Check in: For an effortlessly cool boutique hotel that feels like an insider’s secret. With its slim stone entrance, you could easily slip right past this sophisticated newcomer on Athinaidos Street, flanked by happening bars and restaurants. The striking 1843 building once housed a girl’s orphanage. Now it’s been refashioned into 14 spacious rooms with lofty ceilings, original wooden beams and a monastic aesthetic. Rooms have crafty features to optimise space, like velour room dividers and unexpected hallways fronting sleek contemporary bathrooms. The charming top-floor suite resembles a little house with sloping beams and an open-air hot tub where you can peep at the Parthenon.
Check out: The cavernous lobby, lined with illuminated stone walls and arches, feels like you’ve entered a Roman catacomb. Enjoy tasty breakfasts of bacon and eggs, homemade cookies and traditional rice pudding at Noma’s adjoining restaurant (after breakfast, it turns into a Thai restaurant).