Following the success of its first property in downtown Thessaloniki, ‘The Modernist’ opens a second boutique hotel, this time in Athens. set in the former Canadian embassy in Kolonaki, a high-end neighborhood in the historical heart of the Greek capital. The hotel welcomes guests in a relaxed, elegant environment that seamlessly combines Art Deco elements, mid-century detailing and Danish design. The brainchild of entrepreneur Kostis Karatzas, The Modernist Athens has been developed with the same emphasis on local creativity as its counterpart up north, introducing travellers to the city’s artistic community through curated experiences.
“The Modernist is about contemporary hospitality that inspires curiosity and authentic experiences,” says Karatzas about the project. “ethics and aesthetics course through everything we do, as an invisible thread that connects us with the world. Following the opening of our first property in Thessaloniki two years ago, Athens was a natural next step for us. And this is only the beginning for our brand.”
The Modernist Athens sits on the southern slopes of Lycabettus Hill, a mere couple of kilometres from the Acropolis, surrounded by world-class galleries and museums, great shopping streets and a vibrant nighttime atmosphere. Occupying the former Canadian Embassy, the hotel features a blend of the minimalism of post-war 1950s architecture, and the nowness of sleek yet subtle contemporary spaces. Its design, developed by collaborating architects FORMrelated, is characterized by sharp contrasts in color and shape, an elegant material palette, custom lighting and made-to-measure furniture.
Upon entering the hotel, guests are met with an eclectic mix of hues and materials, including marble, plaster, bronze, and black glass, which define the lobby. On the ground floor, the breakfast buffet doubles as an all-day cafe bar, where plywood and marble blend together to create a warm atmosphere. The hotel’s common areas are complete with a rooftop garden, which also serves as an open cinema with breathtaking views of the Acropolis. The Modernist also markets itself as an events space, hosting workshops and talks by guest artists.
The 38 rooms are spread across six floors, with four options – S, M, L, and XL – that make it easy for guests to pick the one that best fits their individual needs. With the exception of a series of signature pieces in the lobby, selected from a mix of local and international interior design brands, all the furniture, lighting and uniforms are custom-made. Inside the guest rooms, oak wood floors, leather headboards and midcentury-inspired furnishings are combined with embossed veneer panels and bronze details. Similar to its sister property the Athens outpost features contributions by local creatives, from ceramics, artwork, to tailor-made music playlists. Even a vinyl collection is in the works.
“We see The Modernist Athens becoming a compelling value proposition not just in living but in the experience industry as well,” say FORMrelated founders Konstantinos Theodoridis and Eleni Papaevangelou about the hotel’s design. “We want its guests to be able to move and thrive in this space, in this small and intimate unit that manages to encapsulate contemporary luxuries in such an understated way.”
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 38 rooms & suites (19-54m2) (205-581 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2020 • architecture & interior design: FORMrelated • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk