A few years ago a group of friends were road tripping from Thessaloniki to Lisbon when they spontaneous came up with a brilliant idea. Somewhere along the highway of Valencia to Seville they came up with the Caravan; a travelers inn, a place where guests can feel like they’re at home. Fast-forward to 2016 and the Caravan Bed and Breakfast in Thessaloniki opens its doors to the public, with 13 spacious rooms, a café lounge on the ground floor and a co-working space with plenty of tables and chairs. I had the pleasure staying at the Caravan and immediately was welcomed with the friendliest staff and the coziest environment. I would without a doubt, recommend staying here in a heartbeat.
This modern bed and breakfast is located right in the heart of Thessaloniki. If you’re visiting Thessaloniki and would like to book a private taxi from the airport to the Caravan, Welcome is the most reliable transfer company in the country. You can book your transfer from Thessaloniki Airport to Thessaloniki city center here. Just a hop, skip and jump away from the Caravan, guests can find anything from the shopping distract, to the city’s port, to the vibrant and lively neighborhood of Valaoritou making its location incomparable to other bed and breakfasts in the Thessaloniki. For travelers looking for where to stay in Thessaloniki, the Caravan Bed & Breakfast is definitely worth checking out.
The Caravan is not only situated in a historic neighborhood, but the building itself has historical significance that played a crucial role in naming it. Indeed this renovated neoclassical building was first built in 1929 and served as a small inn for travelers. Back in the day, Thessaloniki was a popular hub for travelers from all over Europe and Asia due to the city’s large port and marketplace. It was later used as a residence for the owners, until 1998 when the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace classified the building as a listed property. In 2001, the National Bank of Greece leased and restored the building. With the buildings renovations, the Caravan later revitalized its original mission: to host travelers.
The old harmoniously blend with the new creating a laid-back and calming retro-chic vibe at the Caravan Bed and Breakfast. Mix and matched designs, colors and materials are the backbone of Caravan’s décor. From refurbished furniture taken from the owners’ relatives’ houses to mismatched tables and chairs and bright vibrant colors around the rooms. The large windows in both the downstairs lobby and in the rooms and the original circular staircase create a calming backdrop to the quirky and modern interior design. To reach their rooms, guests can take a ride up the glass elevator where they can follow Caravan’s “traveling bean,” hoping from floor to floor. Just like the ground floor, the rooms have a unique blend of antiquity, luxury and spaciousness, with comfortable large beds. Most rooms have a view of the city as well as eco-friendly lighting, heating and appliances installed.
The Caravan Bed and Breakfast in Thessaloniki of course wouldn’t be the hotel it is without its exceptionally friendly staff who are ready to offer tips and advice on where to go, what to see and do while in Thessaloniki. A member of the staff can be found at the reception from 7 AM to 10 PM. The ground level lobby/café like mentioned here is a perfect spot for anyone – local or hotel guest – looking to have a quite coffee or to work from his or her laptops.
The Caravan’s timeless retro-chic vibe coupled with its welcoming staff and top-notch location is a true traveller’s haven. Whether you are a local and looking for a place to meet new people or work in their peaceful environment, or you are a savvy traveller looking for a place you can call home, a place that you will find yourself revisiting every time you are in Greece, the Caravan is always the number one choice.
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A huge thanks to The Caravan for their incredible hospitality! As always, all my opinions are my own.