Located in a 1925 building in the heart of the city, it combines a warm atmosphere with a stunning view to the Acropolis
In one of the iconic spots of Athens, low on Ermou Street and a few meters from Asomaton Square, lies the Mira Me Athens Hotel, the city’s new hotel entry. Yes, its name of Spanish origin – a resonating pun – rightly declares that Mira Me is worth seeing and paying attention to while serving as a focal point for you to observe around: the authentic image of one of the oldest and most historic cities in the world. Besides, the hotel owners know and love this very city, and would like to share it with both foreigners and Greeks. And it is not only their love for Athens but also for its old architecture!
It all started from the building, a typical Athenian 1925 house with its store on the ground floor, which has been declared a landmark. The idea was to create an urban boutique hotel with dining areas that serve guests and outsiders, to express the lively character of this unique neighborhood and to bridge tradition with the urban, modern spirit. Due to its particularity, the project was a great challenge for the architect Ioannis Zacharakis – a+ architects, who undertook to complete it both architecturally and decoratively. The rooms, seven in number, are spread on the two floors of the building. The reception is on the ground floor, together with the all-day bistro, while a restaurant bar is set up on the rooftop with breath-taking panoramic views.
The seven rooms, each with its own balcony, are divided into three types: Signature Suite, Deluxe Room, and Superior Room with a family room on two levels, with some of them overlooking the Acropolis. Here as well, the idea was to return the rooms to their original form.
To recreate the atmosphere of the time, the floors were covered with wooden French herringbone and the plaster decorations and the rosettes on the ceilings were reconstructed. Modern lamps give the space a twist. Organza, linen and velvet are used to dress the windows and furniture, many of which were produced for the occasion, with the color palette moving in pale, earthy and grey tones. As for the bathrooms, they maintain the marble look of the time but equipped with the latest technology. In the corridors, works by contemporary Greek artists such as Adamakos, Fasianos, and Parmakelis set the tone. The general feeling is that of calm luxury and essential elegance, incorporating the past and the present, the classic and the modern, the local character expressed through a cosmopolitan spirit.
Gastronomy is on top at Mira Me Athens
Among the great assets of Mira Me Athens are its two restaurants, thanks to the philosophy of their cuisine and their charismatic position indirect “interaction” with the neighborhood. Let’s start from the top: the rooftop is probably one of the most beautiful terraces in this city. And it is not only the unobstructed, within-reach view of the Acropolis, the Agora and other monuments but also the images of Athens as it really is. That is why the decorative tones here are kept minimal, with furniture of simple design and discreet lighting, leaving the leading role to the city.
On the ground floor, the all-day bistro overlooks Ermou Street and recalls other eras, expressing at the same time the liveliness and the multifaceted character of the surrounding neighborhood. Behind the bar, the large wooden rack of shelves with the turned elements is reminiscent of an interwar pharmacy, while the self-illuminated wallpaper depicting chandeliers swiftly brings to the fore a grandeur from the past, like a backdrop of a movie written daily by the visitors of the space.
Everything taste-related here is a pleasure. From taf’s aromatic coffee for starters to the rich à la carte breakfast and brunch, to the refined comfort food and the handmade cocktails for the perfect pairing. Everything is masterfully made from the best raw materials, seasonal fruits and vegetables from selected farms, orchards and small producers. And of course, everything is produced by the hands of the brigade. The cuisine is Mediterranean with some influences from Asia, created with impeccable techniques, with the taste playing a leading role.
Mira me Athens is situated on a unique Athenian site. The number 118 of Ermou Street, just a few meters from Asomaton Square, offers quick access to the archaeological sites and monuments in Monastiraki, Plaka and Thiseio – ideal for foreign travelers. At the same time, it is in a very lively neighborhood that has kept its character unchanged for decades. With its small businesses and the ironworks, the antique shops and the warehouses. But also with all these new-cut stores, cafes and restaurants that have been integrated into an area that pulsates with life, authentic life. And a little further up, there is the commercial Ermou Street, with Syntagma Square accessible on foot or via just one metro stop.
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