The typical ON Residence, a partnership between TOR Hotel Group as well as Grivalia Hospitality, is one of Greece’s a lot of anticipated hotel arrivals, breathing new life into the center of Thessaloniki.
The lights at the historical “Olympos Naoussa” are about to turn on once again. Thessaloniki will invite not just an epic restaurant that brings back the beauty of a past age, however additionally an unique hotel that intends to redefine deluxe hospitality in Greece’s co-capital.
A true seafront gem in the heart of the city with unblocked sights of Thermaikos bay, ON Residence marks a brand-new chapter for the TOR Hotel Group, one of Greece’s a lot of established friendliness firms, operating given that 1925. On top of that, its opening is a ballot of self-confidence in the traveler market of northern Greece by leading investment fund, Grivalia Hospitality. The task, a joint endeavour between both firms, totals up to a financial investment of 20 million euros.
The renowned restaurant “Olympos Naoussa” was the heart of Thessaloniki’s jet-setting society for decades, working as a preferred hangout for celebrities as well as politicians such as previous prime ministers George Papandreou and Constantine Karamanlis, Giscard d’Estaing and also a lot more until its closure in the mid-90s.
“Now, Olympos Naoussa goes back to the city of Thessaloniki. Our vision to restore the historical dining establishment, as well as along with the Tornivoukas household, to produce a hotel destination of unequaled beauty and a high degree of service is close to conclusion. We are particular that all visitors will love as well as accept it, as we did from the initial moment. Grivalia Hospitality is currently carrying out a financial investment program of over EUR500 million which will certainly contribute to the strengthening of our country’s competition in the worldwide arena of high-end tourism”, says George Chryssikos, CEO of Grivalia.
ON Residence will certainly have 60 lavishly made areas as well as suites, and also the primary restaurant “Olympos Naoussa” on the very beginning, in addition to a gorgeous internal courtyard, the alcoholic drink bar “Tiger Loop”, a contemporary health club, as well as a specially developed mezzanine perfect for company meetings and also events.
For Konstantinos Tornivoukas, CEO of TOR Hotel Group, ON Residence is a key task for the company as well as for Thessaloniki itself. “After the violent shutdown of the Mediterranée Resort by the tragic quake in 1978, my dream has actually always been to be able to go back to the city’s seafront with a task that would certainly have the characteristics of the fabulous hotel started by my grandpa in 1925. When the residential property that housed Olympos Naoussa, which was connected to the Mediterranée due to their close closeness as well as similar background, increased for auction I considered this greater than a business possibility. It was additionally an act of gratefulness from our family towards our beloved city to recover this historic restaurant, and also at the very same time produce a hotel of high standards that would certainly turn the web page for luxury friendliness in Thessaloniki. The partnership between TOR Hotel Group and also Grivalia Hospitality has actually allowed us to know this dream.”
A luxurious layout that connects the past with the here and now
The property that houses ON Residence was based upon layouts by prominent Greek-Jewish engineer Jacques Mosse as well as was integrated in 1926. It is a case in point of Thessaloniki’s eclecticism throughout the interwar period, with components evocative the Belle Époque and also neoclassicism. The essential and also delicate past of the structure basically offered the standards for its repair process, completed by the engineers Diversity Group as well as Dimitris Thomopoulos who teamed up on the job.
The preservation of the exterior as well as the attractive elements of the structure were finished according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture. The engineers took additional like not just bring to the surface all the features that made the structure distinct, yet likewise to meticulously incorporate them with elements of today, always directed by the objective to achieve a harmonious conjunction.
The acclaimed engineers Nikiforidis and also Cuomo embarked on the design of the surrounding common locations, while the office of Nikos Fletoridis was accountable for the architectural research study.
The interior design was done by French decorator Fabienne Spahn, that intended to give a restored classic art deco style to the job, enhancing it with a discreet luxury that matched the character of the structure. “On my first visit to the place, I felt that I went to the house of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Bringing the location back to life making use of modern-day design aspects yet completely valuing the building’s architectural heritage was a large obstacle. It advises me of wonderful brasseries in Paris with their neoclassical charm”, she says.
The front workdesk has been motivated by the ’50s, with elements of velour, wood and also brass. Generally restaurant, a space that is more carefully attached to the background of the structure, the appearances, the bronze lamps from blown glass, and the furniture, all move in art deco rhythms. The palette is in grey as well as blue, the hallmark colours of the historical dining establishment, while the cherished restaurant chairs that as soon as existed here have been revamped for higher comfort.
The hotel has 60 areas in various categories: Standard Rooms (Courtyard View), Deluxe Rooms (Sea Front View), ON Suites (Junior Suites) and also ON Residences (Suites). In the rooms’ decor, timeless design fulfills tranquil high-end with soft, all-natural colour tones as well as touches of light pink and also green. High quality materials and also bold designs on the rugs finish a classic elegant backdrop. Facilities such as Marshall audio speakers, Nespresso coffee machines and also 55-inch television the tone for ON Residence.
As constantly, gastronomy remains in the foreground
The important gastronomic heritage of “Olympos Naoussa” and its influence on Thessaloniki’s food society were the directing principles for the hotel’s name primary restaurant. The elegant interiors mix beautifully decorative aspects from the past as well as from European restaurants, comparing them with a contemporary, metropolitan aesthetic. Along with the improved feel inside the restaurant, the visitor is welcomed to uncover an one-of-a-kind, “concealed” evergreen yard. It is an unusual oasis of relaxation in the bustling city centre and something that has actually absolutely been missing out on from Thessaloniki.
The food offering is led by exec chef Dimitris Tassioulas, the major representative of a new, highly dynamic generation of cooks from Northern Greece, with crucial as well as prize-winning jobs, such as Sebrico as well as Thria, which Sunday Times Travel publication granted the title Gourmand’s Destination in 2019. “The origins of my food are spread in the kitchen areas of the Jews, the Slavs, the Ottomans, the Smyrnaeans, the Pontus. My passion is to deconstruct and recompose the gastronomic tradition of the area right into a modern-day proposition, which reveals this city and grows with it. Products and traditions from the Mediterranean container combine with innovative techniques and bold suggestions, to bring a piece of history to the wishes of today,” he says.
The F&B offering is completed by Tiger Loop, a cosy cocktail bar with art deco elements. Here, black, gold and deep red control; the room is full of activity and also energy. The catalogue is curated by the acclaimed bartender as well as entrepreneur, Achilleas Plakidas. Understood for creating preferred hangouts such as Gorilla as well as Mahalo, here he is contacted us to provide a cosmopolitan twist to the drink food selection.
Both of these cooperations reveal the culture that ON Residence meticulously builds, intending to work as an attaching web link between people and experiences. At the exact same time, it underlines the commitment of the resort to additional corresponding synergies that will certainly remain to promote the cooking identity as well as the one-of-a-kind cultural personality of Thessaloniki.
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ON Residence// Leoforos Nikis 5, 546 24, Thessaloniki, Greece