The Kolonaki casa is in one of Athens’ most upscale neighbourhoods, named (fittingly for Greece) after a column.
It’s a 45-minute drive to Athens International. The hotel can arrange transfers on request.
Larissa station, the city’s main rail hub, is 20 minutes away by car.
There are lots of metro and bus stops nearby for getting around, and the hotel is on a quiet pedestrianised street – if you have come by car, stow it away on Solonos Street.
Piraeus is the city’s major port and gateway to Greece’s several thousand islands. For those docking here from an Aegean outpost, the hotel is 20 minutes away by car.
Worth getting out of bed for
The hotel’s ’hood is Kolonaki, to which Athenians flock for the city’s finest art, fashion, food and nightlife. Cultural cradles nearby include Benaki, the Goulandris Foundation, the National Gallery and the Museum of Cycladic Art. There are smaller-scale galleries in Kolonaki, too, such as a Gagosian outpost, Kalfayan and Allouche Benias. For something altogether less urban, Mount Lycabettus is there for the hiking (and views out across the city). Anyone with a hearty interest in Ancient Greece (and a strong word-per-minute rate) will enjoy a bookish afternoon at the Gennadius Library, home to no fewer than 145,000 texts and manuscripts. Don’t miss a trip to nearby neighbourhood Exarcheia to admire its architecture, graffiti and Sunday-morning farmers’ market on Kallidromiou Street.
It may feel as though you’re in someone’s backyard (in a good way), but Fita (+30 21 1414 8624) has some of the best seafood in the city. For Greek sharing plates with a Japanese twist, try Nolan, where fusion street food gets fancy; and for more edible Eastern imports, head to Birdman, an izakaya with some serious meat on offer (wagyu nigiri, for a start). The modestly named Annie Fine Cooking is a classic neighbourhood hangout, creatively preparing fresh produce with even fresher flavours. If you’re in Exarcheia, Ama Lachei, in the garden of an old primary school, is the prandial pitstop of choice.
Helpfully named after the square it’s on, Dexameni (+30 21 0722 4609) is an open-air café that practically begs you to stop and people-watch over some meze. Cafe Avissinia is ideal for a coffee or lunch after shopping for antiques in its surrounding streets.
If you prefer your beer and raki to come with a side of some ancient ruins, head to Dioskouroi (+30 21 0325 3333) after a trip around the Ancient Agora of Athens.