Dolce Attica Riviera in Vravrona, Attica, expanding along the coast overlooking a bay of great natural beauty, is another hotel complex that has been extensively renovated and acquires a new identity. The hotel complex, aﬅer the refurbishment and upgrade from a four to a five-star property, boasts 230 rooms and suites, two restaurants, a beach bar, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as conference facilities with a 700-people capacity. In close proximity to Athens International Airport and the city centre, its location is ideal for visits to all the sites of the greater Athens area, combining the facilities of an all-year resort and conference tourism.
Since the hotel complex is a local landmark, redefining its architectural identity has been a great challenge. The existing building with its spanning stone arches, unobstructed views of the sea and references to the holiday villas of the Italian Riviera as far as the cosmopolitan resorts of the 60s, has been the key source of inspiration for the main design decisions. Our goal was to seamlessly combine elements of luxury and robustness, appropriate to a modern conference centre, with the laid-back atmosphere of a seaside resort. The visitor’s route from the mosaic inlay paved lobby to the conference facilities, the restaurants and the guestrooms is directed by a series of vertical freestanding metal elements with coloured glass. Geometric three-dimensional patterns dominate wooden surfaces and metal lattice works. Furnishings are upholstered in light pastel coloured fabrics. The main corridor ceiling is clad in tinted, angled mirrors that reflect and multiply the minimalistic chandeliers, negating spatial boundaries.
In the all-day restaurant, linen fabrics in light colours create an informal atmosphere, columns clad in oak are evocative of trees and ceiling mirrors visually multiply the plants suspended from above. In the newly refurbished guestrooms, light fabrics, oak furniture and wall coverings in vegetal give off a feel of elegant luxury and pleasant familiarity. Strategically placed mirrors and oblique lines in furnishings and ceilings, visually enlarge spaces.