“An elegant 3-storey corner building in the leafy Athenian suburb of Kifissia, housing 13 top-notch suites”
Until the 1950s, Kefalari used to be in the countryside: this elegant 3-storey building was the country quarters for wealthy Athenians. Now greater Athens has engulfed these suburbs, but the atmosphere is still quieter and more genteel. Being near the end of the metro line means you can get into the centre in 45 mins; Piraeus harbour is an hour, and the Attiki Odos motorway is nearby if you're driving. So day trips to the Acropolis and Marathon beach are both equally feasible. And so, afterwards, is a cold white wine sitting in the rooftop Jacuzzi.
- We liked the spacious rooms with their sitting areas and themed décor
- The many tavernas and boutiques in the neighbourhood
- The ease of access to airport, the ports of Piraeus and Rafina, and further afield (via the Attiki Odos motorway)
- The efficient staff
- High prices put it on a par with other European capitals
- None of the major sites are on your doorstep
- Tricky parking if you have a car
- The ground floor is occupied by a Pizza Hut
- Noise until the early hours from some suites, in spite of double glazing
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast (+ restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
If the hotel makes you forget you’re in Athens, the bedroom suites might make you think you’ve left Greece altogether. With their choice of exotic themes and lifestyle décor, you could be anywhere from Cheltenham to darkest Africa. All have a double or twin bedroom, a separate sitting room with a kitchen area (except Chelsea and Boat House, the 2 Superior Rooms), and an ensuite bathroom with a shower and tub; the Superior Suites are slightly larger than the Junior Suites. Expect double-glazing, independent air-con / heating and refrigerated minibars, but no mozzie screens (just tabs).
For a taste of India, ask for Jaipur, a Junior Suite with a low sofa, sculpted teak tables, brass kettles, elephant prints and pointed arches. If you like ivory statuettes, zebra-striped chair covers and safari prints, you’ll get a kick out of Africa; if the Sahara's your dream destination, try Moorish-themed Aqaba. For a more stately look, hop into the Saddle Superior Suite: thick tartan bedcovers and sofas against cream walls and horsey prints. In Camelot you can spend a night at a round table, or brush up your flower recognition in Botanical Gardens; both these Superior Suites enjoy a bright, corner position with a balcony. Junior Suite Malmaison is more feminine, with pale pink walls, prints of trend-setting shoes and a satiny pink-striped eiderdown. Melody is how I imagine the inside of Mozart’s head: a riot of tunes on manuscript paper covering the walls of the bedroom and bathroom alike.
If you're happy to stay in Greece, however, Daphne & Chloe has a classical look (statues, prints of column capitals) plus a walk-in wardrobe and a large veranda; while Hydra comes in subdued beige with portraits of Hellenic statesmen. Pride of place goes to Deck House, a penthouse Superior Suite with a double bedroom, a full-sized sitting room with sofabeds, a private wood-laid veranda and easy access to the rooftop Jacuzzi.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Safe box
A ‘deluxe continental’ breakfast is served in a ground floor room or outside on the patio from 7-10am, and consists of a familiar spread of breads, cakes, jams, fruit, yoghurt and hot and cold drinks. It's included in the room price, as are hot drinks and biscuits throughout the day.
For other meals, there's a wide array of eateries in the neighbourhood, from Pizza Hut next door (which appears to attract a much more upmarket clientele than its namesake in the UK) to some of Athens’ finest restaurants, such as Blue Pine on Kifissias Avenue. For a typically Greek spread, head to Koutouki (308 Kifissias Ave - but every taxi driver knows it) and order a mixture of mezedes - aubergines baked with feta and tomato, krasomezé stewed meat, snails in tomato sauce, anatolitiko moussaka, salads, pies…or for an authentic souvlaki (meat kebab) go to Souvlakia Kifissias, a humming joint on the corner of Othonos and Kifissias.
Or stay in and order from the delivery menu, which includes some refreshingly different salads, such as mushrooms with rocket, carpaccio with parmesan, and fried goat's cheese with lemon and hazelnuts.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Visit the world-famous Acropolis, with its Parthenon (temple), ancient fortifications and beautifully sculpted Caryatid statues, then head back down the hill to the vast Acropolis Museum
- Explore the ancient theatres, ancient Agora (marketplace and Byzantine chapels), Roman temples and the monumental arches scattered around
- Wander through the 19-century Plaka district at the foot of the Acropolis, with its flea markets, souvenir stalls, leather goods, pottery, tavernas, cafés and still more ruins
- Spend a morning at the National Museum, Greece’s most important collection of ancient statues, pottery and fragments
- Go to a classical concert at the excellent Megaron Hall or the Herodus Atticus outdoor Roman theatre (summer only)
- Walk up Filopappos hill for excellent views over Athens and across to the Acropolis; or take the funicular train up Lycavitos hill
- Take a taxi to Kaisariani or Daphne monasteries (both about 40 minutes away), on the slopes of Hymettus and Aigaleo hills
- Take an early train to Piraeus and catch a hydrofoil to Aegina for a day visiting the island’s elegant town, its temple at Afea and its beaches
- Take a taxi to Marathon, 45 minutes away (or you could always run: it’s the original 26 miles 385 yards!) to visit the battlefield (disappointing) and long sandy beach (beautiful, but crowded in summer)
- Go hiking in the forests and gorges of Mt. Parnitha (45 minutes by taxi)
- And then relax in the small rooftop Jacuzzi, enjoying the views over Attica
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
Children are welcome, and Jaipur, Malmaison and Deck House have 1 or 2 sofabeds. Cots are also available, and you can connect Aqaba and Camelot to make a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom suite.
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking