The lights of historic Olympos Naoussa are about to come back on. Thessaloniki will not only host a legendary restaurant that brings back the glamor of a bygone era, but also a unique hotel that aims to redefine luxury hospitality in Greece’s co-capital. A true beachfront gem in the heart of the city, with stunning views over Thermaikos Bay, ON Residence marks a new chapter for the TOR hotel group, one of Greece’s most established hotel companies, operating since 1925. Moreover, its opening is a vote of confidence in the tourist market of northern Greece by the leading investment fund, Grivalia Hospitality.
The iconic restaurant, Olympos Naoussa, has been the heart of Thessaloniki’s jet-set society for decades, acting as a favorite haunt for celebrities and politicians such as former prime ministers George Papandreou and Constantine Karamanlis, Giscard d ‘ Estaing and many others, until it is closed. in the mid-90s.
âNow Olympos Naoussa returns to the city of Thessaloniki. Our vision to revive the historic restaurant and, together with the Tornivoukas family, to create a hotel destination of unparalleled beauty and a high level of service is about to be completed â, said George Chryssikos, CEO of Grivalia. “We are sure that all visitors will love and embrace it, as we did from the first moment.”
The main restaurant, Olympos Naoussa, will be on the ground floor, with a beautiful interior courtyard, the cocktail bar, the Tiger Loop, a modern gym and a mezzanine specially designed for business meetings and events.
ON Residence will have 60 beautifully designed rooms and suites. Characterized by high quality materials and bold designs, the rooms are designed to create an expression of timeless chic. Between classic design and quiet luxury, the rooms are decorated in natural tones with touches of light pink and green.
For Konstantinos Tornivoukas, CEO of TOR Hotel Group, ON Residence is a key project for the company and for Thessaloniki itself. “After the brutal closure of the Hotel MÃ©diterranÃ©e by the catastrophic earthquake of 1978, my dream has always been to be able to return to the city’s seafront with a project that would have the dynamics of the mythical hotel founded by my grandfather in 1925. he said Hotel designs. âWhen the property that housed Olympos Naoussa, which was connected to the Mediterranean because of its proximity and similar history, was put up for auction, I saw it as more than a business opportunity. It was also an act of gratitude from our family to our beloved city for restoring this historic restaurant, and at the same time creating a high quality hotel that would turn the page on luxury hospitality in Thessaloniki.
With a luxurious design that connects the past with the present, the property that houses the ON Residence was based on the designs of the famous Greek Jewish architect Jacques Mosse and was built in 1926. It is a typical example of Thessaloniki eclecticism during the interwar period, with elements reminiscent of the Belle Ãpoque and neoclassicism. The building’s important and delicate past essentially provided the guidelines for its restoration process, completed by the architects Diversity Group and Dimitris Thomopoulos who collaborated on the project. The preservation of the facade and decorative elements of the building were completed according to the instructions of the Ministry of Culture. The architects took special care not only to bring out all the features that made the building unique, but also to combine them carefully with contemporary elements, always guided by the goal of achieving a harmonious coexistence. Award-winning architects Nikiforidis and Cuomo took charge of the design of the surrounding common areas, while Nikos Fletoridis’ office was responsible for the architectural study. The interior design was carried out by the French decorator Fabienne Spahn, who wanted to give a renewed classic art deco style to the project, enriching it with a discreet luxury that matched the character of the building.
âOn my first visit to the site, I felt like I was in the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ house,â said Spahn. âBringing the place back to life using modern design elements while fully respecting the architectural heritage of the building was a big challenge. It reminds me of the wonderful brasseries of Paris with their neoclassical charm.
The important gastronomic heritage of Olympos Naoussa and its influence on the culinary culture of Thessaloniki were the guiding principles of the hotel’s main restaurant. Sleek interiors beautifully blend decorative elements from the past and European bistros, juxtaposing them with a modern and urban aesthetic. In addition to the refined ambience inside the restaurant, the visitor is invited to discover a hidden evergreen courtyard, a rare oasis of relaxation in the bustling city center of Thessaloniki. The restaurant is run by Executive Chef Dimitris Tassioulas, the main representative of a very dynamic new generation of chefs from northern Greece, with important and award-winning projects, such as Sebrico and Thria, which Sunday trip magazine received the title Destination Gourmande in 2019.
The F&B offer is completed by Tiger Loop, a cozy cocktail bar with art deco elements. Here, black, gold and deep red dominate; the space is full of movement and energy. The catalog is curated by award-winning bartender and entrepreneur Achilleas Plakidas. Known for having created popular places such as Gorilla and Mahalo, he is here called to give a cosmopolitan touch to the drink menu.
These two collaborations show the culture that ON Residence carefully builds, aiming to function as a link between people and experiences. At the same time, it underlines the commitment of the hotel to develop these synergies which will continue to promote the culinary identity and the unique cultural character of Thessaloniki.
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