Athens, Greece

Fresh Hotel

Rates per night from$136.56

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Breath of fresh flair


Minutes from Omonia

Sip martinis from a mod, minimalist neon and cool-white perch overlooking ancient Athens at the Fresh Hotel. With uniterrupted rooftop bar views of the Parthenon and Acropolis, this chic and surprisingly afforable stay lets you take in the best of one of the world's oldest cities, from the comofort of contemporary balconied bedrooms, replete with Perspex bucket seats and low-slung modernist sofas.

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Photos Fresh Hotel facilities

Need to know


133, including three suites.


Noon. Later check-out may be available on request.


Double rooms from $136.56 (€116), excluding tax at 13 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.


The rooftop bar and pool area is the feather in Fresh’s crisp white cap. From here you can practically tour the monuments of ancient Greece without leaving your lounger, admiring fabulous view of the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the city itself.

At the hotel

Sauna, gym, in-house travel agency, WiFi throughout (€10 a day), valet parking, underground car park. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD player, minibar, Korres toiletries. The suites have DVD players.

Our favourite rooms

The views get better and the street noise gets quieter the higher up the hotel you go, so ask for a room on the eighth or ninth floor. Nab a Junior Suite if you can, especially if you’re here for a few nights – there’s space to sprawl in and separate sitting rooms. Fresh Hotel’s smallish rooms put the ‘funk’ into ‘functional’, with a white-on-white colour scheme flashed with neon, and stylish Perspex bucket seats and low-slung modernist sofas.


Fresh Hotel’s oversized plunge pool sits invitingly open to the elements on the ninth floor rooftop.

Packing tips

Glitzy sunnies for poolside posing; dark shades for the morning after.


Cots can be provided free and the hotel can arrange a babysitter if necessary. The pool is permanently manned by a lifeguard, and the restaurant can provide high chairs, packed lunches, heated milk and a children’s menu.

Food and Drink

Photos Fresh Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Go for a table by the full-length plate-glass windows onto the street for maximum people-watching potential, both inside and out.

Dress Code

Hip, youthful and carefree.

Hotel restaurant

Named after the huge Corian bar counter at its centre, the Orange Bar serves a mixed Mediterranean menu (largely sourced from Athens’ central market) in an informal walnut-walled environment.

Hotel bar

Up on the ninth floor and open to the sky, Air Lounge spreads over several levels and is dotted with uplit olive trees. It’s the hotel’s bargroovy social centrepiece, and is as popular with locals as guests – largely for the incredible skyline views.

Last orders

Orange satisfies midnight-feasters, doling out dishes until 1am. The Air Lounge provides drinks until 2am, but will often keep serving for as long as you’re still standing.

Room service

Food and drink can be brought to your room until 2am.


Photos Fresh Hotel location
Fresh Hotel
26 Sophokleous & Kleisthenous Street


The nearest airport is El Venizelos, a 40-minute drive (30km) from the hotel. You can jump on the metro to Monastiraki and you’ll be an eight-minute walk away after a few stops on the same line.


Fresh Hotel’s closest metro, Omonia, is two stops on the red line from Athens Central (Larissa).


Parking at the hotel costs €15 a day. The main road from Thessaloniki is the E92. From Patras to the west, it’ll take two hours on the E65.

Worth getting out of bed for

You’d be hard pushed to find more history per square inch than on the area on top of the outcrop that forms the Acropolis. And if you’re a real sucker for a panoramic view you’ll want to catch the funicular up Lycabbetus Hill; here you can take in the whole of the city from sea to each of Athens’ surrounding hilltops. Once the city's gasworks, Technopolis (100 Pireus) has found a new identity as Athens' all-in-one cultural quarter, with an industrial museum, exhibitions, concerts and some of Europe's best gigs.


Local restaurants

Psarra’s on Erechtheous (+30 210 321 8733) is a pretty taverna with outdoor seating on the slopes of Plaka where you can savour traditional Greek food washed down with a glass or two of retsina. Vintage-style Mommy’s on Deflon (+30 210 361 9682)  serves fine fusion fare, and hosts exhibitions by modern artists. 

Local bars

Combining a bar with a gallery space and a music venue, Bios at 84 Pireus (+30 210 342 5335) provides Athens with a unique injection of cutting-edge culture. 



Photos Fresh Hotel reviews
Heidi Fuller-Love

Anonymous review

‘A pair of loverbirds like you, you will love it here. It eeze a very sexed-up part of town,’ smiles our cab driver dropping us outside the long, glass paneled façade of Fresh hotel. Cab drivers are known for their piercing observations. But how this one knew that we’d torn ourselves away from busy lives to enjoy a ‘what you English call a dirty weekend’ in downtown Athens is beyond me.

Tucked – discreet as a Peeping Tom – between a sex parlour and a shop selling natural aphrodisiacs (‘Helping you and your man have fun the natural way!’), we surmise that being so central might mean we're in Athens' louchier district. So it’s a relief when we escape the steamy street heat and we step inside this cheap-chic stay to discover sultry needn’t equal seedy.

Reclining like banqueting Romans on one of three cushy leather sofas in the busy lobby, my playmate and I wait for our key, noisily sucking the boiled sweets we’ve swiped from a dish at reception. A very compact elevator then throws us into an embrace and whisks us upstairs to our light-dappled bedroom. Here we fling ourselves on a large low bed to take in the easy-on-the-eye cream walls, blonde pine floors and ceilings, and wall-to-wall windows.

Night falls as this Mrs Smith lathers up with those herbally Korres goodies under a needle-sharp shower, and Mr Smith sips a fillip of gin from the minibar. I join him for an aperitif on our ribbon strip of a pebble-strewn balcony to admire the postcard-perfect Acropolis view.

Down in the hotel’s candlelit restaurant, Magenta, we get another dose the city’s most famous monument. The windows look out at this flat-topped outcrop, and this centuries-old landmark appears like a wedding cake chiseled from the in the city’s chaotic skyline.

While the restaurant's Mediterranean cuisine doesn’t prove isn’t as heart-stirring as the setting, it’s at breakfast the following morning that Fresh sneaks its way to our hearts via our stomachs. Fresh fruit salad (mango, kiwi and pineapple swimming in its own juice) for me and gooey-yet-flaky pains au chocolate and croissants for Mr Smith. All delivered punctually to our suite by a pretty Athenian clutching a steaming thermos of hot coffee.

Galvanised, we go for a fascinating stroll around our locale. An exotically perfumed maze of streets surrounds Fresh Hotel, it’s teeming with Egyptians flogging hubbly-bubbly pipes, Afghans hawking Halal meat and Moroccans preparing couscous. Mr Smith, though, is looking for postcards. Now, it’s no secret that the ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about bed games and Athens has a history of love that could coax colour from a libertine’s cheeks. ‘How the heck do they do that?’ asks Mr examining one eye-opening rack of cards. ‘That would give me a bad back,’ he mutters peering at an especially convoluted position care of a Cycladic art sculpture. Clearly there was no clinch, no touch, no predilection that was too outré for this tolerant society.

More wandering awaits in the narrow pedestrian alleys of Plaka. An easy cab-hop away we browse stalls selling similar overpriced tat, but as touristy as this neighbourhood of the Greek capital may be, it’s also incredibly charming. Ducking into Psara, a traditional tavern on Erotokritou Street, we stop for a lunch of fantastically fresh fish.

When the bustle of Plaka and summer heat gets too much, we head back to the rooftop pool of our surprisingly peaceful hotel. After a few lazy laps, we clamber onto sun loungers, sloth-like. Panoramic views include the city’s eclectic clutter of high-rises, tiny white houses and that royal-icing-resembling Acropolis, all glimmering in the late-day sun. Eschewing the dubious lure of next-door’s sex parlour, we order cocktails and a the red sun set behind the pillared Parthenon.

Dusk, and it’s time for us to leave Fresh, our pitstop between some sun-kissed island-hopping and heading back home. Weirdly, the cab driver waiting to whisk us to the airport is the same that brought us here.
‘Had a good time?’ he enquires with a wink.
‘But of course,’ grins Mr Smith, giving his Mrs Smith a little squeeze. ‘What better place for us to get a little – ahem – fresh?’

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Fresh Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location, pool with a view and the rooms


Stayed on 27 Jul 2017

We loved

The rooftop pool and view of the Acropolis over dinner. Being so central and able to walk everywhere.


Stayed on 25 Jul 2017

We loved

The proximity to the main metro station, and to the marketplace and the Acropolis!


Stayed on 21 Apr 2017

We loved

The property is excellent with bright and colourful interiors and an outstanding roof terrace that has lovely indoor and outdoor areas. The terrace staff make great cocktails and wonderful hot chocolates that are ideal to take with you at bedtime. We were particularly impressed when on the 2nd night they remembered our specific order from the night before – it made us feel very much in a 'home away from home' playing backgammon each evening up there. All the staff were great, excellent breakfasts provided and the location is very central to where you would want to be in Athens with the only proviso being that the blocks immediately around the hotel are not the most glamorous part of Athens. You are right near the produce markets and we found an amazing restaurant there, and we never in any way felt unsafe or the like, but you are in a colourful area. One block from the hotel is a wonderful deli that specialises in making the best Greek version of pastrami – it is cured in paprika. The taste is amazing and I have never seen it anywhere else. The hotel will be able to direct you.

Don’t expect

The more cautious traveller could have an issue with the area it is in.


Stayed on 23 Feb 2017

We loved

The location - smack bang in the centre of Athens with everything a short walk or metro ride away. The staff were friendly and professional. We had a view of the Acropolis from our balcony and the rooms were well-laid out and clean. The restaurant was outstanding and is on the 9th floor along with a a bar and pool, also with a view of the Acropolis. The vibe was chilled and homely.

Don’t expect

Huge rooms or dead quiet - you're in the city!


Stayed on 15 Sep 2016

We loved

The cocktails on the roof top bar. Amazing selection with stunning views over the city and Acropolis. The staff are incredible too, very friendly.

Don’t expect

To get a seat poolside without getting there early


Stayed on 15 Aug 2016

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