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Hilton Hotel Athens undergoes radical reconstruction, closes end Jan

The Hilton Hotel in Athens is undergoing a radical reconstruction with the aim to be transformed into a multidimensional destination. The investment of 130 million euros will transform the historic building complex into a new complex with a new luxury hotel and several residences.

The hotel  will close at the end of January for the next two year.

Work began in late 2020 on parts of the hotel which ceased operations and the entire reconstruction is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

According to an announcement by the owner company Ionian Hotel, the project is a strategic investment aspiring to contribute to the emerging of Athens as a top choice in Europe, for visiting and permanent residence.

The reconstruction of the building complex includes the creation of the new luxury hotel Conrad which will have 280 rooms and suites as well as the creation of 50 luxury homes, which will operate under the brands Conrad Residences and Waldorf Astoria Residences of Hilton.

Included is also the total renovation of the top floor where gastronomic and entertainment experiences will be hosted, expansion next to the pool area, which was included in the original design of the 1960s. Finally, the creation of themed commercial spaces, entertainment and wellness facilities, as well as a modern club for members members in areas of 5,500 sq.m.

The hotel officially opened on April 20th, 1963, as Athens’ first international chain hotel. Conrad Hilton was present at the opening ceremony. Guests at the hotel have included Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, singer Frank Sinatra, director Ingmar Bergman and actor Anthony Quinn.

In 2003, anticipating the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, Hilton Athens was renovated by Greek architects Alexandros Tombazis and Charis Bougadelis in 2003 in anticipation of the Summer Olympic Gams in Athens, n 2004.

On December 14, 2021, the hotel’s owners and Hilton Worldwide reportedly reached an agreement to comprehensively renovate Hilton Athens over the course of several years, with the intention of completing the works by 2024

When the hotel reopens, it will join Hilton’s luxury Conrad Hotels brand as Conrad Athens.

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