5+1 New Downtown Athens Hotels
Small hotels, apartments or luxurious suites… All the brand new accommodation options in the picturesque neighborhoods of the historic center confirm the new fast-expanding urban trend.
By Titi Velopoulou
You find it difficult to decide between a large and faceless hotel and an airbnb apartment? Then a micro-hotel would be the best solution for you! The last 2 years, a new urban trend is responsible for the creation of small rentals mushrooming in the neighborhoods of the city center, escaping the worn-out concept of a hotel!
Lovely abandoned neoclassic buildings, one after the other, give their place to city hotels, comfy apartments, houses for airbnb or even an innovative hybrid model of hospitality, which can be described as something between a typical hotel and an informal airbnb, offering high quality services and customized service…
6 Valaoritou Str., Kolonaki, Τ. 210 3388889, www.lozengehotel.com
The 7-storey building on Valaoritou Str. intrigues with its futuristic facade. As for its 25 rooms, all were renovated to serve the needs of the guest, following the concept of “design by budget” and the existing elements of the building (previously operating as a hotel as well). Basic principles such as functionality and convenience are key, therefore versatile furniture were used, as well as high end technology and materials guaranteeing a warm temperature in the space. In the basement, a Greek bistro, open to non-residents, serves coffee from early in the morning. Plus, a roof where breakfast is served! From €120.
Pi Αthens Suites
4 Fokianou Str. Τ. 210 7512345, www.piathens.com
A former tech-company, in close distance to the National Garden of Athens and Zappion, gave its place to 6 unique suites (25-33 sqm.) just a few months ago, one of has a stunning view of the Acropolis hill! The tailor-made constructions used for the decoration, in combination with the industrial past of the building make it rather unique! Modern design, functional and spacious rooms equipped with all high-tech amenities make the accommodation ideal both for leisure as well as business breaks! Strong suit, its deluxe family suite! Plus, the Greek breakfast and the free parking! From €90.
NLH (Neighborhood Lifestyle Hotels Fix)
Sygrou Ave. 64 & Stratigou Kontouli Str., Koukaki, Τ. 210 9200170, www.nlh.gr
The first member of the new hotel brand NLH has opened around Fix. 13 elegant and comfortable suites (33-39 sqm.), one of which has a remarkable view of Acropolis from the top floor of the building, stand out for their modern amenities (Coco-Mat mattresses, smart TV, pillow menu, bath amenities), guaranteeing an excellent stay. Fully soundproof with a special vinyl floor, although not instantly noticeable, give the guest an extra feeling of comfort highly appreciated during the stay. Plus, a cooperation with the Breakfast in Athens with 9 different breakfast menu options, which are brought in an innovative box!From €153.
Wyndham Grand Athens
2 Meg. Alexandrou Str., Metaxourgio, Τ. 216 8009900, www.wyndhamgrandathens.com
One of the most impressive hotels downtown (member of Wyndham Group Hotel) imposes in Metaxourgio square since last December. 276 luxurious rooms with modern furniture combinations. Plus, the FOS restaurant and the SILK Lounge Bar on the basement, but also the roof restaurant “Above” on the 9th floor, with a waterfall pool and a full view of Athens up to the sea. From €108.
Electra Metropolis Hotel
15 Mitropoleos Str. Τ. 214 1006200, www.electrahotels.gr
Welcomes its guests since September 2016, in one of the busiest streets of the capital. 216-room and suite hotel, in retro chic lines, merges together the ’50’s and the ’60’s aesthetic with the contemporary times. Plus, a bar and a restaurant in the roof garden with a view of Acropolis and Lycabettus. From €239.
Athens Tiare Hotel
2 Pireos Str., Omonia, Τ. 210 5200300, www.athenstiarehotel.com
Member of Mage Hotels & Resorts, operates since August in Omonoia square, in walking distance from all the tourist attractions. Its 111 rooms and suites decorated in minimal lines and calming colors are fully equipped with all high tech amenities! Highlight: At the à la carte restaurant “Artensis”, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast, but also lunch and dinner from a card curated by chef Nikos Voulougouris. From €129.