Complete Guide to the Best Accommodations in Athens, Greece

March 19, 2017

Yippee!! You booked your flight to Greece but now you need Accommodations in Athens, Greece

So, “what are your accommodations in Athens, Greece?” This is probably the first question that I asked myself when I booked my light to Athens, Greece. And while I love traveling, I still feel like booking a flight is a mixed blessing. Yes, there is that instantaneous euphoria when you realize that you are about to explore an entirely new part of the world. But, there is also that feeling of annoyance as you think, “Oh my God, now I actually have to PLAN this trip. UGHHH. What a pain (At least that’s my first thought because I hate planning things. I am more of a “fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl”, but for some destinations, like Greece, that just doesn’t work. And I know they have people  who can do this kind of thing for you, I think they’re called travel agents haha, but I like to save money and plan things for myself).”

Now when planning any trip, the first thing I think of, besides how do I get from the airport to my hotel, is “Where is my hotel? Where am I gonna stay? I hope I don’t pick a rat infested dump of a hotel, just because it got rated 5 out of 5 smiles on the internet.” And this is such a hard question, because you have never been to this city before. You don’t know where the best hotels are or which hotels have the best service, or even, which hotels are the most reasonable for their price point.

Find accommodations in Athens, Greece near the Parthenon.

It kind of feels like you just have to pray to the internet, hotel Gods of justice , and hope against hope that the internet isn’t flat out lying to you about how great your hotel is (Wait, you mean the internet doesn’t always tell the truth? No way!). I always worry that these hotels just pay their employees to write awesome reviews of their establishment online, but then again, I could just be totally paranoid. Another alternative, is that you can rely on your friends to give you some really stellar accommodation suggestions (That don’t completely drain your hidden, Swiss bank account. Don’t roll your eyes, we all know you have one. LoL).

But regardless of the method you use to pick your hotel (blog, friend, internet, smoke signals, carrier pigeons), it’s hard to choose where to stay because even if someone DOES recommend a great hotel, the inevitable happens. You go to book the hotel and guess what? Joy of all joys, it’s ALL sold out!!! Yippee (insert sarcasm here)!! Now you really have no idea where to stay but have the added bonus of urgency because APPARENTLY some hotels are already full (I started to book my hotels for my trip to Greece, in May, two months ahead of time in the off season, and some hotels were already filled, so plan accordingly).

From this point on, the whole trip planning process can turn into one stressful mess, that completely obliterates any love you ever had for traveling. Well, I don’t want any hotel booking horrors to rob you of your vacationing joy, so I have created this list of  Accommodations in Athens, Greece, to help make the hotel booking process a whole lot easier.

What to look for in a Hotel?

The Acropolis near you accommodations in Athens, Greece.

So, when booking accommodations in Athens, Greece (or in general really), I try and find a hotel that is centrally located, clean, safe, and reasonably priced. I also prefer helpful and friendly staff at the front desk, since I usually book site excursions or ask for sightseeing recommendations, upon arrival. Knowledgable and accommodating staff members , also make the whole acclimation process easier, especially if they can provide directions or help you navigate the perils of an unfamiliar metro system. A perk of most  hotels in Athens, is that they have some great, roof top views of the Acropolis and generally include breakfast with the price of their rooms (who doesn’t love free food? Okay maybe not free but you get the idea). And to fulfill any and all of your possible, Athens hotel needs, several accommodations options are listed below. The list is broken down into luxury, affordable, and budget options, so that no matter what your price point is, you can always find a hotel that works for you.

Luxury Hotels

A for Athens ($248 per night) – Located at the heart of the historic district, near the Monastiraki Metro Station, this hotel is just a short metro ride away from the main port of Piraeus and the Athens International Airport. In addition to a great location, A for Athens also features a rooftop bar with a stunning views of the Acropolis. All of the 35, stylish rooms feature  wifi access, modern bathrooms, flat screen TVs and designer furniture.  Large windows also illuminate all of the rooms with sunlight and provide stunning views of the surrounding city and Acropolis. Guests are served a sumptuous,  breakfast feast while admiring the panoramic views of the Acropolis from the roof top  bar and terrace (the bar is open until the early morning hours serving refreshments and cocktails). And if the hotel bar isn’t busy enough for you, the nightlife districts of Psirri, Monastiraki and Plaka are just a 5 minute walk away. If this all sounds intriguing to you then book a room here.

Rooftop view from the 360 degrees Athen Hotel. One of the many accommodations in Athens, Greece (image obtained from booking.com).

360 Degrees Hotel ($207 per night) – At the heart of Athens, just steps from Monastiraki Flea Market in Monastiraki Square, lies 360 Degrees. Also located near t near the Monastiraki Metro Station, this hotel is situated next to the popular shopping area of Ermou (3 minutes away) and the Old Town of Plaka (5 minutes away, while the international airport is just 12.4 miles away.

In addition to such easily accessible to  archaeological sites, this hotel also offers modern rooms with neutral colors and industrial design details. All rooms are also equipped with TVs, seating areas, free wifi, and private bathrooms that are outfitted with bathrobes and even a hairdryer. To check this hotel out for yourself, click here.

Innovative designs at the New Hotel, some of the stellar accommodations in Athens, Greece (image obtained from booking.com)..

New Hotel ($185 per night) – Part of a world renowned, hotel group, NEW Hotel is this group’s latest response to the needs of the city’s elite, high-end clientele. And New Hotel does not disappoint with innovative touches like Campana Brothers furniture and a custom sleeping-pillow menu that will be sure to make your stay even more comfortable. Located just 200 metres from Syntagma Square,  this hotel is within walking distance of the Roman ruins of Plaka, the Acropolis and its new museum, and even the cafe and shopping district of Kolonaki. New Hotel also offers guests stellar dinning options at an in house, Mediterranean restaurant, that is coupled with a state of the art fitness area that will be sure to satisfy any of your health needs. All 79 rooms have wifi, feature floor to ceiling windows, bamboo floors and tables, and even LCD TVs, that seamlessly fuse the striking modern designs of today with the original features, like the 1940s black marble staircase, of the Olympic Palace Hotel of the past. To stay at New Hotel, simply book your reservation here.

Budget Hotels

View from the outside of the Electra Palace Hotel (image obtained from booking.com).

Electra Palace Hotel ($158 per night) – Centrally located in Plaka, Athens, this hotel is within walking distance of most of Athen main attractions (Syntagma Square is less than 5 minutes’ walk away and the parliament and shopping districts are nearby). Well appointed, spacious rooms are equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV, with some rooms offering a direct view of the Acropolis. All rooms include a sumptuous, Greek breakfast buffet that is served in the hotel’s picturesque dinning area. Personalized service from knowledgable staff, coupled with luxurious spa facilities and stunning views of the Acropolis, from the beautiful rooftop pool area, make this hotel an ideal place to stay for those who want to indulge in a bit of a splurge. To book a room at the Electra Hotel, click here.

A room in the Sweet Home Hotel (image obtained from booking.com).

Sweet Home Hotel ($143 per night) – This quaint, boutique hotel is just a hop, skip, and jump away from all the major Athens sights, or 400 meters from Syntagma Square and the metro station. With 15 cosy, well-decorated rooms in this building, all rooms are soundproofed with  a 32″ flat-screen TVs, desk, minibar, and private, modern bathrooms that sparkle with the addition of high quality, organic bath products, along with a cabin shower, and hairdryer. Some rooms even have an open balcony with an Acropolis view. Sweet Home also houses a bar, in addition to free wifi, elegant accommodations, and a 24-hour front desk. To stay at Sweet Home Hotel, click here.

Athens Studios ($107 per night) – With just 7 rooms, this intimate hotel is located 350 feet from the Acropolis Metro Station, 500 feet from the New Acropolis Museum and 1,650 feet from the entrance of the Acropolis. Syntagma Square is also less than a 10-minute walk away from the property, with the shopping district of Ermou just 0.6 miles away. This facility also hosts a rooftop area with  2 bars that overlook the majestic Acropolis itself. All rooms are equipped with wifi, air-conditioning, tiled floors, modern furnishings and are either spacious studios or apartment rentals.  Both room types feature en-suite bathrooms and provide access to a well-equipped kitchenette, with balcony views from some rooms as well.

Guests can start their day with a free breakfast prepared from local ingredients,with lunch and dinner being served, at the on-site restaurant, daily from 07.30 until midnight. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can also provide information about local, area attractions. Other facilities include self-service laundry, a spacious street-level seating area, and locker storage. To learn more, check out their website here.

Hera Hotel ($108 per night) – This elegant boutique hotel has been totally rebuilt and parallels current, interior designs with the historical, neoclassical facade of the exterior. The building itself is conveniently located at the foot of Acropolis hill,  and is within walking distance of the new Acropolis Museum (200 meters away from the Acropolis Metro Station). Hera Hotel also offers tastefully decorated rooms with wifi, air-conditioning, a mini bar and safe. Private bathrooms here are also stocked with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms even enjoy Acropolis views, with facilities for disabled guests available upon request. Guests here can enjoy a daily, breakfast buffet that is served in the dining area of the in house restaurant and bar, both of which are located on the roof top garden.  Shuttle services to the airport are also available upon request, at extra charge. Want to find out more, then check out their website here.

The Herodion Hotel has a great view of the Acropolis from the pool. Who said there weren’t awesome accommodations in Athens, Greece (image obtained from booking.com).

Herodion Hotel ($118 per night) – This smart, four-star hotel offers cozy, elegantly decorated, air-conditioned rooms with super comfortable beds. The modern rooms also feature light wood furnishings, carpeted floors, satellite TVs, safety boxes and soundproofed windows. Most of the rooms have private balconies and some even have a view of the Acropolis.

Situated at the foot of the Acropolis, this facility is just a 15 minute walk from Syntagma Square and 200 meters from the Acropolis Metro Station. The beautiful roof top garden boasts sun loungers and 2 hot tubs (extra charge) that provide spectacular views of the city of Athens. This stunning and lively rooftop also houses the PointA restaurant, which serves modern Mediterranean cuisine with subtle Greek influences. In between formal dining hours, guests can enjoy snacks and homemade desserts in the semi-outdoor area of the hotel’s back garden. An indoor restaurant is also included and American breakfast is served. For more information on this lovely hotel, click here.

Hostels

City Circus Hostel (4,6, and 8 person, single and mixed gender dorms, as well as a multitude of private rooms. Prices start from $20 for dorms – $90 for a private, single room)

City Circus Hostel, one of the many great accommodations in Athens, Greece (image obtained from booking.com).

City Circus Athens is housed in a neoclassical building that features a rooftop terrace and bar-restaurant. All the rooms are simply decorated with wooden floors and air-conditioning, along with free Wi-Fi. Each soundproofed unit features either a private or shared bathroom with shower. Lockers are also available in all room types.

Guests here can start their day with a buffet breakfast that is served daily at the stylish, all-day Sampan Bistro, upon additional charge. City Circus Athens is also centrally located in the lively Psirri Region, just 200 meters away from the Ermou shopping district and 300 meters away from the Thission area and Monastiraki Metro Station. The Acropolis Museum is also 1 km away, while Filopappou Hill just 3 km away (upon request, staff can arrange a bike rental so that you can access these attractions more easily). Additionally, a helpful and knowledgable staff offer an assortment of day trips from Athens, that include such archaeological wonders like Delphi. To check availability, click here.

Front desk at the Athens Backpackers Hostel. One of the great accommodations in Athens, Greece (image obtained from booking.com).

Athens Backpackers (3,4, and 6 person, single and mixed gender dorms, as well as a multitude of private rooms. Prices start from $28 for dorms – $150 for a private, double room) –

The popular, seasonal, rooftop bar of this hostel, offers cheap drinks and great Acropolis views, both of which  draw loads of backpackers to this modern and friendly, Australian-run hostel. This site has a 24 hour help desk, along with a barbecue in the courtyard, a well-stocked kitchen and a busy social scene. Spotless dorms all have wifi access and offer private bathrooms, with locker access and bedding (towel use an additional  €2). Located within walking distance of such major attractions as the Acropolis and its associated museum (both just 150 meters away), this facility is also surrounded by a range of night clubs, bars and traditional taverns that will be sure to satisfy any of your party loving needs. To find out more, check out their website here.

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27 Comments

  • Leah 8 months ago

    Great post! I will definitely need to hang on to this blog for future reference. I’m planning a trip to Athens for September! I couldn’t be more excited!

    • girlwiththepassport 8 months ago

      Have a fantastic time!! I am so excited for you. I am going in May and am really excited!!

  • Melissa 8 months ago

    I look for all those things too. No point saving heaps on a hotel only to find its miles away from anywhere and you spend all your money on transport. I always check out the hotel on tripadvisor to see what people are saying about it. Although having said that you have to remember that everyone’s standard is different. Great overview of the hotels in Athens.

    • girlwiththepassport 8 months ago

      Great point and thanks for the comment. I always try to look at location and reviews as well, just to make sure I’m not in a total dump!!

  • ADAM DOOLITTLE 8 months ago

    Every time you book an adventure the last thing you think about is the accommodations. It’s also the biggest pain when it comes to completely booking your journey. It’s so helpful to have a guide to the best accommodations for Athens – a city everyone should definitely visit.

  • Kevin's Travel Diary 8 months ago

    This is more like the guides we need to see, what a helpful article and perfect for me as I’m headed that way in 3 months. Looks like a great place and I can’t wait.

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      I am so glad to hear that!! I really appreciate the compliment and encourages me to keep going.

  • Silvana 8 months ago

    Last time I was in Athens, more than thirty years ago, I was a student low budget and I camped in a beautiful wilderness park.
    Only to discover that it was near the airport suffering countless takeoffs and departures.
    Next time I would stay in one of these beautiful hotels overlooking the Acropolis.
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    • girlwiththepassport 8 months ago

      I hope you make it back there!! I am excited to go in May. I hear Greece is a lovely place.

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    Bookmarking this for a future trip to Greece. Such a comprehensive guide – lot of patience and details in writing this hotel guide 🙂

    • girlwiththepassport 8 months ago

      Yes!! Took me a little while but I am so glad that it was helpful. That is the most important thing to me.

  • Lusine 8 months ago

    Great tips on choosing where to stay. Looks like Athens is not very expensive. Would love to visit once 🙂

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