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Thessaloniki Welcomes ONOMA, the New Hotel Concept of Anatolia Hospitality

Exterior impression of the ONOMA Hotel.

Greek hotel company Anatolia Hospitality is getting ready to introduce its new hotel in Thessaloniki: ONOMA, the first to open under the company’s new ‘ONOMA’ brand.

Scheduled to open in August 2020, the new five-star smart and luxury hotel is located in the heart of Thessaloniki, in close distance to the train and (future) metro stations.

“We are very excited to launch our new hotel concept, OΝΟΜΑ Hotel. It will be the first of our new ‘ONOMA’ brand under Anatolia Hospitality,” Michael Chrysochoidis, CEO of Anatolia Hospitality, told GTP Headlines.

ONOMA Hotel consists of 83 rooms and is an investment of over 7 million euros, partly subsidized by the Greek investment law.

Reception, ONOMA Hotel.

As underlined by Anatolia Hospitality’s CEO, the new hotel is open to all and is a place where everybody can have a personalized smart living experience.

“OΝΟΜΑ is the Greek word for ‘name’ and consequently is unique to every single one of us. This is the uniqueness we seek to offer at our hotel,” he said.

ONOMA is the third brand of Anatolia Hospitality, following the brands of Anatolia Hotels and Anatolia Villas.

“We plan to develop and expand our brands and establish Anatolia Hospitality as a true leader in the industry,” Michael told us.

In the following interview Michael gives us details about the first hotel under the brand ΟΝΟΜΑ, a name, as he says, is aimed at becoming the talk of the town.

The ONOMA hotel has a smart luxury living theme and offers personalized experiences throughout the stay of guests… We aim for everyone to know this property’s name once having enjoyed its top-notch hospitality.

Michael Chrysochoidis, CEO of Anatolia Hospitality

GTP: Michael, you are getting ready to open a new five-star hotel in Thessaloniki. Can you share some details with our readers? What is your vision with this new hotel?

Michael Chrysochoidis: We are thrilled to introduce the ONOMA brand to Thessaloniki and aim for its first hotel to become a centerpiece of the city. The new hotel has a smart luxury living theme and will offer personalized experiences throughout the stay of guests. Facilities of the ONOMA Hotel include our “Good Mood Food” restaurant, the “Street Art” bar, the “Cloud” rooftop bar and pool, the “Homework” meetings and events rooms and the urban green “Backyard”.
We have designed a groundbreaking living place that will provide guests personalized services and features tailored completely to their needs. OΝΟΜΑ is the Greek word for ‘name’ and consequently is unique to every single one of us. This is the uniqueness we seek to offer at our hotel and aim for everyone to know this property’s name once having enjoyed its top-notch hospitality.

Suite, ONOMA Hotel.

GTP: What is the target demographic for the new hotel?

Michael Chrysochoidis: At the OΝΟΜΑ hotel everybody can experience personalized smart living. From toddlers to baby boomers. Hipsters and millennials will also feel at home with our tech friendly services and well thought out amenities, as well as gluten free and vegan menus, game rooms and various special treats.

GTP: How will the new hotel differ from other accommodation options in Thessaloniki?

Michael Chrysochoidis: Our hotel will offer personalized services to those who seek a more exclusive and interesting stay in the city. With younger generations gradually requesting more authentic, more local experiences, OΝΟΜΑ has come to cater to these needs.

“Street Art” bar, ONOMA Hotel.

GTP: Gastronomy plays a big part in the authentic and qualitative experience of hotel guests. How would you sum up the new hotel’s approach to Greek cuisine?

Michael Chrysochoidis: In our Good Mood Food restaurant we will be offering vegan and gluten free options, from breakfast all through the day until night! Our menu is being designed by renowned celebrity chefs and will offer the best local comfort and street food. You may also enjoy a personal cocktail, with your name on it, at our Street Art bar or socialize in our Backyard social place.

“Good Mood Food” restaurant, ONOMA Hotel.

GTP: This new hotel will run under a totally new brand that belongs to the Anatolia Hospitality group. Tell me, what is Anatolia Hospitality’s business strategy and future plans? Do they include opening hotels in other Greek destinations?

Michael Chrysochoidis: We aim to provide our guests with our best hospitality, an aspect that has kept us in business for more than 90 years! Our Anatolia Hotels brand has served people in Thessaloniki and Komotini and has built great loyalty to our philosophy. With our new brand OΝΟΜΑ being launched and added to the group very soon, we will establish a new Members Club that will recognize and reward our loyal guests who have supported us all these years.
We also plan to develop and expand our brands OΝΟΜΑ, Anatolia Hotels and Anatolia Villas throughout Greece establishing Anatolia Hospitality as a true leader in the industry.

“Cloud” rooftop bar and pool, ONOMA Hotel.

GTP: 2019 has been labeled as another good year for Greek tourism. How was the year for Anatolia Hospitality’s hotels in general? How are bookings proceeding for the 2020 season? What are your expectations?

Michael Chrysochoidis: To be honest, I do not like to make predictions for the future. I always tell my people and associates that if we stay focused on our services and aim for the best, people will continue to support us. 2019 was better compared to 2018 throughout our properties. The economic and social environment though changes all the time and unfortunately tourism is one of those industries that is affected first. We remain optimistic and look forward to an even better 2020, a milestone year for our company.

GTP: What are the three major concerns you have as a hospitality professional? What challenges need to be addressed?

Michael Chrysochoidis: Taxation, insurance costs and infrastructure. These are the main challenges Greek hoteliers are up against today. It is a blessing living and working in Greece, but business wise there are still major improvements that need to be made to make our environment more friendly towards foreign investments. I hope that gradually our government will shift towards this direction.

“Homework” meetings and events rooms, ONOMA Hotel.

GTP: How do you see the hospitality sector moving in Thessaloniki in general? What more can be done in regards to the destination’s promotion?

Michael Chrysochoidis: Thessaloniki is definitely a destination on the rise. There are currently many investments happening in real estate and hotel openings that will provide new jobs and help the local economy. Local government and officials need to start looking at tourism more seriously; as an industry that will provide Thessaloniki the international recognition and awareness it needs. There are several projects that need to be completed such as the metro, the airport, the train station refurbishment and installation of new trains, the Holocaust museum, city port and many more.

CGI images created by FRAMED Visualisation Studio.

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About the Author
Nikos is Greek-American born in New York, USA, and has lived in Greece for over 30 years. He is the managing editor of Greece's leading monthly travel and tourism guide, the Greek Travel Pages (GTP) since June 2008 and of news site GTP Headlines since its launch in September 2012. Nikos has also served as international press officer for the City of Athens and for the mayor. He has a degree in Mass Media and Communications, specializing in Journalism. Nikos is a native English speaker and speaks Greek fluently.

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