Baby Grand

65 Athinas St, Athens, Greece, 10551

Price from: £36

Graffiti Room

By Rachel Howard, your Athens expert

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#24 of 25
expert-rated hotels in Athens
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Location:
3.3
3.3
Bedrooms:
3.7
3.7
Eating/drinking:
4.1
4.1
Public areas:
3.7
3.7
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Art

Expert review of Baby Grand

Graffiti artists have tagged this fun, family-friendly hotel.

From smurfs to Spiderman, manga to mermaids, most of the 65 rooms at this playful hotel have been tagged by ten well-known graffiti artists. The result – a crazy patchwork of colourful designs – is mixed and it's certainly not for everyone. But teenagers and design junkies with a sense of humour will love it. There are classical rooms for more conservative guests – but why choose to stay here, if you're afraid to try something different?

Location: 

Amid the bustle and hustle of Athinas Street, Baby Grand is a couple of blocks from the lively central food market in one direction, and traffic-clogged, crime-ridden Omonia Square in the other. Full marks for convenience – and a high score for urban grit. 

Bedrooms: 

Furnishings are a curious mismatch of designer pieces (Kartell lamps, Starck chairs) and standard hotel chain fittings (leatherette armchairs, pseudo-antique armoires). Design details are not for the faint-hearted – fake tiger-skins are strewn across the bed and iPods loaded with eclectic party music. Bathrooms are roomy and more conventional. 

 

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Public areas: 

If you feel disoriented upon entering the lobby – you're not alone. An urban jungle of fake plants screens the ground-level restaurant and the reception is hidden up a mirrored staircase. Instead of a standard reception desk, you check in at a pair of customised Mini Coopers surrounded by psychedelic murals. Easy on the eye, it ain't. Adding to the sense of escaping the average, birdsong is piped into the corridors and lifts. 

Eating and drinking: 

You don't have to pass through reception to get to the ground-floor, glass-walled restaurant, which is popular with locals as a stop-off on shopping trips. The menu is a selection of Greek standards at very affordable prices.The first Moet & Chandon bar in Greece, hidden out of sight on the first floor, is a riot of clashing styles. 

Service: 

Like all the hotels in the Classical chain, the staff are thoroughly trained and always on their toes. Here, the playful décor inevitably rubs off on the service, which is informal and relaxed.

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Who stays there: 

Adventurous hipsters, fashionistas, and families.

Pros: 
Great value
Wacky one-off design
Cons: 
Gritty, edgy location
Some of the finishing could do with a facelift

More information on Baby Grand:

Price from:
£36
Type:
Hotel
Address:
65 Athinas St, Athens, Greece, 10551
Free tags / Keywords:
contemporary, Funky, Design
Amenities:
Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Omonia

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