Spotlight on Electra Hotels in Athens
The Electra Palace has always been one of my favourite hotels in Athens. After throwing my bags in my room, it’s straight to the top floor roof terrace for one of the best views of the Acropolis. It’s my oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The pool bar is a place to cool off, catch some sun and grab a Mythos whilst enjoying the picturesque views. The staff are always friendly, the rooms are very comfortable and quite traditional (Acropolis views are on offer), and there is a delicious breakfast in the garden to start your day. The location is perfect. It’s an easy walk from Syntagma train station (train to/from the airport), a stroll into the Plaka, and has loads of shopping and eating options in the streets nearby. It’s like a grand old hotel from an era long gone, classical in its architecture and design, blending beautifully with the noble historical buildings of the Plaka area.
The new kid on the block is its sister hotel Electra Metropolis. It’s a brand new 5-star hotel perfectly located a stone throw from Syntagma Square, shopping, restaurants and bars, and a short walk to the Acropolis. This is a luxury lifestyle hotel. Like the Electra Palace it has a unique roof garden with spectacular views of the Parthenon and the entire city. The biggest bonus is that breakfast is also served with this wonderful view.
The building for many years was home to the Ministry of Education and was originally designed by the famous architect Patroklos Karantino. Now, it has been transformed into this enticing example of retro chic style that has made its mark on modern Athens, and is now a trailblazing example of today’s interior architecture and design!
I’d describe the rooms as modern luxury and very spacious, some with a balcony and views. The public areas house some unique pieces of art, including its own cultural attraction in the basement – the remains of the famous Thermistoclean Wall which surrounded ancient Athens.
Talk to your travel designer for more information and availability.