Hotel in Athens
4-Star Boutique Hotel
On my first trip to Athens, one of the locals I met told me about her favourite hotel in the city – the New Hotel. So, when I returned to the Greek capital five months later, I knew exactly where I wanted to stay.
From the moment I entered into the lobby of the New Hotel, I knew I would like it here – a perfect mix of quirky and chic. One wall was covered from floor to ceiling in old table and chair legs, like a mosaic and an array of vintage lamps covered another, not to mention the selection of homemade truffles and cake-pops available for the taking.
The New Hotel was designed by award winning Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, drawing on eco-design concepts, urban street life and contemporary art. The brothers used the furniture of the old Olympic Palace Hotel to design the New Hotel, creating a funky and quirky interior. In the lounge, I found an old lamppost and some contemporary art sculptures, and in the communal spaces between each floor, I found chairs made from layers of old fabrics.
Each room in the hotel was decorated with a unique theme – mine was the ‘evil eye’, a Greek and Turkish symbol of a blue eye with a white centre, designed to protect the wearer or the owner from evil.
I was even more delighted to find that with a flick of one of the many (what seemed like hundreds) of switches in my room, the eyes turned on and began to glow. Far from being eerie, once I’d read the symbolic meaning attached to a giant ‘eye’ found on my desk, they provided a sense of safety and comfort.
In addition to the individualised themes, each room had an open-plan bathroom with a funky jagged gold sink and mirror, and a separate room with a shower and toilet. I particularly liked the cosy chairs and view of Athens’ rooftops from my private balcony.
Breakfast was served in an equally eccentric dining room, decorated with more pieces of old furniture stuck to the walls. As well as the usual fruit, eggs and bread, many of the cases were filled with typical Greek products – marinated olives, feta cheese, tryopita (typical cheese pie) and sweet honeyed pastries.
Of course the hotel also had a perfect turndown service, with a homemade chocolate truffle on the pillow.
After just a three night stay, I can safely say that the New Hotel is now one of my favourite hotels in the city too.
Esme Fox is a freelance travel writer who is based in Spain
Photographs courtesy of New Hotel
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Incredible Staff, Trendy|
|Services||Business Center, Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center, Health Spa|
|Number of Rooms||79 rooms and suites|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Lively Nightlife, Culture / Sightseeing, Great local restaurants|
Standard Rooms (20-23 m²); Superior Rooms (23-25 m²): Superior Plus Rooms (23-25 m²); Studios (30 m²); Junior Suites (35 m²) and a Penthouse Suite (65 m²).
Friendly and welcoming staff with trendy and modern, yet quirky décor.
Rooms range from €107 to €619 per night.
Last updated on 13-06-2016