The New Way to Stay in Athens: Boutique Hotels
These are exciting times for the Athens hotel landscape. After five painful years of crisis, and the closure of several hotels, appetite for accommodation in the Greek capital is soaring. Especially in the downtown precinct connecting Syntagma Square to Omonia and Athens’ famous archeological sites. Enter a fresh new breed of inner-city bolthole, catering for every style, mood and budget.
Right in the hub of picture-perfect Thission, is this very welcome addition to bustling Dionisiou Areopagitou street (which opened in April 2015). Athens Was, the new 4-star hotel of Anemi Hotels group and member of Design HotelsTM, is a perfect convergence of hipster and Epicurean elements. Such as psychedelic zebra-inspired carpets, scarlet leather tub chairs, and retro “Mad Men-inspired” wet bars. Admire the Acropolis’ ever-changing light show over cocktails up on the hotel’s cosy roof terrace, while taking in the wonderful works of Stefanos Stamios, who has a permanent exhibit at Athens Was, featuring photographs from the Archeological Museum. Athens Was is the perfect base for your Thission wanderings.
Dionysiou Areopagitou Str 5, +30 210.924.9954, www.athenswas.gr
This downtown boutique hotel, with the Goddess Athena as its resident muse, is garnished with zany modern art and original paintings to enliven your urban stay. Each of the hotel’s 63 rooms is like a mystery flight: with walls decorated with everything from forests and mountains to cartoon heroes and Smurfs, while more sedate rooms may feature the odd blue hippo or green pig! Located steps from the Monastiraki traditional markets, the Ermou shopping precinct, and minutes from the Acropolis, Pallas Athena Boutique Hotel puts you right in the thrum of it all. The sophisticated lounge bar and restaurant overlooks Kotzia Square, with outstanding dishes sourced from the hotel’s farm in Crete.
Athinas 65, Athina, +30 210.325.0900, www.grecotelpallasathena.com
A beautiful landmark building, mere moments from Syntagma Square and the never-sleeping Ermou, with the crown jewel of a tranquil inner courtyard to soothe away any urban overload. After a full day’s shopping or sight-seeing, nothing will seem more alluring than relaxing in this lovely plant-filled space. At just 22 rooms, inn Athens is delightfully compact, with a chic and elegant design that brings together Hellenic marble and steel in wonderful aesthetic harmony.
Georgiou Sourri 3 & Filellinon, +30 210.325.8555, www.innathens.com
The newest member of the effortlessly chic Coco-Mat family sits pretty in a renovated 1935 structure in upscale Kolonaki (joining the Greek luxury bedding company’s existing Nafsika Hotel in Kifissia). The hotel has 38 rooms and suites, as well as a Coco-Mat store in the lobby. Characteristic curves, staircase and frames have been preserved throughout, with sliding cedar panels allowing visitors to regulate sunlight. Guests will also encounter a fresh spin on the hotel concept with an “honesty kitchen” where customers can help themselves, and a philosophy of “coming down from their rooms for breakfast in their robes and slippers”. Distilled Coco-Mat.
Patriarchou Ioakeim 36, Kolonaki, www.coco-mat-hotels.com
Athens Status Suites
Make downtown your playground at the Athens Status Suites. Just a few months old, this cheerful and good-value property is located bang between Syntagma and Monastiraki neighbourhoods, (about 200m from the Syntagma metro). All rooms have an eye-catching avant garde décor – but its greatest asset by far is a showstopper of a rooftop restaurant sporting magnificent Acropolis views.
28 Petraki Str, Athens, Plaka, +30 210.331.4782, www.athensstatus.com