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
Loved this hotel. Can not fault it in any way. Everything about it from the smell as you walk into reception, to the most beautiful spa I have ever been in. We had a massage which was fabulous and ate in the restaurant several times and the food was fantastic. The room we stayed in wasn’t huge but it was not particularity small either. It had everything we needed and much more. The decor was extremely chic and in no way in need of a renovation as someone else says in their review further down. In any case, the pool area and spa areas are so stunning why would you need to spend much time in your room? We had a balcony on ours which was fabulous with views of the sea and the pool area. Also there are two beaches very near by, you can VERY easily walk to them, it takes about 10 minutes each way, you certainly don’t need a taxi to reach them. There is a beautiful beach which has hundreds of sun beds within a 10 minute walk from the hotel which we didn’t have to pay to enter (albeit we went quite late in the afternoon) and the sunset was incredible from the beach. I can not recommend this hotel enough, and I will certainly be looking to return here one day.
My friend and I had our last night in Athens after 2 weeks of traveling the Islands. We heard from a local friend that this hotel was fantastic, they were right! For a decent price, it was the nicest hotel we had stayed in our entire trip. Check in was easy and they were very accomodating. We had an early morning flight and they arranged our transportation and even had a breakfast box waiting for us in the morning! Thank you Margi for the hospitality.
I would love to be more complementary about this hotel, however after staying at two other five start hotels within walking distance to this one; this one was certainly the least favourite.
The pool area and outside area is very chic and beautiful. Well thought through and nicely furnished.
The steak at the restaurant on the terrace was also very tasty! (Albeit, they charge for water?!)
The spa area was an my favourite part of this hotel, as it satisfied my need for an oasis away from the hustle and bustle, and a lovely area to relax. The treatment (massage) was very good and reasonably priced.
The rooms are tiny. Probably the tiniest room that I have ever stayed in. When asked to upgrade (and willing to pay the difference), the front receptionist said there were no rooms left. Which wasn’t true, because there were availabilities on their website and other thirds party sites.
You can hear everything as well - no soundproofing...
The rooms are also very dated (brown walls), old decor, very very old phones, air con was noisy and didn’t work (kept clicking), no USB plugs, bed was also not comfortable and the quilt on the bed was super thin. The towels provided were as soft as sandpaper.
The beach (Krabo Beach) they recommend to go to was about 500-800 meters away (and €7 for a one-way trip!) and had an Ibiza-esq vibe to it. It was very small though. You probably could only fit 10 sun beds across.
Overall, except for downstairs, I am not sure why this hotel made it to the SLH of The World; it needs some major renovations and a complementary buggy to/from the beach. If those two things are fixed/offered, then I think it has loads of potential.