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Semiramis Hotel, Kifissia 

48 Charilaou Trikoupi Street
Tel: 30 210 628 4400
Tel: 800 337 4685
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Most objects in the 52 rooms here are amoeba-shaped and electric-ice-cream-colored—because this is Karim Rashid's first hotel, and that is what he does. If that's your bag, you'll love the curvy bubblegum-hued couches, lime walls, and blue-glass floating sinks in the (mostly tubless) bathrooms, and you'll adore the six bungalow suites with their remote-controlled drapes, private garden, and easy access to the striped, kidney-shaped pool. Owner Dakis Joannou uses the place as a gallery for his important collection of post-pop art, school of Koons (whose Cicciolina period is splashily represented). It's all visually incongruous in posh, leafy Kifissia, which some consider its charm. Note: Even if Rashid's aesthetic isn't you, stop in for the international finger food at trendy chef Yiannis Loukakos' eponymous restaurant.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
It doesn't matter how old you are, arriving at this Karim Rashid–designed hotel in the chic Athens suburb of Kifissia is guaranteed to provoke kid-in-a-candy-store glee. The facade is made up of tiny white swimming pool tiles, the balconies of lemon-lime glass and Lucite (lit up at night, they look like giant cubes of Jell-O). Inside, the high-voltage design isn't just slap-happy eye candy: The 52 rooms and suites really work (think flat-screen TVs, goose-down duvets, huge opaque-green desks with all the necessary connections, and 24-hour room service). Out back is an über-groovy amoeba-shaped pool, a hip bar, a decent restaurant, and a see-and-be-seen terrace. As for the attractive young staff, they sling service, not attitude.—2005 Hot List

When to go: September and October.

Which room to book: Any on the fourth floor with a patio

Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa, 24-hour Room Service, Wheelchair-accessible

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