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Fresh Hotel: Pioneering Boutique Hospitality in Athens

Since its inception in 2004, Fresh Hotel has established itself as a trailblazer in Athens’ boutique hotel scene. Positioned in the heart of the city on Sofokleous Street, Fresh Hotel was the first of its kind in Athens, introducing a contemporary design ethos that contrasted sharply with the more traditional offerings available at the time. The hotel’s modernist architecture and vibrant interior design set a new standard for urban accommodations, blending style, comfort, and innovation.

Inception and Initial Transformation

Inaugurated in 2004, Fresh Hotel was conceived as an urban retreat celebrating the vitality of modern Greece. Forward-thinking hotelier Ada Yfanti chose a decidedly modernist building, defined by concrete and glass, in downtown Athens, at the time a vibrant yet run-down neighborhood. Boldly redesigned by the acclaimed practice Zege Architects, the hotel’s sleek minimalism with bright pops of color and retro touches added panache. The 133-room hotel introduced a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city, effectively heralding the area’s transformation into a trendy tourist destination over the following two decades.

Evolution and Expansion

In 2019, Fresh Hotel began an ambitious expansion project with the acquisition of an adjacent neoclassical building. Painstakingly renovated in accordance with the strict regulations governing listed historic properties, with three additional floors in the form of a glass box, the revamped building now houses the hotel’s brand-new lobby and 15 new suites. Inspired as much by Greece’s Mediterranean culture as by the neighborhood’s colorful character, the boldly styled interiors by acclaimed designer Paola Navone’s OTTO Studio combine a medley of modern and folkloric elements with a vibrant palette of blue hues.

Design and Interiors

Fresh Hotel’s styled interiors, curated by Paola Navone’s OTTO Studio, combine a medley of modern and folkloric elements with a vibrant palette of blue hues. Rich in textures and patterns, the new spaces are seamlessly integrated with the playfully revamped original premises, creating a tapestry of contrasting harmonies that echoes the diversity of modern-day Athens. This artistic fusion not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also creates an inviting atmosphere for guests.

Amenities and Services

Fresh Hotel’s commitment to providing an exceptional guest experience is evident in its extensive range of amenities and services. These include:

    • Wellness Facilities: A fitness area equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym cardio machines and strength training equipment. The wellness facilities also feature a Finnish-style sauna and a therapy room offering massages and beauty treatments by skilled therapists from Mood Life Wellness .
    • Rooftop Terrace: In the warmer months, guests can enjoy the rooftop pool, panoramic views of the Acropolis, and yoga sessions.

Dining Options: The hotel boasts several dining alternatives:

    • Menta Breakfast Area: A convivial, light-filled space offering a delicious American breakfast.
    • Levanta Café & Lounge: Serving coffee, refreshments, and a light lunch menu during the day.
    • Air Lounge Bar & Restaurant: Open all day, serving coffee, snacks, cocktails, and a modern Greek and Mediterranean menu with views of the Acropolis.
    • Pindaros Roof Top Bar: A cocktail bar on the rooftop of the hotel’s neoclassical extension, offering enchanting views and a selection of signature and classic cocktails.
    • Event Spaces: Fresh Hotel offers a variety of venues for corporate conferences, seminars, workshops, private events, and celebrations. The facilities include three meeting rooms with natural lighting and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a private dining room, and a multipurpose space on the top floor of the new wing with beautiful views of the Acropolis .

Culinary Excellence and Sustainability

Throughout its operation, Fresh Hotel has championed modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine based on a farm-to-table philosophy. Executive Chef Noi Ioannidou combines authentic flavors and traditional recipes with modern techniques, using fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from small independent producers and the hotel’s own organic farm, Fresh Farm, in Avlida, Central Greece. This approach not only ensures high-quality, flavorful dishes but also supports sustainability efforts.

Business Success and Recognition

Fresh Hotel’s innovative approach has attracted a loyal clientele and earned recognition from prestigious entities such as the MICHELIN Guide. The hotel’s ability to adapt and evolve while maintaining high standards of service has made it a standout choice for both leisure and business travelers. Its strategic location, just a short walk from major attractions like the historic Plaka neighborhood and the Acropolis, further enhances its appeal.

Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence

As Fresh Hotel celebrates its 20th anniversary, it remains true to its ethos of always staying fresh. The recent expansion and continuous upgrades exemplify the hotel’s dedication to innovation and guest satisfaction. By continually refreshing its offerings and embracing both modern and traditional influences, Fresh Hotel remains at the forefront of Athens’ hospitality scene, setting benchmarks for others to follow. Playful- Colorful – Artful #freshhotelathens

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