Greece has a new outpost in the Far East as Hellas House — an impressive social, cultural and business hub in Shanghai — throws open its doors.
The Hellas Group-owned venture aspires to become a new link between Greece and China.
CEO Pavlos Kontomichalos, Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Elena Kountoura and many guests from business, arts and culture attended the opening ceremony earlier this week.
“Right here, at Hellas House, you can indulge in the very best of Greek culture, hospitality and gastronomy … It entices sophisticated Chinese travellers to visit our beautiful country,” said Kountoura during the ceremony, going on on to acknowledge the new era of relations between Greece and China, which look to be going from strength to strength.
Hellas House is in a majestic Shanghai villa, built in 1936 and located in the Old French Concession in the heart of the city. Architecturally, the stately mansion reflects the influences of Greece, Old Europe and Shanghai.
ItsHistory Hall, an experiential pathway, showcases the spirit of Greece throughout the ages, from the dawn of time and the great Hellenic civilizations to the Classical era depicted in original copies of monumental art.
Life-size sculptures of the Cycladic era combine with mythological scenes from the Acropolis frieze, ancient artifacts and marble busts of great poets and philosophers, symbolizing the enduring legacy of the cradle of Western civilization.
Set on five levels, the first floor features the Elaion Open Kitchen with a menu of Greek gastronomic creations prepared by Hellas House chefs.
The Eros Lounge is the perfect all day dining setting for enjoying Hellas House’s healthy Mediterranean fare.
The Eros Garden, a uniquely tranquil and engaging garden area with pool, provides the idyllic centerpiece for distinguished corporate events and festive social occasions.
The Hellas House Dionysus wine cellar offers guests the opportunity to taste and deepen their knowledge of fine Greek wines.
On the mezzanine level, the H Hall, a multi-functional exhibition space, is the ideal venue for many activities including corporate meetings, art exhibits, educational seminars and lectures.
The Aegean and Minoan Halls on the upper floor comprise a private two-room suite for private dining, with adjoining lounge. The Sophia Room at the top is an exclusively private space with fine library.