Where to stay and eat in Thessaloniki on a budget

12Apr

Where to stay

The Bristol
Charmingly old-school, the Bristol, in the trendy Ladadika district, is carved out of the grand 19th-century Ottoman Post Office. Fixtures and fittings are a tad dated, but staff are friendly and rooms are large (some have balconies), with high ceilings and spacious bathrooms. Breakfast is cooked to order (don’t miss the marvellous flaky cheese pie) and retro bikes can be borrowed for a spin along the seafront, less than a minute away. The restaurant at the hotel, El Correo Cocina Argentina, is considered Thessaloniki’s “most authentic Argentine restaurant”, if you’re tiring of Greek salads.
Details 
B&B doubles cost from €89 (£79; bristol.gr); Oplopiou

Colors Urban Hotel
Colors Urban Hotel

Colors Urban Hotel
Colors’ quirky, playful aesthetic greets you at reception: complete the Rubik’s Cube on the counter faster than it takes to check in and breakfast is free (apparently two guests have managed it, which seems hard to believe). Its 26 cleverly designed rooms are light and airy; some come with double-decker four-posters that are great for 
families. The laid-back Garden Bar morphs from breakfast room to hip cocktail hangout, and there’s a small spa too. The location on Tsimiski Street is perfect for shopping and sightseeing and if it’s full there’s another Colors property just two minutes away in Ladadika.
Details 
B&B doubles, with a cocktail thrown in, cost from €60 (colors.gr); Tsimiski Street

City Hotel
Thessaloniki is short of green spaces, but City Hotel, in a prime position next to Aristotelous Square, makes amends with leafy murals and decor that has an urban-garden theme in its reception and brasserie. Pick a city-view room with a balcony — there’s great soundproofing so you won’t have trouble sleeping. A generous buffet breakfast will set you up for the day and guests have free use of the well-equipped gym. Massages are also available in the treatment rooms; a hot-stone or deep-tissue massage costs from €50 for 50 minutes. The only downside to staying here is that the bathrooms are tiny, but if you’re after a crashpad for a busy weekend’s sightseeing it will do just fine. The concierge can arrange bike hire.
Details 
B&B city-view doubles cost from €95 (cityhotel.gr); Komninon Street

Blue Bottle Hotel
Blue Bottle Hotel

Blue Bottle Hotel
Tucked away off busy Egnatia Street, Blue Bottle is in a great location and offers guests the sort of kit that would put a five-star rival to shame, including the use of smartphones (with free wifi throughout the city), smart TVs (keyboards provided) and Coco-mat natural mattresses, as well as thoughtful touches like lavender pillow spray. Light and bright rooms have zingy splashes of colour and ultra-modern bathrooms, and staff are notably friendly and helpful.
Details 
B&B doubles cost from €75 (bluebottlehotel.gr), join the loyalty club for 10 per cent discount; Episkopou Amvrosiou

The Caravan
This laid-back B&B in a listed neoclassical building oozes boho chic.
Its 13 spotless, pastel-coloured rooms have high ceilings and balconies, and
are stuffed with funky vintage finds. Breakfast is particularly good, full of local specialities, including a delicious rose jam, and it’s a short stroll to the main sights. The colourful café serves great coffee and cocktails.
Details 
B&B doubles cost from €62 (thecaravan.gr); Rempelou Street

Where to eat

Estrella
Estrella introduced the concept of brunch to Thessaloniki five years ago. Enjoy charcoal waffles with salmon and avocado, bougatsan (a croissant-and-custard-pie hybrid), spicy burgers and “breakfast pizzas”.
Details Most mains are about €5 (£4.40) (estrella.gr); Pavlou Mela Street

Be at the Excelsior Hotel
Be at the Excelsior Hotel

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Portions are huge at this hip bistro/bar in the Excelsior Hotel, so don’t over-order. Slide into a booth, sip an expertly made Rum Forest Rum from the excellent list of cocktails and tuck into well-executed staples such as macaroni cheese, barbecue pork sliders and chicken Caesar salad. The music’s great.
Details Macaroni cheese costs €9; a glass of Macedonian wine is €5 (excelsiorhotel.gr); Komninon

Mpakaliarakia tou Aristou
There’s fantastic fish and chips in Thessaloniki and none better than at this canteen-style spot with lino tiles next to the port. Little English is spoken, but pack in with the locals and order sizzlingly fresh cod or squid.
Details A huge platter of crispy squid with garlic sauce and fried potatoes (with a side order of bread) costs from €9 (no website); Katouni

Ergon Agora
This popular deli and bar has industrial-chic decor and a battalion of bearded-hipster waiters dispensing soya cappuccinos, cheese-and-spinach pies and pancakes (Thessalonians are obsessed with pancakes).
Details 
Pancakes with honey cost €7 (ergonfoods.com); Pavlou Mela Street

Panellinion
This taverna on the edge of trendy Ladadika is a great place for anchovies, chicken livers, fried cheese and sardines, washed down with tsipouro (the local fire water) or a chilled Vergina beer. 
Details 
Main courses start at about €8 (panellinion.gr); Doxis

Budget tip 
For the price of a drink, you can hop aboard a pirate ship for a 30-minute cruise around the bay and the chance to admire Thessaloniki’s waterfront. Boats dock by the White Tower, and a coffee or a beer costs €5 (£4.40). It’s cheesy, but fun, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Julia Brookes was a guest of Sunvil Holidays (020 8758 4758, sunvil.co.uk). Three nights’ B&B at the Bristol costs from £557pp, including flights from the UK to Thessaloniki, transfers and an excellent walking tour

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City Hotel
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5 Cafes to Work Remotely from in Thessaloniki

12Apr
1. The Caravan

Although Caravan is a Bed & Breakfast, their  lobby area is ideal to work remotely from. Around the corner of the lobby there is even a designated quiet area with large tables for meetings, group projects, or freelancers to work. Indeed, if you are a study group, or a non-profit organization than this work space is even free of charge. In the near future, printers will also be installed to create a connivence for anyone that needs to print things out. The owners of the Caravan are the friendliest hotel owners I have ever met. The chill and laid-back environment they created coupled with the colorful furniture and decorations in the lobby create a nice atmosphere that you’ll enjoy for hours.

Basic Info on The Caravan
Store Name:  The Caravan Bed & Breakfast
Telephone: 2313 062 780
Lobby Hours:  8:00AM – 22:00PM
Meeting Place Hours:  12:00PM – 9:30PM
Social Media: FacebookInstagramTwitter
Website:  https://www.thecaravan.gr

 

2. Café Palermo

This is a hidden gem right in the heart of Thessaloniki. You will probably pass it almost every day if you live in Thessaloniki and never notice it. It is tucked away in a little stoa off of Aristotelous Square. Café Palermo is a timeless and charming little spot that truly transports you to another era with it’s decorative antiques, old cameras, clocks and other belongs from the 50’s and 60’s placed around the café. Take your lap top and sit in one of their comfortable leather booths and enjoy their jazz music while getting some work done. Café Palermo is also probably the only place I’ve visited in Thessaloniki that has a smoking and non-smoking section – something I really appreciate.

Basic Info on Café Palermo
Store Name:  Café Palermo
Telephone: 2310 279 958
Store Hours:  10:00AM – 12:00AM
Social Media: Facebook

 

3. Mob

When I first decided to take my laptop and find cafes to work at in Thessaloniki, Mob was always my go-to spot. Till this day I still believe they make the best coffee in town. The big windows and luminous rooms are perfect for long hours over your laptop or books. If working at tables is not your thing, you’ll love their big comfy couch. Their chill music and friendly atmosphere will surely help you get in the mood to work. You can read more about Mob here !

Basic Info on Mob
Store Name:  MOB
Telephone: +30 693 694 1464
Store Hours:  10:00AM – 2:00AM
Social Media: Facebook
Website: https://mob.cafe

 

4. Tabya

Tabya is a homelike café situated in a beautiful renovated house near Kamara. Due to it’s design, the space is split into small various rooms that used to be rooms of a house. Each room has its own simplistic yet homey décor. This is also ideal if you want a quite little corner to work from without having to hear the chitter chatter of other groups. Can’t find a space upstairs to sit? Head over downstairs and you’ll be delighted to find more tables to sit and work from. If you want to take a break from working be sure to check out their gallery on the second floor.

Basic Info on Tabya
Store Name:  Tabya
Telephone: 2311 242 522
Store Hours:  09:30AM – 2:00AM
Social Media: Facebook

 

5. TOMS

TOMS has been a favorite destination of mine from when it first opened its doors a couple of years ago. Take your lap top or books and head over to the downstairs level of the café and find a cozy spot to work. Whether it’s by the fireplace or by their long wooden tables there is room for everyone. Their self-service bar calls for opportunity to stretch after working for a long time at your table. Overall, their warm and cozy atmosphere is a perfect substitute from a day in the office. You can read more about TOMS here!

Basic Info on TOMS Flagship
Store Name:
TOMS Flagship Thessaloniki
Telephone:  2310 234 222
Store Hours:  Mon.-Sat.: 10AM-1AM, Sunday, 10AM-11PM
Social Media: FacebookTOMS Greece Facebook, Instagram
Website: http://www.toms-shoes.gr

 

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Hotell i Thessaloniki – budget, mitt i stan och lyxhotell nära flygplatsen

12Apr

Hotell i Thessaloniki – budget, mitt i stan och lyxhotell nära flygplatsen

Thessaloniki –  en stor stad, men som turistort är den ganska ny och det finns förvånansvärt få stora hotell i Thessaloniki som har över en miljon invånare. Exempelvis har inte ett enda hotell inne i city utomhuspool. Men, det finns hotell strax utanför city som har desto större utomhuspooler och på badorten Halkidiki en dryg timme från Thessaloniki finns det mängder med fantastiska hotell vid stranden. Många som åker till denna del i Grekland bor ett par nätter i Thessaloniki för att utforska staden och äta gott och fortsätter sedan till någon badort.

Hotell i Thessaloniki

Här kommer tre förslag på hotell i Thessaloniki, det vi själva bodde på och ett nybyggt budgethotell mitt i city, samt ett hotell fem minuter från flygplatsen som vi hängde på vår sista dag.

Egnatia Palace Thessaloniki

Egnantia Palace ligger mitt i city med promenadavstånd till allt man vill se här – marknader, shopping, restauranger och barer. Det klassas som ett fyrstjärnigt hotell men det når inte riktigt upp till nivån som ett fyrstjärnigt hotell har i Sverige och det är lite bedagat. Men, det är fräscht, alla rum har små balkonger antingen mot gatan eller mot en park som ligger invid hotellet. Och i källaren har de ett gym och ett litet spa med bastus, jacuzzi och en pool med jetstråle.
Adress: Egnatia 61, Thessaloniki 546 31, Greece
Webb: egnatiapalace.gr

The Caravan

The Caravan är ett nybyggt budgethotell/b&b mitt i Thessaloniki. Snygg liten lobby med ett café och ljusa fina rum. Gå ihop ett gäng eller en familj och boka deras svit för 140 euro natten – med stor takterrass!

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Adress: Rempelou 1, Thessaloniki 546 31, Greece
Webb: thecaravan.gr

Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki

Få hotell i Thessaloniki har utomhuspool, men Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki som ligger 30 minuter utanför stan, nära flygplatsen är ett av undantagen och deras pool är dessutom gigantisk!
Hotellet har 153 rum och de är väl tilltagna – de minsta rummen är 40 m2. Slår man till på ett de luxe-rum är de så här fina med utsikt över trädgården.
Frukosten här är verkligen bra; stor buffé med frukt, bröd och en stor grekisk del med bakelser och ett honungsbord! Varma rätter ingår och de beställer man a la carte och de serveras vid bordet.
Självklart finns här även ett stort gym och relax med bastus och isbad, samt simbassäng och jacuzzi. Även om det var utomhuspoolen som lockade mest!
Vill man utforska staden Thessaloniki ligger detta hotell lite väl långt bort, men det är perfekt att vila upp sig här några dagar som en del i en resa till Thessaloniki, hotellet är verkligen härligt!
Adress: 13 kilometres -Perea, Thermi 570 01, Greece
Webb: thessaloniki.regency.hyatt.com

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Living in a Caravan in Thessaloniki

27Mar

THESSALONIKI

The most wonderful things in life are not things, actually. It’s about moments. It’s about people. It’s about being faithful to your desires, stubborn for your beliefs. That is when you can turn nothing into something, yours truly and with love without plenty of chit chatting around. We ‘d need to define people, firsthand.

Every time I come across people whose persistence has turned an empty cage into a vibrant space of its own temperament, makes my heart beat faster and that’s when i believe in miracles, good people, plants, music and plans.

I travelled to Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece, in the north of the country, a queen, waving “hello&goodbye” from distance, standing by the sea.

Look there, you can see the Old Port with the Museum of photography and the wonderful docks. Pink.

Oh! those docks, that fill with hopes around sunset o clock. But, let me explain myself.

I came here to work, so i had to stay somewhere down town. Had to spot a convenient place to rest my cases and easily kick off my few days. Caravan B&B, is SOMEthing, man!

Thessaloniki is a crossroad, as they usually call those geographical spots that stand in the middle of two opposite roads, creating a cross. No, we are not currently talking about hard decisions in life, but an actual crossroad, literally.

Anyhow, the Caravan, is located at the heart of the historic city, one minute away from the bustling city centre and the vibrant nightlife of Thessaloniki. The sea is 3 minutes away, so is the main road. It’s all at the tip of your tiptoe. Trust me!

Hidden well behind the Alcazar, Caravan Bed and Breakfast, revives the story of the, once upon a time, nearby Caravan Saray [what once used to be a guesthouse, later turned into commercial district, now goes back to factory settings shedding light to an enormous cultural legacy].

THE CARAVAN

Caravan: a wheeled vehicle for living or travelling in, especially for holidays, that contains beds and cooking equipment and can be pulled by a car.

Caravan: a painted wooden vehicle that is pulled by a horse and in which peoplelive.

Let me put it in a nutshell.

You feel like home in a caravan. You have to be in love with the whole world. You have to travel!

You do know that you have come either by far or not that far, anyway. You care for a warm, yet discreet welcome and you love details that reveal a strong personality. You want to feel comfortable and inspired. You do feel comfortable and inspired in Caravan Bed and Breakfast. After all, places are made of people and those three guys that turned a former bank into an honest guesthouse, are really three, of a kind.

The living room is an eye candy, a synthesis of unique furniture carrying a strong vintage character. Globes here and there, posters and suitcases, photographic equipment and passion all around the reception, to remind you that all those who wander are not lost and that  Yes! you have found your place for now. The breakfast room serves coffee and tea throughout the day, as well as as a meeting point for the contemporary digital nomads of the city.

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The room encloses and offers all that you need. Clean, beautiful, practical, all unlock with a single key and voila! your very own bedroom for the night.

I would like to skip any cheesy description of design and exquisite taste! By default, nice people have their own sense of aesthetics which can be seen applied, in every single thing they touch with hands, heart or mind.

Take a look, images speak louder than words, don’t they? Or words and images make even? Or words could actually beat images and vice versa? Can’t tell. Yet. Silence is sexy*

Source : http://goseeleave.com/stories/living-caravan-thessaloniki/

The Greekguide suggest The Caravan Bed & Breakfast

20Jan

The Caravan is a building that travels you back in time. Located in one of the most historic downtown neighbourhoods, it seems to converse with the past and go a constant journey in time, combining retro aesthetics with modern elements. Some of the characteristics were preserved according to the standards of the old building, such as the handrail on the stairs with the new glass elevator and the industrial building support being combined harmoniously. The owners, Alexandros Karapatoglou, Giorgios Kourtidis and Charalambos Papadopoulos, with the full assistance of the architects Eleni Svyriadi and Avraam Dougias and the engineer Vangelis Spathakis followed the path that their building mapped out. Their concern was to create a landmark, an accommodation hub in the city centre, a vibrant story, a station for visitors and a meeting point for the city residents. This is what makes The Caravan unique; the successful unpredictable mix with person-centred accommodation. The dining area and the 13 rooms move in similar mentality, where the pastel colours dominate, with the décor combining traditional elements of the old building with modern slightly industrial items, balancing the old and the new. A team of young and creative entrepreneurs, decorators and artists were invited to complete in every detail, the interior decoration. Entering the glass elevator, you feel that you travel in a world of graphic design and colour, a journey that does not end there though, as “The Caravan” is itself an infinite travel in time. Source: www.greekguide.com

Caravan's Breakfast Room

The Caravan: A Bed & Breakfast hotel in Thessaloniki

30Jun

The Caravan is a new guesthouse , a small Bed & Breakfast in a renovated neoclassical building of 1929. With thirteen rooms located in one of the most historic neighborhoods of the center of Thessaloniki . Ideal for anyone who wants to visit the city for personal or professional reasons , looking for a friendly , quiet and pleasant environment .

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The idea of three friends at the beginning of the crisis, is now taking shape with The Caravan, the new Bed & Breakfast hotel is now making its debut in Thessaloniki.

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This is the new “arrival”  a few days ago , the tourist product of Thessaloniki “in the” heart “of the history of Thessaloniki just two minutes from the nightlife of the city, two minutes from the central Aristotelous Square and 5 minutes from the beach and the port of Thessaloniki “, as reported by the owners,  Alexander Karapatoglou George Kourtidis and Haris Papadopoulos.

Address: Rempelou 1, Thessaloniki

From: Travellergreece.com