I searched high and low for a hotel to cover us on a stopover before heading to the islands and Periscope definately delivered. We wanted something close to the Embassies and also just out of town due to the recent protests etc and this was an absolute gem. The loaction is in Kolonaki and now, after returning to Athens on our way home I would absolutely reccomend this area to anyone unsure about where to go.
Kolonaki is a beautiful neighbourhood, definately a bit more upmarket but certainly not expensive. We arrived on Metro as the Taxi's have been on strike (still are) and walked up a small hill to arrive at the hotel. Locals were really helpful to get us to the right street whihc for an intro into this city was a fantastic start.
The hotel itself has a really well designed cafe/restaurant at the entry on the main street with some casual bench seating out front. The receptionist greeted us really warmly, chatting a while and letting us know about the area and things to do. She took a real interest and during our time came across really warm and genuine. The rooms are simply designed, everything you usually expect and although basicand on the small side, clean, modern and perfect for a short stay.
After settling in we went downstairs for a quick drink and found ourselves a real treat. the restaurant is owned by a michellan star chef and the menu is superb! We tried a beer which the chef had created which was created to be more like a wine to compliment tapas which was really lovely. You must try. We didn't stay for dinner as wanted to get out and about a bit but easily could have stayed and would have been gauranteed a good meal. We had breakfast here the next morning and it was unbelievably good. Buffet selection with a cooked breakfast, cooked to order. Honestly one of the best breakfasts I've had from a hotel, real food, great food, locally produced. You can't ask for more.
The next morning we wandered the local streets, small, alley like streets which totally surprised us with noth designer and local stores, lots of great local design and just an easy stroll through shaded streets, perfect for hot Greece days in July. We ended up in town (near the parliament) and then wandered back to make a 6pm flight to Santorini. An easy day.
I'm about to review the current hotel we are at, closer to town which by comparison is a world apart. I can thoroughly reccomend Periscpoe as the perfect stay for Athens, short or long.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Periscope is a minimal city hotel with an impressive urban architecture, located on a quiet street, minutes away from Kolonaki square. The hotel draws its name from its electric periscope, a fantastic way to visit Athens from a distance! In the Lounge Bar, guests can find a remote control for a periscope located on the roof of the hotel. With a 360 degree range, the periscope's views, which guests select, are shown real time on a big plasma TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Periscope Hotel Athens