5 Amazing Boutique Hotels in Athens for a unique bride preparation
Acropolis views, rooftop bars, designer décor, you’ll find all this and more in the new wave of boutique hotels cropping up all around downtown Athens. The Psirri neighbourhood, with its graffiti-lined alleys and pavement café scene, is the heart of the new scene in Athens. But there are also plenty of stylish boltholes around Koukaki, Kolonaki, and the Historic Centre, where historic buildings are being converted into modern hotels within strolling distance to the major archaeological sites. Here's my pick of the best boutique hotels in Athens.
The discreet entrance to AthensWas lies at the start of Dionyisiou Areopagitou, one of the most desirable streets in Athens. Inside, interiors are a beautifully composed collection of classic designer pieces think leather armchairs by Le Corbusier, sculptural chairs by Konstantin Grcic, and lamps by Ronan and Erwen Bouroullec. Every room and suite has a smart marble balcony, where you can order breakfast à la carte at no extra charge. On the roof, Sense is a fine-dining restaurant where the Acropolis views compete with clever, boundary-pushing Greek dishes, such as scorpion fish balls with sea urchin and ouzo foam.
from 200 euro
Right on Areopagitou Street , 300mfrom the Acropolis Museum
2. The Foundry Hotel
Vertical gardens, quirky industrial design, and a beautifully landscaped roof terrace give this former type foundry the edge over the other boutique hotels popping up all over Psirri. Built in 1930, the building has served as a stable, a Greek font foundry and a theatre, and the intriguing back story and beautiful bone structure shine through in its design. Original features include exposed brick-and-mortar ceilings and floor-to-ceiling Crittall windows. You’ll spend most of your time in the large apartments or, in warm weather, hanging out on the spectacular roof terrace admiring the Parthenon peeking through the plants.
from 130 euro
Sarri 40, 10560 Athens Greece
3. Coco-mat Hotel Athens
A calm oasis in the affluent heart of Athens. This eco-friendly hotel is a showcase for Coco-mat, purveyor of all-natural beds to some of the world’s best hotels. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed. The vibe is more Scandi-chic than traditional Greek, but everything from the coconut-fibre mattresses to the linen drapes is hand-made in Greece using natural materials. In the heart of Athens and the elegant district of Kolonaki, contemporary urban living joins in harmony with the comfortable hospitality that COCO-MAT offers! In an impressive building, designed by architect Emmanuel Lazarides, known for designing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Greek Parliament, urban cosmopolitism has found its hospitality destination in the city of Athens!
from 100 euro
36 Patriarchou Ioakeim Street, Kolonaki, Athens
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