Electra Athens Hotel
The location of Electra Athens Hotel, on shopping mecca Ermou Street, puts you right at the heart of the ancient capital. From here, you can easily discover the mighty Acropolis, transporting yourself back in time to the 5th Century BC when the temple citadel was built. En route, stumble across the Ancient Agora of Athens – once the cultural and political heart of the city – and the hillside neighbourhood of Plaka where narrow cobblestone streets are lined with candy-coloured houses, tiny shops selling local ceramics, and family-run tavernas with tables and chairs spilling out onto the pavement. You’re also close to some of the city’s best cultural offerings – the Benaki Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art among them – plus a short hop from an emerging nightlife spot.
Rooms are classic in style and rich in understated elegance – all dark wood accents, leather headboards, brass lamps and velvet mint-green armchairs. Classic Rooms come with marble bathrooms and gleaming wood floors, while Superior Rooms throw in city views for good measure. Plump for a spacious Suite, located on the top floor, for a private balcony with views of Syntagma Square and Lycabettus Hill, plus a separate bedroom and living room.
If you’re all about the views, head up a floor to the rooftop Xfloor where fine dining is served with a side of Acropolis views – staggering when the sun sets and the Parthenon glows in a burnt-amber haze. This is also where a fresh Greek breakfast is served – what a way to start the day. Street-level Terra is more casual, with Mediterranean small plates and excellent wines, and you can grab a front table for prime people watching over Ermou Street.