One of the first design hotels in Athens, Fresh Hotel is still as fresh today as the day it first opened its doors to guests about 15 years ago. Α colorful, Skandi chic hotel with funky design aspirations and an lively vibe, next to the Athens central produce market, Fresh Hotel has a colored plexiglass façade, a bright pink reception, a happy vibe and good reputation. As a huge plus, its central location has hugely cleaned up in recent years.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There were some concerns over the particular neighborhood that Fresh is located in (about 15 years ago) but there haven't been any issues for years. It is safe and in the middle of a lively and happening multicultural hub.
The rooms are functional and kept spotlessly clean. Modern and simple lines with subtle green hues. Generally on the small side but with cute little balconies to compensate.
If you are traveling as a family you can book a family room with two sleeping areas and an interconnecting door offering some welcome privacy.
Stocked with Korres amenities, the bathrooms are compact but modern and clean. Everything is well maintained and the shower pressure is strong and satisfying.
Stylishly furnished with Minotti furniture, the lobby is small and cute with cheeky pastel colors. There are two small elevators which means queues in busy times.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Wi-Fi is free and with good coverage throughout the hotel, not just the lobby as in some establishments.
The rooftop plunge pool with wooden deck is small, but a great bonus for any central Athens hotel and can make for a great relaxing experience in the middle of a midsummer heatwave.
There is a small fitness center equipped with Technogym treadmills and other fitness gear, and there is even a sauna!
Breakfast is ample and served in the 2nd-flooreating area. Coffee and hot water are served in jugs, but they can prepare all sorts of coffee for you (i.e. cappuccino, Greek coffee, just ask!). The rooftop bar and restaurant have a nice menu of food and cocktails.
You will head to the Air Lounge rooftop bar on the 9th floor for cocktails and the perfect time to do for this is the sunset, so you can enjoy that famed Acropolis backdrop.
The hotel is a five-minute walk from the nearest Metro station (Monastiraki) and not too far from the main transit hub of Omonia square. If you have a car, the hotel parking will set you back a reasonable 10 euros per day. Buses and taxes abound as Athinas avenue is a main connecting axis of Athens.
For home cooked Greek food, the humble and well-disguised Diporto taverna is tucked away in a non-descript basement next to an olive-selling shop just 100 meters away along Socratous street (3-minute walk). Along Plateia Theatrou you can find Klimataria tavern (5-minute walk) which draws in locals for its tapas-style food (and a very juicy lamb shank!) and live bouzouki music. There is also a wide array of ethnic restaurants to explore in the area.
You must have a drink at trendy and tiny Spinster (3-minute walk) with a lot of themed weekend parties, and then venture a bit further out to the Clumsies (10-minute walk) with its uniquely designed interior and special own-brand gin.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It is appropriately named and has not aged at all since it first emerged into the Athenian hotel scene as one of the very first design hotels. The pastel colours, funky design and multi-ethnic vibe is actually very fitting to the area, as this is a very vibrant and colourful part of Athens.