Review: The Dolli
Greece | February 05, 2024 | Flora Ioannou
The Grecotel property is nestled amid the neighbourhood of the Greek gods
Location: Nestled amid the neighbourhood of the Greek gods, The Dolli stands as a delightful testament to the city’s blend of ancient marvels and modern comforts. With the Acropolis towering high above its back door and the city’s fast-paced, bustling streets of Ermou and Monastiraki at its front, The Dolli is a traveller’s dream. It’s an easy walk to tavernas and arty shops, plus Athens airport is only a 30-minute drive.
First impressions: I am greeted by the warm smile of a lavishly moustachioed doorman; he sets the scene to what lays behind the doors he opens. Well hello Dolli! The design is eye-catching. Think marble floors echoing the Parthenon’s grandeur, juxtaposed against sleek designer furnishings that exude a cosmopolitan charm. The lobby, bathed in soft, buttery hues, serves as a welcoming cool embrace after a hot day of exploring Athens.
The artwork on display is second to none and every piece is lovingly displayed. Be it a priceless Greek antiquity, an original Picasso or a balloon chair by the famous Korean designer Seung Jin Yang, each piece comes from the owner’s collection.
The facts: The Dolli is a luxury boutique property with 46 spacious rooms, suites and apartments housed in a listed building dating back to 1925. It opened last year after the building was lovingly restored to its presentday prestige under the watchful eye of owner Mari Daskalantonaki, the chief executive of Greek hotel company Grecotel.
The design of the rooms is more akin to that of a Greek island hotel, with tall windows and shutters, and a serene all-white colour palette. Advise clients to book a room facing the Acropolis because the view is out of this world. The furniture has been custom made by local businesses. The king-sized bed will afford you the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have. The swanky white marble bathroom – complete with Guerlain toiletries – has a walk-in rain shower that will comfortably fit two and a Japanese-style toilet with an illuminated bowl and seat that rises as you approach.
There is a coffee station where you can make your morning beverage before returning to that dreamy bed to watch the sunrise over the Acropolis. One cannot speak of The Dolli without mentioning its food and beverage offerings. The hotel’s restaurant is a gastronomic journey through Greece’s rich culinary landscape, all set within a rooftop glasshouse.
From succulent souvlakis bursting with flavour to fresh seafood that pays homage to the Aegean’s bounty of goodies, every dish is a symphony of taste and tradition. Breakfast, served alfresco on the terrace, is a lavish spread of local delicacies and continental favourites, ensuring a hearty start to your day. Don’t forget your swimwear because the rooftop infinity pool provides the perfect backdrop for Instagram shots. The hotel also boasts a library; a wood-clad hideaway where you can browse magazines and books beneath an Alexander Calder mobile.
Ideal for: Explorers and couples. The property offers a sanctuary in the heart of Greece’s vibrant capital. Whether you’re a history buff, a culinary enthusiast or simply seeking a tranquil retreat, The Dolli is a wonderful addition to Athens’ hotel scene.
Explore: The property is situated within walking distance of Athens’ most iconic attractions, including the Acropolis Museum, the Plaka district and the beautiful alleys of Anafiotika. Alternatively, hire a cab for the day and see all the sights for €125 each.
Wow: The hotel’s rooftop terrace bar is the perfect spot to sip a signature cocktail. Watching the sun dip below the horizon, with the Parthenon in view, is an experience that epitomises Grecian grandeur. Service at The Dolli deserves special mention. The staff embody the famed Greek hospitality and go above and beyond to ensure a memorable stay. From arranging bespoke city tours to recommending hidden gems off the beaten path, their genuine warmth and attentiveness elevate the guest experience to unparalleled heights.
Book it: Rooms lead in at £450 per night on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Thedolli.com
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