It is hard to imagine a more conveniently situated hotel in Athens than the Electra Metropolis, just over a block from Syntagma Square, at the nexus of key bus and subway lines. Add to this central location a breathtaking view of the Acropolis from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, and you have the ideal place to stay in the storied capital of timeless Greece.
One thing the Electra Metropolis is not, however, is part of the history of this city. The new property is barely more than one year old, and as modern as the city is ancient. Nonetheless, the past is skillfully incorporated into the existing building, where a section of centuries-old stone wall is preserved and showcased.
The hotel’s 216 guest units comprise no fewer than nine categories of rooms and suites. As befits an up-to-date 21st century property, all rooms in the Electra Metropolis are equipped with the latest technological bells and whistles, the centerpieces of which are the 40-inch smart IP flat-screen TV’s. User-friendly digital thermostats enable accurate climate control, and electronic safes are large enough to accommodate guests’ laptops. Free Wi-Fi extends to all rooms as well.
Of course, most of the hours spent in a hotel room are spent in bed, and the ones here, covered by microfibre quilts, are super comfortable. There is also a choice of three types of pillow, so you are pretty sure to get one you really like.
The marble bathrooms do not all have bathtubs, but the shower stalls are spacious. In particular, the amenities are pampering and comprehensive: in addition to aloe vera shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, the hotel supplies toothbrushes and toothpaste, kits for shaving, vanities, sewing, and polishing shoes. There is even goats milk soap for stressed skin.
An experience not to be missed at the Electra Metropolis is a meal at the rooftop restaurant, with its incomparable view of the Acropolis, day and night (when it is illuminated). Start with one of the 11 signature cocktails at the M Skyview bar, to sip while perusing the extensive food menu. I put myself in the capable hands of talented Chef Sakis Venetis, and his nine-course tasting menu blew me away. The service was also impeccable: the knowledgeable waiter informed me where in Greece every critical ingredient was sourced, and guided me through the wine pairing process with local vintages.
The hotel’s complimentary breakfast — a sumptuous buffet — is served in the same location, with the view that never gets old. Of course, there is always the option of ordering breakfast delivered to your room, which also has everything you need to make tea or coffee.
Not surprisingly, the luxury hotel has a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment; more unusually, however, the property has not one but two swimming pools: an attractive outdoor pool on the roof, and an inviting indoor pool adjacent to the Aegeo Spa and Wellness Center — a full-service spa with a wet area and full complement of massage and beauty treatments.
Text and photos by Buzzy Gordon, who was a guest of the Electra Metropolis Hotel, under the auspices of the Athens Hotel Association, and with the collaboration of the Tel Aviv office of the Greek National Tourism Organization.