Date: October 2018
Location: Located minutes from the Acropolis and opposite Stavros Niarchos Park, the Opera House and the National Library, Athens Marriott Hotel is positioned downtown between the Port of Piraeus and the city centre.
Name: Athens Marriott Hotel – opened 2018, five star
No. of Keys: 366 rooms, including 24 suites, with views of the National Opera House and the Aegean Sea, with some rooms offering private terraces overlooking the Acropolis.
Seller: The site was The Metropolitan Athens Hotel, opened in 1997 and will undergo an US$15m renovation.
Buyer: Marriott International has revealed the return of its flagship brand, Marriott Hotels, to Athens, Greece’s capital, in partnership with Chandris Hotels, who operate two other hotels in Greece, including The Met in Thessaloniki, Chios Chandris Hotel, . George Paidoussis is president of Chandris Hotels,
“With the opening of the Athens Marriott Hotel we are thrilled to debut Marriott Hotels’ redesigned aesthetic in the vibrant city of Athens,” said John Licence, vice president, premium and select brands Europe, Marriott International.
“This hotel signals the momentum and evolution of Marriott Hotels’ transformation as it continues to elevate experiences all around the world, through contemporary design, stylish public spaces and intuitive technology.”
The sophisticated interior design of the lobby, reception and meeting rooms by Wimberly Interiors London fuels the imagination, blending deep blue and gold colours, inspired by the nearby port and ancient Greek jewellery.
The décor evokes a contemporary interpretation of classic Greek architecture and rich cultural heritage.
The culinary highlight of the hotel is the Made in Athens restaurant.
The restaurant has an open kitchen where chefs prepare breakfast and bake traditional bread throughout the day in the wood-fired oven.
In addition to the panoramic views, gastronomic delights and refined interiors, the hotel is the ideal venue for a memorable event, with eight versatile meeting rooms featuring high-tech facilities, and total event space of 1,067 square metres.
There will also be an outdoor pool and well-equipped fitness centre.
In recent years Marriott has also opened two Autograph Collection hotels on the island of Crete, Domes of Elounda and Domes Noruz Chania.
THPT Comment: Their original hotel – The Ledra Marriott became a Grand Hyatt after Henderson Park & Hines JV who bought the hotel in 2017, for a record low price of €33m, after the previous owner de-listed Marriott from the hotel.
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