Imagining Athens, one instantly thinks of the Acropolis or the Agora. The traditional attract is so sturdy one may miss the choice Athenian expertise. Climbing the Lycabettus Hill to catch a glimpse of the impressively extensive panorama of 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 resort overlooking the plush greenery of a small residential park.
Settled into the previous Canadian Embassy, the resort is tucked into one in every of Kolonaki’s aspect streets. Nonetheless it’s not too quiet because the capital’s buzz will be sensed just some blocks away. It’s this a part of town the place you meet locals sipping on an espresso freddo, studying morning papers, chatting & naturally resisting all types of haste. That’s why staying at The Modernist seems like diving into the center of Athens that doesn’t beat to the drum of its historical historical past. The beat right here is far more up to date.
Fusing mid-century particulars with Athens’ signature Modernist fashion and thoroughly chosen components of Danish design, the resort includes a sober colour palette of black, gray, and white. Designed by architects of FORMrelated studio, it’s a sister resort 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 outfitted 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 more moderen traits. Every rooms provides a customized collection of books and magazines that add a private contact to the area, encouraging the friends 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 collection of artisanal merchandise and The Modernist’s stunning merch out there for buy – a really tempting concept contemplating resort’s edgy branding. Strolling previous the foyer, the area 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’re 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 crops, it’s a spot to work, chill & discover town’s topography – something you need so long as you be sure 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 wish its friends to have the ability to transfer and thrive on this area”.
The want that got here true contemplating resort’s unassuming, relaxed character mixed with trendy sophistication that displays the character of Athens so effectively. 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 aspect of the world.