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It takes chutzpah to call your hotel NEW – but this Design Hotel is still cutting-edge, although it opened in 2011. Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana were recruited to spruce up the Olympic Palace, a 1950s landmark on the edge of Plaka.
Renowned for their eco-ethos, the Campana brothers worked with local architecture students, upcycling the original fittings alongside bespoke pieces of their own creation. The result: edgy design at democratic prices.
Coupled with can-do service and the best breakfast in town, this is an ideal choice for design junkies and first-time visitors.
On a busy road, surrounded by typical Athenian apartment buildings, the view isn’t picturesque. But it’s only a block away from the serene National Garden in one direction, and the pretty old town of Plaka in the other.
The main archaeological sites are less than 10 minutes’ walk, and it’s just around the corner from the city’s main pedestrian high street, Ermou, with excellent little eateries in the surrounding backstreets, from sushi and ramen to burger and souvlaki joints.
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