When I visited Athens I immersed myself in luxury and elegance at the avant-garde five star boutique hotel Grecotel Pallas Athena. The hotel that opened in January 2014 is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World family and counts 63 rooms, none identical. Situated across the Athens town hall on Kotzia square, and only a short walk away from Athens’ bustling historical sights and shopping streets, it is one of the best hotels to use as your base for a city trip to Athens. Metro stations Omonia and Monastiraki are only five and ten minutes away if you would like to use the hotel as a base to explore other parts of the city like e.g. Kolonaki. The interior design and concept of the hotel are to create a new experience: an art boutique hotel for luxurious city living.
The handpicked interior and close attention to art and design makes the hotel appeal to anyone with an eye for design. There are impressive pieces of artwork and designer furnishings throughout the common areas and suites. And although it is all polished and glamourous, the atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and unpretentious. The elegant dining-room and lounge bar on the first floor, is where you have breakfast in the morning, and in summer you can sit on the terrace overlooking Kotzia square and drink your morning coffee.
All the rooms, or better said suites, are spacious and all different and unique. I stayed in a fabulous suite with a black and white and indigo blue colour scheme. I loved their bathroom amenities with their own brand of bath and body products made with ingredients from their own farm.
Moreover, it is also a kid-friendly hotel with special family suites with fairytale graffiti-decorated rooms that evoke fun and whimsy feelings. Basically there are three categories of suites: the family, graffiti decorated rooms, the Pallas, Greek inspired rooms with modern art pieces, and the 4 loft suites with antiquities and opulent decor.
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