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Perianth, the coolest new design hotel in Athens

Athenian social life revolves around the city’s lively squares. No square currently has more cachet than Agia Irini, a cobbled piazza in the city’s historic centre, where Byzantium meets Bauhaus by way of Neoclassicism.Once the city’s flower market, most of the plant stalls have been replaced by cafes and bars, which throng with pretty young things around the clock. The upper floors of the surrounding buildings are occupied by fashion designers, graphic artists, and tech visionaries. You might spot them in the square having their lunch break (Kostas legendary souvlaki is a local favourite).

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Now there’s another reason to check in to the city’s hippest meeting point. Perianth, a Design Hotel in a listed 1930s landmark, has just opened its doors. The owners have fused elements of their respective disciplines — merchant shipping, art, and fashion — to create a cool, contemporary hotel that is respectful of the building’s elegant, mid-war bone structure.

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The interiors are inspired by the streamlined curves and polished materials of the Athenian modernist movement. The 38 bedrooms come with grey terrazzo floors, black marble basins, glass-brick partitions, curved brass lighting and mirrors, and custom-made walnut wood beds. The moody minimalism is softened by dusky pink or duck-egg blue bedspreads and velvet cocktail chairs in vibrant hues.

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Higher floor rooms have impressive Parthenon views. But the showstopper is the stunning, 116 square-metre Perianth Penthouse Suite, with 360-degree views of the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus from the private swimming pool and Jacuzzi on its panoramic terrace. It’s a jaw-dropping setting for business and social events.

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As well as close proximity to the city’s antiquities, there are nods to modern Greek culture, too. The understated staff uniforms are by internationally acclaimed designer Sofia Kokosalaki, and works of contemporary Greek artists are displayed in the rooms and curvaceous corridors.

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Guests also have priority access to Il Baretto, a ritzy Italian bar-restaurant on the ground floor, that serves excellent pizzas with a side of people-watching at the horseshoe bar and street-side tables (You can order room service here, too). An added bonus is the in-house, Zen Centre, a mindful haven devoted to martial arts, meditation, and yoga, on the first floor.

 

 

Selected images by Claus Brechenmacher and Reiner Baumann, courtesy of K-studio.

Selected images courtesy of Perianth Hotel.