New hotel opens on the Athens Riviera
Santikos Collection has opened The Alex, a brand-new property in the bustling port city of Piraeus on the Athens Riviera, just 15 minutes from the city centre.
Perched on Kastella’s Hill, the hotel overlooks the little harbour of Microlimano, lined with fishing boats, yachts and a host of bars and restaurants including the Michelin-starred Varoulko. Piraeus is one of the oldest parts of Attica and is currently going through a revival and surge in popularity. Back in the day, it was a favourite spot for people like Onassis, Kallas, Niarchos, and Kennedy and the dream of late shipping magnate Aristotelis Onassis to create ‘Monte Kastella’ an international business and tourism centre, is finally becoming a reality. The area was also the inspiration for some of the most famous Greek artists including Tsarouchis, Eggonopoulos, Grammatopoulos and Fasianos.
The Alex is the Santikos Collection’s first city hotel and fifth property within the portfolio, joining Marpunta Resort on the island of Alonnisos, Santikos Mansion in the Pelion region and the Aegean Suites & Princess, both located on Skiathos.
Last Thursday, on the day of the hotel’s opening, Katerina Santikou, Business Development Director for the Santikos Collection commented, “We’re hugely excited that our first city hotel is opening today. Location is everything and we’ve found the perfect spot with 180-degree views of the Athens Coast. We’re are thrilled that our vision of creating a simple, minimalist yet luxurious, laid-back space that will attract a young professional, local and international audience has become a reality. The communal spaces are lively and vibrant, and visitors can choose between cultural day trips to Athens or islands such as Hydra and Spetses.”
The property is home to 34 rooms and suites offering stunning, far reaching views of the Athens Riviera, Stavros Niarchos and the Acropolis. There is a strong focus on food with two dining options for guests – THE BOTANIST, a charming café and bistro area located on the ground floor is the perfect spot for guests to work, mingle and relax whilst the property’s USP is NEST, the rooftop restaurant and bar serving authentic Greek cuisine with a modern twist accompanied by breathtaking views of the Athenian Riviera including Faliron Bay, the Saronic Gulf and Mount Parnitha.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) is just 10 minutes from the hotel. The first of its kind, the $861m SNFCC was completed in 2016 and is a world-class cultural, educational and recreational urban complex. Located in the Stavros Niarchos Park, it includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera and is one of the world’s most sustainable building complexes of its size.
Getting into the centre of Athens for the day to visit the Acropolis and the National Museum of Contemporary Art and is quick and easy, and from Piraeus, it’s also just as easy to head out and visit nearby islands such as Spetsis and Hydra, just 1hr by hydrofoil.