If you want to be seen in Athens, then the posh neighbourhood of Kolonaki is certainly the place. What we liked most about our stay at the Periscope was that it afforded us a distinctive residential experience, albeit in a very exclusive neighbourhood. We spent time among Athenian socialites and hobnobbed with the city’s in-crowd – after all, Kolonaki is home to the fashion and foodie elite. Periscope is a member of the prestigious Design Hotels portfolio for good reason; its strong, unashamed design aesthetic resonates throughout. We loved the art installations – unique, panoramic city views that were complemented perfectly by the hotel’s minimalist, soft colour palette. The rooms themselves were like individual galleries, exhibiting original artwork. For a treat, you must check into the rooftop penthouse that allows for luxuriating in a jacuzzi surrounded by breathtaking views of the Lykabettus Hill. We ate at the trendy Tokyo Joe restaurant on the ground floor, in a departure from Greek cuisine to Japanese. Minutes away you’ll find the infamous Syntagma Square, the ‘museum mile’, and a short leisurely walk will take you into the historic and youthful district of Plaka.