Smack bang in the middle of historic downtown Athens, nestled amongst bustling cobbled streets, tavernas and boutique shops, lies an Athenian luxury hotel that takes its cue from an Athens past.
Celebrating the classic modernism that thrived in the mid-20th century, AthensWas Hotel cleverly weaves together references from a city with rich cultural history. A monochromatic marbled lobby and glittering downstairs bar area make a dramatic impression on arrival. The bold, elegant design is continued upstairs in well-appointed rooms and suites clad in lavish walnut wood, geometric carpets, iconic modernist furnishings and opulent jewel tone finishes.
Suites are spacious, each with a mini bar and sitting area, working desk, verandah and luxurious bathroom. Blackout curtains and soundproofing means weary travellers can completely switch off from the busy pedestrian walkways outside. The larger suites have separate indoor and outdoor sitting areas, with the largest suite taking up the entire sixth floor and accommodating up to six people. There’s a small 24-hour gym below the ground floor. Massages, limousine transfers to and from the airport and helicopter flights to the Greek Islands can be arranged on request to the friendly AthensWas staff, as can guided tours of the city and day trips to other parts of the mainland.
Wall art throughout the hotel echoes Greece’s ancient past. Which is fitting, considering the crowing jewel of Athens – the Acropolis – is a mere five to ten minutes walk away. The famed historic monument can also be seen from the rooms on the upper levels.
Which is why you won’t want to miss dinner on the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. MODERN serves up innovative contemporary cuisine with influences from Greek, French and Japanese fusion under the watchful gaze of ancient ruins. An impressive cocktail list matches the impressive surroundings and stylishly designed interior. But book a table in advance to ensure your meal comes with a breathtaking view of the city and the Parthenon by night.
Rates start from €185 (about $265) per night. athenswas.gr/en