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Celebrity restaurant Milos opens first-ever hotel in Athens

Right here’s a spot to take your con-feta-rates.

Milos, the stylish and dear Greek seafood restaurant recognized for billionaires and celeb company, has opened its first-ever lodge.

Chef Costas Spiliadis — the person who based Estiatorio Milos in Montreal in 1979 and grew it to seven areas worldwide (a number of extra are within the works) — quietly opened Xenodocheio Milos (from $420; XenodocheioMilos.com) in January.

However now as summer season approaches, the posh boutique property within the coronary heart of Athens, is lastly able to shine.

The debut marks the primary lodge enterprise for Spiliadis and a return to his Greek roots. It’s a partnership with the Intra Athinaiki firm, and Dimos Stasinopoulos, the CEO of Epoque Assortment, a luxurious boutique lodge administration firm.

“I can’t say sufficient the way it’s such a particular expertise to have my first lodge within the nation the place I’m from,” stated Spiliadis. “I do know the Greek approach of hospitality and have been displaying that to folks for many years in my eating places. This is a chance to hold my philosophy over to a lodge.”

Ethereal rooms at Xenodocheio Milos begin at $420 an evening.
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Xenodocheio Milos isn’t his first-ever venture in Greece, nevertheless. Spiliadis opened a restaurant in Athens in 2004, which closed 4 years in the past.

Situated within the heart of the town close to the Previous Parliament Home and Syntagma (Structure) Sq., the 43-room Xenodocheio Milos is in a main and historic a part of city located in two heritage-listed neoclassical buildings.

It’s additionally close to high-end boutiques from each worldwide and homegrown manufacturers  (Louis Vuitton, for instance) and surrounded by buzzy eating places and cafes.

Chef and owner of Estiatorio Milos, Costas Spiliadis.
Chef Costas Spiliadis based Estiatorio Milos in Montreal in 1979.
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Syntagma Sq., the place locals staged an rebellion in 1843 towards King Otto to demand a structure, is a five-minute stroll away, whereas the Parthenon and Acropolis are 20 minutes away.

Spiliadis says that strolling into Xenodocheio Milos is like coming into the house of your favourite member of the family.

“You’re immediately enveloped with hospitality and heat,” he stated. “Your each want is catered to with service that’s very customized.”

A view of the city from the hotel's roof.
The 43-room lodge is positioned within the coronary heart of the Grecian capital close to the Previous Parliament Home and Syntagma Sq..
Xenodocheio Milos

If you need a sure form of tea for breakfast within the morning, for instance, the employees will be sure you have it even when it means shopping for it from a retailer.

And when you love historical past, don’t be stunned to search out books on Greek historical past ready for you in your room on the finish of the day.

It’s touches like these that make the lodge stand out. Spiliadis describes it as an “genuine Greek expertise.”

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

Xenodocheio Milos has a design that’s impressed by the Aegean Sea and Cycladic artwork and structure. Options embody interiors with excessive ceilings, muted colours all through and domestically sourced supplies resembling white Dionysos marble and oak timber panels. Pure mild is in no quick provide.

The rooms are supposed to really feel like bedrooms in a house. They’re ethereal and have Greek furnishings, pendant lighting, Dionysos marble bogs and picket flooring.

In a nod to Greek nautical tradition, the headboards and loo counters are curved and meant to evoke wind shifting by sails.

With their 215 sq. ft, entry-level rooms are small, however the suites span up 915 sq. ft; a couple of have massive terraces that face the Previous Parliament Home.

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

Not surprisingly, the delicacies is a spotlight of any keep. Friends can get pleasure from the identical Milos meals that they’re accustomed to by room service or within the namesake restaurant.

“I do know the Greek approach of hospitality and have been displaying that to folks for many years in my eating places. This is a chance to hold my philosophy over to a lodge.”

Chef Costas Spiliadis

Suppose parfaits for breakfast with the legendary yogurt, in-season fruit and Greek honey, conventional Greek salads bursting with the ripest tomatoes and the world-famous Milos Particular — thinly sliced eggplant and zucchini, fried like chips and served with saganaki cheese and tzatziki.

Seafood is a star, after all, with selections resembling just-caught fish grilled entire and deboned, charcoal-broiled octopus and diverse Greek ceviche.

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

Off property, the employees prides itself on creating culinary excursions of Spiliadis’s favourite markets and eating places and arranging yacht excursions alongside the Athenian Riviera.

“We’re not an enormous lodge,” says Spiliadis. “However, we’re one with a coronary heart and a roadway to the true Greece.”

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