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
- 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
The internet was abysmally slow and useless, there was no light on the balcony, and I was under the impression that the area around the pool was open to people who weren't even guests of the hotel. I was charged twice for things I didn't even consume. There was also a lot of noise coming from club. I felt I wasn't being served so much as regarded as someone they could squeeze money from. I was also very unhappy with the front desk. Some people there were totally incompetent, others were rude. I shall not stay at this hotel again.
Not a 5 star anymore. Lovely hotel but needs some work and there were a few things I didn't like. We went to the pool in the morning but all seats had a reserved sign on them. I did argue for a seat and got one eventually. The shocking thing was - most reserved seats were still empty when I left at 15.00. Pool is too small for all the guests but it was very pretty. Our umbrella had mold on it - see attached picture. That's a health hazard but we couldn't move elsewhere. We also ordered drinks but it took 20 minutes for my hot coffee to arrive which was cold by then. We got an upgraded room but I prefer their standard rooms which have a door on the bathroom. Not a fan of the modern feel with no door - unfortunately I had meetings early in the morning and my partner woke because I had to turn on lights in the bathroom area. No privacy at all. Much prefer my room last year. Breakfast was good and plentiful. My only issue was all the staff standing around at 7am and not asked for coffee once during my one hour there (was working too). Check out was ok. Loved the bed in my room - comfortable. Liked the free bottle of water as well.
Because we arrived at 03:00, we had to take a room, as check in is 15:00. All fair enough. We had to be out of this room by 12::00, fair enough. However, despite an advertised check in time of 15:00, we didn't get into to our actual room (the VIP Suite), until 16:30. Apparently, the reason was that the previous guests didn't want to leave. This may have been true but, the room rate was £1550! Not really good enough.
The staff around the pool and at the restaurants, bar etc. were excellent. Very friendly and very attentive. The food was mostly good. I highly recommended the French fries! Breakfast was pretty poor.
The Suite we had was huge, with great views of the sea. It was well appointed, with plenty of space for hanging clothes. There is a jacuzzi in the room but neither we nor the staff could get it to work.
The main town is a ten minute walk, with plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. The local people are very friendly. It feels very safe.
I think my review is coloured by the feeling that I didn't quite get the value for money that I'd expect, on this occasion.
The Margi pitches itself as a boutique hotel. I'm not sure I'd class it as that. The rooms (we stayed in two of them), had the feel of a Scandinavian city centre hotel.
The Margi has an excellent staff, espacially the bartender Kristos, the waitress Kirsty and the waitress at the pool Frosos were fantastic! Thank you guys x , you made our holiday special. The pool is beautifull. The food is fantastic, also the breakfast is very good, the bar is nice ....everything is so clean and it is a bit 'zen feeling' when you arrives at the hotel. The room is also lovely but you should ask for a room with a view because our view was not so fantastic. There are a few very good restaurants in the neigbourhood and that's is so nice because you don't have to eat everyday in the restaurant at the hotel. If you want to go to the beach, you have to pay to enter the area , that was a pity. I would recommend the Margi at people who don't loves to watch the see
Was there last weekend for three days for a little break from work. Its a quaint hotel with accommodating staff. The room I stayed in had a huge balcony over looking a little garden which was very charming. Went to the spa everyday and it was great! The relaxing area there is very zen! The staff at the spa are wonderful! The pool area was great, and in the evening the bar area is very charming, the only downfall is their were a lot of kids and I wouldn't peg this hotel to be a family resort of any kind, its very much a boutique hotel with a good sized pool meant for much needed downtime. Overall it was just what I needed, and if I were to go back to Vouliagmeni and wanted to stay at a boutique hotel this is where I would be.