Athens

Hotels in Athens

Though not in the crushing center of Athens, this expansive boutique hotel offers much more than just back-door entry to the Acropolis.

The best views are of the 76 rooms themselves at this witty and whimsical graffiti-artist-decorated boutique hotel.

At Fresh Hotel, color is key: hot pinks, neon oranges, and cherry reds pop up everywhere, from the check-in desk to the bedside vases. The hotel’s 133 rooms follow the standard minimalist guidelines—plastic furniture, Eames chairs, and Artemide bedside lighting.

Some of Greece’s most influential names—including Greek Vogue fashion director Michalis Pantos—are behind the design of this hotel. The 110 rooms (some fuchsia and dark green; others sky blue and brown) have faux tiger-skin rugs, while Room 415 is painted with a mural of winged angels.

The periscope mounted on top of this 21-room boutique hotel in elegant Kolonaki means even the ground-floor bar gets an aerial view of Athens (displayed on a TV screen).

Rooms in this 1898 former residence with ornate Rococo embellishments are romantic Belle Époque fantasies that fly in the face of minimalist chic. Even the location—opposite the Mitrópoli cathedral on the border of Plaka, with a pedestrian street on one side—is steeped in old Athens.

Austin Powers comes to mind upon entering this hotel, the brainchild of Greek modern-art collector Dakis Joannou and Egyptian-English interior-industrial designer Karim Rashid.

The modern rooms swathed in earthy colors live up to the hotel’s name and are brightened with accents of red, orange, and pink at this 11-room hotel, opened in 2006. Staff are unusually solicitous, offering coffee to be brought to your room at all hours.

The “art” in the hotel’s name may refer to the hotel’s proximity to the famed National Archaeological Museum or the paintings by Greek artists on the walls of the 30 rooms in this converted 1930 mansion. Rooms combine modern and Neoclassical (e.g., gilt-framed mirrors and contemporary bedding).

Athens’s landmark hotel is a local legend. During WWII, a busboy saved Winston Churchill’s life by disarming a bomb in the basement. Three separate actors who played James Bond have stayed here, as have royalty and various heads of state.