Finding a place to stay in an unfamiliar city can be daunting, especially if you are trying to maximize your time on your vacation. Where to stay in Athens is one of the most frequently asked questions I am asked. Most first-time visitors to Athens will want to stay in the center of Athens so that everything is easily accessible. Here is my list of where to stay in Athens, all within a 20-minute walking distance of the Acropolis.
Athens is filled with hotels, and there is a hotel for every budget. I recommend staying close to the center to save yourself the expense of taxis or public transportation.
Plaka is the most recommended spot for tourists to stay in Athens. You can be at the Acropolis in five minutes from almost anywhere, and many hotels have rooftop areas with Acropolis views. These are not all four or five-star hotels either.
Central Hotel Athens – This small hotel boasts a rooftop view of the Acropolis. It is clean with a good breakfast. The rooms are small but functional, and some include a balcony.
Electra Palace Athens – A luxury hotel in the heart of Plaka. This hotel features a rooftop pool with Acropolis views and a rooftop restaurant.
Monastiraki is a lively spot in Athens with access to many archaeological sites in the neighborhood. It can be a bit crowded, but not once you are at your hotel! Many hotels offer an Acropolis view from either a rooftop or your room.
Muse Urban Suites – This is actually an aparthotel, so if you want to cook, this is a good option. The suites are modern, and some offer a view of the Acropolis.
Altar Suites – These rooms are soundproof, so no worrying about noise while staying here. Many rooms have an Acropolis view in this modern hotel in the center of Athens.
The neighborhood right next to Monastiraki is Psyri. It has great nightlife and restaurants as well as being close to many of the sights. The area can be loud at night, so check the hotel’s location before you book.
Bed in Athens – A small hotel with a supreme location. It is also a budget-friendly option. However, it can be loud due to its prime location amongst the tavernas, bars and restaurants in the area. There is no breakfast option, but you have tons of options nearby.
A is for Athens – A is for Athens has one of the best rooftop bar views of the Acropolis in the city. It also overlooks Monastiraki Square. In addition, the rooms are spacious, making it a great option if sharing the room with another person.
Selina – Technically just outside Psyri but a great hostel with Acropolis views from its rooftop. The rooms are good sized and very clean. Selina is only a few years old and in great shape.
The Commercial Triangle or City Center of Athens may not seem like a great place by name, but it has many hidden gems. The neighborhood hosts the city central market and the 19th Best Bar in the World at The Clumsies.
Enattica Suites – This hotel is mid-way between Monastiraki and Syntagma Square, making it an ideal location. It has Acropolis views from some rooms as well.
xenodocheio Milos – This new hotel is located across the street from the National Historical Museum. The hotel is very modern and has fitness facilities available. P.S. Xenodocheio is hotel in Greek!
Makrygianni is as close to the Acropolis as you can get. This small neighborhood is a great place to stay if you have limited time in Athens and need the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and Plaka on your doorstep.
The Athens Gate Hotel – Facing the Temple of Zeus, this hotel offers views of the temple and Acropolis Hill. It’s location can’t be beat as it is just a few minutes walk from the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis metro station.
Coco-mat Athens BC – This luxury hotel is run by Coco-Mat, a manufacturer of luxury mattresses and bedding. The beds are guaranteed to be amazing! The hotel offers Acropolis views. One note is that they have been ordered to tear down their top floors as it blocks the view of the Acropolis. There is no word on when this may happen, so just check before you book!
Koukaki is a bit further away but still within walking distance of most everything. I know since I live in this neighborhood. This neighborhood maintains its local charm as it is a frequent hangout for locals.
Cohort Koukaki – Another aparthotel with a small number of rooms. It is conveniently located near the Acropolis Metro station and has an elevator.
Divani Palace Acropolis – Every room has a balcony in this hotel. The rooftop has a stunning view of the Acropolis so your room may also. It is a short walk to the Acropolis metro station as well.
Most everyone will know Syntagma if they have done any research on Athens, as this is the central place for transportation. Both the airport metro line and bus stop are located here. Syntagma is home to several 5-star hotels and is across from the Greek Parliament building.
Hotel Grande Bretagne – This is the ultimate luxury hotel in Athens. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed. There is a rooftop terrace. Events like high tea and live classical music are always happening here. There is also a spa onsite.
King George – This luxury hotel is located right next door to the Hotel Grande Bretagne. The rooftop pool offers views of the Acropolis.
This is just a small list of the many hotels in Athens. No matter where you choose to stay in Athens, you will enjoy your Greek vacation!