2017-opened hotel, near Kolonaki's shopping, restaurants, and museums
Nearby metro runs to the Acropolis, Parthenon, and airport
Stylish rooms with adaptable bedding, pillow menus, and coffeemakers
Upgraded units have balconies with views and/or free minibars
Free organic breakfasts with DIY granolas and made-to-order eggs
24/7 Honesty Bar and 24-hour room service
Hip rooftop eatery with Acropolis and Parthenon views
On-site Coco-Mat boutique, business center, and loaner bikes
Pets stays for free
Wi-Fi throughout the property is free
A bit out of the way for sights
Entry-level rooms lack balconies, and some have no windows
Rooftop terrace is seasonal
No gym, spa, pool, or parking offered
Not really a place for kids (pro for some)
The 39-room Coco-Mat Hotel Athens is an upscale property, central to Athens' swanky Kolonaki neighborhood. Proximity to bars, restaurants, shops, and embassies draw leisure and corporate travelers, and nearby metros shorten 30-minute walks to the city's iconic sights. Trendy interiors center around the Coco-Mat lifestyle, and super-comfy beds in the rooms have endless configurations to suit even the fussiest sleeper. Like the linens, free breakfasts are organic, and an honesty bar is available 24-hour. A funky roof terrace has all-day dining and panoramic views, but there are no pool, gym, or spa facilities here. The Royal Olympic Hotel offers a pool and is in the historic center, but it's not nearly as stylish.
Coco-Mat are purveyors of premium bedding and home furnishings. The brand makes a statement here, where lobby spaces are reached via Athens' Coco-Mat boutique, and free-to-rent wooden bicycles outside introduce quirky fittings. Nearly everything here revolves around Coco-Mat's sleep mentality, from ultra-personalized room beds, to "pillowsophy" wall quotes in the bar, although storefront setups compromise the amount of common space. Interiors are modern and hip, from bleached or light woods, smart marble floors, and back-lit hallways, to cuboid bookshelves in the lobby that introduce open concept themes.
These manifest most in the 24-hour Honesty Bar, where guests can help themselves to food and drink, note consumption for later payment, and head to the rooftop terrace. This brightly furnished space with funky animal wall murals and hanging planters offers spectacular views and dining tables, but it's subject to closure in winter/high winds. A basement space with hanging lamps and colorful accents offers an alternative, but it has more of a cafeteria feel than full-on restaurant. Trend-seeking guests here mostly spend their days out, returning for what is generally guaranteed to be a good night's sleep.
Fancy Kolonaki location, but a bit far from sights
The hotel occupies a great spot in Athens' upscale Kolonaki district. Fancy restaurants accompany designer boutiques here, and attractions a few blocks away include the Byzantine and Christian Museum, and Museum of Cycladic Art. Syntagma Square is 13 minutes away on foot, but it's closer to half an hour for historic Plaka, Monastiraki, the Acropolis, and Parthenon. All, however, are easily reached with trains from Evangelismos metro station, a six-minute walk, plus taxis are plentiful. Multiple embassies are within a 15-minute walk. Athens International Airport is a 30-minute drive, or 45 minutes by metro, via direct links from the nearby Evangelismos station.
Sleek, modern rooms with super-comfy beds and swish bathrooms
Chic, minimalist rooms tote Nordic styles, featuring washed concretes, slate-gray or pale-blue drapes and throws, and industrial-looking accents. Hardwood floors are topped with trendy woven or shag rugs, and fun decor includes tree stump tables, modern artwork, and patterns on the sides of wooden stairs. As expected for the brand, all rooms have comfortable "Four Layer" Coco-Mat beds, organic linens, down duvets, and a 12-strong pillow menu selection. Also standard are solid work desks, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, kettles, safes, hairdryers, and AC.
The 215-square-foot (20-square-meter) Sleep Tight rooms are dark from limited (or no) windows, but upgraded units with balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows offer city or Athenian skyline vistas. Measuring 431 square feet (40 square meters), Suites have separate living areas, and split-level Loft Category rooms offer more space. Both of these categories include perks such as free minibars and organic snacks, or Mount Lycabettus views. Tiling in entry-level bathrooms turns to black-and-white marble flooring in upgraded categories, although all have swish bowl sinks, rainfall showers, scales, O.LIVE toiletries, slippers, and robes. Rooms can be fitted with cribs.
Free organic breakfasts, 24/7 honest bar, and rooftop terrace
Features aren't extensive here, but the quality of amenities is high-end. Served in the breakfast area, excellent free morning spreads offer build-your-own granola bowls, continental options, made-to-order eggs, tea, coffee, and juice. Healthy lunches, dinners, Honesty Bar soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, and snacks can be served here, in-room, or on the roof terrace (weather-permitting). Providing panorama vistas encompassing the entire city, the rooftop space is fun and popular, outfitted with colorful seating, cushioned sofas, and murals. A small internal terrace offers alternatives when it's closed during winter. On the downside, there are no fitness, wellness, or kids' facilities. A Coco-Mat boutique in the lobby sells the brand's products. Guest computers and printing facilities are free, as are rentals of custom-made bikes. Pets stay free. No parking is offered, but paid parking is available nearby. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
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