Despite the pandemic savvy operators have taken the time to open a number of new hotels in Athens and other parts of Greece as well. Most are located in the best neighbourhoods for visitors and offer style, convenience and often great views and amenities. After a challenging few years it’s great to see these properties open and take on the over-saturated market of Airbnb’s and Vrbo’s with their famous Greek hospitality, world-renowned service focus and amazing inclusions!
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Opened: July 2020
Shila is a chic, mansion conversion with a whimsical, luxury boho vibe. It is located in the leafy, upmarket suburb of Kolonaki, right at the base of Mount Lycabettus and around the corner from the famous Bookstore Politeia.
It is a 10-minute walk to Syntagma Square and 20 to The Acropolis. Panepistimio Metro Station is just 2 blocks.
There are just 6 suites, including two garden suites that sleep 2 while the other suites can accommodate 4.
The decor is rich ‘shabby-chic’ – think terrazzo floors, antiques and wrought iron with original art throughout, often for sale. There are designer toiletries and artisan produce including the minibar as well as a garden rooftop and library for guests.
Opened: September 2021
Located in a small street right on the border of Syntagma, Monastraki and Psyri, Nikiou Suites offer spacious luxury accommodation only minutes from all the highlights of Athens.
Nikiou Suites are in a beautifully restored Neoclassical Athenian house built in 1860 and have been designed for lovers of style and luxury with parquetry floors and marble throughout. Some suites have doors opening onto large terraces, some even have plunge pools.
Within meters you can be on Ermou shopping street, in Syntagma Square, walking the streets of Plaka or enjoying the nightlife in Psyri. The popular small bars of Noel and The Clumsies are just 2 minutes walk.
Guests have loved the location as well as the attentive service extended by the staff.
Opened: March 2021
The Dilan is a boutique aparthotel and a stylish renovation of a 1930s house right in the heart of the Ancient Centre.
Located just 300 meters from the Acropolis Museum and the Main entry to The Acropolis the area is full of great tavernas, cafes and galleries as well
Offering studio rooms and suites as well as a bunk room that sleeps 4, and a balcony apartment with a full kitchen including an oven and coffee machine.
The decor is stylish industrial with concrete benches and muted pastels blending seamlessly together. This hotel is very well priced and great value for families in particular who could book a studio and the bunk room for extra space and comfort.
Opened: August 2020
Located in Kolonaki and housed in the former Canadian Embassy The Modernist is just 500 m from Lycabettus Hill and 600 m from Athens Music Hall.
This is the sister property of The Modernist Thessaloniki – currently rated #1 in that city.
It is a 15-minute walk to Syntagma Square and 25 minutes to The Acropolis. Eungolismos Metro Station is right around the corner.
There are 38 rooms over 6 floors in what was the former Canadian Embassy building. Some suites have a private terrace with an outdoor hot tub and there are family rooms that can sleep up to 5 people.
The rooms are spacious, very clean and beautifully appointed with every amenity. The design is classic yet modern with dark tones, clean lines and timber floors.
There is an all-day cafe and bar in the rooftop garden with amazing views of the city and The Acropolis, a boutique, business lounge and a 24/7 fitness centre.
Opened: August 2021
It would hard to be in a more central location in Athens that at Gatsby.
This rather extraordinary hotel opened with much fanfare in late 2021 and has already wowed many happy customers with its playful design and exceptional service.
Located just 200 meters from Ermou, the main pedestrian shopping street of Athens, it is also only 300 meters to Syntagma Square.
There are 33 rooms, ranging from small studios to a roomy suite with a private balcony and an outdoor jacuzzi.
The decor is quirky and theatrical from the Reception festooned in flowers and right through the rooms which include lots of uber-cool items like bespoke toiletries and an artisan minibar.
Gatsby has an all-day restaurant and bar as well as Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar. There is also a Boxing Ring and a Personal Trainer that can be booked too.
This hotel is especially popular with couples – all the coolest ones of course.
Opened: March 2022
Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Pysri Brown Spices, a member of Brown Hotels, is right next to the Central Market and just 500 m from Monastiraki Flea Market, 500 m from the National Theatre of Greece and a 10-minute walk to The Acropolis.
Rooms are small but luxe with dark moody tones, soft lighting and soothing colourways. Some have atrium views with lots of natural light. A Continental Breakfast is included in most tariffs.
Brown Spices is surrounded by some of the best bars and tavernas in Athens including the iconic Karamanlidika Taverna and Μπριζολάδικο ΤΕΛΗΣ Steakhouse.
This is a very affordable addition to Psyri and a great spot to stay if you want to be close to the nightlife and Athens’s liveliest precinct.
Location: Glyfada ( Riviera)
Opened: April 2022
The paint is still drying on this fantastic addition to the Athenian Riviera with O2 Suites offering a new luxury alternative for visitors seeking a beach stay while in Athens.
It is located just meters from the sparkling Aegean Sea and the popular serviced beach of Glyfada with sunloungers, umbrellas and water activities available for hire. The area has a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars as well.
Rooms are generous in size ranging from Ocean Suites to O2 Suites that weigh in at 45sqm with big bathtubs and sea views. All rooms have Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and french linen.
The overall aesthetic is coastal chic with the use of timber and natural fibres throughout. There is a café with an outdoor space and free parking.
O2 Suites are only 11 kms from the Ancient Centre and 20 kms to the airport making it a very central place to stay and enjoy the best of every aspect of Athens.
Opening: May 2022
The Port Square Hotels is centrally located at the heart of Piraeus, right across the road from the port and only 20 meters from the train and metro station.
This is a game changer for Piraeus which to date has only had a few basic hotels on offer for travellers.
Accommodation ranges from small double rooms through to Family rooms that sleep 4. All have views of the city or port and are beautifully furnished with timber floors and joinery and natural stone.
Port Square has an all-day restaurant and bar – also a great addition to the Port area, and a business centre including a board room for business travellers.
This hotel is sure to be a hit with travellers who don’t have long in Athens and business people transiting from the islands.