By Titi Velopoulou
One of the most picturesque districts of Athens, right next to the most significant sights of the historic center (Acropolis, Plaka, Monastiraki), seems to be escaping its previous bad reputation and to be gaining back the lost space! This privileged location, conveniently located next to metro stations as well as lively squares (Aghias Irinis and others), has attracted the attention of many businessmen who invest in the tourism industry! The A for Athens and the 360 Degrees laid the grounds, two years ago, followed by the first advanced hostel, the City Circus and later the Live in Athens. Lately, we have been discovering new suggestions of alternative accommodation mushrooming in the paved alleys.
HEART OF ATHENS
8 Nika Louka Str., Psyrri, Τ. 210 5789320, www.heartοfathens.com
The new urban accommodation, with a characteristic green graffiti, containing three comfortable, bright and fully equipped apartments (70-80 sqm.) accommodating 2-5 persons, is distinguished for its minimal aesthetic and its modern amenities! Plus, the beautiful surprise of a flowery roof garden overlooking the Lycabettus Hill and Acropolis! From €90!
33 Karaiskaki Str., Τ. 210 3232244, www.andronisexclusive.com
A few meters away from the central square of Psyrri, Andronis Group (known for its hotels in Santorini) inaugurated, on summer last year, 4 elegant suites with all modern comforts! Spacious (around 50 sqm. each accommodating 2-4 persons), bright, impress with their cool and elegant style. Common areas do not exist, apart from the all-day café & tapas resto iFeel. From €200.
14 Aisopou Str. & 18 Mykonou Str., T. 214 6879917, 210 3235307, www.18miconstr.com
Its very impressive sign makes you feel like being in a neighborhood of New York! Concrete, wood and bricks are the basic materials used by the designers in combination with “realistic” tapestry on the walls for the creation of the 14 rooms. Iron beds, surfaces dressed with bricks, open build-in washbasins, modern amenities (king size beds, smart TV, espresso machine) are available in the rooms. Some also have a view of Acropolis. Plus, the breakfast serving industrial space. From €90.
19 Karaiskaki Str., Τ. 215 5605256, www.athenslodge.com
The new architectural gem, made its debut on June, combining modern design and luxurious amenities and guaranteeing high level of hospitality. Consists of 17 spacious rooms of 5 types (from 22-40 sqm.) some of which have a view of the Sacred Hill of Acropolis. Apart from its restaurants and roof garden, a luxurious spa is also included in its facilities offering endless moments of wellness and rejuvenation. From €110.