Semiramis, Athens

Reviews / May 27, 2014

Contributor/ Imran Hussain

Best Known For
This is a Karim Rashid designed hotel and that is undoubtedly what it is best known for. This, and as a result, being the most progressive design hotel in Athens. Oh yeah… And a whole lotta pink.

The Good Stuff
This hotel is like a wonderland… And this is what sets it apart in every way. The attention to detail in relates to service and technology, at a time when most developers were afraid to experiment, is thought-provoking. For example, the Do Not Disturb signs are gone and instead an LED display at the foot of your door communicates the simpler things to staff and housekeeping. The pool is also a welcome addition, shaped on Karim’s signature figure of eight curve, and the sign of infinity of course, with poolside lounging always a pleasure in Athens. The organic shapes and design of bedroom, dining and outdoor spaces, sets you up for a very unique experience.

The Vibe
This is a place to party in Athens and has always attracted quite the crowd. Although the mood says party, rest assured, business happens here too. Colourful and vibrant as it may be, it is tough to not fall in love with the statement the design is making.

Inside the hotel – 8/10
No doubt a cool spot, one of my favourite things is the artwork within the elevators, but I’ll leave that as a surprise for those who love graphic art. Also, pick a room with a view of the Acropolis, you won’t be sorry. The bar, spa, dining room and pool is enough to have you glued to the hotel. 

Outside the hotel – 7/10
Kifissia is like the Hampstead of Athens, so don’t expect an all out brazen party feel in the neighbourhood. But the hotel and the city will take care of that.


Image courtesy of Semiramis

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Imran Hussain
Current Editor of The Hotel Culture. In previous roles he has worked within the boutique hotel sector for over 10 years including myhotels group & the Great Northern Hotel holding the title Marketing Director at both. He has secured European Hotel Design nominations, best website awards and created cultural marketing initiatives as well as delivering strategic brand partnerships with the likes of Film4, Tiffany & Co., Somerset House, Coco de Mer and A Hedonist's Guide to. Follow Imran @Imran_Hussain Or read more about him at his contributor page

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