When it opened in 1958, the Olympic Palace breathed fresh air into Athens. This establishment of the highest standing was the first modernist building in the city. Its current owner, the art collector Dakis Joannou, who commissioned Humberto and Fernando Campana with its renovation, has now transformed it into a design hotel.
True to their philosophy of recovery and repurposing, the two famous designer brothers took apart the furniture from the Olympic Palace and made it into a baroque collage, lining the entrance and the New Hotel's restaurant. Dissected and reassembled, the fabrics and leathers of yore now dress armchairs.
Resolutely modern, playing on the visual effect of the cut-up furniture and the tactile feel of materials, the rooms also feature little nods to the past. Old postcards of Athens, protective amulets, or reminders of Greek folklore seem to float on the wall, conjuring up the fond memories of their hosts.
As for the New Taste restaurant, its charming décor, dishes prepared with local ingredients and its terrace with a perfect view of the Acropolis make it a favourite among Athenians.
105 57 Athens
+30 210 327 3000
Rooms: from 112 EUR