Yippee!! You booked your flight to Greece but now you need Accommodations in Athens, Greece
“Where to stay in Athens?” is probably the first question that I asked myself when I booked my flight 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.
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 offseason, 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?
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. Knowledgeable 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, rooftop 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.
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 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 rooftop 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.
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.
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 meters 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 dining 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.
Budget Hotels (or great Boutique Hotels in Athens)
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 dining area. Personalized service from knowledgeable 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.
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 cozy, 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.
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 a self-service laundry, a spacious street-level seating area, and locker storage.
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 minibar 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 rooftop garden. Shuttle services to the airport are also available upon request, at an extra charge.
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 rooftop 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.
City Circus Hostel (4,6, and 8 people, 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 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 knowledgeable staff offer an assortment of day trips from Athens, that include such archaeological wonders like Delphi.
Athens Backpackers (3,4, and 6 people, 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 nightclubs, bars and traditional taverns that will be sure to satisfy any of your party-loving needs.