When we began conceptualizing plans for our hotel we quickly decided to search for a building in the commercial triangle of Athens. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation together with the Municipality of Athens implemented a pilot program aimed at revitalizing this historic area by supporting local businesses, cleaning up the streets, removing unsightly graffiti, as well as increasing pedestrian space and police services in the area. They have made an extraordinary effort and the citizens of the city have benefitted greatly as a result. We wanted to be active participants in the program and support the development of the neighborhood so the only thing left to do was find the right building.
Our building was chosen among hundreds of others because of its unique location and history. Located on Poliklitou St., named after the top sculptor of the 5th century BC, the building was originally the home of MODA SA - a company who designed and produced various textiles, lace, and finishing materials for custom-made clothing. As the market began to globalize, consumer habits changed and the expansion of ready-made clothes led to the closure of MODA SA and other businesses like it. We chose to invest in this building which started a wonderful and challenging journey of restoring beauty to the building and to the street.
We were inspired to pay tribute to Poliklitou St. by creating Athens4 using its former identity as a textile factory to guide our design. We chose to use a wide variety of unique textiles and wall coverings to combine the past and the present. Each level and each room are individually designed but perfectly complementary to one another. Our rooms were thoughtfully created to optimize space and comfort and enhanced by beautifully hand-crafted furnishings. Soft, luxurious linens and bed coverings promise a good night’s sleep and the Nespresso machine found in each room promises a good morning. At the ground level you will find our large common area where our fresh breakfast buffet is served every morning. Cozy couches and large tables offer you space to relax, read, work, and engage in conversation.