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Int’l tender for closed hotel in Omonia square this month

Athens’ central Omonia square may acquire a new hotel in the coming future if an international tender by the air force pension fund – the owner of a building that previously housed a hotel in the area – is successful.

Although Omonia square is often considered the “heart” of the Greek capital, shades of urban decay over recent decades have taken their toll on the attractiveness of the district, as far as tourists and holiday-makers is concerned. Syntagma Square, directly across from the Greek Parliament has more-or-less assumed the unofficial honor as the “heart of Athens”. A newly opened and renovated hotel would boost the image of Omonia square and current hotel operators there.   

The real estate holding in question, the former La Mirage hotel directly on the square, has been vacant for years, after the previous concessionaire ceased operations.

A tender for the building was unveiled on Oct. 11.

A most recent addition to the area is the 111-room Athens Tiare Hotel, owned and operated by the Mage Hotels and Resorts, directly next to the La Mirage, which opened on Aug. 1, 2016.

Athens Tiare Hotel was the first new hotel to open in the municipality of Athens in 2016, with an investment reaching four million euros.