers really had to up their game too!
Running through the height of the 10 stories is the spectacular sculptural narrative Mappemonde by the late George Lappas, that lends its name to the roof bar! The predominant colour palette here is teal and duck egg blue, its chic and elegant design bringing together Hellenic marble and steel in wonderful aesthetic harmony. The lobby has an inviting bar that spills on to the street and a stunning trompe l’œil wall in mirror and metal.
Mr Evripides Tzikas, General Manager at MGallery states, “A personalised stay, an introduction to the authentic side of the capital, inspired storytelling, unique artworks and the creation of memorable moments for guests are just a few elements that differentiate Athens Capital Hotel – MGallery Collection from any other hotel in the city. The Athens Capital Hotel – MGallery Collection, is the result of a strategic partnership between Lampsa Hellenic Hotels S.A. and Accor, two true leaders in the tourism industry who share the same values and adds a new sense of esteem to the Athenian culture of hospitality.”
The tag line here is ‘stories that stay’ and it promises to deliver several of those!