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
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- 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
We stayed at the Margi for a couple of days in August. We were a bit surprised when we arrived at how small the property is. It's tiny. They've certainly maximised their use of the space very cleverly, but if you like to get out and walk on a hotel's grounds as we do, there's nowhere to do that here.
Our eating experiences were mixed. They do one of the most fantastic hotel breakfasts we've ever had. The all day restaurant (Malabar) is also good, next to the pool. The fine dining restaurant, Patio, didn't really do it for us. It was massively over-priced, the food wasn't great and it just felt like it was trying too hard.
We thought the beach was a bit of a con. If you could swing a cat it would have to be a very small cat! There are public beaches nearby for a price and also the beach at the nearby Four Seasons for a price.
We haven’t stayed in this hotel but we went for a desert, coffee and a photo session in Malabar! :) The Margi Pavlova with strawberries and vanilla ice cream was to die for! The heavenly taste and the modern look. Perfect! But this boutique luxury hotel is a story to its own. Modern interior design with warm colors, spectacular pool area, polite and helpful staff, perfect food, meant only for hedonistic enjoyment!
This hotel is truly a bless! Thank you for a great afternoon! Greetings from Belgrade, Serbia!
We booked an Executive Double Room and we experienced the hotel and the staff as extraordinarily friendly, competent and warm-hearted. It was a real experience of Greek hospitality.
Our room was very clean, quiet and the beds perfect for a recovering sleep in the night. We had the side to the trees and so it was quiet also during the day.
As mentioned the staff was perfect and above all the concierges Eleni and Afroditi were very friendly, competent and helpful and gave us very good recommendations for restaurants, tours, places in Athens and organized the rental car for us. For example we were recommended to go to Delphi to see the sanctuary of Delphi which was an amazing experience as you go through rural parts even into the mountains and all this is not so far away to go.
Breakfast was fresh and good, Pool area nice during the day and in the evening we had excellent cocktails there.
A very recommendable hotel which leaves no wishes open. We will for sure come again!