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The Modernist Athens
Athens, Central Greece, Greece|www.themodernisthotels.com|
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Oozing a hip Athens-does-Shoreditch vibe, the Modernist is housed in the former Canadian Embassy building, and combines slick, minimalist bedrooms with a rooftop bar that offers cocktails designed by the chief mixologist from the Clumsies, Athens’ prime cocktail lounge.
The vibe here is young and fashionable, with a real focus on being part of the local community. Paintings by local artists are exhibited on the Art Wall, and a wide range of locally-produced products – from notebooks to espresso cups – are sold in the chic shop.
The young staff are well versed in restaurant and bar recommendations, and the central location – an easy walk from Lycabettus Hill and one stop on the metro from Plaka – makes this a great first-time base for couples, or those looking to experience Athens at its most contemporary.
This is the embassy quarter, a genteel, quiet and upmarket neighbourhood with low-rise apartment blocks and several non-touristy restaurants and delis, although the presence of the American Embassy, half-a-mile up Vasilissis Sofias Ave, might attract the odd demo.
Close to the Evangelismos metro station and the Cycladic Art Museum, it’s also not far from the cable car entrance to Mt Lycabettus (be prepared for a steep climb).
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