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.
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.
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.
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.
Who stays there
Adventurous hipsters, fashionistas, and families.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Seasoned travellers
Pros & Cons
- Wacky one-off design
- Great value
- Gritty, edgy location
- Some of the finishing could do with a facelift