What We Love
- Daily American buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The spotless beaches of Vouliagmeni are just steps away
- Candlelit poolside lounge with Moroccan music
- Nearby yacht harbor and forest trails
- Natural Korres bath products in the marble bathrooms
What To Know
- At least a half hour away from Athens’s major attractions
- 24-hour room service, but food is pricey
- Not all rooms have bathtubs; some have only showers
- Odd numbered rooms have the best views
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On the Vouliagmeni Peninsula, 12 miles south of central Athens, the Margi is a boutique beach retreat with a tasteful, arty vibe that sets it apart from many of the city’s hotels. From the Buddha Bar–style music wafting from the speakers to the uber-cool staff, this 89-room property has hip hotel written all over it. Each room has a balcony and either overlooks the pool (Superior Rooms), the pine forest or the Athenian Riviera (Executive Rooms), and feels a million miles away from the hectic, historic capital.
Bed and Bath
The 89 rooms are done up in earth tones and echo the Mediterranean and Near East accents found throughout the property: Oriental rugs, wooden furniture, vintage metal pieces. The rooms are on the small side but are made to feel homey with down comforters, natural Korres bath products, 24-hour room service, free WiFi and in-room massage and beauty treatments. Odd-numbered rooms in the five-story hotel have the best balconies and coastal views.
The pièce de résistance is the lantern-lit pool area, with daybeds shaded by billowy curtains. Arabic music floats over all of it, and the low-lit scene is the best place to hang out on a warm night. The poolside restaurant, Malabar, serves classic Mediterranean dishes. In winter, the lobby features a crackling fireplace. Owner Maria Stavridis displays her personal collection of 18th- and 19th-century antiques in some of the public rooms. Be sure to dine at Bakù where award-winning chef Panagiotis Giakalis serves ethnic dishes made with local produce.
In the Area
Athens’s best golf course, at Glyfada, is about 10 minutes away. The hotel’s concierge can arrange tee times for you. The Nautical Club of Vouliagmeni runs a marina and water sports club close to the Margi. You can learn to water-ski, check out Olympic competition sailboats and facilities, or swim in a heated outdoor pool. The marina offers boat tours of the area, as well. Although the area isn’t known for ruins, this is Greece, so there are some ancient sites to see in Vouliagmeni. The Temple of Apollo Zoster was discovered by some children playing around Astir Beach, and it’s said that the mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis came here to prepare to give birth.
How to Get There
Okay, fabulous hotel, great staff. Lovely decor and very nice atmosphere, especially eating around the pool in the evening.
However, the bar man with the tattooed arm doesn’t know how to make a cocktail!
Arrived at lunchtime and sat around the pool for lunch, which was lovely.
My wife’s white wine arrived a few minutes after ordering but my Pina Colada too 20 minutes to arrive - I was well into my main course.
The Pina Colada was served in a small whiskey glass - it’s supposed to be a long drink. It was made incorrectly. Not impressed with the delay to get the drink, wrong glass and wrong ingredients!
Next day at the pool all day with super attentive staff etc. Ordered a Mojito. Arrived with no mint in it or brown sugar - awful!!!
I took it back to the bar and got a fresh one with mint but still no brown sugar - bar guy really doesn’t know what he’s doing and no apology.
Finally, and this just an observation that may be useful to some people and others may not care.
The lower level rooms overlooking the pool are very noisy at night.
We lay awake on a Friday night until 01:00 when the music stopped and the restaurant area seemed to wind down.
On Saturday night I called reception at 01:40 and asked when the music stopped. Okay if your down there partying but not if you want to sleep.
Just 5 hours sleep Saturday night which wasn’t great!
we stayed two superb nights in a great hotel. The beautiful panorama over the aegean sea from the room , the modern yet very comfortable room , the big terrace all is there to make you feel home and pampered. But again , the best thing ( which is not a thing) is the very friendly personnel of the hotel. From the doorman , when you arrive to the reception everybody is smiling , has a joke , a good welcome word for you. The room service is impeccable, no thing that you can ask and they will say no. everything is there for your comfort and pleasure. And the breakfast in the garden at the blue swimming pool side is fantastic. Greek specialties , chees pie , fresh olives , vegetables , fruits all just thereto start your day happy.
Thank you Nadia and all the Margi staff, we had a great time and for sure we will come back
My wife and I had a fantastic stay at the Margi at the end of April. We booked the premium room and were not disappointed - wonderful views and a cool sea breeze meant that we could sleep every night with the windows open. The pool was beautiful and incredibly comfortable, and the staff were extremely friendly and willing to go out of their way to help. We were there for Greek Orthodox Easter so the staff directed us to the local church to see the festivities and helped us make Easter Sunday reservations in Athens. Highly recommend this beautiful boutique hotel. A must-stay!
We had the best time at The Margi, staff were lovely, food was amazing and the style and aesthetic of the hotel were incredible. I genuinely didn’t want to leave. It’s 5 star but not an uncomfortable feeling it’s very relaxed and welcoming.
The local area is great with a choice of restaurants, beaches and a lake to explore.
If it’s cloudy you have to visit the Margi Spa which was so so chilled I could of spent a week down there!
Biggest regret was not buying The Margi candle as the hotel smells beautiful.
Highly recommend this hotel and already want to go back!
We stayed for a night at The Margi. We loved Vouliagmeni and the location close to the beach. The hotel is modern, but cosy, great service, breakfast was really good, perfect transport to the airport. I love the idea of having trees in the swimming pool, that makes it very special!
Our room was maybe a bit too small for us but I am sure that there are also bigger ones if you need.
We will come back for sure !