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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

Fresh Hotel

This stylish, urban hotel offers a cool unconventional atmosphere for its hip clientele. Minimalism embraces maximalism from the Fresh Hotel rooftop bar with its vast cityscape views. The hotel is bursting with colour, extending from the hotel’s façade with frosted-glass balconies separated by blocks of solid colour to the in-house Orange Bar. After a night at Fresh, it’s hard not to feel refreshed.

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 View Map ... 26 Sofokleous Street, Athens, Greece
O&B Boutique Hotel

A trendy, stylish and small boutique hotel in the heart of Psirri has a fashion-conscious fan base. O&B prides itself on personalised service, which it does very well considering there are only 11 rooms. Each has been decorated with sleek, contemporary style and hi-tech comforts contributing to a chic urban experience. The hotel's Ochre and Brown Lounge bar and restaurant has become one of the city's latest hotspots.

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 View Map ... 7 Leokoriou, Athens, Greece
Periscope Hotel

Periscope is a boutique hotel ideally located minutes away from the upmarket Kolonaki shops. The décor is contemporary and minimalist and the staff are extremely helpful. Live images from the hotel’s rooftop periscope are broadcast on huge flat screen monitors in the hotel’s lobby bar, while the bedroom ceilings are entirely covered with black and white photographs of aerial Athens. After a night out at Kolonaki’s bar strip, kick back on your large bed and fluffy linen and enjoy the view.

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 View Map ... 22 Charitos Street, Athens, Greece
St George Lycabettus

Welcome to the chic boutique hideaway of St. George Lycabettus Hotel tucked away in the posh Kolonaki quarter. This charming eight storey hotel oozes showroom style and unforgettable Acropolis views from the excellently designed rooftop restaurant. After a long day scouting the Kolonaki boutiques, sashay through the fabulous Frame lounge in the hotel lobby, and retreat to your south-facing room delightfully decorated with Greek individualism and an en-suite Acropolis vista.

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 View Map ... Kleomenous 2, Kolonaki, Athens, Greece

what we think

Since the homecoming of the Olympic flame in 2004, Athens’ social batteries have been recharged. Previously, visitors to this ancient city might only have stayed long enough to see the mighty Parthenon and enjoy some saganaki in the Plaka en route to Mykonos. However, Athens now boasts some of the hippest boutique hotels and its nightlife rivals some of the more well-known hotspots in the Greek Islands.