Athens, Greece

Xenodocheio Milos

Price per night from$409.96

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Epicurean idyl


Strikingly central

Gallivanting gourmands will be hard-pressed to resist the siren call of Xenodocheio Milos, an understated yet indisputably luxurious city-centre stay from celebrated Greek fine-dining empire Estiatorio Milos. The hotel, situated in a landmark building opposite Old Parliament House, is a few minutes’ stroll from the city’s chi-chi-est shopping street, the National Gardens and central Syntagma Square. There’s a spa for apres-Acropolis unwinding, and a seafood restaurant where sybaritic Smiths can rub shoulders with Greek glitterati.  

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Need to know


43, including nine suites.


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


Double rooms from £375.23 (€432), including tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Greek breakfast is an extra €30, and can be served in-room. Expect spotlight-stealing Greek cheeses, preserves and pastries.

At the hotel

Gym, spa, steam room, 24-hour room service, newspaper delivery, laundry, free WiFi. In rooms: Marble bathroom with oversized rain shower and luxury bath products, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso coffee machine, air conditioning, smart TV with Netflix, desk with USB ports, free bottled water. Minibars feature Greek snacks and drinks, including Tsipouro and mastiha liqueur.

Our favourite rooms

The beautifully tranquil Milos Terrace Suite comes with its own spacious outdoor terrace, with a stylish seating area and private Jacuzzi. There are gorgeous gasp-garnering rooftop views of the city, the Old Parliament Building, and Lycabettus Hill, the highest peak in Athens. The decor is elegantly simple, with a neutral colour palette, wooden floors, and a dining and seating area. All of the rooms have marble bathrooms with Bulgari products and a modern cream-hued light-wood design.


The sirenic spa suite uses luxury Elemis products for spirit-soothing massages, facials and treatments. There’s a steam room for post-street-pounding relaxation.

Packing tips

Glamorous glad-rags.


Wheelchair accessible rooms are available.


Family rooms are available, as well as interconnecting rooms and suites; babysitting can be arranged by the hotel concierge. Most rooms have dining tables set up for in-room fine dining for families who prefer privacy.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For an intimate dinner, tables upstairs in the bijou mezzanine area give you an aerial view of the action, away from the hubbub of the main restaurant floor. There’s also a private dining area for incognito explorers.

Dress Code

Grown-up glamour.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Costas Spiliadis delivers Poseidon-pleasing seafood at restaurant Estiatorio Milos – the home-grown outpost of his international Greek fine-dining brand. The focus is on simple Mediterranean flavours, quality ingredients and just-caught fish fresh from the Aegean. Guests can sample delicate oysters, whole fish baked in sea salt (crust cracked at the table), and a raw fish bar with the catch of the day served sashimi-style or as a light citrusy ceviche. Popular with Athens’ social set, the bright and airy dining room features a soaring ceiling flanked by a sculptural fishing net (indicating… well, it should be obvious) and a sea-foam colour palette. 

Hotel bar

Milos bar serves up coffees, cocktails and an extensive wine list, set to a soundtrack approved by Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos.

Room service

24-hour room service is available, and in-room dining tables let you replicate the restaurant’s top-drawer dining in private.


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Xenodocheio Milos sits in a near-impossible-to-beat location right in the centre of Athens, on a lacquered square opposite the Old Parliament and steps from Syntagma Square and the National Gardens.


Athens International Airport is a 35-minute drive away. The hotel can arrange taxi transfers. Alternatively, take the M3 metro line: it’s a 37-minute ride direct from the airport to Syntagma metro station, which is less than five minutes’ walk from the hotel.


Athens central railway station is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel.


Driving may not be your preferred method of transportation in big, traffic-choked Athens, but it’s achievable to take in the storied capital as part of a longer trip. The hotel doesn’t provide parking, but motorheads will find a private car park within a few minutes’ walk. Road trippers can use the metropolis as a jumping-off point for a street safari taking in Delphi with its 4th-century Temple of Apollo, visiting the ancient port city of Thessaloniki, or tracking Hercules and Helen of Troy through the Peloponnese.


Seafaring Smiths may prefer to approach Athens by boat. Charter a yacht to combine a spot of island hopping with your cultural odyssey of the capital, or take an overnight ferry from Rhodes or Crete. For maximum drama, we recommend riding the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express to Venice and crossing to Athens by ferry.

Worth getting out of bed for

Greece’s glittering ancient capital is a many-layered urban moussaka. The Acropolis on its rocky outcrop overlooks glitzy rooftop cocktail bars, souvlaki-scented taverns, and contemporary galleries housed in gracefully crumbling neoclassical mansions. It’s dominated the Athens skyline for 2,500 years and this cluster of historic buildings, which include the Parthenon, is worth the hike. Visit in the morning or late afternoon to beat the heat (and the crowds). Room for more? The marble Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion offers ocean views worthy of the gods from its cliff-top perch. 

It would be a (Greek) tragedy to miss Museum Mile. Spot prehistoric, ancient Greek and Byzantine art at the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, bronze age artefacts at the Museum of Cycladic Art, and religious icons, rare manuscripts and treasures at the Byzantine and Christian Museum

Beach devotees who prefer a side of sun lounging with their culture-spotting might head to Astir Beach on the Athens Riviera. Back in town, you may choose to explore the Monastiraki neighbourhood, home to the ruins of Hadrian’s Library and the Ancient Agora.

For the best vantage point in Athens, take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Lycabettus, the city’s highest peak, for gods’-eye-view panoramic vistas.

Local restaurants

A traditional tavern-slash-deli, and less than ten minutes’ walk from Xenodocheio Milos, Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani is an aromatic pastomageireio where meats, sausages and cheeses hang from around the deli counter like savoury stalactites. The typically Greek menu features classic dishes like meatballs with tomato sauce, eggplant cream and anevato cheese, smoked eel, and spicy sujuk sausage pie baked in the stone oven. 

Greek-Japanese fusion eatery Nolan is headed up by Greek Masterchef judge Sotiris Kontizas and is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Its complex dishes such as soba noodles with tahini, smoked salmon and crispy spring onion, and the panko-crusted cod bao burger are worth savouring.

Also within stumbling distance is GB Roof Garden, the rooftop restaurant on the eighth floor of the Hotel Grande Bretagne. This smart, white-table-linen establishment offers cityscape views that take in Syntagma Square and the Acropolis beyond. Book a sunset sitting to watch the ancient citadel light up on the horizon while you feast on beef tartare with aged cheese and winter truffle, or risotto with lemon, calamari and bottarga. 

Local cafés

Ten minutes from the hotel is TAF (The Art Foundation), a trendy multi-use cultural space in a 19th-century neoclassical building near Monastiraki flea market. The open-air café and bar is set in a central courtyard (covered during the winter). There’s excellent coffee, an art gallery, exhibitions, and a shop supporting local Greek designers. After dark, expect cocktails, DJs spinning experimental sets, and jazz. 

Local bars

A five-minute walk from Xenodocheio Milos, Heteroclito cave & bar à vin has one of the city’s most extensive wine lists, friendly service, Greek cheeses and charcuterie, and charming pavement seating where you can quaff the good stuff in the shadow of Athens Cathedral. Also within a five-minute stroll is low-lit cocktail joint Baba au Rum. Expect tropical tiki-style concoctions and an impressive collection of rums. The most popular cocktail on the menu is the Spicy Baba (Trinidad and Tobago rum with ginger, berries and lime) and the avant garde list might pair Martini Bitter with vermouth, blackberries, chocolate and Cuban tobacco leaves, or match bergamot with tomato and citrus flowers. Ya mas!


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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 understated-yet-luxurious hotel in the city centre and unpacked their new Greek coffee pot, evil eye collection and belly-warming booze haul, a full account of their stylish gourmet break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Xenodocheio Milos in Athens…

Much like the city it sprang from, Xenodocheio Milos melds the old and the new. A quietly exclusive 19th-century edifice with a mirror-glazed modern extension, the hotel oozes the discrete, understated glamour you’d expect given its upscale address. The interior has an air of cool simplicity: lofty ceilings, sculptural silhouettes, marble and light-wood finishes.

Outside, the ancient Greek capital unfurls, with Xenodocheio Milos as its central point. You can’t take a step in any direction without stubbing your toe on a priceless historical site – or, pleasingly, a pavement wine cave, tiki bar, or traditional taverna serving up rustic sausages and souvlaki. In short, you’ll be central enough to take in the historic old town on foot, then nip back to the hotel’s spa for a muscle-busting massage.

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