“An elegant 3-storey corner building in the leafy Athenian suburb of Kifissia, housing 13 top-notch suites”
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.
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.
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.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking