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Last updated: 27 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: John Malathronas

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.

Surrounding area

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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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first


Athens, Central Greece, Greece[1.8 miles]

The heart of old Athens, Plaka has an authentic charm with winding lanes, shady squares and atmospheric Byzantine churches.

Best for ages: Any | Free

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National Archaeological Museum

Athens, Central Greece, Greece[1.9 miles]

The largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the best in the world, with a collection ranging from Mycenaean-era jewellery to some of the best-known classical sculptures.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

Acropolis Museum

Athens, Central Greece, Greece[2.1 miles]

A jaw-dropping array of antiquities – all the Acropolis’ treasures – in one very modern museum designed by starchitect Bernard Tschumi.

Best for ages: 15+ | £4

The Acropolis

Athens, Central Greece, Greece[2.2 miles]

This dazzling ancient citadel, perched on a hilltop rising above the city, houses some of the most impressive ancient buildings in the world. The jewel in the crown is the Pantheon, a 2,500-year-old temple dating back to 438 BC.

Best for ages: 7+ | £9

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The exterior of the museum, a white building with red tiled roof

Byzantine and Christian Museum

Athens, Central Greece, Greece[0.5 miles]

A glorious introduction to the sacred arts of Byzantium. Icons, mosaics, textiles, murals and sculpture offer illuminating insights into this distinctive aspect of Greek culture. A newer wing houses temporary exhibitions that explore the influence of Byzantium on contemporary art.

Best for ages: 18+ | £7

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Pottery on exhibit in the museum

Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art

Athens, Central Greece, Greece[0.6 miles]

The fascinating 5,000-year-old Cycladic Art figurines, which have influenced artists from Giacometti to Ai Weiwei, are guaranteed to surprise and delight even the most seasoned of culture vultures.

Best for ages: 18+ | £6

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Mount Lycabettus

Athens, Central Greece, Greece[0.8 miles]

The tallest of the capital’s seven hills, Mt Lycabettus towers over Athens. Take the funicular to the summit for panoramic city views, and lunch or dinner at an excellent fine dining restaurant.

Best for ages: 13+ | £6

The exterior of the Hellenic Parliament building on Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square

Athens, Central Greece, Greece[1.3 miles]

Greece’s busiest square and scene of political demos, made famous by the world’s media during the Euro crisis. This is the frenetic, traffic-filled epicentre of Athens.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Central Greece, Greece

Antiquities galore, contemporary culture, scintillating nightlife and fantastic food: there’s something for everyone in Greece’s cosmopolitan capital that’s continuously reinventing itself.

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