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The perfect city break at Athens Utopia Ermou

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Athens is fast-becoming the choice destination for a European city break among savvy travellers. A bustling metropolis with an impressive history, delicious food and fabulous climate, Athens is ideal for a long weekend trip all-year round.

The Acropolis as seen from the rooftop of Athens Utopia Ermou Hotel
View of the Acropolis from the rooftop of Athens Utopia Ermou Hotel

Why go to Athens now

Having recovered a lot from its dark years of financial crisis, Athens nowadays is bouncing back with a new wave of youthful creativity and entrepreneurship. Pop-up hip restaurants, art galleries and museums, the regeneration of previously forgotten neighbourhoods, as well as new boutique hotels popping up everyday like mushrooms, make this the best time to visit the city.

See also: Beautiful Anafiotika, the hidden gem of Athens

Lycabettus hill, as seen from Anafiotika, near the Acropolis

The Athens Utopia Ermou Hotel

One of the most promising such new hotel arrivals is the Athens Utopia Hotel, right in the heart of the city. First opened in the summer of 2019, I had the privilege to be among the first to stay there and experience all that this new urban abode in Athens has to offer.

The entrance to the hotel with its distinctive greenery above

The Location

Just minutes on foot from Syntagma square, the new hotel is located at the corner of Ermou and Evaggelistrias streets, the city’s main shopping district. With many eateries, museums and transportation options nearby, it’s an excellent base for an Athens city break.

Athens Ermou street
Athens Utopia is located at Ermou street, which is the main shopping area of the city

Very easy to spot among the shops by its distinct entrance with the greenery, the hotel occupies the the top floors of a truly unique and elegant building with rounded corners. As a result, some of the rooms are also rounded and have circular beds!

A traditional Greek bagel or “Koulouri” seller at Ermou street, near Athens Utopia Ermou hotel

The Vibe

With just 28 bright and modern rooms, Athens Utopia Ermou feels like an upbeat, sunny and colourful oasis from the buzz of the city below. Even though the hotel errs on the minimalist side, it never feels stark. Its simplicity is actually quite calming and refreshing.

The decor is unmistakably youthful, with many little details that the digital generation will particularly appreciate, such as power plugs next to the bed and Smart TVs. Nevertheless, the hotel’s upbeat atmosphere, bright rooms and friendly staff will make all visitors feel welcome!

Athens Utopia Ermou, Junior Suite
The bedroom of the Junior Suite in Athens Utopia Ermou

Moreover, the hotel concierge is very helpful in suggesting and helping arrange (at additional cost) activities such as walking tours, bike tours, car & bike hire, airport pick up & drop off, and even themed dinner nights! Being a 4-star city hotel they have no spa or gym facilities on site, but the can arrange for a massage in your room. They will also do your laundry, dry cleaning and even babysitting (all at extra cost), so that you can take a break from being a parent and enjoy your night out in the heart of Athens.

A Room with a View

View of the Acropolis, Athens
The view from my room. Acropolis on the hilltop with the Plaka district beneath it, on the left.

If Athens Utopia Ermou has one signature element then it would be its gorgeous views of the Acropolis from most of its rooms and the rooftop bar.

The Junior Suite bed

The hotel has 28 bright and airy rooms, ranging from the “Classic Double” (24 sq. m. / 258 sq. ft.) to the Junior Suite (34 sq. m. / 366 sq. ft.). I got to stay in the Junior Suite and what impressed me immediately upon entering was the big windows and the view of the Acropolis.

The modern style of the rooms, in tones of light grey with a pop of colour, is surprisingly welcoming and reassuring to the weary traveller.

Athens Utopia Ermou Hotel Junior Suite
The sitting area of the Junior Suite

As I was about to leave my luggage by the fuchsia pink sofa, I noticed a welcome tray of fresh fruit and a bottle of wine on the nearby table. Usually I’m not a fan of fruit, but as I hadn’t eaten lunch yet, I decided to give them a try. They were delicious! I ended up cleaning the bowl of strawberries and several of the clementines.

The large bed was the highlight of the room. On the firmer side but comfy, it had plenty of pillows and there were also plush bathrobes and slippers on it. I loved the power plug next to the bedside, as I could easily keep my my mobile handy while it charged.

Check out prices and availability for Athens Utopia Ermou: Booking.com | Hotel Website

Free bottles of water, coffee, tea, milk (in the mini-fridge), sugar and more are available in the rooms.

The bathroom of the Junior Suite was spacious, with a large mirror, plenty of toiletries and even oral hygiene kits, with toothbrushes and tiny toothpastes. Very convenient for someone like me who practically always forgets to pack her toothbrush! The Junior Suite bathroom also has a walk-in shower with both rain-type and regular faucets and a toiled in a separate corner.

The Sleep

After spending the afternoon and most of the evening “exploring” the area (read: shopping, eating, taking photos and then more shopping), I was pretty tired. So unfortunately I skipped the opportunity to have a cocktail with a view of the illuminated Acropolis at the hotel’s rooftop bar. Instead, I had a shower and called it an early night.

View from my room at night

The hotel was mostly quiet and the atmosphere in the room pleasant, with only the occasional disruption from the lift’s announcement system. The room also has blackout curtains and I slept so comfortably that I nearly missed the breakfast next morning!

Food & Drink

Breakfast is my favourite time of the day!

Although the hotel doesn’t have (yet) a full restaurant on site, it has a lovely rooftop café bar, offering a buffet breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. (which is a little early for a night owl like me, but I’ve come to accept this in hotels as a fact of life).

Fresh croissants for breakfast! And good ones, no less!

The breakfast buffet is plentiful, with a great variety of hot and cold offerings. The service is fast, friendly and efficient. There are scrambled eggs, omelette, crispy bacon, sausages, different kinds of bread, cakes, croissant, homebaked sweet and savoury Greek pies, traditional Greek tahini halva and spoon sweets, fresh fruit, vegetables and more. There’s filter coffee, tea and milk available but you can also ask at the bar to prepare a cappuccino or espresso for you.

The breakfast buffet offers a variety of jams, marmalades, Greek spoon sweets, nuts, dried fruits, yogurt, cereal and more

Miss Travelist Loves

  • The central Athens location
  • The happy, bright and colourful decor
  • The gorgeous views of the Acropolis from (most) rooms
  • Lounging at the rooftop café, enjoying the view and the sun like a cat ^_^
  • The friendly and helpful staff
  • The wonderful breakfast with the best view in the city

What is there to do nearby

Another thing I loved about this hotel is how very convenient is its location for both sightseeing and shopping. Moreover, as it is in between two major Metro stations (Monastiraki and Syntagma), it is easy to to get to and from the El. Venizelos airport, the port of Piraeus and practically connect with the whole of Athens.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, commonly known as the “Metropolis”

Sightseeing nearby:

  • The Acropolis
  • The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation (simply known locally as the “Metropolis”)
  • Plaka (and Anafiotika) and the Monastiraki Flea Market
  • The Church of Panagia Kapnikarea
  • The Ancient Agora
  • The Benaki Museum

Places to eat (tried and tested)

The delicious pies of The Pie Shop
Croissant with custard cream, the signature dish of Estrella café
  • Le Greche, best handmade Italian gelato in town
  • Thanasis, for kebabs, loved by tourists and locals alike
  • The Pie Shop, best handmade hand pies with an international flair
  • Tazza Athens, a themed bistro and wine bar with sophisticated cuisine
  • Estrella, for amazing brunch
  • Kostas Souvlaki (simply the best souvlaki in town)

More Info:

Athens Utopia Ermou

Address: Athens Utopia Hotel, 46 Ermou str, Athens 10563, Greece
Telephone: +30 2103216616
Email: [email protected]
Web: athensutopia.com

Disclaimer: My stay at Athens Utopia Hotel was complimentary but all opinions are my own.

About Author

Eleanna is the founder of Miss Travelist. Part Greek and part East European, she speaks five languages and loves discovering new cultures and cuisines. When she is not travelling, you can find her watching Netflix, playing video games and having coffee with her friends.

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