When it comes to high-end Greek restaurants, Estiatorio Milos has established itself as one of the most beloved options in the world. Established in Montreal in 1979, it has since expanded to popular destinations like New York, Las Vegas, Miami, London and Los Cabos, attracting those seeking the freshest seafood and the best hospitality, including a strong celebrity. Earlier this year, chef Costas Spiliadis took his empire to the next level by opening his first hotel in Athens, Xenodocheio Milos.
Spiliadis made his first return to Greece in 2004 when he opened his famous restaurant at the Hilton Athens, perfectly timed with the Summer Olympics. After a strong run for over a decade, the leader closed the location and began focusing on Xenodocheio Milos. Made in partnership with Intra Athinaiki and Dimos Stasinopoulos, the CEO of Epoque Collection, a luxury hotel management company, the trio set out to create something that would transform the Athens hotel scene: an intimate property at both luxurious and unpretentious while offering a fine dining experience.
But first, what’s in a name? It’s a little simpler than you might think. “Estiatorio” is a more upscale Greek restaurant than a tavern. Meanwhile, “xenodocheio” is Greek for “hotel.” Spiliadis’ no-nonsense approach to naming his establishments also reflects the way he handles food, letting the fresh ingredients speak for themselves instead of masking them under heaps of sauces or distracting techniques. This is also seen with the hotel, which has a minimalist aesthetic that makes the fine materials and high-end furnishings shine.
In Xenodocheio Milos there are only 43 accommodations. The hotel occupies a neoclassical building in the heart of Athens dating back to 1880, located opposite the city’s old parliament. The first floors of the property are the original structure and feature incredibly high ceilings. The two upper levels are new additions and although the ceilings are lower than the others, these rooms offer a private terrace with panoramic views that include Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in the capital. Designed with sophistication in mind, all digs feature clean lines, Dionysus marble bathrooms outfitted with neighboring Naxos Apothecary toiletries, Greek-made furnishings, plush Simmons mattresses, pendant lights, and sculptural accents that evoke an atmosphere similar to a modern art gallery. Each is also equipped with a dining table so guests can enjoy an in-room experience prepared by Estiatorio Milos.
While Classic Rooms start at 215 square feet, there are larger categories to choose from if you’re traveling with the family or just want more space. Two of the most exemplary options are the Milos Terrace Suite and the Milos Signature Suite. The first is a one-bedroom layout with a separate living room and a wrap-around terrace furnished with a Jacuzzi. The latter is the largest room in the hotel, measuring 915 square feet, and is the only accommodation that has a bathtub.
Throughout your stay, you will also have access to a 24-hour gym with Technogym equipment. And if you need rest and relaxation after a day of exploring the ancient ruins, there is also a spa suite where you can enjoy a massage, facial or body treatment using Elemis products.
In addition to room service, the Estiatorio Milos on the ground floor is open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For those who want to skip the formal dining room, there’s also a bar that includes outdoor seating for a more casual option. But no matter where you choose to sit, you’ll receive the same attentive service and quality food. Like anywhere else in Estiatorio Milos, you’ll find all your favorites, like their Milos special of zucchini and eggplant fries and whole fish cooked to your liking. But despite the familiar menu, you’ll find the food here is a cut above the rest.
For more information, visit the Xenodocheio Milos website.