First impressions are of a very stylish boutique hotel, with some very cool artistic touches around the lobby area and in the rooms. The reception team were both professional and friendly and this remained the case throughout my stay. Whenever passing through they were always welcoming and on several occasions when some assistance was needed it was professional, useful and provided with a smile.
This hotel is part of the Yes!Hotels group, and was designed by Humberto and Fernando Campana who have tastefully blended Brazilian flair with a Greek theme. Looking around the lobby and nearby coffee shop, restaurant and bar there are interesting design concepts throughout.
The pillars interspersed around the communal area are particularly interesting, old furniture from the previous hotel has been broken down, recycled and the pieces ‘pasted’ to the pillars. It provides an environmentally friendly and pleasing aesthetic appeal to the lobby area.
Rooms are sumptuously furnished with every item being handpicked to blend with the overall feel of the hotel. Chairs, lampshades, almost everything is individual and most has been handmade complimenting the boutique style.
It is impossible to question the quality of a hotel that kits out its bathroom with Clarins toiletries!
The location of the hotel makes it easy to get around the city, the Metro system which I made use of is close by, it appeared efficient and is easy to navigate.
If driving however it can be a little problematic, the one way system requires navigating the narrow back streets to gain access to the hotel. There is not any hotel parking either, although they do have partnerships with the two nearest car parks.
Being located in the heart of the city, the view maybe expected to be less than pretty. The balcony overlooks the main street but there are a few attractive buildings opposite, which make up for this.
Seventy nine rooms in total; they are luxuriously stylish and comfortable as would be expected. A sliding door provides access to the balcony and is sound proofed against the sound of the busy street below, so too much noise cannot be blamed for any lack of sleep.
The focus of the hotel is understandably its excellent coffee shop which serves as the restaurant and bar later in the day. This provides an excellent breakfast in the morning, coffee and light bites during the day and a convivial atmosphere for enjoying a pleasant meal and drink in the evening. An menu extensive is of high quality as well as offering some great wine choices. Those looking to sample the nightlife of Athens can get in the mood with a mojito or other cocktail from the bar.
The choice of bread with any meal whenever dining is exceptional and it is all baked in house.
The New Hotel is undoubtedly in the high-end of the accommodation market in the greek captital. However the stylish decor and personal touch provided by its friendly staff set it apart from other large sometimes ‘faceless’ hotels chains.
I would happily stay here again when returning to Athens and this is best recommendation any traveller can make about accommodation choices.