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Five chic new hotels in Athens, Greece

Athens may be known as the European city that never sleeps, but a flurry of alluring hotel openings suggests this reputation may be about to change. We round up five places to bed down in the Greek capital.

Published 4 Mar 2021, 10:04 GMT
Among the new openings in the Greek capital is The Modernist Athens, where a top-floor terrace ...

Among the new openings in the Greek capital is The Modernist Athens, where a top-floor terrace offers views of Mount Lycabettus and the sea.

Photograph by The Modernist Athens

1. The Modernist

Located above a residential square in upscale Kolonaki, 38-room boutique pad The Modernist Athens blends art deco, 1950s-style architecture and pared-down Danish design. Dark marble, oak floors and brass touches add warmth to common spaces. Top-floor rooms include an outdoor deck with hot tub and views of Mount Lycabettus and the sea. Doubles from €109 (£98), B&B.

2. Athens Capital Centre Hotel – MGallery Collection

Sumptuous, jewel-hued furnishings and modern art define this 177-room hotel. Located opposite central Syntagma Square, it joins its five-star sister properties Hotel Grande Bretagne and King George in the city. The Mappemonde installation is the defining element of this hotel — a collection of 3,000 works by sculptor George Lappas that’s spread across all 10 storeys, including the rooftop. Here, an infinity pool affords unfettered Acropolis views. Doubles from €179 (£160), B&B.

Asomaton, in Thissio, is a 19-room adults-only hotel housed in a restored, late-19th-century, listed building.

Photograph by Asomaton

3. Asomaton

Understated boutique hotel Asomaton is in Thissio, a neighbourhood where traces of Athens’ neoclassical grandeur are still evident. All the key ancient sites are close by, too. Housed in a restored, late-19th-century, listed building, the ground floor once functioned as a carriage wheel repair shop. Τhe 19-room adults-only property’s indoor pool references Roman baths and a nearby hammam. Doubles from €90 (£81), B&B.

4. Brown Acropol

Gritty Omonia Square, a short hop from vintage stores and hip bars, has seen the return of its famed water fountain following a restoration, but also the arrival of newcomer Tel Aviv-based Brown Hotels. Its 165-room four-star Brown Acropol fuses 1960s retro glam with elements of Athens’ cultural heritage in shades of burnt orange, dark walnut and mustard yellow. Doubles from €86 (£77), B&B. 

5. Shila

Shila, Athens’ most desirable guesthouse has just six suites and exudes an irresistible air of mystery. Set in a former 1920s residential building in Kolonaki, it’s becomea magnet for young creatives. As much a rarefied, romantic place to bed down as a gallery showcasing fresh artistic talent, the eclectic works on display are all available for purchase. Doubles from €185 (£165), B&B.

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