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Movie star cafe Milos opens very first-at any time hotel in Athens

Here’s a place to consider your con-feta-premiums.

Milos, the chic and dear Greek seafood cafe identified for billionaires and celeb company, has opened its to start with-at any time lodge.

Chef Costas Spiliadis — the man who started Estiatorio Milos in Montreal in 1979 and grew it to 7 locations worldwide (numerous much more are in the will work) — quietly opened Xenodocheio Milos (from $420 XenodocheioMilos.com) in January.

But now as summertime approaches, the luxury boutique residence in the heart of Athens, is finally completely ready to shine.

The debut marks the initial hotel venture for Spiliadis and a return to his Greek roots. It is a partnership with the Intra Athinaiki enterprise, and Dimos Stasinopoulos, the CEO of Epoque Selection, a luxury boutique lodge management enterprise.

“I can not say plenty of how it’s this sort of a specific knowledge to have my initially lodge in the place wherever I’m from,” explained Spiliadis. “I know the Greek way of hospitality and have been demonstrating that to folks for decades in my places to eat. This is an prospect to carry my philosophy above to a lodge.”

Ethereal rooms at Xenodocheio Milos start at $420 a night time.
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Xenodocheio Milos isn’t his 1st-ever project in Greece, however. Spiliadis opened a restaurant in Athens in 2004, which shut four decades ago.

Found in the middle of the metropolis near the Aged Parliament Residence and Syntagma (Structure) Sq., the 43-space Xenodocheio Milos is in a primary and historical aspect of town positioned in two heritage-shown neoclassical structures.

It is also in the vicinity of high-finish boutiques from both of those intercontinental and homegrown brands  (Louis Vuitton, for instance) and surrounded by buzzy dining establishments and cafes.

Chef and owner of Estiatorio Milos, Costas Spiliadis.
Chef Costas Spiliadis founded Estiatorio Milos in Montreal in 1979.
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Syntagma Square, the place locals staged an uprising in 1843 against King Otto to need a constitution, is a five-minute wander away, though the Parthenon and Acropolis are 20 minutes absent.

Spiliadis claims that going for walks into Xenodocheio Milos is like coming into the home of your most loved family member.

“You’re immediately enveloped with hospitality and warmth,” he reported. “Your each individual need to have is catered to with services that is quite personalized.”

A view of the city from the hotel's roof.
The 43-place hotel is situated in the heart of the Grecian funds around the Old Parliament Residence and Syntagma Sq..
Xenodocheio Milos

If you want a particular sort of tea for breakfast in the morning, for illustration, the personnel will make confident you have it even if it means getting it from a shop.

And if you like historical past, do not be astonished to discover books on Greek history ready for you in your space at the conclusion of the working day.

It’s touches like these that make the hotel stand out. Spiliadis describes it as an “authentic Greek working experience.”

A doorman outside the entrance to the hotel.
A doorman stands vigil outside the boutique Athenian assets.
Xenodocheio Milos

Xenodocheio Milos has a style that is impressed by the Aegean Sea and Cycladic art and architecture. Characteristics consist of interiors with significant ceilings, muted hues in the course of and domestically sourced elements this kind of as white Dionysos marble and oak timber panels. Organic light-weight is in no shorter source.

The rooms are intended to come to feel like bedrooms in a house. They’re airy and have Greek furnishings, pendant lights, Dionysos marble bathrooms and wood floors.

In a nod to Greek nautical lifestyle, the headboards and rest room counters are curved and intended to evoke wind going by way of sails.

With their 215 sq. feet, entry-level rooms are modest, but the suites span up 915 sq. ft a several have big terraces that deal with the Previous Parliament Property.

A lobster dish at the hotel.
This being Greece and all, Xenodocheio’s seafood-weighty menu should not come as a shock.
Xenodocheio Milos

Not remarkably, the cuisine is a highlight of any continue to be. Company can get pleasure from the exact same Milos food items that they are familiar with by means of home support or in the namesake cafe.

“I know the Greek way of hospitality and have been showing that to folks for a long time in my dining establishments. This is an opportunity to carry my philosophy over to a lodge.”

Chef Costas Spiliadis

Assume parfaits for breakfast with the legendary yogurt, in-time fruit and Greek honey, common Greek salads bursting with the ripest tomatoes and the entire world-popular Milos Special — thinly sliced eggplant and zucchini, fried like chips and served with saganaki cheese and tzatziki.

Seafood is a star, of class, with options these as just-caught fish grilled entire and deboned, charcoal-broiled octopus and assorted Greek ceviche.

The restaurant itself has massive white columns, a sculptural staircase and sculptures from Greek artist Dimitris Fortsas.

Off assets, the team prides itself on making culinary excursions of Spiliadis’s preferred markets and dining establishments and arranging yacht excursions together the Athenian Riviera.

“We’re not a massive hotel,” states Spiliadis. “But, we are one particular with a heart and a roadway to the real Greece.”