Could a small wooden boat behind a glass window travel you to Alexandria? At Latini, where the hospitality and the art give the slogan of "full steam ahead", yes, the journey begins even before you enter the hotel. Its location is ideal. On the beautiful Philellinon square, only one minute from the port and from Syntagma Square, Latini Family Hotel is the perfect choice for those who choose to stay centrally. It is not only that. It is the story behind the hotel and the artistic breeze blowing in every corner, two elements that make it a special place to stay.
It’s all about the boat
Before I turn to Emmanuel Blessis alley, where the hotel entrance is located, I cannot resist to gaze at the boat behind the glass window. The elegant decorated label has also a boat. As I walk inside, I see the same boat painted on the opposite wall. And right after, I notice works of art, that I meet almost in my every step. What is going on here? The owners of "Latini" hotel, the cheerful and restless Ivanela and Vassilis Vasilopoulos are asked to clarify the scenery. The boat in the window is handmade. It was made by his grandfather, Captain Vangelis with such an attention to detail, that when Vassilis was young, he remembers that they used to put it in the sea and it sailed normally! Captain Vangelis used to travel to Alexandria with "Maria", the ship that is depicted on the label and on the wall. In this building the grandfather used to live; downstairs was the warehouse and upstairs the home.
With all this naval past, the hotel, which started operating in 2005, have inspired its name from the sea. As Vasilis explains, Latini is the Italian sailing term for the triangular sail cloth. The "latinis" were the old traditional schooner type boats, with the triangular sailing cloth, some of which are still sailing in Alexandria.
I seat with Vasilis in a table in front of the entrance. Beneath the painted wall, a leather sofa, two coffee tables and chairs. On my right, a showcase contains small pieces of art that that can be bought at very good prices: handmade ceramics, aquarelles showing aspects of the city by the artist "Milena" from Bulgaria, silk scarves, jewelry inspired from starfish. Next to the showcase furniture, a Fayum style painting, made from Milena again, framed by old wood. Behind the corner bar with tall leather stools, Vassilis is preparing me a refreshing coffe, while I proceed further inside, where the Reception desk is located. I notice a lot of foreign books on a coffee table, I admire another painting of Milena and I focus on a watercolor painting depicting his grandfather and "Mary", work of a Serbian painter, a hotel customer in 2008.
Family hotel with sensitivities
We climb up the staircase to visit the rooms and we have as companions in every footstep (or more correctly co-travelers) boats, life jackets, ceramic mermaids, small amphorae. The hotel has 9 rooms: six double rooms, two two-room apartments and the attic. The rooms are stylish, with wooden floor, carefully decorated furniture in light wood and bedside tables in blue, blue curtains and white with polka dots, small desk with mirror, paintings with sailboats, small balconies overlooking Filellinon Square. The two-room apartments (two rooms with a door between them) are ideal for groups or families with children, while the spacious attic with its wooden sloping ceiling has -besides the big bed- a corner sofa, that opens up to families with three children, and also a balcony with a great view of the port. At the Latini Family Hotel you are gazing at the sea and dreaming... that you are on a ship that sails over the serene waters and you sail with it... in a sea of happiness!
Did you know that?
In the evenings you can enjoy a drink under the palm trees of the square, just outside the hotel, on the three dark bamboo sofas and armchairs.
Here you can buy Latini wine and handmade Latini jams. To customers, who stay here for long, the wine will be offered by Vassilis as a farewell gift.
For one, Double, Superior Double, Triple, Superior Triple, Suite
Public parking at 30 m.