Athens is a city with a vast history and some very notable ruins from the golden age of antiquity. While visiting the home of the Acropolis, you'll no doubt be tempted to stay somewhere classic. But for something very contemporary and stylish, consider the New Hotel Athens. It's the hottest place in town, not just for its cool restaurant and bar, but for its designer suites. The entire hotel is a living work of art—the brainchild of a Cypriot art collector and two interior designers from Brazil, and does it show!
If your idea of home away from home is a big-brand chain hotel, this may be too ‘out there’ for you. But if you like modernist art, aesthetics, and adventure, you’ll love the crazy Constructivist designs, which have been executed with finesse and humor. There are 79 idiosyncratic rooms to choose from, including a rock star penthouse with knockout views of the historic metropolis. You can also enjoy those views from the top floor terrace, which come alive to spectacular effect at night when the ruins of the Acropolis are lit.