Semiramis Hotel - Athens

Compared to the beach paradise of the Greek islands, Athens is sometimes dismissed by travelers as a bit too urban, gritty or colorless for their taste. They might rethink this after spending a night at the Semiramis hotel. Located in the center of Athens’ upscale Kifissia neighborhood, the Semiramis is an explosion of bubblegum color, modern design and quirky details that quickly banish the word “dreary” from your vocabulary. A bright pink lobby with a giant, blinking “YES” on the wall and wave-shaped seats that resemble black-and-white edamame more than couches tip off visitors that this is not your typical hotel.