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.
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.
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.
My 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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