Check-in: Neighbourhood legend has it that John Lennon and Yoko Ono once bedded down in this graceful 19thcentury residence, perched on a quiet corner of Kolonaki, during their incognito visit to Athens. Rebooted in autumn 2019 as a small luxury guesthouse for cultured couples, Monsieur Didot retains the intimacy and promise of a romantic hideaway. Best pals Natalia Georgopoulou and Margarita Papaioannou have created six calming and characterful rooms (4 double rooms and 2 suites) replete with Herringbone oak floors, brushed concrete bathrooms, linen sofas and arty light fittings by Greek contemporary ceramicist Iliana Lazaridou. Stoking the romance factor are period details like soaring stucco ceilings, marble-topped fireplaces and a grand curling staircase.
Fall for: Discreet lovers can hole up in The Ode, a penthouse cocoon with its own sundeck and novel outdoor wet room enclosed by original Crittall windows and a skylight. Or claim The Sonnet where the bathroom hides coyly behind a secret door in your own library. Set out for sunset strolls on pine-studded Lycabettus, Athens’ highest lookout, or browse Kolonaki’s swanky boutiques and historic bookstores.