Periscope

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The Original Joannou Dakis

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The Original Joannou Dakis
—High above Athens most opulent shopping district, Periscope Hotel is an intimate urban hub of contemporary art and sight-seeing from the perfect vantage point.

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    Periscope Hotel in Athens is an experimental foray into contemplation, characterized by minimalist shapes and contemporary style. Located high above the up-market shopping streets of the cosmopolitan quarter Kolonaki, Dakis Joannou's art-filled Periscope urges guests to explore their thoughts on modern-day surveillance. Guests can feel a kind of periscopic control over the entire property, from the top floor to the lounge bar. Art is present outside Periscope Hotel, too. On the right wall of the building’s façade a magnificent work of art reproduces the movement of the shadows cast by the surrounding buildings: the effect is stunning. Inside, huge screens show dystopian images of an Athens stalked by giant three-dimensional animals, while on the main staircase trunk, a kind of primitive altimeter tracks your journey to bed, showing you how high you are above sea level with every step. 

    Nearest Airport
    ATH - Eleftherios Venizelos Airport
    Food & Drink
    Restaurant
    Spa & Recreation
    Jacuzzi
    Conference & Meetings
    1 meeting room
    Internet
    Complimentary WiFi
    Services
    Airport Shuttle, Breakfast, Concierge, Late Check-out, Parking, Room Service

    Architecture

    Surveying Athens’ urban topography

    In the ground-floor bar, a special joystick connected to two TV screens and a custom-built periscope on the roof lets guests pan, tilt and zoom their way around Athens’ shifting urban topography. From the wave-like curves of the new Olympic Stadium to the crumbling ancient pillars of the Acropolis, it’s possible to keep a watch over the entire city as you slowly enjoy your cocktail. This notion of watching people and collecting information runs through the core of the Periscope Hotel, which was commissioned between 9/11 and the 2004 Athens Olympics – a time when CCTV cameras and surveillance drones began to speckle the urban landscape. All around the industrial-looking concrete structure, which originally dates from the 1950s, you’ll see modern works of art blended with interactive, mechanized installations.

    The effect is ambient and soothing, with soft multicolored tones reflecting in the simple wooden floors.In the Torpedi rooms, meanwhile, aerial photographs by Athenian artist Nikos Daniilides are printed on the ceilings. As you soak up life-affirming 360-degree views of the Parthenon and Mount Lycabettus, you’ll know you’re very much a part of the Athenian skyline.

    Interior Design

    Soft multicolored tones

    Guest rooms of this alternative accommodation are furnished with modern design objects like study desks with fold-away mirrors and original bathrooms with sandblasted glass doors to separate them from the room. In the fourth- and fifth-floor junior suites, panoramic shots of Athens by day and night hang from the ceilings in beams made from radiant light boxes. 

    Interior Design
    Soft multicolored tones

    Guest rooms of this alternative accommodation are furnished with modern design objects like study desks with fold-away mirrors and original bathrooms with sandblasted glass doors to separate them from the room. In the fourth- and fifth-floor junior suites, panoramic shots of Athens by day and night hang from the ceilings in beams made from radiant light boxes. 

    The effect is ambient and soothing, with soft multicolored tones reflecting in the simple wooden floors.In the Torpedi rooms, meanwhile, aerial photographs by Athenian artist Nikos Daniilides are printed on the ceilings. As you soak up life-affirming 360-degree views of the Parthenon and Mount Lycabettus, you’ll know you’re very much a part of the Athenian skyline.

    Made by Originals

    Dakis Joannou

    Dakis Joannou, the hardworking owner of Yes! Hotels, is one of the foremost collectors of contemporary European art in Greece. And when it comes to hospitality, he's just as dedicated to the cause. Working alongside innovative interior designers such as Brazil's Campana brothers, he has left his cool-as-ice hallmark on three Athens icons – Periscope Hotel, Semiramis, and New Hotel. As a member of the Board of Trustees at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, a member of the International Directors Council of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and cofounder of DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Dakis Joannou is surrounded by the subjects that inspire him: art, design, and architecture.