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Four of the best boutique hotels in Athens

From the up-and-coming port area to the city centre, boutique hotels are blossoming across the Greek capital.

By Julia Buckley
Published 25 Nov 2019, 06:00 GMT, Updated 28 Jul 2021, 10:37 BST
The Nest terrace at The Alex hotel
Chef George Bakas heads up Nest, The Alex's restaurant which has stellar views of the glittering coastline.

1. The Alex
Not long ago, Piraeus — 15 minutes by metro from central Athens — was just the port you passed through en route to the Greek islands. No longer. The town’s archaeological museum is one of the best in the country, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center brought the Greek National Opera here in 2017, and a portside silo was this year earmarked as the site of a new underwater antiquities museum. And now there’s a slick new hotel to entice you to stay the night here, too. 

The Alex is the fifth Greek property for the Santikos Collection, which has previously stuck to island and countryside resorts. Overlooking Piraeus’s Mikrolimano harbour, the four-storey new-build offers views of the coast and the Acropolis from its rooftop restaurant Nest, which is headed up by chef George Bakas. There’s also The Botanist, where guests can unwind with a drink at the bar or a light bite on the outdoor patio. Rooms here are smartly minimalist, with open wardrobes, cube-like balconies and a colour scheme of dove greys and taupes paired with wooden floors. Public areas face the water, and sea view rooms are available. This is the Santikos Collection’s first city hotel — and it might not be its last. From £82.

2. Perianth Hotel
Wellness is the name of the game at Perianth Hotel, which opened last year in a 1930s building in Monastiraki. Interiors nod to its modernist past, with mid-century furniture, mosaic floors and walls decorated with local art. Guests can enjoy free access to yoga, martial arts and meditation on the first-floor Zen Center. From £144. 

3. Coco-Mat Athens Bc
If you’re after a good night’s sleep, where better to bed down than in a hotel by luxury mattress brand CoCo-Mat? At this one in trendy Koukaki, the decor is a mix of wood and chrome, with balconies overlooking the city. Guests can also soak in the view from the rooftop terrace. The ‘BC’ in the name refers to the ancient finds unearthed during construction. From £98.

4. InnAthens
This boutique hotel two blocks from central Athens’ Syntagma Square fills a grand 19th-century building centred around a peaceful courtyard. Rooms are stripped-back modern, with exposed floorboards and ash-grey feature walls. As of 2019, it’s even bigger, too; the owners bought the neighbouring building and upped the room count from 21 to 37. From £82.

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Published in the December 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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