Like another reviewer, I've had mixed experiences with urban boutique hotels in the past (check my previous reviews for examples), mainly because they tend towards style over substance. But the Periscope Hotel was a welcome change.
I stayed just one night while in Athens on business, and though the street was a little hard to find, once I figured it out, I was pleased to discover how easy it was to walk from there to my business meetings, and up the nearby steps for sweeping views over the city.
The room was on the small side, but clean and comfortable, if a little hot. I liked the panoramic photo on the ceiling.
I was a bit dismayed to discover that there was construction work going on right across the street, and if I had the sliding door open, the noise was deafening. But whatever those windows are made of is truly miraculous - with the door shut, I wasn't bothered at all, and of course the noise stopped at night.
The bed was very comfortable and I slept well. The shower was spacious and nice miniature toiletries provided.
Unfortunately this was just a flying visit, and I had to depart early, so didn't get to experience breakfast.
All in all, a good night's sleep in a quiet, chic corner of the city, in a small hotel which hasn't compromised on comfort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Periscope is the YES! Hotels antidote to the ordinary city hotel. Modern minimalism and award-winning architectural design create a Young, Energetic and Seductive urban haven, right at the heart of Kolonaki, the oldest and most exclusive neighborhood in Athens. The original mundane building, dating from the 1950s, is now a tribute to clean lines and uncluttered spaces, balancing ergonomic solutions with urban aesthetics. Form, color, and texture create a feeling of order and tranquility. A modern ‘home’ for the long weekend or for the short break, Periscope is a firm favorite among business and leisure travelers. Situated in the coveted Haritos Street, number 22, Periscope is just a 10 minutes’ walk from Syntagma square and a 5 minutes’ walk from Evangelismos Metro station. It is also a 30 minutes’ car drive both from Athens International Airport and the port of Piraeus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Periscope Hotel Athens