In Kolonaki, an upscale, central neighborhood that's within walking distance of Syntagma Square and Mount Lycabetus
Sleek, modern rooms have well-stocked minibars, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, and flat-screen TVs
restaurant serves all day
Higher-priced rooms have outdoor hot tubs, and terraces with seating
use of nearby Holmes Place Health Club
rooms are small and dark
club is off-site
Limited hours for room service
The mid-range, 21-room Periscope Hotel, is in the posh Kolonaki neighborhood, about a 12-minute walk to Syntagma Square and Mount Lycabetus. The hotel is modern, sleek, and minimalist with a shades-of-gray color scheme, and its rooms come with aerial ceiling photographs of Athens, Tempur-Pedic
mattresses, well-stocked minibars, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms have hot tubs and
terraces. The trendy restaurant serves fusion food all day, and is a chic gathering spot for in-the-know locals. There is 24-hour concierge service, and room
service (hours are limited). Guests also get free access to the nearby Holmes Place Health Club.
A modern, minimalist boutique hotel
from the outside in
Modern minimalist style starts at the exterior of the Periscope Hotel. The square, gray edifice mirrors the sleek, precise interior. Large glass doors open onto a gray-walled lobby with
colorful flowers, track lighting, and wood floors. The lobby also provides coffee, tea, and free newspapers. Hallways are, that’s right, gray, but have
marvelous photographs of Athens arranged in interesting ways around the building.
Concrete tables and black Eames Eiffel chairs decorate the on-site restaurant, while food and artwork add color to the design, and floor-to-ceiling windows
bring in natural light. Green shrubs placed throughout
the hotel add warmth, along with the splashes of color. Joysticks connected to a rooftop camera are placed around the hotel, allowing guests to scope out their environs from various places.
The hotel sits on a low-key street in the posh Kolonaki neighborhood. Plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as Lycabettus Hill, Athens National Art Gallery, the Byzantine Museum, Benaki Museum, and Syntagma Square are within walking distance.
The Acropolis and Parthenon are a 10-minute drive or 20-minute metro ride from the
hotel. The Evangelismos metro station is within a five-minute walk of the Periscope.
Rooms are smartly designed at the
Periscope Hotel: Minibars are stored inside furniture, and desks are built into the
closet to provide maximum space. Soundproofed rooms with wood floors and electric blinds come with Tempur-Pedic beds, and ceilings are papered with beautiful aerial
photographs of Athens. Functional reading
lights are placed over the beds. Most of the rooms are gray with blue, sometimes purple, on bed runners and closet
interiors. All rooms have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs. Some
rooms are small and dimly lit, while higher-priced rooms, such as the Penthouse Suite, include sitting areas with
blue rugs, terraces with seating, and large hot tubs with Acropolis views. Some rooms have coffeemakers. White-tiled bathrooms come with soft robes and slippers, small white sinks, glassed-in showers, and Apivita toiletries. Larger rooms have bathtubs and double sinks.
restaurant; free Wi-Fi and use of nearby fitness center
The chic Periscope Restaurant serves all-day, starting with an
early bird breakfast before moving on to fusion cuisine. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and guests can use the nearby Holmes Place Health Club at no extra cost -- it's about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Room service is
available but has limited hours. There is 24-hour concierge service.