ATHENS – Joining the cavalcade of luxury resorts, new and upgraded 5-Star hotels and places the rich prefer to stay, the Minnesota-based Radisson Hotel Group said 2022 was a big year in Greece, with four signings and three openings so far.
Two were in the capital Athens and the others on the popular islands of Mykonos and Skiathos as the country is on a path to bust records for tourism during the waning COVID-19 pandemic and people coming into the autumn.
The preference for more travelers has been higher quality accommodations, especially those for the uber-rich but also people who want upscale places as they began traveling again after two years of lockdowns and slowdowns.
The chain now as seven hotels and resorts with more than 800 rooms in operation and under development, said FTN News, which reports on the industry across the world and the trend toward Greece.
The group’s first Radisson RED property in Greece, Radisson RED Mitropoleos Square Athens, is set to open in the second half of 2023 and will see the introduction of its upscale lifestyle brand to the country, the report said.
It’s a conversion of an old office building and will have 100 rooms and will feature an all-day dining restaurant on the ground floor with views of the busy square, and a celebrity chef, and a roof top bar with views of the Acropolis.
Opening in November in a glitzy neighborhood where those with money like to spend time and shop will be the Social Kolonaki Athens Hotel, the only branded hotel on the upscale Voukourestiou Street.
Radisson Hotel Group currently operates five hotels and resorts in Greece, Radisson Blu Park Hotel in Athens; Radisson Blu Beach Resort, Milatos in Crete; Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort, Santorini; Radisson Blu Euphoria Resort, Mykonos; and Radisson Resort Plaza Skiathos with two more to open this year.