Athens is having a moment; a Renaissance, if you will. Gritty and graffitied, Greece’s capital is cooler than ever. With photo-friendly cafes, award-winning cocktail bars and new hotels galore, it’s worth more than just an overnight before heading to the islands.
Opened in 2022, the Moxy Athens City is one of Athen’s newest lodgings. Located on busy Omonia Square, this Marriott Bonvoy member is hard to miss. Two giant black and red French bulldogs usher guest’s into the 201-room hotel that was once home to the city’s courts.
Keeping in line with the nomadic millennial vibe of Moxy, the often busy and buzzing check-in area doubles as a muraled bar, cafe and general hangout area between Athens outings. The ground level also includes a surprisingly spacious multi-story working area with bright colors, whimsical patterns and laptop-friendly seating perfect for solo travelers or group meetings.
Given that it’s a worldwide brand, it’s no surprise that rooms are a bit cookie-cutter, but they’re also contemporary, comfortable and compact. Charcoal tones accented by light timber, pops of color, wacky artwork and matte black finishes decorate each room along with slogans like, “I woke up like this” and “Don’t come a-knockin’.”
But the rooms aren’t just stylish; they’re smart. Guests can control the eco-friendly motorized louvers on the Moxy’s exterior to block the sun and keep the space cool. And making use of every precious inch of space, there are pegs for hanging clothes, a fold-down wall desk, under-sink storage, bedside USB ports and motion-activated LED lights under the bed—basically everything the modern traveler needs.
Location: Athens, Greece
The Vibe: Casual and cool in Europe’s hottest (literally) capital city.
Food + Drink: Breakfast, snacks and drinks all center around the multi-purpose check-in area. A light continental buffet and 24/7 grab-and-go meals are on offer during the day. Once the music gets bumped up a few notches, its cocktails are perfect for pre or post-dinner.
Amenities: Free WiFi; on-site restaurant and bar, meeting space, fitness center
What’s Nearby? Acropolis of Athens; Parthenon; Acropolis Museum; Temple of Olympian Zeus; Kotzia Square; Athens Central Market
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: There are a few. First off, its central location makes getting to all the main attractions easy. Second, the hotel gym and spacious working areas are a major bonus for travelers who like to stay on top of things.
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs?: Follow your nose through the Central Athens Market or “Varvakios” before eventually ending up at the famous Epirus Tavern for one of Athen’s best bowls of soup since 1898. If you still have room, walk to Feyrouz for Lebanese street food and sweets.
Pricing: Starts at $174 per night
Closest Airport: Athens International Airport is roughly 40 minutes away by car.
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