Situated below the Acropolis and behind the Acropolis Museum, Herodian Hotel is a convenient option for exploring Athens. Simple rooms provide a comfortable base, while attentive service and charming public lounges add to the comfort of your stay.
A visionary take on creating something new from the vestiges of something old, the New Hotel is the brainchild of Brazilian design influencers, the Campana brothers. The brothers are renowned for transforming everyday objects into artworks and their innovative design concept takes salvaged furniture, fixtures and fittings from the previous hotel that occupied the site and reuses them in an avant-garde fashion.
Areas of the reception and bar are completely covered in the deconstructed furniture from the previous hotel. Chairs are artfully draped with patchwork leather from their predecessors. Unusual, custom-made furniture sits alongside mismatched chairs and subtle nods to Greek culture appear everywhere. The hotel has a very tactile aesthetic and there is always something unusual to look at or touch.
Although the 79 rooms are designed in a similar style, their decor is toned down and made calmer with a deceptively simple style that features a host of interesting details. While some rooms are snug, they are bright, stylish and offer all modern amenities.
The hotel also has a spa, fitness room and two restaurants: the main restaurant, New Taste, which also serves as the breakfast room, and the Art Lounge roof bar and restaurant which offers views over the city and the Acropolis.
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In keeping with the design of the rest of the hotel, the 79 rooms have a fun, modern character but are calmer and less quirky than some of the public areas. Rooms follow one of three themes and feature historic postcards of Athens, a Grecian evil eye motif, or traditional Karagiozis shadow puppets. Handmade furniture, contemporary artworks and feature lamps ensure individual character while, in many rooms, a gold faceted, fiberglass sink sits behind a mirror which breaks up the space between the bedroom and the bathroom. Many rooms have their own balcony and all have complimentary Wi-Fi, smart TV and soundproofing.
The New Hotel is located in the Plaka district of Athens. Syntagma Square is a five-minute walk away, and the National Gardens are just one street down from the hotel. There are plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities within walking distance.
Food and drink
There are two restaurant options. New Taste on the ground floor with its mismatched chairs and walls covered in a blanket of deconstructed furniture continues the hotel’s edgy design concept and serves creative takes on Mediterranean cuisine throughout the day as well as a buffet breakfast in the mornings. The Art Lounge restaurant and bar is located on the top floor where guests can enjoy Mediterranean dishes and great cocktails as well as sweeping views out over the city and the Acropolis.
Facilities and activities
A 24-hour fitness room as well as a steam room and a Jacuzzi are available in the spa which also offers a wide range of treatments, massages and therapies.
New Hotel gives guests a hotel experience they won’t soon forget and is suited to those seeking a unique, arty option that still provides luxury and comfort for a stay in Athens.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The grande dame of Athens, the Grande Bretagne is the city’s landmark hotel, having played host to notable figures throughout its history. With a central location, a classic, old-world style, and facilities to meet every need, the hotel deserves its lauded status.
The elegant, modern NJV Athens Plaza is set in the heart of the action in Athens, directly on Syntagma Square. Spacious, well-appointed interiors make this a comfortable option.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
On this half-day privately guided tour, you’ll uncover the history, significance and function of the Athens Acropolis and its crowning glory, the Parthenon. Your time includes a trip to the Acropolis Museum, where the most highly prized sculptures are on display.
An expert guide will lead you around the ruins of ancient Delphi on this full-day tour of one of Greece’s most prestigious archeological sites. The day ends with a trip to Arachova, a mountain town known for its textiles and cheese.
Sample fresh pies, succulent olives, traditional souvlaki and sweet desserts on a guided half-day walking tour of central Athens with a local guide. You’ll get an introduction to Greek cuisine and culinary techniques as you visit the city’s finest markets, delis and bakeries.
Discover Athens’ powerful street art on a guided tour that throws light on everything from the Greek economic crisis to the power of art to force social change. This half-day tour takes in Athens’ lesser-known districts and most impressive murals.
Offering an insight into Greek myths, beliefs and building methods, this privately guided tour of the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion reveals much about ancient society as well as presenting you with panoramic views from its headland setting.