This sleek concept hotel combines minimalist urban-chic design, amenity-filled rooms, and exceptional service for a truly relaxing experience. Business travelers and urbane globe-trotters love the efficient service, spotless rooms, and the old-money, chic neighborhood of Kolonaki. Guest rooms are a bit small with disappointing views (except from the top-floor penthouse), but no one will complain about the sleek design, flat-screen TVs, or central location.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Many of the city's best shops, restaurants, and cafés are around here, and it's only a short walk to the metro and bustling Kolonaki Square. Kolonaki is not a tourist area, but it does have an international feel.
Each of the 22 rooms and suites features panoramic black and white photographs of Athens on the ceilings; every aspect is created with a minimal but luxury design aesthetic and a cool but soft urban grey, brown, and blue color pallet.
Plump for a room on the higher floors for decent views.
Sandblasted glass doors lead into well-lit contemporary bathrooms. They have ceramic double basins, grey tiles and chrome fittings.
The hotel lobby spills into the lounge area, and spill is definitely the effect the owner was going for. As you enter, you will be forgiven for thinking that you dived into a cool aquatic underworld.
Whatever you tip, service standards are high.
There is no spa at the hotel but there is a rooftop jacuzzi comes in handy if you book the penthouse suite.
The newly redesigned lounge/dining space just off the lobby is where the light but satisfying buffet breakfast is served. The space, with over stuffed grey/blue velvet couches and ergonomic streamlined tables and chairs, gives an inverted pool sensation.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast is the main meal served at the hotel, the rest of the day only snacks are on offer.
You can have a tipple at the hotel, but with Kolonaki on your doorstep, guests need little encouragement to hit the trendy local bars.
The nearest metro stations are the very central Evangelismos (5-minute walk) or Syntagma (10-minute walk): both these stations have direct trains to and from the airport (45 minutes). If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport, it will take about 45 minutes and it will cost around 35€ during the day and around 55€ at night (00:00-05:30). There is a taxi rank on Kolonaki square. There is no parking at the hotel.
The Benaki Museum isn’t simply an outstanding museum, it also has a pleasant rooftop terrace restaurant, overlooking the National Garden, which specializes in Mediterranean food (5-minute walk). For an old Athenian favorite with homemade classic Greek dishes, pop down to Phillipou (5-minute walk). Work up an appetite walking up to Orizontes Lykavyttou, the Greek/Med restaurant atop of Lycabettus hill with spectacular views of Athens. Sunset is the best time to enjoy a meal at Orizontes and the views will more than make up for the somewhat lackadaisical service.
Try the bars on the buzzy Tsakalof Street, off Kolonaki Square, one of the most popular being Minnie The Moocher (5-minute walk). Great drinks and a friendly multinational crowd gather at fun Café Boheme (15-minute walk). Jazz in Jazz is, yes you guessed it right, is a jazz bar! Fine malts, cold beers, pictures of jazz legends, and great music (5-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Greek Cypriot hotelier and art collector Dakis Ioannou has put his personal stamp on this intriguing hotel. This means that your stay here will be interesting and offer unique perspectives--maybe there is a hint of prophecy in the property’s underwater urban take.