Where to Stay in Athens Hotels

Where to Stay in Athens, Greece: Best Hotels for Your Budget

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If you are making a decision about where to stay in Athens, you have a lot of options. Whether you want a luxury experience, a room with a view of the Acropolis, or a budget hotel with an awesome location, we have some suggestions for you.

Where to Stay in Athens

The main places to visit in Athens are clustered around the Acropolis. Therefore, the most convenient area to stay in Athens is within walking distance of the Acropolis, Plaka, and Syntagma Square. In this relatively small area, take your pick from posh, luxury hotels and highly rated hostels that get rave reviews.

Here are some of the best hotels, hostels, and apartments in Athens organized by budget. At the end of this article you can see all of them on a map.

Luxury Hotels

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Hotel Grande Bretagne is one of the premier luxury hotels in Athens. Not only do you get a wonderful view of the Acropolis from this hotel, but it has an excellent location. This hotel is located right on Syntagma Square. From here, it is just a short walk to Plaka and the Syntagma metro station is just one block away. Some rooms offer views of the Acropolis. Have brunch, dinner, or a drink at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and enjoy the view over Athens.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

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View from the rooftop restaurant of Hotel Grande Bretagne.

King George, A Luxury Collection Hotel

This 5-star hotel sits right beside Hotel Grande Bretagne on Syntagma Square. Some rooms offer a view of the Acropolis and this hotel also has a rooftop restaurant with views over Athens.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

Electra Palace Athens

This smaller, boutique style 5-star hotel is located in Plaka. It is not as exquisitely decorated as the King George and Hotel Bretagne, but prices are also lower. Electra Palace has a rooftop swimming pool and from here you can see the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

Electra Metropolis

This is another highly rated luxury hotel in the heart of Athens. Located in Plaka, this beautifully decorated hotel also has a rooftop swimming pool with stunning views of the Acropolis. Rooms feature modern décor and some rooms can accommodate up to four people.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

Plaka Athens

Plaka

Upscale Hotels

Not quite luxury, not quite mid-range, these higher end hotels offer lots of amenities and a wonderful experience without the 5-star price tag.

Athens Gate Hotel

If you want a hotel with a nice view of the Acropolis, Athens Gate Hotel is a great pick. Rooms offer views of the Acropolis or the Temple of Olympian Zeus. From their rooftop restaurant you can get 360° views over Athens. Even if you don’t plan to stay here, you can come for a drink or dinner and enjoy the view (that’s what we did). Honestly, the food is mediocre but the views are wonderful!

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

View of Athens

View from the rooftop restaurant of Athens Gate Hotel.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

View of the Temple of Olympian Zeus from Athens Gate Hotel.

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

This 4-star hotel features modernly decorated rooms, a rooftop restaurant, and a breakfast that people rave about. It is located near Syntagma Square and within walking distance of Plaka and some of the top restaurants in Athens.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

Mid-Range

A for Athens Hotel

If you are looking for a highly rated hotel with a fantastic location and one of the best views of the Acropolis, A for Athens Hotel ticks all of the boxes. Located in Monastiraki in the heart of Athens, the Ancient Agora, the Acropolis, Plaka, and other top sites in the city are within walking distance. Some rooms offer a view of the Acropolis. Or, take in the view from rooftop restaurant, our favorite view in Athens.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

Monastiraki Square

A for Athens Hotel and Monastiraki Square

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View from A for Athens rooftop restaurant

The Athenians Modern Apartments

This is where we stayed and we had a wonderful experience. We stayed in the orange apartment (the deluxe family suite with terrace on Booking.com) for three nights. This apartment had one bedroom, a second queen-sized bed tucked away in a loft, one bathroom, a living room and kitchen, and the best part, a terrace with a view of the Acropolis. From here, we could easily walk to Plaka and the Syntagma metro station.

The Athenians View

The view of the Acropolis from our terrace.

Kara on our Terrace

Kara on our terrace.

This small group of apartments is located on top of a parking garage, which sounds strange. The lobby is very basic and doesn’t give the best first impression, but the apartments are clean, modernly decorated, and quiet. If you want access to a kitchen and the extra space that an apartment provides, this property makes a great pick.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

Plaka Hotel

Located in Plaka, this modernly decorated hotel also offers a rooftop bar with views of the Acropolis. Many rooms offer views of the Acropolis and some rooms can accommodate up to five people.

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Budget

Bedbox Hostel

This popular hostel is located within walking distance of Monastiraki Square, the Varvakios Central Market, and the funky Psyrri neighborhood. This hostel gets rave reviews and travelers love the curtains on the beds that provide privacy and the balcony on the 7th floor with a view of Athens.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

Hotel @Syngrou Fix

If you want a budget friendly place to stay but don’t want a hostel experience, this is a nice option. This hotel is located south of the Acropolis Museum and near Philoppapos Hill, so it doesn’t have a prime location like the other hotels on this list, but that helps lower the price. Rooms are clean, modernly decorated, and a great value for the money.

Get prices, read reviews, and see photos on Booking.com.

See Them All on a Map

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Getting Around Athens

Athens International Airport

If you are arriving or departing from the Athens International Airport, you have several options to get to and from the city center.

It takes 40 minutes by metro (line 3) to travel to the Syntagma metro station. Trains run every 30 minutes and you can see the schedule here.

By bus (X95) it takes 60 minutes or longer to reach the city center, depending on traffic.

You can also take a taxi. The cost is roughly €35 and it takes 30 minutes or longer to get to the city center, depending on traffic.

Piraeus Cruise Terminal

By taxi, it takes 20 minutes or longer, depending on traffic, to travel from the city center to the Piraeus Cruise Terminal (cost is roughly €25).

By metro, you can take line 1 to travel from Monastiraki metro station to the Piraeus Cruise Terminal (16 minutes).

By bus, you can take the X80 bus to travel between the city center and the port (€4.50, 30 – 45 minutes). Learn more here.


If you have any questions about where to stay in Athens, or if you would like to share your experience, comment below!

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