Greece Lodging

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Aigialos, Santorini. The one- and two-bedroom villas, with marble floors and beautiful furniture, have terraces or balconies overlooking the caldera. There’s maid service twice a day, and fresh flowers. The restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine, which you can eat on your private terrace, if you desire. $$$$ (photo, right)

Acropolis Select, Athens. You’ll love this hip hotel with a lobby full of Philippe Starck-like furniture. Bright, comfortable rooms have cheery yellow spreads with an abstract red poppy design. The dramatic restaurant has daffodil-color walls and contemporary, scroll-back chairs in tomato red. Ask for rooms 401-405 for the best views. $-$$

Plaka Hotel, Athens. The service is attentive and conscientious at this hotel with highly polished wood floors. Deep-blue velvet curtains rise to the ceiling and match the upholstery on the wood-arm easy chairs. The glassed-in breakfast room looks out over the bustling shopping thoroughfare of Ermou, Syntagma, and the Monastiraki metro. $$-$$$

Cecil Hotel, Athens. The inside of this gracefully restored neoclassical town house is painted in soft roses and ochres. The small but comfortable rooms have polished wood floors and high windows. The owner’s friendly cat patrols the public spaces. Fuel up at the buffet breakfast, served in an airy dining room overlooking the historic though gritty neighborhood. $-$$

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Elounda Mare, Eastern Crete. This gorgeous Relais & Chateaux property on the Gulf of Mirabello is one of the finest hotels in Greece. More than half the rooms are villas with their own private gardens with private pools. Verdant gardens line the shore above a sandy beach and terraced waterside lounging areas. $$$$ (photo, right)

Grande Bretagne, Athens. Rest on custom-made silk ottomans in the lobby; drink tea from gold-leafed porcelain; call your personal butler 24 hours a day from your room. The guest list includes more than a century’s worth of royals, rock stars, and heads of state. A two-year, $70 million renovation, completed in 2003, recaptured the original grandeur. $$$$

Megaron, Eastern Crete. A 1930s office building now houses a luxurious hotel. Handsome public spaces include a library/lounge, a rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the city and sea, and a top-floor terrace where a swimming pool is perched dramatically at the edge of the roof. The stuff of dreams. $$$$

051506_st.george2.jpgSt. George Lycabettus, Athens. This small, luxurious hotel on the wooded slopes of Mt. Lycabettus is steps from Athens’ museum row and designer shops. Most rooms have splendid views; all are meticulously decorated. Each floor has its own theme, and rooms are designed accordingly. The rooftop pool bar and Le Grand Balcon restaurant have an unbeatable panoramic view. $$$$ (photo, right)

The Margi, Attica. No detail escapes notice at Margi. Individually furnished rooms exude elegance and luxury, with marble baths and sweeping views of Vouliagmeni Bay. Soothing creams, scented candles, and soft earth tones make your room a private haven in which to relax or work. Have a drink at the cabana bar, or read by lamplight in the covered outdoor living room. $$$$

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