“A dreamlike and sensual experience awaits you at the Hotel Semiramis – it is like stepping inside an amorphous multi-coloured neon pod. Fun! There is not a straight line or pale surface to be seen, just curving Zaha-style shapes and zingy lollipop colours. You find your way to the rooms, restaurants and different levels via a series of colour coded hieroglyphics. An accompanying book of stickers is provided at check in with which to ‘sign’ your bills. A programmable electronic messaging system is sunk into the threshold of each bedroom – certainly a change from the usual ‘do not disturb’ door tags. This is a totally different take on a business hotel, but an equally great base for a cultural visit to Athens. Located in the affluent and leafy suburb of Kiffisia, surrounded by high-end boutiques and bars, it is an easy 40 minute train/metro ride into ancient Athens and all the wonders of the Acropolis. Less than 30 minutes by taxi to the airport. Semiramis is part of the new and edgy Design Hotel stable. It may be mad, kitsch and eye-popping, but all the essentials are provided to a very high level and there is an engaging and professional team of staff. Interesting artwork too.”
Written by Caroline Townsend
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
At Semiramis, an exclusive 51 room hotel, where art blends with modern hotel technology, and functionality exudes style, the educated business or leisure traveler will feel ‘at home’. A bi-annually rotating exhibition of fine art, astounding for its museum quality, will leave art enthusiasts reeling with delight.
What is there to do in the area?
Located in the affluent and leafy suburb of Kifissia, Semiramis is at the heart of the finest shopping and entertainment venues, also enjoying quick and easy access to the city’s business districts.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally? Of course, morning, day, and night, guests tune in to its contagious, lively vibe. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering the very best of light Mediterranean cuisine, fused with favorite international dishes. Whilst, overlooking the uniquely shaped swimming pool, a Karim Rashid design, Semiramis restaurant has become a fixture for cool cocktail parties and other social celebrations.
Another great option for dinner is 21 Restaurant. Situated on the ground floor of TWENTYONE. International cuisine, touched with a flavor of Italian and Greek, cocktails.
Which are your most popular room types, and why? Penthouse Studios, where guests enjoy their own large private terrace, where Karim’s outdoor furniture offer comfort and style. As they lounge around, they can immerse in the amazing views afforded over the entire Attica region. With their plush bath tabs, the bathrooms have been designed strictly for indulging.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms?
We provide booster seats at Semiramis Restaurant, a baby cot or extra bed can also be placed in the room. Additionally, we may arrange babysitting service upon guests’ requests.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers? Athens is definitely a must visit destination and YES!Hotels, located in Athens’s prime locations, are architectural interventions, in constructive dialogue with their surroundings. Each hotel resembles an art gallery, with impressive works of internationally acclaimed modern art on display.”