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DAVE Red Athens Enters Greek Capital’s Hotel Scene

Rooftop at DAVE Red Athens.

Israel-based Brown Hotels on Thursday announced the official opening of the 87-room DAVE Red Athens on Omonia Square in the center of the Greek capital.

The new addition to Athens’ hotel market is the fourth property of the chain’s budget-friendly “DAVE – Son of a Brown” urban brand and the first to launch outside of Tel Aviv.

“We have high hopes for Omonia and are certain that this addition will bring a new wave of hospitality to the area and help attract the attention it deserves,” DAVE Red Athens Manager, Niovi Tsogia, told GTP Headlines during the hotel’s recent opening event.

Photo source: Municipality of Athens

Omonia Square. Photo source: City of Athens

Through a scheme by the city’s authorities to redevelop the once considered up-market area, Omonia Square was last year revamped with the reestablishment of the iconic water feature; an impressive, ecological water fountain illuminated by LED technology and a thermo-neutral surrounding surface to reduce the area’s thermal footprint during summer.

Brown Hotels has launched DAVE Red Athens in the Greek capital alongside two other new properties, Brown Acropol and Villa Brown Ermou, as part of a broader expansion plan into the Greek market.

Inside the DAVE Red Athens hotel

With a design concept that merges an industrial style decor with retro references, the new 87-room DAVE Red Athens hotel boasts a playful atmosphere.

The signature Brown Hotels library.

The hotel lobby is furnished with original vintage pieces and memorabilia from the 1970’s sourced from flea markets, signature Brown Hotels library, popcorn machine and fully-stocked beer fridge.

Foxy Room at DAVE Red Athens.

Presenting four unique room types including the Urban, Foxy, Foxy+, and Urban+ Balcony, and one exclusive suite, each of the rooms feature exposed pipes, bare concrete walls, marble top surfaces and oak wood furnishings, finished nostalgic gadgets like vinyl players with original records and vintage rotary telephones, all paying homage to the era.

Each room features a walk-in shower room, open wardrobe, 43” TV screen with cable television and high speed Wi-Fi internet.

The Suite at DAVE Red Athens.

The building formerly served as the KKE (Communist Party of Greece) headquarters, which is honored beautifully through a wall mural at the entrance of the hotel’s mezzanine area giving guests a deeper understanding of the property’s profound history.

Out of respect for the history behind the hotel’s building, Brown Hotels kept the KKE’s logo (hammer and sickle) on the wall behind the bed in this DAVE Red Athens’ Foxy room.

The mezzanine area, which can also be considered an adults’ playground, features a bar, pool tables, original Nintendo and Packman consoles, arcade machine, adjoining meeting room with blackboard walls and an intimate balcony with hammocks.

Brown Hotels’ Greece team: Christina Panoutsakopoulou (Marketing Manager), Dimitra Arida (Director of Sales & Marketing), Vicky Foundi (Sales Manager) and Danae Papadimitropoulou (Sales Manager) at the pool table in the mezzanine at DAVE Red Athens.

DAVE Red Athens has an all-day-dining concept and offers sweeping views across Athens from its roof terrace complete with a spacious sundeck, pool table, jacuzzi hot tub and massage room.

The ground floor of the hotel features a bar and restaurant, and a soon-to-launch underground nightclub accessed through a secret door embedded in the iconic Brown Hotels library, both operated by Six D.o.g.s hospitality group.

The underground nightclub will also welcome non-hotel guests and is expected to bring back memories of the Athens clubbing era of the ’90s.

Expanding its property portfolio further, Brown Hotels is planning to open seven additional hotels in Athens by 2023. Next to open in the center of the Greek capital are Lighthouse Athens, Brown Spices and Theodore Athens.

The hotel group will also open additional properties in the Greek cities of Thessaloniki, Corinth, Crete and Corfu.

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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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