ARISTOCRATIC 1930's APT- sleeps 8

Apartment - Entire home/apt · F. Negri, Athens, Attica 11361, Greece

The apartment has been characterized as one of Athens's most elegant and original places.

The Space

The apartment building, designed by Belgian architects was commissioned in the 1930’s by industrialist Lanaras. It is one of the city’s few remaining authentic art deco style buildings. It was built in the area of Kypseli, where the Athenian ‘crème de la crème’ rich and famous resided between the 1930’s until 1980’s, such as Maria Callas and many shipowners. Within a short distance from the Acropolis and the historic center of Athens, the apartment overlooks the renowned café-filled, pedestrian zone of Fokionos Negri and the famous fountain/sculpture “The Bather” by Halepas (phone number hidden)). In the late 1980’s it was bought and renovated by the international banker (and earlier Greek-resistance hero) Nicholas Agiorgiti and his wife artist and collector Kalliroe. After many decades of neglect, the eccentric couple, took on the 360sqm apartment for renovation. Staying true to its original style, they filled it with their collections and transformed it into a unique living environment again.
The apartment is filled with antiquities, Byzantine and post revolution items. Its ceilings are high and rooms are large. It still has the original paint on the walls and is very atmospheric. Imagine sitting among the portraits of Lord Byron, Maria Callas, Shelly, Angellos Sikelianos and Isadora Duncan. Or wandering past Anatolian iron vases, swords from the 1830 revolution and oriental handwoven rugs. Imagine a place without air condition, telephones, microwaves. Just quietness, intertwined with a saxophone coming through the window overlooking the pedestrian path.

Fokionos Negri is 5 minutes taxi ride from the city center of Athens (Parliament Square). It is an old-aristocratic neighborhood, with many beautiful buildings. The apartment is located opposite a fountain, and the whole street is a tree-lined pedestrian area filled with restaurants and coffee shops. The home is located near a main Boulevard of Athens named 'Patission', from where you can hop into a taxi to take you to the Acropolis and the historical center in 10 minutes. The National Archaeological museum is within walking distance. The nearest beach at 'Faliron', which also has a prestigious yacht marina, is about 20 minutes away by taxi. .

We are happy to be your host. Among the array of unique activities we offer at a small extra charge, the 'housemuse' can give you a insider tour Athens, organize a Hippocrates-based 40' massage, cook an ancient Greek meal, teach you how to make authentic Greek coffee and enjoy a narration from the rich anthology of Greek literature and poetry. Just ask us for our price list.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 12
Extra people: $50 / night after 5 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Monthly Price: $4979 /month
Security Deposit: $555
Cleaning Fee: $114
Check In: 9:00 AM
Check Out: 2:00 PM
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  • This place is beautiful. You feel like you are staying in a historical landmark. It’s your own little piece of
    history. The place is filled with cool antique art and furniture appliances and fixtures. There are great
    books everywhere. However it must be noted that with history and nostalgia there are limitations.
    The walls are withering a bit the beds aren’t exactly the most comfortable things in the world, but it’s
    a unique experience and for me that’s what AirBNB is all about. The host could not have been kinder
    and more generous. They left a bottle of wine and snacks for us offered to tour us around, basically
    what ever we wanted. There were a couple downsides to be aware of. There is a dog park right
    outside so be ready to hear some barking. The neighborhood is nice but not the best (don’t worry, I
    never felt unsafe). This would be an ideal place for a family or just traveling with a bunch of friends.

    June 2012
  • We had a wonderful few days in Athens and the flat and all its contents was exactly as we had imagined. We knew the plumbing would be old and cantankerous so we were not too phased by the leaky pipes when the bathroom had a flood -luckily we had consumed a lot of wine... & had a lot of corks..(.there were 9 of us!) Actually we were so worried about the beautiful wooden floors & the damage the water could do. Alkistis, Matina's charmed sister was on hand with more wine & a plumber to sort things out. We didn't meet Matina, but she was most helpful when communicating with her over the internet before we arrived. I would describe the flat as having "faded grandeur " which is just what we wanted - no corporate, identically cloned hotels for us!

    May 2012
  • Matina and her sister Alkistis, are very nice women who welcome us warmly in apartment and with a short tour made our leader more familiar with surrounding facilities.

    Although Matina is a busy mother of 3 children, but she was at our service by a cultural tour and the special part at a restaurant with famous Greek foods.

    The apartment is very nice and well decorated in antic way in which you can find flat, experience and touch the life style of 1940's people which is very rarely achievable.

    One of the magnificent points about apartment is the plan which well designed and separates bedrooms from living room or dinning room properly, in a way that you can rest in a calm atmosphere while others could enjoy gathering. Besides, the flat is large enough for 12 people to stay.

    About the area, I can say the apartment is located in one of the well known neighbors where you can find nice restaurants and bars in both side of a very significant park-pedestrian way.

    In order to make short the story I can say, that you can find any things that you may need during your stay in apartment with well distributed facilities around and support of Matina.

    Thank you Matina and Alkistis

    December 2011
  • Totally amazing house! Totally amazing host! I have travelled a lot and have spent many-a-night in hotels around the world, but this experience was unique. I couldn’t imagine a better host than Matina. She was there to greet me, settled me into the practicals right away and in her warm and charming way, facilitated me during my entire stay. Even with 3 small children, she managed to find time to bring me home-cooked food from her house once, teach me how to make great Greek coffee and visit me twice to see that I was comfortable and happy. My room was bright, clean and tidy. The apartment - more like a museum or a grand hotel, must be one of the most beautiful in Athens- paint peeling off the walls and all. But regardless of its elegant atmosphere, one feels comfortable and at home. Matina’s informative, Athens guide book was also helpful to find my way around. The place is 10 minutes from the historical center and I was able to see a lot during my stay. Great time!

    November 2011
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Town of Mount Royal High School, Montreal
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writer, Athenian host
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Hello, I am Matina, co-owner of apartment with Alkistis, my sister. I am a writer (nation best-seller 2003) and a host for eclectic cultural Greek heritage experiences in Athens. Happily married and busy mother of 3 small children. I love to cook ancient greek recipies but am a very enthusiastic raw food eater too. I serve as the house facilitator and 'house muse'. I love this job because you meet the most wonderful people. Also, I like serving the house that I grew up in. I like the old paint and refuse to repaint or remove the original antiques- my sister and I sometimes have philosophical disputes about this-'to paint or not to repaint- that is the question", but I like old things, just the way they are. * * * Hello, I am Alkistis. Matina's sister. I am working as a Life Coach who empowers women who feel trapped in their life path, to free them of limiting beliefs. My website: (website hidden) I am 42 years old, married, child-free. I volunteer my services to refugee girls from various MiddleEastern countries who now live in Greece. I live in Athens, but like to travel often.
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