Athens, Greece

Urban Frame Hotel

Price per night from$83.48

Price information

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

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR74.58), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Athena reclothed

Setting

Classical cradle

Nestled in the heart of the Plaka, Urban Frame Hotel is a stone’s throw from some of Athens’ oldest and buzziest streets, putting a glut of rustic tavernas and rooftop bars within your grasp. Stood on Nikis street, the hotel rubs shoulders with traditional townhouses and shopfronts, but its modernist lines and oversized windows are far more contemporary in character. The light-flooded rooms are cut from similar cloth, dressed with pale woods, minimalist furniture and monochrome bed linen. Most overlook the bustling streets, but it’s well worth splashing for a room with Acropolis views – true to the hotel’s name, the ancient plateau is positioned front and centre like a well-framed photograph. Downstairs, there’s a laid-back eatery, peaceful lounge and a concierge team with all sorts of tips and tricks up their sleeves.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

15.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £75.23 (€85), including tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of €1.50 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

Also

The hotel concierge can arrange all of your activities, restaurant bookings and transport.

At the hotel

Free WiFi. In rooms: Samsung smart TV; mini fridge; tea and coffee kit; My Routes bath products.

Our favourite rooms

All of the rooms are finished to the same exacting standard, but we’d go for a Premium Double or above for the extra leg room. The rooms with Acropolis views are also well worth the extra spend: from the bed, you’ll be able to see the fabled plateau catch the morning sun.

Packing tips

Leave space for a pair of leather sandals from legendary store Melissinos, where the shoes are customised to your feet. Former customers include John Lennon, Jackie Kennedy and Kate Moss.

Also

The lack of adapted rooms makes the hotel unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are welcome, but the hotel isn’t particularly geared towards children. The Superior and Family rooms are the best options if you have children in tow.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Go for one of the tables on the terrace.

Dress Code

Come as you are.

Hotel restaurant

There’s a casual eatery in the lobby area, with half of the tables inside and the rest on a terrace. The menu is light – mostly snack-size portions, sandwiches and seasonal salads.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar as such, but drinks can be ordered in the lounge.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10.30am; the all-day menu is available from 11am to 10pm.

Location

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Address
Urban Frame Hotel
Nikis 40
Athina
105 58
Greece

Urban Frame Hotel rubs shoulders with the shops, tavernas and townhouses that line the streets of the Plaka, Athens’ oldest neighbourhood.

Planes

Athens International Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Private transfers can be arranged for around €80 each way.

Automobiles

Most people get by without a car. The hotel’s in the city’s historic heart, which can be seen on foot and has several pedestrian zones.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel’s owners wanted guests to be able to make the most of the surrounding area, so there’s not much in the way of distractions. The staff are full of tips and recommendations, too, so be sure to swing by the front desk on your way out the door.

If you’re looking to tick off the city’s famous landmarks, follow the Ancient Promenade, a pedestrian zone connecting the city’s most iconic sights, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis. Built in the shadow of the ancient plateau, the Acropolis Museum houses art and artefacts that once adorned the temples on the plateau, cataloguing the tastes and techniques from the Bronze Age to Byzantine Greece. Design devotees with more modern leanings will get their fix at the Benaki Museum, home to some of Greece’s finest modern and contemporary art. Come evening, walk or take the cable car to the top of Mount Lycabettus, where you’ll find a concentrations of cocktail bars that are perfect for sundowners. Cine Paris, Athen’s best open-air cinema, is an equally special place to spend a summer night. Tickets not only secure you a seat for the film, they also bag you excellent views of the Acropolis, which dominates the view to your left.

Local restaurants

Café-bistrot Yiasemi takes its name from the Greek word for Jasmine, and with good reason. This charming eatery is chock full of fragrant greenery, which spills from the charming dining room onto the stone steps on Mnisikleous Street, a stepped lane that climbs towards the Acropolis. Settle in one of the vintage chairs inside, take a pew in the verdant courtyard or perch on the steps in the shade of a green parasol. Tarts, pies and cakes are a particular specialty, and there are plenty of options for vegetarians. Traditional taverna Geros tou Moria has a terrace that’s covered by a canopy of thick vines, making for a shady lunch spot. The menu is full of Greek classics and local specialities, with plenty of grilled fish, salads and succulent meat dishes on offer. A live band often provides the soundtrack at dinner. Greek-Asian fusion restaurant Nolan is much more modern in looks, serving a menu that’s as pared-back as the minimalist interior. Chef Sotiris Kontizas is the man behind the ever-changing menu, splicing Greek cuisine with flavours from Japan, Vietnam, Korea and China. His cooking has garnered the respect of locals and restaurateurs alike, and represents some of the most wallet-friendly fine-dining you’ll find in any European capital.

Local bars

Not only the most prestigious cocktail bar Athens, hallowed drinking hole The Clumsies is also famous on the international circuit, having secured a top-10 place on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. There are several rooms, each with a different atmosphere and energy level, proving that mixologists Nikos and Vassilis care as much about their drinkers’ desires as they do about the drinks. Astride a rooftop with enviable views of the Acropolis, 360 Degrees is the place for sundowners – arrive early to secure a table. Entering café-cocktail bar Noel feels a bit like going down the rabbit hole – such is the theatricality of the space, stuffed full of oversized clocks, royal regalia, candy canes and faux-fir trees. It’s a local favourite too, probably because you can celebrate every day like it’s Christmas.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this modernist bolthole in Athens and unpacked their purchases from the Monastiraki flea market, a full account of their ancient Greek city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Urban Frame Hotel in Athens…

If there’s one group who can complain about cultural appropriation, it’s the ancient Greeks. The shapes and styles found in Hellenic architecture must surely be some of the most copied art forms on the planet. Almost everywhere you go, you’ll come across a public building or stately townhouse that plunders from the Doric, Ionic or Corinthian order, whether it’s to steal a decorative column or dramatic truss roof.

With this in mind, arriving at Urban Frame Hotel feel like a breath of fresh air. Here, you’re in the heart of old Athens – the cradle of Greek style – yet the hotel makes no attempt to travel back to the past. Instead, the rooms here are very much a contemporary affair, borrowing much more from modernism and industrial design – and there’s not a miniature Doric column in sight. Not that would be any need, with the oldest part of the city right on your doorstep, filled with more history than you could possibly cram into a single trip. But there’s more: go for a room with Acropolis views, and your room suddenly becomes the ‘frame’ in the hotel’s name, a modern and understated mount from which to gaze at one of the most iconic structures in the West.

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