Pallas Athena Hotel Why Athens
Guest room and lobby at the Pallas Athena Hotel. Photograph: Why Athens

Pallas Athena Hotel

Where: Overlooking Kotzia Square
Why Stay: For a true urban experience of Athens
We Loved: The graffiti sprayed rooms and tres chic lobby


Urban culture meets refined luxury at the Pallas Athena Hotel, part of the Grecotel hotel group who own and operate 30 luxury hotels and resorts throughout Greece. The hotel is also a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Following a six-month refurbishment to what was formerly the Baby Grand Hotel, it re-opened its doors in January 2014, emerging with a new identity, embracing pop culture, contemporary furnishings and the grittiness of old Athens. It brings some shine and pizazz to the historic Athinas Street where it is located.

Pallas Athena Hotel Why Athens

The spacious lobby features contemporary furniture and artwork. Photograph: Why Athens

A short stroll up the road will find you at the central farmers markets and what was once the epicentre of old Athens, including Evripidou Street that is lined with authentic eateries, deli’s and spice shops. The Hop On, Hop off sightseeing bus stop is conveniently located opposite the hotel and Monastiraki Square metro is one kilometre away by foot.

The Guest rooms

The 63 guest rooms are a mix of contemporary luxury and pop culture with some rooms featuring painted murals by some of Athens most acclaimed urban artists. They are a fun departure into a world of cartoon characters and street art, perfect for young families or pop art enthusiasts. More conventional rooms are also available for those not wanting to sleep with Spiderman, with chic interiors and a good scattering of modern artwork.

Pallas Athena Hotel, Why Athens

Contemporary furnishings in a guest room. Photograph: Why Athens

Pallas Athena Hotel Why Athens

Pop-art themed rooms and suites. Photograph: Why Athens

With five room categories starting at 24 square metres, it’s a spacious offering for base level rooms. Rooms facing Kotzia Square include private balconies and there are six well sized suite categories that are ideal for families, with many fitted with connecting doors and interchangeable beds.


A full room service menu begins at 7:00am through to 11:30pm and a 24-hour doctor service is a unique offering and handy for families. Baby-sitting assistance can also be arranged. Private parking is available next door to the hotel. An off site gym and outdoor pool is a short stroll away as are beauty and spa treatments.


The Pallas Athena Restaurant is located on the first floor and overlooks Kotzia Square. It is an indoor/outdoor space with refined modern interiors that regularly feature art installations and exhibitions of local artists. A daily buffet breakfast is served here and is one of the best in Athens. A Mediterranean a la carte menu is available for lunch and dinner. Produce is sourced from Agreco Farm in Crete, which they own and cultivate. You can take home a bottle of their authentic olive oil, honey and other sweet treats at ‘Agreco Corner’ on the ground floor.

Pallas Athena Hotel Why Athens

Pallas Athena Hotel Why Athens

The dining room is an exhibition space of modern art. Photograph: Why Athens

Round Up

This urban chic boutique hotel provides an immersive experience, particularly for children. It allows you to connect with a historic and artistic side of Athens that you may have otherwise missed. It is ideal for those wanting to explore all parts of the city.


We would like to thank the management at Pallas Athena for their assistance and hospitality. This post was not sponsored in any way and as always, all opinions are our own.