Inspired by Byzantine heritage this property wraps around a small courtyard that opens on a major street. MonAsty Hotel Thessaloniki is a five-start property that has been open for just about a year. While its exterior blends quite well into the city’s rough urban outfit the interior of the property is all elegantly designed luxury. A short walk from the Aristotelous Square and the city waterfront, MonAsty Hotel is a lovely boutique property in the heart of Thessaloniki.
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The Vibe & Shared Spaces
The entry into the hotel feels like an upscale cafe. Straight through and to the right are a bar and a restaurant. The guests enter through a small lobby to the left where they are greeted by a friendly concierge. The interior design is modest consisting of primarily shades of grey grey and colours from nature. Various pieces of modern art with monastic elements and Byzantine patterns are seen in the dining spaces and the guest rooms. The dashes of bright contemporary colours are sprinkled through various decorative accents like plush pink pillows and green patio furnishings.
The general feel of the hotel is young, hip, and elevated with all of its glory leading to the Ennea rooftop bar. This terrace provides a stunning view of the city, both the waterfront and the hills. On the rooftop is also a small pool and lounge area where hotel guests can relax in the sun in the early day hours (the pool is open 11 am – 6 pm). In the evenings this terrace turns into a happening spot with diners all across the city coming by to enjoy the view, the drinks, and the minimal menu.
There is also a well-sized fitness center, located on the 2nd floor next to the meeting rooms. The gym has floor-to-ceiling windows (looking out on the street) and a good selection of equipment essentials.
Note: Make sure to collect your Marriot Bonvoy* points during this stay.
Inside the Suite
The property houses 100 guest rooms some of which have private balconies. I had the pleasure of staying in a King corner room with a city view terrace. With the doors open you could hear the music coming from the streets creating a relaxing atmosphere.
The bed is set against a decorative wall with an arch window-shaped pattern. There is a full-size mirror and a spacious closet which personally I found incredibly helpful for a prolonged stay. The bathroom is large and minimally designed. Every corner of this space is intentional from the odd knobs to the shelving in the shower. Some of the rooms have a set of tween beds. Some of the larger suites have a private jacuzzi on the terrace and even a separate living room.
The room terrace had plenty of space to tan, enjoy a glass of wine with friends or spread out a mat for morning yoga. Fresh lavender, among other greenery, is planted on the ledge creating a nice barrier between the room and the city’s rough urban exterior.
Dining & Entertainment
MonAsty Thessaloniki has three dining properties: Botago Mediterranean Restaurant, Samite Gastro Bar, and the Ennea Rooftop Bar. Botago is open all day and offers a fresh, seasonal menu. Samite Gastro Bar serves as a cafe and breakfast bar for those guests who opt in for one. The hotel’s all-day lounge and rooftop bar Ennea serves Mediterranean comfort cuisine, craft cocktails, and a nice selection of wines.
In full transparency, I didn’t get an opportunity to have dinner at the property but I did take advantage of the breakfast and cocktail bar. The poolside cocktails were refreshing and well-balanced while the breakfast bar was an overwhelmingly inspiring selection of local goodies. Each day I attempted to try something new. The guests can either order a la carte or enjoy the breakfast buffet.
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MonAsty, Thessaloniki, member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection
Rooms starting at €200 EUR per King
45, Vasileos Irakleiou Street, Thessaloniki 546 23, Greece
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In the gear bag: In the gear bag: Fujifilm X-T100 with a Fuji XF50mmF2 R WR and XF 23mm f/2 R WR lenses. To see the trip on Instagram scroll through #xoGreece23 and find a “Greece” highlight on my feed @katerryna.