Monument Hotel Athens: A blend of history and modernity

ByAndrea Thompson

April 30, 2024

The Monument Hotel in Athens is a splendid establishment that masterfully blends the noble allure of bygone eras with contemporary elegance. Below are the main features:

History and Concept:

  • Designed by the renowned architect Ernst Ziller in 1881, the building was originally the residence of the great merchant Efstathios Stathopoulos.
  • Grigoria Tolkas spent 3 years transforming this neglected building into the beauty it is now.
  • Ziller’s eclectic architectural style blends elements from the Renaissance, Northern European architecture, Byzantine culture, and Greek antiquity. So much so that restoration specialists from the Ministry of Culture were called in he paint the delicate Acanthus flowers on the ceiling.
  • The Monument underwent meticulous renovation to introduce a new hospitality concept, changing the accommodation scene in Athens’ historic centre.
  • The building is classified as both a listed building and a Modern Monument.

Rooms and Design:

The hotel features nine exquisitely designed rooms, each with its own unique style and character. Adorned with ceiling masterpieces, soft limewashed walls, and bespoke architectural details. Custom-made artifacts, murals, and decorative elements create an old-world charm combined with modern simplicity. Scandinavian furniture from brands like Gubi and Woud adds elegance and comfort.

  • Muse: Spacious room with a veranda and church view.
  • Acanthus: Stately room with a painted ceiling and abundant sunlight.
  • Ode: Modern aesthetic with artistic freedom.
  • Glint: Calm canvas with a ceiling masterpiece.
  • Epos: Classic-meets-modern blend with Acropolis view.
  • Echo: Delightful and exciting design.
  • Lucent: Tranquil room capturing light.
  • Sepia: Blending historic spirit with modern aesthetics.
  • Nidus: Intimate attic suite with Acropolis views and a jacuzzi.


  • Minibars and espresso makers in all rooms. Molton Brown bath products.
  • Spa with its own Hamman and sauna and treatment rooms.
  • Due to its historic nature, there’s no elevator or special provisions for guests with disabilities.
  • The hotel’s breakfast experience is not to be rushed, with fresh cooked-to-order food served with love.

The hotel is tucked away in the district of Psyrri, near the Acropolis. A great place to explore the vibrant neighbourhood with its cobblestone streets, street art, and chic cafes.

It is a place where history meets contemporary elegance, making it an ideal choice for travellers seeking a unique and memorable stay in the heart of Athens.