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Initially, for my visit to Athens, I had wanted to book my stay at the Hotel Grande Bretagne or the King George, but after calculating the cents per mile (CPM), it was simply not worth the redemption. Instead, I decided to stay at the NEW Hotel due to its proximity to the Syntagma Square Metro Station for ease of access back to the airport and main tourist sites, but this decision would later prove to be both a blessing and a curse. Of note is that NEW Hotel is part of the Design Hotels category under the Marriott portfolio and therefore doesn’t fully participate in Marriott Bonvoy elite benefits. During the walk to NEW Hotel, there were lots of cars speeding with no discipline with using the horn. When I heard that room 103 was assigned which was right by the road, I immediately asked if I could have a room on a higher floor instead for the sake of a better night’s rest. Despite checking the system and making a few phone calls, the check-in staff said there was nothing she could do as every room in the hotel had been booked. She did mention that if there were any room cancellations on a higher floor, that they would move me up. This never ended up happening for the duration of my stay.
Throughout the hotel, there were very interesting design pieces as you will soon come to learn, starting with the wall of all things wooden covering the walls of the lobby.
On the ground floor was also the restaurant with similarly themed wooden pieces scattered throughout.
After exiting the elevator onto the first floor, my level of amusement kept increasing by the moment. Near the floor of every wall were bright lights, almost as though they were simulating an airplane evacuation sequence with lights to guide you towards the nearest exit. A spiral staircase extended from the ground floor to different floors if you wanted to take those instead of the elevator.
After entering the room, there’s a slot to put your keycard into which will turn on the power. Some light switches are also located here as well.
The bed was actually just two smaller ones pushed together to make a bigger one which would make things uncomfortable as you wouldn’t even be able to sleep in the middle of the bed. The space surrounding the bed was ample enough to leave your suitcase wide open.
Overlooking the bed was the desk and evil eye charms which are thought by people to ward off bad luck. Although eerie at first as they would glow neon blue in the dark, after a bit of searching around the room, we figured out how to turn the backlight off.
This Design Hotel seriously made a name for itself from the next few finds around the room. Let’s start with this chair that was placed beside the bed that stretched from the ground to the ceiling. What do you get when you cross a chair and a ladder? A chadder? Laddair? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
The sink was located outside of the bathroom and just on the other side of a mirror from the bed. The mirror was tall and wide which was fantastic. The only issue was the fact that it had a gold tint to it, so you can imagine how difficult it would be for people to put on their makeup. Most of the time, the smaller circular mirror was used, which had a battery-operated circle light.
Just when I thought we were done with the design aspect of NEW Hotel, I was proven wrong as I entered the bathroom. Everything looked normal until I checked out the shower.
No, I didn’t upload the same showerhead photo twice. In fact, there were two showerheads within the shower that were on opposite ends. While showering, I decided to stand in the middle of the two showerheads and aimed them towards the center. It turned out to be a fantastic idea and resulted in a very relaxing shower.
Just outside the bathroom was a closet that had bathrobes, which was something I didn’t expect would be provided.
With one too many gyros in my system, I headed down to the basement floor to check out the gym. Compared to countless other hotels I’ve stayed at, the gym at NEW Hotel was one of the better-supplied ones. There were free weights, weight lifting machines, treadmills, and workout benches.
The NEW Hotel was a property with some very interesting features from the chair-ladder hybrid to the dual showerhead shower and was quite amusing to stay at. Despite being assured that I would receive a call letting me know if a room on a higher floor was available, it never ended up happening and I was forced to endure the night while listening to cars driving past. Though it was not entirely too loud, I would have much rather had a peaceful night’s rest without the use of earplugs. If you are planning to stay here, know that the property is in a location that makes getting to other locations quite easy, but the trade-off is the fact that you can hear some noise from the streets on the lower floors.
From a young age, Colin’s family travelled together from Japan to Thailand as well as take the occasional family road trip. This led to an interest in global affairs and an international exchange to the United States where he made friends from all around the world. When walking down the airplane aisle to the back of the plane, he always dreamed of a day where he would be able to sit at the front in the premium seats. After stumbling upon the points and miles community, he is now proud to be seated among those he marvelled at as a child.