Situated at the foot of the Acropolis in the historical heart of Athens, ERGON House is a seventh heaven for food enthusiasts, complete with ‘rooms above the inn’.
ERGON has been bringing people together over simple pleasures under the ERGON name since 2011. They have curated a community of artisans by selecting the finest products from Greece’s native soil, supporting small producers and time-honoured traditions. They’ve designed beautiful spaces across the world in which to share our passion for Greek cuisine and inspired an international following. As true believers in the positive power of food to transform moments and moods, they’re now doing away with the boundaries between a great meal and sweet dreams. It’s a bit like a night in the museum.
They’ve conceived a spectacular marketplace, a modern-day Agora with a constellation of greengrocers, a butcher’s, fishmonger’s and bakery, a delicatessen and roastery, along with a bar and restaurant which celebrate the best of Greek cuisine culture. They also have expanded on the unique experience of an epicurean boutique hotel by creating cool common ground in which to cook and lounge, a gym for good conscience, as well as a roof terrace planted with olive trees that has unbeatable views of the city.
The hotel. Completing this holistic hospitality experience built on the foundations of Greek Food, ERGON House offers contemporary living spaces spread over the four floors above the marketplace. All rooms include their signature breakfast and come in four sizes, with privileged access to communal kitchens and lounges, a gym and panoramic rooftop terrace. The spaces are a collaboration with leading local designers and artists – the tribute to Greece ever-present in natural materials, traditional craft and references to the vernacular, paired with a strong contemporary line. Large, double-glazed windows invite all the spectacle and none of the soundtrack to views of the Parthenon and city, or the buzz of the Agora. Seamless service is a given and we’ve done away with in-room dining because the whole Ergon House experience places food centre stage. So, while the curated minibar delicatessen should tide you over, the Agora awaits with some of best food in town, or fresh market ingredients with which to make your own magic in one of the dedicated kitchens.
The Agora. The 25-metre glass atrium flooded with natural light is a lifestyle destination. Ten thousand square feet of pure happiness where you’ll find urban farmers harvesting a vertical orchard, opposite a mural by world-famous Greek graffiti artist INO. Where bakers, butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers bring the best and freshest of everything to market and chefs are at hand to prepare your purchase on the spot. The still point of our turning world is a 200-year olive tree, a sacred symbol of peace and friendship firmly rooted in Ancient Greek tradition and mythology. When it comes to food, authenticity is everything. The menu reflects the ethos and vision of ERGON, simple yet refined, bringing great Greek flavours and Mediterranean conviviality to the table.
ERGON group has shown, once again, how a magnificent idea can come to life and how important it is to have a great united team to execute this from A to Z. What a great era just begun for this Greek firm!
Mitropoleos 23, 10557, Athens, Greece
Interior Design: Urban Soul Project
Illustrations: Beetroot Design
Photos © Ioanna Roufopoulou