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Daios deLuxe

Located in downtown Thessaloniki (Greece), this little gem is very expensive, luxurious beyond belief (try the suite) and has a really cool food-bar serving semi-Italian cuisine. If you go for one of the more exquisite rooms you get to sit on the balcony in the evening with a glass of Port enjoying the view of the Mediterranean just at your fingertips.  The hotel doesn’t have a pool but they don’t really cater to the holiday crowd and it is more suitable for the travelling businessman.

The area around Hotel Daios***** is nothing to write home about but there are a few bars worth visiting on the boardwalk. If you are craving for traditional American cuisine while visiting Greece (shame on you), Applebee’s is just a stone’s throw away.

The food-bar in Daios is a popular meeting point for the well-to-do who tend to indulge in some really fantastic pasta (try the spaghetti with squid ink and fresh tomatoes), fish or spicy chicken meatballs. If you are into something lighter, the salads are awesome too (don’t miss the one with warm goat cheese and pine nuts).  On weekends you can listen to some funky live jazz while sipping a glass of wine from the hotel’s collection of local vintages. If one is into cigars, the humidor is at your disposal offering the one and only, truly the best, hats off…Cuban Cohiba.

Bottom line, if you stay in Thessaloniki any day of the year, and happen to be too old to go to a disco, Daios is your answer to having an unforgettable evening.

007 on vacation

Photo: Hyatt Hotels

In the middle of an industrial zone 15 km from Thessaloniki (Greece), surrounded by weird construction monstrosities, there does exist an oasis of luxury and calm,  of exquisite cuisine and impeccable service that propels you to another planet. It is the Thessaloniki Regency Hyatt Hotel*****.

In the past several years we stayed there at least a dozen times and were always impressed by the staff’s attention to every detail, up to remembering your name when you come back several months later.

The lobby is like from a James Bond movie with an ambience that would make even the most sophisticated aficionado of luxury feel at home. You can almost imagine Sean Connery having a cigar and sipping a Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred, at the bar (and if he is not there, try the casino). Now, it is not cheap, but to be honest not that expensive bearing in mind what you get for the price. Book a room on the ground floor since then you end up with a large patio rather than a small balcony if you stay upstairs.

The breakfast is to kill for and the local gentry come here to savor fantastic omelet, freshly baked bread, salmon, fruit and you name it. So make sure you wake up early, no matter how many drinks you downed with 007 the previous night. Then spend the entire day by the pool, next to a waterfall which is a piece of art.

Whatever is your indulgence, the Hyatt is here to please: tennis courts, gym, spa, cigar bar, hairdresser, we can go on forever. One thing though: there are better places to have dinner than the hotel restaurant. We recommend the food-bar in Daios Hotel or the Seven Seas Restaurant, both located downtown.

So, will we go back to the Thessaloniki Hyatt Hotel? Well, as you might have heard, we recently moved to the Sahara desert, but who knows, one can never say never again.

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