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It’s the 21st century, and hotelier Dakis Joannou wants to be sure we’re all clear on that. Semiramis, his new hotel in Athens, is so far from classical splendor, it’s positively futuristic. And bright. An architect and modern art collector, he’s commissioned designer Karim Rashid to create a hotel that stands out from the rest.

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Semiramis is located 340 meters above sea level, in the leafy and affluent suburb of Kifissia, giving guests a respite from the bustle and humidity of central Athens.

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It’s small – with 51 rooms, five of which are poolside bungalows, three penthouse studios, and one a penthouse suite. But the emphasis is on positive energy, design and art, rather than high volume of traffic.

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The hotel is decorated with designs from Joannou’s personal art collection, and visitors will also have the chance to experience some bold contemporary design – from modular furniture to light-box installations and eye-poppingly graphic walls.

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We’ve heard a lot about cool hotels opening in Athens lately. Might be time to start planning a trip to Greece. RM

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Images: Semiramis Hotel

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