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Semiramis Hotel

The Semiramis hotel's colourful balconies are unique.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1930 Constructed within this decade.

    1967 Additions.

    2006 Recent renovation.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

Semiramis Hotel today consists of a central five-storey building, a single storey building, and a basement of three levels. The hotel, which has a total area of 5,150sqm, has undergone a major renovation. The buildings’ openings have been preserved, and the balconies now have colourful glass in place of the previous railings. The roof was designed from the beginning with a metal frame and white enameled tiles, while the single-storey building, the building’s surrounding area and the entrance also have coloured zones. The aim of the renovation was to transform the hotel from an interwar building to a contemporary artistic creation as a whole.

What I can't see

The additions of 1967 increased the number of rooms, renovated common areas, and constructed a swimming pool. In the 1980s it was abandoned and gradually collapsed. Its modern architectural form was created by Thomas Talantilis, Kyriakos Kyriakidis and collaborators, and J&P AVAX. The interior, which was designed by Karim Rashid, is also very interesting,  as it masterfully combines materials, colour, and texture. The hotel is considered luxurious, lively, playful, and of high design. The glass is used almost everywhere (patio, central elevator, room bathrooms) and the red glass wall of the ground floor, which covers common areas functions and changes colours in combination with the lighting of the ceiling, is especially impressive. The sculpture YE$ of the famous artists Tim Nobble and Sue Webster also stands out.


  • Address: 48 Charilaou Trikoupi St.


Doumanis O.V., (2004), Ξενοδοχείο Semiramis, [Semiramis Hotel] in Architecture in Greece, v.40, p.p. 180- 184, NTUA


Rozi A., (2017), Semiramis Hotel in Athens: A Colourful World by Karim Rashid, Archisearch,

Semiramis Hotel in Athens: A Corourful World by Karim Rashid

Last visit 2/2/2021