Hotel Iridanos (Eridanus)



Address:

Pireos 78, Athens, Greece

Phone:

21 0520 5360

Hotel star rating:

4 stars

NileGuide Expert tip:

You're so close to the Pireos Annexe of the Benaki Museum and it's so fitting for the clientele of the Eridanus that you have no excuse to miss it.

Description:

Do you love art galleries so much you wish you could sleep in them? This is your place. With tricks of architectural construction and several original pieces by Artist Giorgos Lazongas being showcased on the walls, sensibly austere, modern furnishings contrasting the delicate neoclassical details of the building, you're assured that you, the guest, is one with impeccable taste in lodgings.

The Eridanus is named after a constellation and a river running from Lykavittous to Keramikos, the ancient cemetery which holds the remains of great ancient Athenians like Perikles. Across Piraeos avenue is the current hot spot of culture, Gazi, with numerous trendy cafes, bars, restaurants and performance places. The Kermikos Metro provides easy access to the more central area of Syntagma and pedestrian Ermou runs the length to Syntagma Square, should you prefer to walk. All in all, it's a less obvious choice as it's set slightly aside from the usual first time visits but that's what makes it so snobbishly appealing! Some say that the neighborhood is not very attractive but this depends on personal taste. The industrial nature of the area has been "groomed" with a slew of fantastic murals by graffiti artists and cultural centers taking over old factories.

Best of all, for the gourmands anyway, is the four year-old restaurant Varoulko which is attached. Be prepared to not gawf at the bill but it's considered one of the finest culinary experiences in the city. For more reasonably priced meals, hit some of the places along Persefonis Street leading to the main square of Gazi.





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