Baby Grand, Athens, Greece $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
You could stay in one of the few conventionally decorated guest rooms at the Baby Grand. But what would be the point? The wow factor here is that a group of graphic artists were let loose to turn an ordinary space into something uniquely playful, as you can't help but notice when arriving at the check-in desk to discover it is a Mini Cooper convertible. Fifty-five of the 79 smallish rooms are even more over the top, featuring a graffitilike decor with themes that range from the Smurfs to what appears to be a supermagnified rendition of the creatures you might find by looking into a microscope. The piped-in sound of birdsong in the hallways adds to the playfulness, as does the name of the restaurant, Meat Me, where, not surprisingly, burgers and steaks are prominent on the menu. Facilities include a small spa, gym, and swimming pool. The location, near Omonia Square, is within walking distance of the Acropolis, although the neighborhood is authentically seedy enough (no faux graffiti here) that you won't want to wander its side streets at night.
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