The “New Hotel” in Athens wasn’t always new. In fact, back in 1958 it was called the Olympic Palace Hotel. But 40 years later Greek Cypriot art collector Dakis Joannou saw it and decided he wanted to transform it into a whole different place. So the owner of Yes Hotel Group started his plan of turning this hotel into a new structure. In the process, he was determined to salvage each and every old floor and dingy mirror, trying to preserve the original material but in the same time creating a new design.
The new building was entitled, very suggestively, New Hotel. The architects working on the project tried to save as much as possible from the original building. They polished the marble floors and reconditioned most of the existing structures. Since Dakis Joannou was an art collector, he wanted to share his passion with the guests. So there are postcards, amulets and shadow puppets that can be seen all over the place. They are kept in acrylic glass plates just above the walls.
The hotel has 79 suites and it offers a very unique experience. Sculptures and unique creations are scattered throughout the hotel and you almost feel like in a museum. It’s a very beautiful and historical place, a unique place worth to be seen.