Greek Treats Like Organic Iced Tea and Ice Cream, Plus a New Decompression Lounge, Await Guests at Stylish 15-Room, Industrial-Chic Luxury Property In Psirri, the Hipster Heart of Athens.
ATHENS, GREECE — October 30, 2018 — 18 Micon Street, the essential boutique hotel in Athens, has emerged a year after its opening as the hands-down favorite for plugged-in visitors to the Greek capital and as the first (and to date only) hotel in Athens to become a member of Hip Hotels. The hotel’s easygoing, industrial chic vibe and prized location in Psirri, one of the buzziest neighborhoods in the Greek capital—yet within walking distance of the Acropolis—made it a natural fit for the pioneering Hip Hotels association.
A trio of construction elements—cement, brick and wood—blends harmoniously to give the guestrooms and public spaces at 18 Micon Str. an airy, chill and resolutely contemporary vibe that reflects the urban surroundings of the Psirri neighborhood: gritty, splashed out with thrilling street art and unselfconsciously cool. No two rooms and suites are alike, but each is outfitted with a meticulously designed bathroom, sturdy, locally handcrafted furniture, comfortable bed and see-through mini-bar. Some feature indulgent balconies with views of the Acropolis.
The building that houses the hotel started its life in the 1950s as the warehouse of an Athenian tool trader. A religious icon of Agia Paraskevi, uncovered during the site’s initial excavation, is today discreetly displayed at the building’s entrance—an understated flash of local flavor in a district already bursting with the kind of character that is hip in any language.
Guests at 18 Micon Str. will enjoy a lavish buffet breakfast served in the clubby but brightly-lit lobby. At any time they can reach into an “honor fridge” where they will find gourmet Greek treats such as organic iced tea from Jukeros and mini-frozen Greek yogurts from Kayak, Greece’s esteemed purveyor of “Pure Magic” ice cream. Care to linger? Close the gap between check-out and a late flight with a turn in the hotel’s groundbreaking downstairs Decompression Lounge, where hotel guests can rest, leave their luggage to explore the area and even take a refreshing shower before heading to Piraeus for an island ferry or out to Athens International Airport.
More than any other hotel in downtown Athens and now into its second year, 18 Micon Str. captures the soul of modern Athens: captivating, cozy and creative. A stay of any duration promises to be a memorable experience of Athenian Hospitality Redesigned.
About HIP Hotels
Of 18 Micon Street’s inclusion in HIP Hotels, the group’s general manager Charlie Fallman says, “18 Micon Street captures the very essence of what a HIP Hotel is: plenty of personality and unconventional details whose ambience remains with you long after your stay has come to an end.” HIP Hotels is an iconic collection of hotels that encourage you to pack your bags and escape. HIP stands for Highly Individual Places–encapsulated by each and every property on the collection’s website (hiphotels.com). Individualized means unique, characterful, charming, and off the beaten track. These are hotels that represent the reason why we travel–to explore the unknown, discover hidden gems and make travel a memorable experience. HIP Hotels was founded in the 1990s by award-winning photographer Herbert Ypma and has sold over two million books in more than 15 languages.
About the Psirri neighborhood in Athens
Psirri is home to some of the most vibrant and dynamic street art in Athens. The neighborhood’s evolution as an open-air workshop of creative expression was galvanized by the 2004 Olympic Games, and later the economic crisis proved fertile ground for artists. To tap into the dynamism of this uniquely Athenian neighborhood, the hotel enlisted Athens-based, New York Times-published travel writer Anthony Grant to write a series of texts, a challenge he was only too eager to take up. “Psirri reveals another side to Athens, fresh and atmospheric but unapologetically quirky, too,“ he says. “You probably already knew about the Parthenon and Plaka, but Psirri has got a scruffy cultural verve all its own—it’s a compact and largely self-contained, thoroughly urban universe where hipster cafés and bars collide with more antique shops full to bursting with fascinating wares, vintage record stores and teeming craftsmens’ shops than you could ever take in on a single walk. To really absorb it you need a suitable perch, and for all the right reasons 18 Micon Street is an enviable spot to be.“