This is a hotel of the future. Facing a tranquil green park in the Kifissia area of north Athens, the hotel is boutique style with fluid design, soft style that mingles rounded forms with bright, lively colours. It offers internet TVs complete with cordless keyboards that come as standard. For more local interaction, guests can check out the hotel's two-level restaurant and bar, where the modern Greek, European and international flavours of the menu are mirrored in the cosmopolitan blend that make up the Semiramis' clientele. It is a must for those who love design hotels! ₤155 per night.
Harilaou Trikoupi 48, 14562 Kifissia, Athens, Greece Tel +30210 6284400 Fax +30210 6284499 www.semiramisathens.com
A landmark in Modern Greece, the GB combines comfort with dash and a big dose of history – for the likes of Winston Churchill there was nowhere better in the Levant. It’s rooftop terrace (following a major £60m renovation of the hotel in the run-up to the 2004 Athens Olympics) has a great bar and restaurant with terrific view of the Parthenon and House of Parliament which it faces. Its ground-floor bar, a favourite watering hole of Greek politicians, is unabashedly camp. Rooms are as famous for their marble bathrooms as spacious balconies. Double room classic – €255 (high season); single classic €235 (low season).
Vassileos Georgiou 1, Syntagma Square; Tel: 210 333 0000; Nearest metro: Syntagma; www.grandebretagne.gr/
An offshoot of the original Milos restaurant in New York, this is the place to eat fish and gourmet Greek food in Athens. With in-house chefs using the finest ingredients (including some of the best cheeses and olive oils from around Greece) its cooked dishes and salads are amongst the best to be had in the country. Clientele ranges from international rock stars to famous local politicians, journalists and simply the rich. Dinner for two will cost at least €140.
Hilton Hotel, Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, 46; Tel: 210 728 1000; Nearest metro: Megaro Mousikis; www.athenshilton.com/
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