Though not in the crushing center of Athens, this expansive boutique hotel offers much more than just back-door entry to the Acropolis. The 88-room property—complete with numerous cocktail bars, exercise facilities, and a candlelit pool area—is minutes from the Adriatic Sea and other playgrounds including golf courses, shopping streets, and direct trains that bring you into central Athens. Public lounges and bars, like Malabar near the pool, are decked in Oriental rugs, low-slung wicker chairs, and giant throw pillows perfect for afternoon napping. All rooms and suites have private balconies and simple, elegant interiors, dressed as they are in soft tones of beige and honey-colored hardwood flooring. Special rooms at The Margi, like the VIP Suite, are furnished with fine 18th- and 19th-century antiques that work seamlessly with modern furnishing and fixtures.