A77 Suites by Andronis — Athens, Greece
At first blush, the decision to open a boutique hotel on Adrianou Street might not have been the most sensible one given the steady flow of enthusiastic tourists trekking up and down the narrow, colourful, strip – it’s one of the main tourist arteries to the Acropolis – but the point becomes thoroughly moot the moment one steps through the portal of the 19th-century neo-classical pile.
The lobby turns out to be a sleek standalone fashion boutique stocked with a handpicked collection of international haute and Greek labels ranging from Chiara Boni and Missoni to local favourite Sophie Deloudi – all of which makes the check-in process particularly dangerous for shopaholics.
Upstairs, the 12 double-glazed, sound-proofed rooms have been dressed by Athens-based studio Mutiny in calm lines and colours, the creamy tableau accented by marble and timber floors, brass finishes, and understated black and white photographs by Katerina Messini.
Given the physical constraints of the original building, there are no facilities to speak of, neither restaurant nor gym – though that only means the bedrooms and bathrooms are unusually spacious and light. The best room in the house, room 10, offers a sweeping view over the antique rooftops and a thrilling snapshot of the Acropolis in the distance. §