Imagining Athens, one instantly thinks of the Acropolis or the Agora. The traditional attract is so sturdy one would possibly miss the choice Athenian expertise. Climbing the Lycabettus Hill to catch a glimpse of the impressively broad panorama of town. Strolling down the streets of what’s referred to as the capital’s most elegant neighborhood – Kolonaki. And proper in its heart, The Modernist – a minimalist design resort overlooking the plush greenery of a small residential park.
Settled into the previous Canadian Embassy, the resort is tucked into one among Kolonaki’s facet streets. Nonetheless it’s not too quiet because the capital’s buzz will be sensed just some blocks away. It’s this a part of town the place you meet locals sipping on an espresso freddo, studying morning papers, chatting & naturally resisting every kind of haste. That’s why staying at The Modernist seems like diving into the guts of Athens that doesn’t beat to the drum of its historic historical past. The beat right here is way more up to date.
Fusing mid-century particulars with Athens’ signature Modernist type and punctiliously chosen parts of Danish design, the resort incorporates a sober colour palette of black, gray, and white. Designed by architects of FORMrelated studio, it’s a sister resort to the one in Thessaloniki the place the idea turned an enormous success. Unfold throughout six flooring, it gives 38 minimalist rooms of assorted sizes geared up with custom-made furnishings & lighting. Embossed veneer panels meet oak & leather-based surfaces alongside parts of bronze – a harmonious combine that appeals to a contemporary traveler conversant in design historical past in addition to more moderen tendencies. Every rooms gives a personalised number of books and magazines that add a private contact to the area, encouraging the visitors to sit down exterior on the balcony and decelerate, turning just a few pages of “The Odyssey”.
The social areas are a seamless extension of the rooms’ non-public ambiance. The foyer boasts a small memento store with a considerate number of artisanal merchandise and The Modernist’s stunning merch accessible for buy – a really tempting thought contemplating resort’s edgy branding. Strolling previous the foyer, the area transitions easily right into a small restaurant the place a scrumptious breakfast is served – a number of native delicacies along with exceptionally good espresso. Within the afternoon, one can pop in for lunch to get a style of freshly made poke bowls and native wines.
As soon as you’re taking the elevator to the 7th ground, you notice your expertise wouldn’t be full with out munching on Greek tidbits on The Modernist’s rooftop. Providing the view of the Acropolis, loads of lounge chairs and plush vegetation, it’s a spot to work, chill & discover town’s topography – something you need so long as you be sure to order a drink or two from The Modernist’s brief (but very candy) menu of refreshing cocktails.
Studying about The Modernist, I come throughout the quote from Konstantinos Theodoridis and Eleni Papaevangelou – the architects who conceived the idea: “We would like its visitors to have the ability to transfer and thrive on this area”.
The want that got here true contemplating resort’s unassuming, relaxed character mixed with fashionable sophistication that displays the character of Athens so properly. As a result of The Modernist makes you are feeling current and it’s an actual luxurious. A luxurious that’s price touring to the opposite facet of the world.