Boutique Hotels in Athens

by Mary Freeman

Home to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Athens offers plenty for art and architecture lovers to swoon over. The city has many boutique hotels, which cater to the artsy demographic. The small hotels are located throughout the city, giving guests the opportunity to stay downtown, amid all the hustle and bustle, or escape to the seaside, nearly 30 minutes away from most of Athens' major tourist destinations.

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St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel

High-end food and panoramic views reign at St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel. The rooftop pool, as well as some of the higher-end rooms, have vistas of the Acropolis. The same great views can be had at hotel's top-floor breakfast service each morning, and its reservation-only Le Grand Balcon restaurant, which serves up gourmet Greek cuisine. St. George's open-air bar, nightclub and restaurant, Frame Garden, is only open between May and October. Byzantine, Greek and Victorian art adorn the walls of the hotel. At the hotel's Sensia Spa and Gym, guests may indulge Shiatsu massages or relax in one of the spa's Hamam rooms.

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel

The hotel is adjacent to the Acropolis museum, hence its name. Here guests receive personalized service; hotel staff will organize transportation arrangements, sightseeing, customized packages and reservations at local restaurants. Rooms are simple, with a cream-and-gold color palette, and range in size from single to family-size. Unlike most boutique hotels, the Acropolis Museum Boutique offers services families look for, like baby-sitting and a "doctor-on-call." The Museum goes all-natural with Coco-Mat mattresses filled with material consisting of sea grass, horse hair and coconut.

Fresh Hotel

Minimalist decor and punchy colors set this downtown boutique off from the rest of the pack. The hotel's Magenta Restaurant serves an American-style breakfast buffet, with an orange juicing machine, and a corner featuring light, healthy foods. Fresh's open-air restaurant, Air Lounge, and swimming pool are located on the ninth floor of the hotel.

Yes! Hotels!

The original installment in the YES! Hotel! brand, Semiramis captures the chain's art-influenced aesthetic with bright, swirling colors, neon lights and cartoonish design elements. Periscope's decor offers a contrast to Semiramis', with minimalist, urban-influenced design. Guests can point the hotel's functional, rooftop periscope at any area of Athens; the machine will send the images of the city to a television in the hotel lobby. Alexandros Vaitsos, designer of Periscope, also designed Twenty One. The hotel has placed evenly divided portions of a massive work of art by artist Georgia Sagri on one wall in each room. The Kelfari Suites break away from YES!'s normal aesthetic with a sophisticated, classical design throughout the 11 suites. All of the hotels are located in the upscale Athens suburb Kifisia, except for Periscope, which is in the Kolonaki area.

Margi

Located on the Vouliagmeni peninsula, the Margi offers views of the sea as well as a pine-forest backdrop. All of the hotel's 88 rooms have private balconies with views of the surrounding area. For breakfast, the hotel's restaurant, Nilaya, serves "made-to-order" omelets; for lunch and dinner, Cafe Tabac and Malabar feature local Mediterranean food. The hotel is within walking distance of a golf course, marina, beach and the Glyfada shopping district.

O & B Hotel

Located in downtown Athens, the O & B Hotel is a two-minute walk from Thisio Metro Station. Guests get to choose from three different types of Coco-Mat pillows, made from rubber and natural materials. The hotel also provides digital photo frames, beach towels and earplugs free of charge. Before arrival, guests can choose which Greek books they would like in their room as well.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.

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