An Evening in Athens
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Athens. The heart of Ancient Greece and a city named after Athena, the goddess of war, strategy and wisdom.
Greece is a country I have visited at the end (or the start) of significant shifts in my life, so naturally I felt nervous and excited to see what this trip had in store for me. In the wise words of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus: “Everything flows, and nothing abides, everything gives way, and nothing stays fixed."
I stayed at Ergon House where I was immediately welcomed with the infamous Greek hospitality. All of the staff couldn’t do enough for me - they certainly knew how to make a girl feel special. Ergon house is a modern and trendy hotel, one that I booked completely last minute, VERY unlike me. I felt lucky to have found this gem amongst the abundance of hotels on offer in Athens, and would recommend the area of Plaka as it is close to many main sites and attractions.
Arriving late in the afternoon, there was no time for site seeing but plenty of time to get lost in the nearby streets and sit in a courtyard bar with a glass of prosecco whilst people watching. An ideal start in my eyes! The hotel recommended a restaurant within stumbling distance called Barbounaki, you'll find the full review below.
The evening in Athens ended at Retire rooftop bar, reclining by the sunny sidelines of the their cute cocktail truck. As I watched the sunset next to the Acropolis with gorgeous drink in my hand and the holiday air gracing my skin, I couldn't think of a better way to end the evening and start the holiday.
My flight to Kefalonia was in the afternoon so the next morning I took breakfast at the hotel and had a short walk around the National Park which is located a stones throw away from Ergon House. The shade amongst the trees and beautifully curated gardens let me get my dose of nature - very welcome given how much time I had spent in buildings, airports and on transportation.
Ergon House (https://house.ergonfoods.com/) is based centrally in downtown Athens, located close to many sites and attractions such as the Acropolis. It is known as a trendy foodie hotel, curated around the bustling ground floor agora. In ancient Greece, an agora was a meeting place where people socialised and came together within a market setting. Ergon House curate this concept seamlessly with an array of market stalls, restaurant and bar on their ground floor. It is an urban playground with a relaxed, contemporary and effortless vibe - I certainly felt a little too uncool to be there!
Aussie style brunch menu with a Greek flair. Service was very quick and it would be hard to find something you didn’t like on the menu.
All staff are in masks, hand sanitiser located at every corner. Rooms have a “seal” to show they have been sanitised
The hotel very kindly gave me an upgrade from a medium to a large room. The room was spacious and decorated in a cool and contemporary style. Muted grey and white tones with exposed concrete ceilings, it almost reminded me of The Hoxton or Ace Hotel in London. The products in the bathroom were lovely, and some I would have loved to nick.
Monday night in Athens during COVID was never going to be hopping and popping. I went to Barbounaki (https://www.barbounaki.gr/el/) a casual yet elegant fish restaurant located opposite a beautiful Orthodox Church in Plaka. The restaurant has a few sites, the oldest being 40 years old. Staff were attentive and spoke perfect English, The restaurant was more modern than a traditional taverna, effortlessly delicious and a perfect welcome in Greece.
Retire is Ergon House’s rooftop bar, they describe it as “an urban oasis with spectacular views of ancient Athens looking directly to the Acropolis”. It was conveniently located one floor above my hotel room so there really was no excuse not to go.
Arriving in Athens
Arriving in Athens was seamless, getting my bag immediately I then took a yellow taxi into Plaka which was 35€. Ergon House hotel which was 35mins from the airport.