Athens Was Hotel - Review -
Written By Lena Harizopoulos
What: Athens Was Hotel, a new Design boutique hotel in Athens
Where: At 5 Dionisiou Areopagitou St. one of the top paved streets of Athens' historic centre
Why Go: For the ultimate home-away-from-home boutique hotel experience in the heart of Athens
Ideal For: the design-forward boutique hotel lover, couples, the comfort seeker, business traveller
I will start this review only by saying that when hotel reviewing in my hometown Athens, I don't usually spend the night actually sleeping in the hotel - let's just say that my apartment's mattress and bed are beyond competition.
At Athens Was I've actually spent the night in, felt totally at ease in its interiors and stayed in my room throughout the entire stay.
First things first though:
Less than a year ago a new design boutique hotel opened at one of Athens' most convenient & coveted spots of its historic centre - The Dionisiou Areopagitou Street -
Not only a beautiful historic pedestrian walkway but a top central location enjoying uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and the temple of the Olympian Zeus.
What's more - location wise- the visitor is a breath away from the Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis tube station, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre and the Constitution square.
So location and architecture wise here you have got the perfect marriage between the old and the new and the more I think about it the more I believe that Athens Was is all about the old and ancient grace of the Greek world being for the first time presented and experienced in a minimal contemporary way.
All rooms and suites are spacious and this is a part of the stay that makes a difference whether you are travelling for business or pleasure - as most European capitals are suffering from teeny weeny city hotel rooms -
The next thing you ll love about the design-forward, minimal yet warm rooms is the verandas.
Yes! If you want to savor the Athenian couleur local then you need to stay at a place with a grand veranda - after all - the Athenian sky and sun will make all the difference in your stay, they will magically transform the city's imperfections and grey buildings into wonders of nature.
Back to the hotel's interiors, Greek marble and Greek walnut dominate all rooms with minimal Italian pieces of furniture and accessories.
I love the Floss lighting, the leather LC3 comfy armchairs designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, the Warren Platner coffee table, the Venus chair by Konstantin Grcic
Piece de resistance: the bathrooms -
The after - taste: Unpretentious, laid back luxury with a homey feel to it.