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Anna Missirian
Company Owner

TOMO Hotelier

What do you consider your team’s greatest achievement?
I am fortunate to have very welcoming and ambitious collaborators that love and respect Imaret. Their greatest achievement would be that they convey this love to our guests and focus on the overall experience one enjoys. Seeing the smile on our guests faces proves we have done a good job.

What do you most value in a hotel for your own holidays?
The calmness and privacy it offers so that you can listen to your own thoughts and start envisioning again. The authenticity it provides teaching you the true dedication to your passion. The quality you enjoy translating into satisfaction and then, finally, turning into loyalty.

What is one place nearby that every one of your guests should discover?
The archeological site of Philippi is undoubtedly a particularly important site for cultural lovers. The region of Philippi is connected to many exceptional historical figures and events that shaped the Western world. In July 2016 the site of Philippi got inscribed on the UNESCO register of world heritage sites.

What is your dream journey?
To cross the Nile river with a riverboat and revisit the cultural and historical sites of Ancient Egypt

What local dish do you never tire of eating?
The Greek cuisine is widely known for using vegetables, olive oil, legumes, fish, herbs and other ingredients. Today our recipes have been influenced by the Roman and the Ottoman tastes. Slow cooked Eggplant stuffed with tomato and feta cheese would be on the top of my list for sure, but a freshly baked homemade cheese-pie is number one for me.

What motivated you to become a hotelier?
I never dreamed of becoming a hotelier. It just happened I loved traveling, I adored being pampered and filled with unique experiences, enjoyed the authentic tastes and flavors of each destination, and extremely appreciated the value of tranquility at the same time. Back then you could rarely find all these things in a single hotel. That is why Imaret became a hotel and not a museum. I needed to pass-on my passion for all the above and create the perfect hotel for a guest like me.

What was your greatest extravagance in creating your hotel?
I would say, everything. Trying to keep Imaret’s original structure and high-spirited nature intact at any cost while restoring it, was by far the greatest extravagance. None of the engineers could understand the shapes, values and history we needed to resurrect in the monument. I worked with cement to give the final shape of the fireplaces myself, I traveled to Egypt and found handcrafted chandeliers and candle holders that resembled the description on the old manuscripts that were found in Imaret. I believe the list is endless… so I better not start

Where do you feel happiest on your property?
Imaret has many unique corners, it is difficult to choose from one another. The monument itself has positive energy, so it would be unfair to answer in one way. I prefer saying that I choose the perfect spot depending on my mood. Definitely the top level old marble passage linking the Water Garden with the Orange Garden would be my happy spot.

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