The Greek getaway is now a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).
The ancient city of Athens should be on the bucket list of any history and architecture buff. Ditto if you like food and wine, and specifically the cuisine of Greece. Athens is the seventh largest city in Europe, but it is remarkably devoid of true luxury boutique hotels, with one attractive exception: A77 Suites by Andronis.
The A-list property group is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) network, a collection of more than 500 independently owned and exclusive small hotels in more than 90 countries, known for their elegant accommodation, award-winning spas and renowned restaurants, each one totally unique.
A77 Suites occupies a privileged position in the historic Plaka, the desirable neighborhood that lies in the shadow of the Acropolis, the ancient and emblematic citadel that presides over the city. The building that houses A77 Suites dates back to the early 19th century and features high ceilings, blue-painted shutters and classical Greek motifs and other architectural details that indicate it once belonged to one of the city’s wealthiest families.
“The charm of ancient Athens is still palpable today, passing through every nook and cranny of Plaka’s alleys,” notes the hotel. “᾽Plaka᾽ literally means slab of marble in modern Greek, and the etymology of the area has been the subject of controversy among historians. According to popular opinion, Plaka was named after the word “old” in an ancient dialect but almost extinct.”
The neoclassical building of A77 Suites, which now houses the city’s chicest clothing store on its ground floor, has been restored to its former glory and transformed into a “state-of-the-art collection generation of luxury suites featuring minimalist design and exquisite materials… .characterized by exceptional finesse and embodying the timeless Athenian aesthetic.”
Interiors feature decorative elements of marble, wood and brass that complement the architectural features and moldings, while an array of modern art provides contrast and a touch of contemporary style. There are 12 luxury suites in total, designed to be an “urban sanctuary that immerses you in a story of tangible history” and “rekindles the neoclassical soul of the city.”
In addition to “uniting Athens’ past and present,” A77 Suites also “aspires to fully embody the ancient ideal of Greek hospitality that prescribed that welcoming guests should be both a pleasure and a duty.” Therefore, they are treated not as strangers, but with sincere care as if they were the closest of friends.
Our two favorite suites are the Iconic Suite and the Patio Suite. The first has a large private outdoor terrace, fully furnished and complete with jacuzzi with sensational views of the Acropolis, which many suites in the collection can claim; though you shouldn’t miss the view of the old building from a hot tub. The walk-in rain shower isn’t too bad either.
Meanwhile, the Courtyard Suite with its stone walls and floors and wooden beamed ceiling gives the feeling of inhabiting a real time capsule of antiquity. It has a spacious furnished patio that acts as an outdoor living room, opening from the main room to give an aura of expansive comfort and privacy. And it also has a rain shower.
Yes, Athens has large, crowded luxury hotels with all the five-star amenities you’d expect. But none of them have the elegance, charm and feeling of visiting a private residence that A77 Suites so skillfully delivers. And its location in Plaka means that all the best restaurants and shops in town are literally a stone’s throw away.
Cocktails on the patio, anyone…?
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