The 2022 MICHELIN Guide Athens is here! To celebrate, we've rounded up six of the best hotels in Athens, from a food market with 38 Zen-leaning rooms to 12 rooms in a 19th-century villa at the foot of the Acropolis. Here's where to stay in Athens.
Most of what you need to know is in the name. The Modernist Athens leaves the classical history to the rest of the city, and provides its guests with a remarkably coherent vision of modern luxury-boutique hospitality — which, of course, owes much to the capital-m Modernism of the middle of the last century. It’s fitting, then, that the Modernist should begin with a Fifties building: the former Canadian embassy in the upscale neighborhood of Kolonaki.
How’s that for a hotel that gets right to the point? The New Hotel is literally new, but something tells us it’ll still be looking fresh even after the name has abandoned its literal meaning for a more figurative one. And the key, we suspect, is that it’s a hotel with an aesthetic point of view — rather than the off-the-shelf minimalism that recently dominated the boutique hotel world, owner Dakis Jouannou went for something a little bit bolder.
The name may be as American as they come, but Gatsby Athens presents a thoroughly homegrown Greek version of the Fitzgerald character’s carefree fantasy life. And though the name is a reference to the optimism of the Jazz Age, and finds its counterpart in some Art Deco echoes in the hotel’s interior design, the Gatsby is no period piece, but a 21st-century adaptation, a 33-room boutique hotel with an unmistakably hedonistic outlook.
Barely a hotel at all in the traditional sense of the word, A77 Suites by Andronis begins with a 19th-century neoclassical villa hiding in plain sight on busy Adrianou Street, right at the foot of the Acropolis. From inside, however, you’ll find yourself distinctly untroubled by the tourist traffic, instead living a life of surprising glamour — the interior style, a sort of high-fashion residential look, recalls the finest small hotels in Rome, another city where modern luxury and ancient history live happily side by side.
Athens was great, Athens was grand, Athens was the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. AthensWas, as it happens, is also the name of a sleek new hotel a stone’s throw from the Acropolis. It’s a slightly confusing play on words, but the name produces the desired effect: it makes you think about the relationship between the ancient city’s past and present, and wonder where exactly on that continuum the hotel places itself.
Some of the most successful hotels are hotels almost incidentally. Ergon House is first and foremost a multi-pronged food market, featuring a butcher, a fishmonger, a baker, a grocer, and a restaurant, all under the same Ergon Foods banner that’s been exporting upmarket Greek flavors all across Europe for a decade. It just so happens that above this “modern-day Agora” is a 38-room boutique hotel — and the hotel, it turns out, is no afterthought, but a fully realized holistic hospitality experience, one that takes service and comfort as seriously as it takes its cuisine.
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