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Cool Hotels in Athens, Greece

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    • View the Acropolis while staying at a cool Athens hotel.Pandroseion on the Acropolis image by DocAcesRock from Fotolia.com

      The spirits of Zorba, Eros and Dionysos are alive and well in Athens, Greece. The cradle of Western Civilization still resonates with the hedonistic vibes of the ancient gods. A pulsating nightlife equals the heat of Athens' daytime streets and there's no shortage of the dancing, romance or wine that the ancient gods represent. Iconic monuments such as the Acropolis and Parthenon compete for attention with picturesque beaches and stylish shopping venues. A number of hotels provide hip digs from which to explore one of Europe's hottest -- and "coolest" -- cities.

    Fresh

    • Situated adjacent to Athens' Little Chinatown and Little Bangladesh neighborhoods, the Fresh Hotel is helping to pump new life into a formerly blighted area of the city. With a stylish refurbishing, the Fresh Hotel has transformed a run-down building into a chic destination hotel that attracts visitors and locals alike. The 133 rooms feature design elements such as colored glass bathroom dividers and modern art decor. Executive rooms have private Zen gardens. The 9th floor swimming pool is the centerpiece of the hotel's vibrant nightlife scene. Guests can linger well into the early morning hours at the Air Lounge Bar, which features rooftop views of the Acropolis and city panoramas. The hotel also features a sauna and steam room, and well-equipped fitness center.

      Fresh Hotel

      26 Sofokleous St.

      Athens, Greece 10552

      011-30-210-524-8511

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    Baby Grand

    • Classical elegance and marble bathrooms meet spray-painted graffiti and cartoons at the Baby Grand hotel just off Omonia Square. Named as one of the best new places to stay in the world by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008, the Baby Grand showcases the work of 10 international artists. The eclectic blend of visual artistry surrounds visitors in themed graffiti suites and in most of the hotel's common areas; cartoon sheep may humorously fill the walls of one room, while an intricate pattern of eye-teasing swirls and color create a psychedelic four-wall mural in the next. Furniture may come in the form of luxurious wood or Mini-Cooper car seats.

      The 65 guest rooms and 11 suites all feature private balconies, in-room safes and 24-hour room service. The hotel's Moet and Chandon lounge features finger food snacks and bubbly Champagne while more filling items such as burgers, steaks and eggplant can be found in the Baby Grand restaurant, the hotel's funky taverna.

      Baby Grand

      65 Athinas & Lycourgou St.

      Athens, Greece 10551

      011-30-210-325-0900

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    Periscope

    • Get a different view of Athens' bustling streets from the interior of the Periscope Hotel. Joystick-controlled cameras let users survey the city from the main floor of this six-story hotel. Patrons in the hotel's popular lobby bar, where DJs spin a modern mix of dance beat grooves well into the night, view video cityscapes. The 22 guest rooms offer unique perspectives of the city through the large aerial-view murals on the ceilings. All rooms are soundproofed to keep the city's sounds at bay, and junior suites have private balconies.The rooftop suite features views of the Acropolis and Mt. Lycabettus and has a private hot tub. Periscope, in the heart of Athens' posh Kolonaki neighborhood, is surrounded by boutique shopping and trendy cafes.

      Periscope

      22 Haritos

      Athens, Greece 10675

      011-30-210-623-6320

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