Athens, Greece

Monument

Price per night from$296.20

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (inclusive of taxes and fees) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR272.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Acropolis-gazing aristocrat

Setting

Psyrri-ously cool 'hood

Bringing a dash of old-world charm to Athens’ quirkiest neighbourhood, Monument is an elegantly epicurean newcomer just a stone’s throw from the Acropolis. Housed in a grand neoclassical building, originally designed in 1881 by the acclaimed architect Ernst Ziller, and recently restored with the help of the Ministry of Culture, this Hellenic hotspot has modernised mauve interiors, original frescoes and a smattering of designer furnishings. Not quite open – but hotly anticipated – this stay’s spa menu and finer details are a closely guarded secret, for now, but you can bet they’ll be nothing short of monumental. 

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A bottle of wine, sauna and hamam access and, for those staying 3 nights or more, 20 per cent off all massages.

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine, including five suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £223.21 (€265), including tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €7.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast with buffet and á la carte options.

Also

The hidden treasures of Monument have been restored by a team of experts from the Directorate of Conservation and Restoration of the Ministry of Culture – just look up.

At the hotel

Spa with hammam and sauna, laundry service (charged), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar, TV, bathrobe and slippers, Nespresso coffee machine, and Molton Brown bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Claim your own slice of untempered Epicurean luxury, with the fairy-tale views of the Epos, whose private terrace surveys the Acropolis and the church of Agios Dimitrios in Psyrri. The Nidus room does one better, with a Jacuzzi topping off its rooftop terrace, as well as designer furnishings from Gubi and Frama.

Spa

The hotel’s wellness centre, which will include one intimate treatment room, a sauna, steam room and hammam, is designed to provide guests with a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city. We’ve heard their massage menu is just as thorough as their design, covering everything from backs, necks, hands and feet, as well as the signature full-body.

Packing tips

Pack only your coolest fits, so as to not be out-styled by the decor. And leave plenty of space for particular Psyrri finds.

Also

Unfortunately, due to the historic nature of the building, Monument is unsuitable for those with mobility issues. Please be aware, there is no lift at the hotel.

Children

Over-12s are welcome.

Sustainability efforts

Across the building, there are water-saving devices on taps and showers and refill stations to encourage guests to avoid single-use plastic bottles. The hotel also keeps it local by partnering with suppliers, tour guides and businesses from the city and its surrounds.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Wherever you can gaze upon the Acropolis.

Dress Code

Be the belle of the temples with draped dresses and gold headpieces.

Hotel restaurant

While there's no restaurant on-site, guests can fill up on a Mediterranean breakfast served each morning in the downstairs dining area.

Location

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Address
Monument
Kalamida 11
Athens
10554
Greece

You’ll find Monument sitting pretty in Athens’ cool Psyrri neighbourhood, surrounded by trendy bars and restaurants, and one-off boutiques in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Planes

Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens’ international airport is 40 to 60 minutes away by car, depending on traffic. The hotel can organise transfers from €70 each way.

Trains

Monastiraki Metro Station is a five-minute stroll from Monument. To reach the stop guests can take the blue line directly to and from the airport, or the green line to Piraeus port.

Automobiles

The city’s narrow streets were made for walking, so switch wheels for a trusty pair of trainers.

Worth getting out of bed for

When you’re staying this close to the Acropolis, it’s only right to start your trip with swinging by the ancient citadel. Beat the crowds by heading there bright and early. Elsewhere on the area’s classical check-list there’s the Theatre of Dionysus, Hadrian's Arch and finally, the Benaki Museum, a neoclassical mansion that houses over 100,000 historical artworks and artefacts. Further afield, the imposing Temple of Poseidon is perched 60 metres above sea level at Cape Sounio. Varvakios Agora, Monastiraki’s indoor-outdoor food market is sensorially arresting, with vendors bellowing their best deals as wafts of fresh fruit and spices are carried on the back of the city breeze. The Monastiraki neighbourhood is one of the oldest, and liveliest in the capital, with flea markets, artisan boutiques and plenty of bars. Feeling arty? The EMST (The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens) is housed in a former brewery and boasts work by Greek and international artists such as Stephen Antonakos and Nan Goldin. It’s also home to an impressive collection of video art which includes everyone from Bill Viola and Bruce Nauman to Marina Abramović and Sophie Calle. Speaking of moving images, there’s no better Saturday night at the movies than the ones at Cine Paris, Athens’ outdoor cinema with views of the Acropolis. 

Local restaurants

For a Mediterranean medley with a side of sprawling views, reserve one of the terrace tables at Orizontes, a cliffside restaurant topping the city’s highest peak, Lycabettus Hill. Start off sweet with the Epirus feta cheese, served in dough, drizzled with thyme-infused honey; and lead with the rack of lamb breaded in Aegina pistachio with lamb jus, poached pear and a local spin on patatas bravas. Cherchez la Femme is an updated take on the traditional kafenio, where light, bright interiors and a menu of Greek classics (stuffed vine leaves, chicken souvlaki, moussaka, grilled octopus) are joined by a terrace made of people-watching.

Local cafés

With hanging plants, creamy lattes, full-to-the-brim paninis, and pastries so pretty you’ll want to mount them on the wall, Dope Roasting Co is a one-stop-shop for all things sweet and caffeinated.

Local bars

It’s Christmas all-year round at Noel, a holiday-themed spot where you can jingle your way through a menu of saintly cocktails like the Our Lady of Aparecida (with orange, apricot, spices, pimento, and a generous helping of rum) and the Black Madonna (a rum-based old fashioned made with Pedro Ximénez sherry, cherry, tonka-infused amaretto and vanilla bitters). For more traditional tipples head to Warehouse, an industrial-chic wine bar in the Exarcheia area with a 500-bottle-strong cellar, 100 of which you can sample by the glass (not all in one night, we should add).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

I arrived in Athens late at night, glimpsing the Acropolis all lit up in eager anticipation as I approached the city centre. My taxi pulled up to an elegantly restored Neoclassical mansion in the heart of vibrant neighbourhood Psyri. The door opens on cue thanks to the doorman’s watchful eye, and I’m warmly greeted, handed my key and guided up Monument’s original winding staircase to my suite on the second floor. There are only nine rooms and suites in this elegant stay, creating an intimacy that epitomises the boutique-hotel idyll. Each is unique, marrying original features from German architect Ernst Ziller’s building with contemporary design. Think meticulously restored ceiling frescoes, limewashed walls in muted tones, intricate Persian carpets and contemporary bronze accents. I stayed in the Epos Suite, but I have my eye on the pièce de résistance Nidus Suite for next time, which has its own spacious wooden terrace, complete with a Jacuzzi that just so happens to overlook the Acropolis. 

On the first morning, I opened the curtains to a dazzling view of the city’s iconic monument, perched regally on its hill, and decided to order breakfast to my private marble balcony so I could gaze in awe for as long as possible. Made-to-order dishes included Greek classics such as strapatsada, the local version of scrambled eggs, rich with tomato and flecked with crumbly feta, as well as healthy mushroom- and tofu-topped toast and immune-boosting smoothie options. I lingered over my coffee listening to the gentle background bustle from the orange-tree-lined churchyard below, basking in the late autumn sunshine and reading about Greek myths from the point of view of the witch goddess Circe. 

Ready to emerge from my cocoon, I grabbed a koulouri (a sesame-dotted pretzel of sorts) from a hole-in-the-wall bakery and a speciality coffee from Dope Roasting Co as fuel for the climb up the cobbled streets to see the Acropolis up close. This was in November, and I couldn't recommend going at that time of year more; the sunshine is plentiful, the Mediterranean waters in the nearby coves are still warm and the lack of crowds means you can take leisurely laps of the Parthenon, the Propylaea gates and the Temple of Athena Nike. I took the opportunity to wander round twice and work up an appetite for lunch at no-menu cellar restaurant Diporto, where the Greek owner watches over his pots of bubbling stews in the corner. 

Another 10,000-odd steps through the winding streets, boutique shops and archaeological sites was rewarded by an hour of relaxation back in Monument’s private wellness area (a spell here is included with each stay at the hotel). I wrapped up in my bathrobe and slid on my slippers to pad down to the basement, where a pot of green tea and a selection of Greek sweet treats awaited in the candlelit room. I rotated between the wood sauna, marble hammam and cold power-showers and emerged back in the reception area feeling serene and rejuvenated. 

Sunsets in Athens are magical, with a backdrop of orange and pink behind the Acropolis, mountains and Aegean Sea. I took advantage of the early sunset (it's dark by 6pm at this time of year) and snuggled up in my huge custom-designed bed, propped up by squishy pillows to watch the film Troy (yes, I'm a cliché, but if it helps I also watched a few episodes of Friends on Netflix). The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but the lounge is an inviting spot for an apéritif – a Monkey 47 gin and tonic, perhaps, accompanied by a cigar, if you’re into that. Just round the corner is deli-cum-bistro Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani (its main outpost is only a 10-minute walk away, as are many excellent tavernas). Pillowy chunks of pitta bread mop up silky aubergine dip, house-cured pastrami adds a peppery spice to a comforting chickpea stew, and a syrupy pastry nest tops the kunefe (a pastry filled with Greek cheese) for dessert.  

On my second day I chose to have breakfast in the elegant reception room where a small buffet is laid out, complete with cheese pastries and dinky jars of local honey and homemade jams, along with the more substantial hot eats. I opt for a nutrient-rich juice and a plate of cured meats that comes studded with dried figs and cranberries. After eking out every last minute of my time in the room, watching the light softly hit the bed sheets and making everything look like it’s ready for an interiors-magazine shoot, I prised myself away for check-out, feeling genuinely gutted to be leaving such a serene cocoon right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Athens, and already myth-ing those Acropolis views.

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