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Athens’ Shila Hotel Is Simply Sublime

Most travelers hit Athens for 1-2 days at the start or end of a trip to the Greek islands. But the six-suite Shila, situated in the upscale Kolonaki residential neighborhood, fully justifies a dedicated visit to the Greek capital.

Shila oozes atmosphere, from the homey lobby to the loungey rooftop bar. The six suites are all unified by the same overarching Boheme-driven aesthetic, but each with its own flavor. As for the pièce de résistance, the Shila wasn’t this lighting designer’s first rodeo.

If possible to outshine the sublime aesthetic, it’s the truly exceptional staff that does so. Above and beyond the standard local bistro recommendations, they’re fluent in the initially intimidating Greek ferry system. Think free trip consultation, ticket printing, and even breakfast delivery the evening before an early morning departure. Oh, and we’d be remiss to mention that breakfast in the room is gratis, and Olympic Gold-level tasty.

Athens is walkable to the point that you probably wouldn’t need a cab for a weekend visit. Shila’s location makes it easy to pop into the bustling parts of the city while still feeling like a secret hideaway. It’s a short runway to trendy Pangrati and gritty Exarchia, and a breathless uphill walk to the top of Mount Lycabettus for some sweeping views and vistas. From the location to the staff to the ambiance, not every city is blessed to have a boutique hotel as perfect as the Shila.