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This Is What Might Happen If You Spend 24 Hours at COLORS Urban Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece

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LADADIKA, THESSALONIKI, GREECE — Think Pink. Or green, yellow or cooling blue. Pink was on my mind however because of what had just happened an hour or so before I checked into what is easily the most charming (is it still legal to employ that word?) boutique hotel in Thessaloniki. And this is because, as my Aegean Airlines flight came humming in low over the still-as-glass Thermaic Gulf (a northern finger of the Aegean Sea that tickles the underside of Greece’s second city), the sun alternately emerged from then disappeared behind pillowy banks of sunset clouds in 16 shades of gray, presenting itself in a single, glowing pink beam that progressed with all the stealthy affirmation of cat paws over the ribbon of water, setting it on pink Turkish delight jello-y fire. In other words, pretty gosh darn pink.

That is why I was somewhat relieved to find my room was done up mainly in teal and blue, because that particular day in May no spin on pink decor could have been a match for what the Macedonian sun had so marvelously cooked up before giving in, like me, to the night.

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My room looked like this. The bed was super comfortable. So was the chair on the right, above. Oh and those are my clothes. I mean, probably.

I arrived so late I didn’t realize all that was going at the hotel and frankly, I hadn’t even looked at the hotel’s very good website. My bad, I know, but it was late and I was tired and that’s why I was relieved to find the room was fresh and new, the bathroom immaculate and the bed super comfy. I didn’t even realize until the next morning that the room came with a big private balcony, too.

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Out on the balcony of my room on the fifth floor of the Colors Urban Hotel in Thessaloniki.

Of course, I hadn’t come to Thessaloniki to spend a lot of time in my hotel room: my mission was actually to pack in as much history, and particularly Jewish history, in the 24 hours available to me ahead of my virginal flight on Ryanair. Having the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki across the street was reminder enough that there would be no time for slacking off. Which is a shame, because not relaxing in Thessaloniki borders on criminal activity.

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Aristotelous Square is a short walk from Colors Urban Hotel, and invites lingering. Photo: AG/TQ

So another room, the “Copper Room” was across the hall, and looks in part like this:

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I really liked this room, which has a partial sea view and a bit of a maritime feel. Very light, too.

The hotel features a Garden Bar which does double duty as the breakfast space and as, well, the bar. I took some time to study the libations menu which had been placed in my room. I was stunned by the range of coffees and artisanal teas on offer.

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Hello? You had me at Macedonian Tea with Fennel, Mallow, Anise and Linden

The coffee menu, and another guestroom.

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The Garden Bar is the kind of hotel bar where locals and hotel guests mix easily and breezily. I mean, would you expect anything less in a city where there are giant outdoor fans to keep you cool in the heat of summer? I’m not kidding! Look! See?

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Breakfast was perfectly proportioned and really good. Mine looked like this (not pictured, my coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice: I was really thirsty!)

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And here’s a view of the main seating area. Colorful!

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Here I should make some Wildean statement about how budget should never be a consideration in matters of gastronomy or travel, but nah. I will simply mention instead that Colors is a casual 4-star hotel with  “21 cleverly designed rooms, the freshest cocktails and spot-on body rejuvenation all under one roof.” Replete with a “guest-centric approach…and coolest crew in town that will make you feel right at home. You will get to enjoy sweet stylish comforts and speed-of-light fast Wi-Fi. Make COLORS Urban  Hotel your base camp to discover the city.” Which I did — and so should you!!

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George Michaloudis, Hotel Manager (left) with Anthony Grant (right). Shirt reads: Thessaloniki, Many Stories, one heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLORS Urban Hotel is located at 13 Tsimiski Street, the heart of Thessaloniki.