“Artfully restored hotel with a buzzy bistro and serious attention to detail, in the heart of Greece's second-largest city”
The 34 double rooms and suites are dressed in clean contemporary lines, with honey-coloured hardwood floors and spots of rich colour - plum, gold, persimmon - against white walls and linens. Interesting juxtapositions of textures and finishes include leather headboards, frosted globe lights, mirrored bedside tables, frosted closet doors and stunning gold panels that roll across windows to create total darkness and quiet for a great night's sleep. Even in the Classic Double and Deluxe Double rooms - where space is limited to 20 or 25sqm - the effect is comfortable elegance.
Almost all rooms have private Juliet balconies with city or courtyard views, and shower bathrooms are made from luxe marble. From the grand, double-height window in my Junior Suite I watched comings and goings on a busy street corner and glimpsed a sliver of the waterfront a block away. The flat-screen TV at the foot of my bed swivelled toward the kingsize bed or a leather chaise longue. And what the glass shower cubicle lacked in privacy (separated from the bathroom, facing the hall just inside the door), it more than made up for in space. While bathrooms are small, they are all generously equipped with a magnifying mirror, bathrobes, slippers and glorious scented toiletries.
The 3 Excelsior Suites are a combination of a Junior Suite and Classic Double, and can be set up as 2 double bedrooms or 1 bedroom and a living room with a rollaway bed, making them great options for families.
All rooms and suites have wired and wireless internet, interactive TV that handles billing and wake-up calls, a radio with an iPod dock, and twice-daily maid service.
A sumptuous breakfast buffet - fresh and dried fruits, compote and juices, salmon, olives, cheeses, cakes, breads and pastries, even individually packaged breakfast cereals - is served in the Roof Garden every day from 7am. This is included in the room rate, and you can also order an omelette or eggs cooked to order while you enjoy the wraparound view and your pot of coffee or tea.
For other meals, the ground-floor bistro offers all-day dining in its stylish dining room or at marble-top tables outside. Hotel guests receive a 10% discount on the seasonal menu that marries fresh Greek ingredients with sophisticated French cooking. There's a wide variety of pasta, risotto, meat and fish dishes, such as mushroom risotto with marinated raisins and feta, herb-crusted sea bass with a pumpkin salad (delicious), or grilled mastelo cheese with peach purée and homemade brioche.
Room service is available 24 hours a day, and the bistro's bar is a favourite with fashionable locals, known for its Friday night wine tastings, live music and DJ-hosted events.
If you're staying for several days, staff can recommend good restaurants downtown and in Thessaloniki's suburbs, including fresh fish-based haute cuisine at 7 Seas, the colourful array of Greek, Mexican, Thai and Lebanese specialities at Molyvos Ethnic, and superb traditional kebabs and Greek cheese dishes at Zithos in nearby Ladadika.
Families are welcome and kids under the age of 12 stay for free. The hotel can supply extra beds and baby cots and organise babysitting on request.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
An extra bed can be added to Junior Suites and Excelsior Suites; smaller rooms can fit a baby cot. Excelsior Suites are a combination of a Junior Suite and Classic Double, and can be set up as 2 double bedrooms (plus the rollaway bed, so sleeping 4 adults + a child) or 1 bedroom and a living room with a rollaway bed (sleeping 2 adults + a child), making them great options for families.
Balconies and carpeted stairs could be dangerous for toddlers.