A brand-new arrival in the center of Athens, the Monsieur Didot boutique hotel promises a signature accommodation experience, with urban character and an “all time classic” aesthetic. This impressive neoclassical residence, which dates back to 1880 was restored with complete respect to the building’s history and came to life once more in September of 2019. Created and now being run by an inspired team, Monsieur Didot aspires to share an unknown side of the capital with guests by harmoniously combining the charm of the past with the amenities and comforts of the present. The Monsieur of the house, a family of French printers, a typeface and an Athenian street all share the same name and, in a manner that can be best described as magical enchantment, meet in a single, all-encompassing and unique spot: Monsieur Didot’s residence! The concept will fit into the dynamic, cultural and “artistic” neighborhood of Kolonaki, which once acted as a meeting place for writers and literary minds of a bygone era. This is apparent in all spaces of the hotel, with large bookcases drawing visitors in to discover every page of their enticing collectible and modern editions. Its name is inspired by the Didot family who were French typewriters, publishers and booksellers and, more specifically, Firmin Didot, a pioneer in typewriting history, inventor of stereotype and creator of the famous font which carries his name. Monsieur Didot wishes that its guests will learn, explore, become curious. He is influenced by the neighbourhood’s dynamism and its culture, he respects the environment and cares for its protection and he aspires to offer his guests a meaningful and memorable experience, one that is created and embodied with care, attention to detail and an emphasis on authenticity. The concept behind the building’s modern revival went hand in hand with a deep respect of its unique character and a renegotiation of its neoclassical elements. The intention was to create ‘the climax of one’s route, though a sequence of exciting rooms. Access to guest rooms was re-organized to re-orientate and diversify the existing layout to serve the daily routines of a hotel business. Using traditional methods and natural materials, the team of designers succeeded in unveiling and showcasing some of the most impressive elements of the space, such as tall, hand-painted ceilings and vintage mosaics. At the same time, contemporary construction techniques provide a modern touch, which adds a natural continuity to the structure’s historical heritage.
Anastasia is the lead author of House-diaries.com. She has studied English Literature and Psychology in the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens as well as Interior Design & Architecture in AKTO College. She works in the field of Higher Education and has a special passion for cozy interiors.