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Quirky design hotel with a rooftop lounge and artwork by Greek designers in Athens's hip Plaka neighborhood
It may be in one of the most culture-saturated cities in the world, but the New Hotel has such a strong sense of fun that the moment you walk in you’ll feel a childish delight. A lazy stroll from the chic boutiques of Kolonaki and the lively shopping-district-cum-flea-market of Plaka, the hotel is an intriguing, if not always seamless, blend of the Brazilian Campana brothers’ carnival-themed style and the very Greek vernacular of local design students. It was formerly the smart Olympic Palace Hotel, and furniture from its previous incarnation has been splintered and then pasted onto the walls of the lobby, creating an immense, striking frieze.
Bed and Bath
Climb the 1940s marble staircase (don’t worry, there’s an elevator too) and you’ll find 79 light-filled rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, chunky furniture art creations, peppy splashes of color and easy-on-the-eye bamboo flooring. The guestrooms are designed according to three traditional Greek themes. One involves the impish Greek folklore character Karagiozis, whose rooms feature pollen-yellow walls papered with dinky doll–size gold cutouts. Another is the "evil eye," in which blue and white beads depicting the Greek talisman adorn the walls and are illuminated at night to arresting effect. Whichever design you get, all rooms have spacious tiled bathrooms with power showers, Apivita bath goodies and huge, chunky gold basins that look like glittering shards of volcanic rock. After a hard day’s sightseeing in dusty Athens, you’ll be glad to relax in such an enchanting setting.
Tuck into Mediterranean fare or slurp superb coffee with a side order of home-baked baklava at the New Taste restaurant and bar, or head up to the rooftop lounge to kick back with a cocktail and peruse the 2,000-book collection in the library; most of the tomes are about contemporary artwork by local and international artists such as Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. There's also a small fitness area with a steam bath and massage rooms.
In the Area
The Parthenon and the marvels on show at the Acropolis Museum are just minutes from the hotel. Or you can head to the recently refurbished Benaki Museum, which covers a vast period from prehistory to the formation of the modern Greek state, with a stunning and eclectic collection ranging from a 5,000-year-old gold bowl to Lord Byron’s pistols. Spend some time sifting through the trinkets and tchotchkes at the fleamarket stands at Monastiraki and you might just find a genuine antique or two. For entertainment, world class concerts of classical and Greek music are held on the slopes of the Acropolis throughout the summer at the Odeon of Herod Atticus.
16 Filellinon St, Syntagma
How to Get There
The preferred airport for New Hotel is Athens (ATH-Eleftherios Venizelos) - 19.2 km / 11.9 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.