Imagining Athens, one instantly thinks of the Acropolis or the Agora. The traditional attract is so sturdy one would possibly miss the choice Athenian expertise. Climbing the Lycabettus Hill to catch a glimpse of the impressively extensive panorama of the town. Strolling down the streets of what’s known as the capital’s most elegant neighborhood – Kolonaki. And proper in its middle, The Modernist – a minimalist design lodge overlooking the plush greenery of a small residential park.
Settled into the previous Canadian Embassy, the lodge is tucked into one in every of Kolonaki’s facet streets. Nonetheless it’s not too quiet for the reason that capital’s buzz may be sensed just some blocks away. It’s this a part of the town the place you meet locals sipping on an espresso freddo, studying morning papers, chatting & naturally resisting every kind of haste. That’s why staying at The Modernist looks like diving into the guts of Athens that doesn’t beat to the drum of its historical historical past. The beat right here is way more up to date.
Fusing mid-century particulars with Athens’ signature Modernist model and punctiliously chosen components of Danish design, the lodge contains a sober shade palette of black, gray, and white. Designed by architects of FORMrelated studio, it’s a sister lodge to the one in Thessaloniki the place the idea grew to become a giant success. Unfold throughout six flooring, it provides 38 minimalist rooms of assorted sizes geared up with custom-made furnishings & lighting. Embossed veneer panels meet oak & leather-based surfaces alongside components of bronze – a harmonious combine that appeals to a contemporary traveler aware of design historical past in addition to newer developments. Every rooms provides a personalised number of books and magazines that add a private contact to the area, encouraging the visitors to take a seat exterior on the balcony and decelerate, turning a number of pages of “The Odyssey”.
The social areas are a seamless extension of the rooms’ personal ambiance. The foyer boasts a small memento store with a considerate number of artisanal merchandise and The Modernist’s lovely merch out there for buy – a really tempting concept contemplating lodge’s edgy branding. Strolling previous the foyer, the area transitions easily right into a small restaurant the place a scrumptious breakfast is served – a number of native delicacies along with exceptionally good espresso. Within the afternoon, one can pop in for lunch to get a style of freshly made poke bowls and native wines.
As soon as you are taking the elevator to the 7th ground, you understand your expertise wouldn’t be full with out munching on Greek tidbits on The Modernist’s rooftop. Providing the view of the Acropolis, loads of lounge chairs and luxurious vegetation, it’s a spot to work, chill & discover the town’s topography – something you need so long as you make certain to order a drink or two from The Modernist’s quick (but very candy) menu of refreshing cocktails.
Studying about The Modernist, I come throughout the quote from Konstantinos Theodoridis and Eleni Papaevangelou – the architects who conceived the idea: “We would like its visitors to have the ability to transfer and thrive on this area”.
The want that got here true contemplating lodge’s unassuming, relaxed character mixed with trendy sophistication that displays the character of Athens so properly. As a result of The Modernist makes you’re feeling current and it’s an actual luxurious. A luxurious that’s value touring to the opposite facet of the world.