On December 14, tourism professionals, journalists and bloggers attended the grand opening of the Electra Metropolis, the brand new five-star luxury hotel in Athens of Electra Hotels & Resorts, a group counting 51 years in hospitality and tourism.
Guests were greeted by Electra Group’s Gerasimos Fokas, Yiannis Retsos and Alkis Svyriadis and the general manager of the new hotel’s, Yiorgos Spyropoulos.
“With its glamorous inauguration, the Electra Metropolis became the bridge between the city’s glorious past, vibrant present and promising tomorrow”, the hotel’s management said in an announcement.
Situated in the building which up until 2004 housed the Education Ministry on Mitropoleos Street in the heart of Athens, the Electra Metropolis boasts a new stylish retro-chic aesthetic that combines a modern decor with touches of classic elements.
While respecting the principles of its original construction, the firm began restoration from the building’s authentic architectural elements that date back to 1959 and were the design of architect Patroclus Karantinos (1903-1976), one of the most important representatives of the so-called “modern movement” in Greece.
The hotel’s interior design is by noted architect Maria Katsaros-Vafeiadis (MKV Design), who combined the golden age of modern Athens with bronze details, furniture from the 50s and 60s and a set of alluring colors within its 216 luxurious rooms and suites.
The Electra Metropolis also offers visitors modern sites to see, namely the impressive artwork of acclaimed Greek artist Alekos Fassianos — silver birds flying in the Greek blue sky — that is seen in the atrium and “runs” up to the 10th floor. Another site not to miss is a section of the Themistoclean Wall that was unearthed during the building’s restoration. Guests at the Electra Metropolis can see this section of the Themistoclean Wall, as well as other archaeological findings, exhibited in special spaces in the hotel.
Another reason that the Electra Metropolis became the talk of the town from the first day it opened, is its unique roof garden that overlooks the Parthenon.
The Electra Metropolis also provides spaces for meeting events, spa facilities and an indoor swimming pool.
To take a “tour” of the Electra Metropolis, press here.