The NJV Athens Plaza hotel is known as the city’s most exclusive address for the discerning traveller, so we just had to check it out. With 182 rooms, the property isn’t a small one, but we felt a real boutique approach when we visited. There are touches of old, and touches of new – which makes it hard to position it in the mind of a first-time visitor, but all in all, the NJV offers a comfortable experience and sets the benchmark for service in the city. The crowning glory of the hotel is its location and vista over the Acropolis. Located in the prestigious Constitution Square, it’s within walking distance from all places of interest, opposite the Houses of Parliament, chic Kolonaki and the National Gardens. It is also just ten minutes walk from the delights of Plaka. What makes the NJV Athens Plaza extra special is that they’re part of the Preferred Pride programme of gay-welcoming luxury hotels which belong to the Preferred Hotels and Resorts portfolio – booking via the programme gives gay travellers extra peace of mind and also bonus amenities – in this case, a complimentary bottle of wine waiting on ice for your arrival.