If you ever find yourself in Athens, you should absolutely make a stop at NEW HOTEL a boutique bolthole just steps from Syntagma Square. Housed in the former Olympic Palace Hotel, this mid-century structure was stripped down and decorated using many re-purposed materials from the original interior. This hotel perfectly encapsulates the history of this ancient city while incorporating cutting-edge design and technology.
NEW HOTEL is one of those places that know how to do everything right. As you walk into the beautifully-decorated lobby, you are greeted by friendly and eager to help staff and a plate of sweet treats. The check-in is a breeze, and then, you take the never-crowded elevator to your floor. The halls are dimly lit and reign decadence with dark wood walls and gleaming gold accents, a perfect contrast to the bright, sun-splashed rooms - courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The beds are soft as clouds, the geometric bathrooms are a design lover’s dream and the views are Instagram #nofilter worthy. Not only are the accommodations simply divine, but the amenities and restaurants deserve a notable mention. The fitness center downstairs is fantastic, armed with new cardio machines, weight equipment and a stretching area, and the restaurant serves just-picked produce and dishes that will make your mouth water. There was only one issue with NEW HOTEL, that we didn’t stay longer, Mr. StyleBomb and I felt more refreshed after our brief one-night stay, rather than a long holiday weekend of sleeping late in our own bed.