Imagining Athens, one instantly thinks of the Acropolis or the Agora. The traditional attract is so robust one may miss the choice Athenian expertise. Climbing the Lycabettus Hill to catch a glimpse of the impressively vast panorama of the town. Strolling down the streets of what’s referred to as the capital’s most elegant neighborhood – Kolonaki. And proper in its heart, The Modernist – a minimalist design lodge overlooking the luxurious greenery of a small residential park.
Settled into the previous Canadian Embassy, the lodge is tucked into one in all Kolonaki’s facet streets. Nonetheless it’s not too quiet because the capital’s buzz could 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 center of Athens that doesn’t beat to the drum of its historic historical past. The beat right here is rather more up to date.
Fusing mid-century particulars with Athens’ signature Modernist model and thoroughly chosen parts of Danish design, the lodge contains a sober coloration 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 turned an enormous success. Unfold throughout six flooring, it presents 38 minimalist rooms of varied sizes geared up with custom-made furnishings & lighting. Embossed veneer panels meet oak & leather-based surfaces alongside parts of bronze – a harmonious combine that appeals to a contemporary traveler acquainted with design historical past in addition to more moderen tendencies. Every rooms presents a customized collection of books and magazines that add a private contact to the house, encouraging the visitors to take a seat outdoors 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 collection of artisanal merchandise and The Modernist’s stunning merch obtainable for buy – a really tempting concept contemplating lodge’s edgy branding. Strolling previous the foyer, the house transitions easily right into a small restaurant the place a scrumptious breakfast is served – a collection 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 flooring, you notice 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 plush vegetation, it’s a spot to work, chill & discover the town’s topography – something you need so long as you ensure to order a drink or two from The Modernist’s brief (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 house”.
The want that got here true contemplating lodge’s unassuming, relaxed character mixed with trendy sophistication that displays the character of Athens so nicely. As a result of The Modernist makes you are feeling current and it’s an actual luxurious. A luxurious that’s value touring to the opposite facet of the world.