You will find below our selection of the best hotels in Athens but also the best locations for your stay!
On a quick note, we recommend that you start your research for hotels in central locations. The most popular areas are Acropolis, Syntagma, Plaka, Psiri, and Monastiraki.
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OUR SELECTION OF BEST HOTELS
Use the filters to narrow your search by location, type, and special recommendations (luxury hotels, with Acropolis views, by the beach, and more).
WHERE TO STAY? BEST LOCATIONS
The city offers a wide variety of options, including luxurious and budget-friendly units, that are mostly located in the city center or along the coastline.
Many of them are situated in central areas for convenience reasons since within a few minute's walk you will find Athens’ major landmarks and attractions, museums, shops, and other facilities such as restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. The most popular neighborhoods to stay in are Syntagma, Acropolis, Plaka, Monastiraki, and Psiri.
• Grande Bretagne • Electra Metropolis • Ergon House • New Hotel • InnAthens • Athenian Foss Boutique
Syntagma Square is probably the most popular meeting point in Athens.
The busy streets around the imposing building of the Hellenic Parliament are somewhat noisy and the area is full of life 24 hours a day.
Syntagma Square is located a short walking distance away from some of Athens’ top landmarks and museums, while nearby there are numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars.
The metro station of Syntagma is a connective point between Lines 2 and 3, while there is a tram and bus service available as well.
• Coco-Mat • Niche
The units located near the ancient hill of the Acropolis offer some of the best views of the urban landscape, combining ancient monuments with modern buildings.
This area is full of life, with busy streets and many shops and you will find many locals and tourists strolling around.
In addition to several bus stations, the metro station "Akropoli" is located there.
The proximity to the Acropolis, the Herodes Atticus theatre, and the city’s most beautiful pedestrian road of Dionysiou Aeropagitou are the main advantages of booking a hotel here.
Full of picturesque houses, paved alleys, and little shops, cafes, and restaurants on every corner, Plaka is one of the most beautiful areas in Athens to stay in.
Unlike many other parts of the city, it has perfectly preserved a vintage atmosphere that will take you back to the city’s past.
The lively streets of Plaka are one the most favorite places to stroll around for both locals and foreign visitors.
Depending on which part of the area you are going to stay in, the closest metro station might be "Akropoli", "Monastiraki" or "Syntagma".
• A for Athens • Nin&Bau Sarri2 • Noma
"Monastiraki" metro station opens to the famous Monastiraki Square, one of the busiest meeting points in Athens.
Monastiraki is a place full of life, with many historical buildings and other landmarks.
In addition to all the cafes and taverns located in the area, it is a large commercial center with all kinds of shops, including boutiques, and gift and souvenir shops.
Plaka, Syntagma, Ermou street as well as the ancient and Roman agora are only a short minute's walk away.
• The Foundry suites • The Artist • The heart of Athens
Psiri is one of the oldest and liveliest neighborhoods in Athens, with lots of taverns, cafes, bars, and shops. Many of the old buildings, abandoned or not, are covered with street art and graffiti.
If you stay in this area you will get to experience the authentic vibes of Athens as well as its nightlife. "Monastiraki" and "Thissio" are the closest metro stations, at a short walking distance away.
• Four Seasons Astir Palace • The Margi • Divani Apollon Palace
The southern suburb of Vouliagmeni is one of the most popular seaside destinations in Athens. The beach and lake of Vouliagmeni are truly beautiful, with bright blue waters and amazing natural scenery.
Although it is a calm area, it is full of resorts and other touristic facilities, luxurious restaurants, and much more.
It is about 30 minutes away from the city center and even though there are several bus stops scattered around, it is highly recommended to rent a car.
• Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort
A bit far from the city center, Cape Sounio is one of the most popular destinations for weekend getaways. The temple of Poseidon is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece and it is located in a beautiful natural setting, overlooking the sea.
In order to get there you will have to rent a car, since there are no public transport options nearby.
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BEST HOTELS BY CATEGORY
Being mostly known for the Acropolis, Athens is mistakenly seen as a mere stopover on the way to the islands quite often.
Luckily, during the past few years, it has been attracting an increasing number of visitors from all over the world, who are eager to discover attractions other than its already famous temples. Its vivid nightlife, friendly people, museums, and diverse gastronomical scene combined with the sunny weather and the long coastal line are making Athens more and more popular as a year-round destination.
Numerous new hotels are constantly emerging and the older ones come back to life through extensive renovations.
The options available include international chains, luxury, concept & boutique hotels, hostels, seaside units, and much more.
Discover our selection of the best hotels by type:
• Grande Bretagne (Syntagma) • The Margi (Vouliagmeni) • St. George Lycabettus (Lycabettus) • Four Seasons Astir Palace (Vouliagmeni) • Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort (Cape Sounion)
The most luxurious hotels are internationally famous for their exceptional facilities and top-quality services.
Many of those exploit the convenient and central location for the amazing city views it comes with. It is not uncommon to find a roof garden with a bar, pool, or restaurant for fine dining overlooking the urban landscape.
Luxury options have the most spacious rooms and are always elegantly decorated. They provide up-to-date technological amenities as well as recreational facilities and their staff will make sure nothing is missing so you can enjoy your stay to the fullest.
You will also find luxury options at the Athenian Riviera with access to a beach and lovely sea views.
• Monsieur Didot (Kolonaki) • Athens Manor houses (Syntagma) • The Foundry (Psiri) • Inn Athens (Syntagma) • Ergon House (Syntagma) • Athenswas (Acropolis)
The boutique hotels are designed to offer an authentic city experience by immersing the guests into Athenian culture.
Their unique facilities represent innovative ideas and use elements of the local cultural heritage to shape the future of the urban environment.
Boutique units are exceptionally well equipped and feature all types of amenities, combining tasteful design with convenience and comfort.
The high aesthetic standards of the rooms and other facilities available guarantee that your stay will be unforgettable.
• Athenswas (Acropolis) • Coco-mat (Acropolis) • Athens New (Syntagma) • Grande Bretagne (Syntagma) • A for Athens (Monastiraki) • Electra Metropolis (Syntagma)
If you are looking for an option that is located not far from all the major attractions of the city, we advise you to choose one of the central hotels.
The most popular areas in the center of Athens are Syntagma Square, Monastiraki, Akropoli, Plaka, and Psiri, where you will find the city’s most quaint neighborhoods and common meeting points, including restaurants, cafes, and bars.
The center is always full of life, even late at night or during early morning hours.
It also offers multiple options of transportation, including taxis and means of public transport (buses, metro, electric railway, trolleybuses, and tram).
Most connecting points between metro lines and bus lines are located in the city center, in the area of Syntagma.
A more upscale option would be the area of Kolonaki, while if you’d like to experience the alternative side of Athens, there are the edgy neighborhoods of Exarchia, Omonia, and Metaxourgio. In these areas, expect to come across signs of urban decay and avoid strolling around late at night.
NEAR THE BEACH
• Divani Apollon Palace (Vouliagmeni) • Grecotel Cape Sounio (Sounio) • The Margi (Vouliagmeni) • Grand Resort Lagonissi (Lagonisi) • Four Seasons Astir Palace (Vouliagmeni)
The beaches along the coastline of Athens are a very popular destination, especially during the warm summer months.
For a chance to experience the Athens Riviera, it is a good idea to choose a hotel that is located very close to the beach.
In these areas, you will find many facilities, including restaurants, cafes, and beach bars, where you can spend your summer vacation in Athens relaxing on the beach.
The most popular locations are Glyfada and Vouliagmeni, while if you’d like to stay in a place away from the city but close enough to it, we recommend Cape Sounio or Lagonissi.
The distance from the city center is estimated to be around 30-60 minutes depending on the location and although there are quite a few public transport options, you should probably consider renting a car (a must if you choose to stay in Cape Sounio or Lagonissi).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
When should I book my hotel?
Athens is a big city with a plethora of hotel options offered. A month or two before travelling to the Greek Capital would be ideal to have completed your reservation.
If you wish to stay in one specific boutique hotel or in one of our recommendations we would suggest proceeding to a booking as soon as you have booked your tickets.
June to September as well as the Easter holidays are the busiest periods and booking 3-4 months in advance is recommended.
Where can I book my hotel?
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Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?
You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases, you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.
Will I find last-minute availabilities?
Athens is a big city with many options. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to wait until the last minute, especially if you are travelling during the high season (May-October).
How long should I book in Athens?
4 days are enough to discover the Greek Capital, the museums and archaeological sites and feel the city vibes. If you want to include a day tour to the Saronic islands, Delphi or Mycenae, then 5-7 days is a good amount of time.
What types of accommodation are found in Athens?
You can find all kinds of types. More specifically there are typical hotels, resorts and famous international brands as well as Boutiques, Luxury Villas and Suites, youth hostels, b&bs and apartments.
Is accommodation expensive?
No, Athens is not considered an expensive destination. In fact, hotel rates remain low compared to other European Capitals.
Of course, there are many luxury hotels and resorts.
Where are the most luxurious hotels located?
You will find luxury options in the center of the city such as Syntagma Square, Kolonaki and Plaka as well as in the south suburbs near the sea such as Vouliagmeni, Lagonisi and Cape Sounio.
The northern suburbs of Ekali and Kifisia also offer luxury stays.
How much does accommodation cost?
Depends on the type and location. An average estimation without including luxury resorts and villas, for 2 persons would be around 70-120 euros/per night during high season.
Where is the best place to stay if you are travelling on a budget?
You can find cheap options (50 euros) around the center of Athens such as Omonia, Metaxourgio, Exarchia.
Note that you must be extra careful when walking in those regions during the night since they are not considered very safe.
Where is the best place to stay for a family with children?
A family with children traveling to Athens will not have a problem finding nice lodging.
The city center (Syntagma Square, Acropolis) is considered a good option since you will not need to use means of transportation very often.
Also, many families travelling to Athens during summer, prefer to stay in a beach hotel in order for the kids to spend time by the sea.
Where can we find alternative locations for a local stay?
If you prefer a more local stay, you can find B&Bs in various neighborhoods of Athens. Koukaki, Pagrati, Mets, Exarchia and Kypseli are places full of local vibes and many short rental apartments.
Where to stay if you are travelling to the islands?
Most ferries to the islands depart from Piraeus port, which is the main and biggest port of Athens. Rafina and Lavrio are smaller ports closer to the Airport.
Piraeus is almost 11km away from the center of Athens which means it is a 15-20 minute drive by taxi or 20-30 minutes by the Blue Metro line.
Many travellers decide to stay at the city center and take a taxi or the metro while few prefer to stay at Piraeus in order to be closer to the ferry departing area.
The hotels there are not as stylish as in Athens and might not always be very close to the exact departing point.
If you want to visit Athens during your Greek holiday, it is recommended to choose accommodation in the center of Athens.
Rafina is a port located 30km away from the Airport and 30km away from the center of Athens. If your ferry departs from Rafina and you do not plan a thorough visit to Athens, you can book your stay there.