Last updated on October 1st, 2016

I’ve been known to spend hours reading reviews and analyzing the pros and cons of hotels when planning a trip, but it didn’t take me long to determine that the place to be in Athens was NEW Hotel.

Located just two blocks from Syntagma Square, NEW Hotel is close to the Metro, the bus to the airport, and within a short walk from the historic landmarks, which made it the perfect choice for our stay in Athens, Greece.

NEW Hotel in Athens
NEW Hotel in Athens (photo by Savored Journeys)

Aside from the convenience of the location, the hotel offers all the amenities I look for. My top two are free Wi-Fi, of course, and well soundproofed rooms. I hate hearing what my next-door neighbor is watching on TV. Okay, I admit, those are small creature comforts when awy from home, but NEW Hotel has so much more. There’s a rooftop bar and restaurant, called Art Lounge, with a beautiful view of the Acropolis. There’s a well-sized gym and business center that are open 24 hrs.

24-hr gym at NEW Hotel
24-hr gym at NEW Hotel (photo by Savored Journeys)

There’s a large breakfast buffet served in the creatively designed NEW TASTE restaurant on the first floor, that is stocked with many great options, like the best Greek yogurt I’ve had, plus an a la carte menu from which to order things like waffles or eggs Benedict. Then when you’re ready to leave the hotel, it’s just a short walk to the metro. Perfect.

Being a design hotel, each of the rooms has a unique theme. Our room had a photo collage of Athens through the decades. The furniture was also really fun and modern. One simple design choice that I thought was rather clever was that the bathroom door doubled as the shower door. There’s no wasted space. The room we had was large, comfortable and functional.

Our room at NEW Hotel in AthensMy biggest worry about a hotel is that the bed will be too hard. I was happy to find that the bed in our room was soft and quite cozy. The linens were very high-quality, and the pillows too. We also had not one, but two balconies in our room from which to enjoy the view, which was spectacular.

View from our balcony at NEW Hotel in Athens
View from our balcony at NEW Hotel in Athens (photo by Savored Journeys)

My only issue with the room was that only one of the two main windows had a black-out shade. A lot of light poured in through the other. I can’t help but wonder why. I loved all the natural light during the day, but it would be nice to block it out at night.

We arrived at the hotel late in the evening after a red-eye flight from Seattle and a full-day food tour in Athens, so we were tired and ready to relax a bit before crashing. Check in was quick and efficient (see the awesome lobby design (below). It’s stunning.) Before long we were seated at Art Lounge on the 7th floor with a view and a glass of wine.

Lobby area
Lobby area (photo by Savored Journeys)

The restaurant feels less like a hotel bar, an more like a modern cocktail bar in the city. We were able to unwind with our drinks, order a light dinner, and enjoy our evening without feeling like we were at a stuffy hotel bar. The food was good, not overpriced, and most importantly, it was comfortable and welcoming. I had the Cretan salad (pictured below). Nick had the sliders, which were also very good.

Cretan salad at the restaurant
Cretan salad at the restaurant (photo by Savored Journeys)

We appreciate being able to find good food near the hotel. There are plenty of choices nearby, including two of the city’s best wine bars within one block, a falafel stand directly across the street and a handful of small corner restaurants.

We stayed for 2 nights, but as quickly as we arrived, it felt like it was already time to check out. We had an early morning flight to Santorini that necessitated a 4am check out, which didn’t phase them. The 24-hour concierge was in the lobby waiting to check us out.

Conveniently, the bus to the airport is just a block and a half away. We quickly printed our boarding passes in the business center and headed out.

Business center
Business center (photo by Savored Journeys)

I would definitely choose NEW Hotel again for a future trip to Athens. Check out their website for more information or to book a room for your stay.

(Our stay was partially subsidized by YES! Hotels; however, all opinions stated in this review are our own genuine views).

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13 thoughts on “Our Stay at NEW Hotel in Athens, Greece

  1. Annie says:

    I like any place with Greek yogurt for breakfast! I live in the Seattle area and never considered taking a red eye all the way there, but this looks like a wonderful place to recuperate 🙂

  2. Wandering Carol says:

    How funky and fun. You had me at ‘view of the Acropolis’ – it would be lovely after a day of sightseeing to relax at the Art Lounge. One of my pet peeves (I have many) is noise from neighbours or people in the halls so the soundproofing would work for me.

  3. Maddy says:

    Food is so important to me and the breakfast sounds amazing! Plus the view from youlr balcony is beautiful! Sounds like a good place to stay!

  4. Lesley Carter says:

    Sounds dreamy. I love the big bed and the view is to die for. I always spend a lot of time considering reviews as well and WiFi is pretty important but I consider location and comfort first. Sounds like this place has it all.

  5. Jenn and Ed Coleman says:

    A modern hotel with sound proof rooms and visual line-of-site to the old city. Sign me up. I love touring Europe but so often I am confronted with the dilemma of choosing a hotel for modern convince or proximity to the historic sites. You seem to have found the best of both worlds.

  6. John Morris says:

    I’m jealous of the view from your balcony, but glad to hear you had a nice stay. It’s nice to read about experiences at local/independent properties, as I am almost always in a Marriott or Hyatt hotel.

  7. Elaine J Masters says:

    Sounds like most of the aspects I favor for a city stay – access to airport and urban transportation, cool interior, comfortable room, decent food and drinks. I’ll remember the New Hotel when I finally return to Athens.

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