Brothers Thomas and George Douzis have fused traditional Greek ingredients with a hip deli-cum-restaurant concept and the result is a brand that emerged as a success story from the ashes of Greece’s economic crash. Ergon is already an established, family-run delicatessen with 13 stores around the world, including in London and Brussels, but the eponymous house opened in March this year is their first foray into rooms.
On Mitropoleos street, which runs through the centre of Athens all the way through to the Ancient Agora – you couldn’t be better located for sightseeing. Ergon House is also a five-minute walk from Syntagma metro station which connects straight to the airport.
There’s sprawling Agora, or ancient Greek “gathering space”, on the ground floor – a light-flooded atrium combining a deli, greengrocers, butcher’s, bakery and restaurant under a six-storey-high living wall.
Athenians who come to shop at the deli, stay for lunch and then end up having afternoon aperitifs, too.
Greek architects urban soul project are behind the neutral-toned, Japanese-inspired bedrooms where sinks are repurposed from marble steps and beds elevated in oak cubby holes. The mini-bar is stocked with deli items from the shop, while a roof terrace opens this summer with views of the Acropolis.
Declaring itself as the “world’s first foodie hotel” (eliciting a collective eyeroll in the process) does a disservice to Ergon House. It could also claim to be Athens’s first concept hotel and possibly the best boutique hotel in a city somewhat lacking in chic small-scale stays – not to mention, the coolest new gathering spaces in the city.