Where to stay: GREECE
Athens & Attica
Gatsby Athens presents a thoroughly homegrown Greek version of the Fitzgerald character’s carefree fantasy life. And though the name is a reference to the optimism of the Jazz Age, and finds its counterpart in some Art Deco echoes in the hotel’s interior design, the Gatsby is a 21st-century adaptation, a 33-room boutique hotel with an unmistakably hedonistic outlook.
Eressian Hotel & Hammam Spa | Lesbos, Greece
Set in a mansion from 1850, Eressian is a small boutique hotel and award winning (small) spa on the island of Lesbos. Lesbos, famous for its poets and possibly most for Sappho, who was born here in the village of Eressos, tucked away in the rugged southwestern corner of Greece’s third largest island. Unlike the more southern Aegean islands, the style here is more classical and colourful than the minimalist blue and white ethos of the Cyclades.
Homeric Poems | Santorini
Sure, it’s an unusual name, but Santorini is an unusual place, and you can’t blame the local hoteliers if they feel like indulging their poetic side. And even by local standards, Homeric Poems is something special, both as a name and as a hotel — it’s set at the lower edge of the village of Firostefani, perched right over the cliff and looking straight into the volcanic caldera that is Santorini’s primary attraction.
Apeiros Chora | Kato Pedina, Greece
Apeiros Chora is a family-owned luxury guesthouse set in a renovated, 200 years old stone mansion, typical of the uspoiled Zagori (or Zagorochoria), a historically rich region in northwestern Greece. The fortified house features many original details, such as bolted entrances, iron bars in the windows, embrasures in every entry, and hidden underground escape rooms. Inside antique furnishings unify with vibrant and colorful contemporary design, plus a touch of Eastern, Ottoman, grace.
Aeolis Tinos Suites | Greece
Located in the hillside village of Triantaros on Tinos island, Aeolis Tinos Suites is a luxury boutique hotel set in a picturesque location replete with traditional villages, churches, art galleries and endless unspoilt beaches. It offers breathtaking views of the island, the Aegean and no less than 11 other Cycladic islands and is surrounded by traditional white houses set against a backdrop of vineyards and olive trees.
White Ark | Santorini
Local architects Alexandros and Marianna Kapsimalis have wisely stayed close to the Santorini playbook – which is to say, vast expanses of white surfaces, minimalist wire chairs to decrease visual bulk, light grey linen and accents of marble and steel.
Solstice Luxury Suites | Santorini
Just when you thought Santorini's Caldera Cliffs could not hold any more hotels, comes Solstice Luxury Suites. With only 3 suites, excellent service by the friendly and impeccable team is guaranteed. Located in Oia and perched over 100 metres (350 feet) above the deep blue waters of the Aegean sea it enjoys unobstructed, breathtaking views. Cave style accomodations (sheltered from the summer heat) fuse traditional Cycladic architecture with modern design.
Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa | Santorini
The newly built 5-star Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, in Oia on Santorini opened its doors in 2016 as the latest addition to the portfolio of Metaxas Group of Companies. Erected in a privileged setting, it offers seclusion and direct views to the notorious sunset of Oia. It is comprised of 44 suites and villas, as well as unique facilities including four outdoor swimming pools, a 300 m2 spa with indoor swimming pool, and the Alios Ilios fine-dining restaurant.
Ambassador Aegean Luxury Hotel & Suites | Santorini
Set on a spectacular site at the cliff’s edge on Santorini‘s Caldera, Ambassador Aegean Luxury Hotel & Suites is a cool haven of barefoot luxury and pleasure that consists of breathtaking vistas, exciting architecture, sophisticated interiors and impeccable service. Each of the hotel’s 40 vaulted rooms, suites and villas boasts ample spaces, a private pool and will enthrall guests with front row seats to the island’s world famous sunsets, as well as great panoramic views of the Caldera.
Aenaon Villas | Santorini
Aenaon Villas is situated at the highest and narrowest part of Santorini, right on the edge of the world-famous Caldera, and is open to all four points of the horizon, from east to west. The combination of the brilliant white with the volcanic Santorinian stone has created a traditional complex of seven luxury villas whose beautiful stonework evokes a feeling of rough grandeur. The result proves that respect for tradition can coexist in perfect harmony with the luxury of modern facilities.
Asomathon | Athens
Built in the early 1900s as a carriage wheel repair shop it went on to become an elegant townhouse but has been abandoned for the last 20 years. A three-year renovation in close collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Culture transformed the listed building into a unique boutique hotel. An indoor swimming pool was created and the rooftop offers amazing views of the Acropolis. New York based Greek artist Philip Tsiaras hosts his pop-artworks onsite.
Aristi Mountain Resort | Epirus, Greece
Aristi's visionary owner, Vasilis Iosifidis, created this slice of considered luxury in the pastoral heartland of Epirus to share with visitors his love of Greece's lesser-explored backbone. Guests can embark on a host of excursions - from photography tours to river trekking or simply enjoy the hotel's pine-clad spa. A flush of modern interiors is tasteful enough not to distract from the epic mountain views.
Periscope | Athens
This luxury boutique hotel boasts chic and modern design. It is located in the neighbourhood streets of Kolonaki, Athens’ central upscale district and the heart of the capital’s boutique shopping and art gallery scene. The lobby exudes the overall chic, stylish and minimalistic character of the hotel with its impressive sleek contemporary furniture, cool blue and grey hues, and velour oversized couches.
Semiramis | Athens
In a city known for its ancient past, the Semiramis is a hotel of the future. Facing a tranquil green park in the Kifissia area of north Athens, the hotel is the creation of designer Karim Rashid, well-known for his fluid, soft style that mingles rounded forms with bright, lively colours. Light pinks and greens, oranges and subtle yellows are reproduced in walls, floors, furnishings and fittings for an energetic atmosphere.
Grecotel Pallas Athena | Athens
With its fake-stucco façade and seedy location by Omonia Square, Grecotel Pallas Athena, the smallest property in the biggest hotel chain in Greece, makes an unpromising first impression. But the oversized flowerpots and retro swing-seat by the revolving front door suggest that this urban bolthole is less conventional than its sister hotels.
Meraviglia Slow Living | Mitikas, Greece
The complex of seven luxury suites, is situated οn the outskirts of Preveza. The refined simplicity and minimalistic architecture bring Meraviglia Slow Living in total harmony with its surroundings. The Scandinavian design influences are combined with Greek furniture and local materials to yield an earthy warm feeling in absolute symmetry with nature.
The Wild by Interni | Mykonos
The Wild Hotel isn’t wild like an all-night party, but rather wild like an undiscovered, unmolested patch of ocean-facing hillside — which is exactly what it is. Here on the island’s southeast coast, just about as far as you can get from Mykonos town, the vibe is bohemian, hand-crafted, and back-to-nature; all of which is perfectly compatible with a certain level of unpretentious luxury.
The Excelsior Hotel | Thessaloniki
This 34-room establishment (member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World) is a stylish blend of old and modern: historic notes from the original 1924 building include high ceilings, original plaster ceiling roses, Art Deco balconies and marble staircases. Warm tones (cherry, gold and chocolate), along with carpets and quality furnishings, keep it cosy, whilst artwork adds a touch of pizzazz, and high ceilings showcase glam light fittings.
Electra Palace Hotel | Thessaloniki
The hotel was built in 1972, but has seen multiple rebuilds and renovations since, and it’s good to know that nothing remains from that decade’s personality but the walls and mortar. The style is classic chic that whispers ‘settled wealth’ making liberal use of walnut wood and marble. Particularly striking are the inlaid marble patterns on the floors combining green marble from the island of Tinos, red from the village of Ritsona in Euboea and cream from Dionysos in Attica.
King George Hotel | Athens
Year opened: 1930. Countless stars (from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna) have graced these highly polished halls. The cream-and-gold lobby is a shining sea of inlaid marble, antique chairs, and Murano chandeliers – lovely to behold, but not especially good for lounging, as there’s no table service. Nautical prints and vintage maps decorate the corridors; stiff drapes, brocade and velvet abound.
A77 Suites by Andronis | Athens
A77 Suites by Andronis begins with a 19th-century neoclassical villa hiding in plain sight on busy Adrianou Street, right at the foot of the Acropolis. From inside, however, you’ll find yourself distinctly untroubled by the tourist traffic, instead living a life of surprising glamour — the interior style, a sort of high-fashion residential look, recalls the finest small hotels in Rome.
Hotel Grande Bretagne | Athens
A local institution, this is the grande dame of Athenian hotels. Whenever heads of state and Hollywood stars come to the Greek capital, this is where they stay. Glamorous rooms, gracious service, an opulent spa and superb rooftop dining have earned the ‘GB’ a place among the world’s best hotels.
Grande Albergo delle Rose | Rhodes, Greece
If it all sounds very Italian, because it is - from 1912 to 1947 the Italians occupied the Greek Dodecanese Islands. Mario Lago, the then governor envisioned the hotel built opened in 1927 in a mix of Byzantine, Arabian, Ottoman and Venetian styles. Ten years later the exterior was simplified in order of a new governor. In 1999 the hotel reopened after being shuttered since the mid 1970s. The hotel features 33 suites and a casino, once run buy the Sanremo Casino.
May 2022: Casa Cook Samos | Greece
Designed by Athens-based design firm, Block722, the 128-room adults-only retreat is shaped like a Grecian village with down-to-earth design inspired by the traditional Greek houses, or Kamares, found in Samian villages. With a nod to these charming towns, the hotel's numerous swimming pools are centred as the beating hearts of each small 'neighborhood' within the grounds, and a 'plateia' - the village's main square where people meet and mingle - can be observed in the lobby and reception area.