Athens is a fascinating city full of attractions, suitable for couples, families, groups of friends and independent travelers. Each neighborhood has its own personality, so it is good to know them to choose where to stay in Athens.
Some, such as the Plaka or Kolonaki, lend themselves particularly to a romantic vacation, while others, such as Psiri or Exarhia, are more suitable for young travelers. Due to its central location and numerous transports Syntagma is a very popular choice among tourists, including families with young children.
The good news is that hotels in Athens are much cheaper than in other European capitals, and there is a wide choice of establishments in both the low-middle and high price range. This could be the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a stay in a luxury hotel!
Whatever your vacation budget, here is a guide to help you find a hotel in Athens for a dream vacation.
The beating heart of Athens is Syntagma (or Constitution Square), the central square, where the Greek Parliament is located and overlooked by other elegant buildings. From here you can easily move in all areas of the city thanks to the many buses that depart or pass by the sides of the square but especially thanks to the metro.
Luxury, 4 and 5 star hotels prevail in this area, but you can also find some mid to low end accommodations.
Why choose an accommodation in Syntagma
- Very central location
- Easily accessible from the airport
- Safe and elegant area
Among the few low cost accommodations in the Syntagma area one of the most beautiful and comfortable is undoubtedly this modern complex of rooms with private bathroom and living area that offer the possibility to use a shared kitchen. It is located just 100 meters from the metro station.
This 4 star hotel is beautifully located in front of the National Gardens. Modern and comfortable, it has spacious and bright rooms (deluxe rooms have a balcony overlooking the gardens). Recommended for people sensitive to environmental issues: awarded the Green Key label, this eco-hotel uses eco-friendly detergents and serves organic food.
Exclusive 5-star hotel with a swimming pool on the bed and a sun terrace from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the Acropolis and the city. Rooms and common areas are very elegant, with refined touches such as marble bathrooms, wooden floors, artwork and natural lighting in the lobby. It’s perfect for a special vacation, an important occasion, or just to spoil yourself a bit.
The Plaka is one of the most ancient areas of Athens: it extends from the feet of the Acropolis up to Syntagma Square. This maze of narrow streets, many of which are pedestrian, is now a very touristy area but has retained its charm. Its particularity lies in the mixture of architectural styles that coexist within it and reflect the development without a precise order that the area has had over time.
The Plaka is a neighborhood full of small stores, bars, restaurants and typical taverns and therefore ideal for those who like to go out in the evening. In this area there are many medium category hotels, perfect for those who want the right compromise between comfort and price.
Why stay in Plaka
- Close to the Acropolis
- Lots of bars and restaurants
- Quaint pedestrian streets, perfect for a stroll after dinner
Budget hotel with a family atmosphere, has simple rooms but has all the essential services. Its strengths are its affordable price and strategic location, just a short walk from the Acropolis and the metro station.
Delightful hotel tastefully decorated in retro style, ideal for a romantic vacation. The comfortable and bright rooms have parquet floors. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Acropolis.
4 star hotel furnished in neoclassical style. The very spacious rooms are all soundproofed and have a sitting area; some also have a private balcony with splendid views of the Acropolis. This luxury hotel is also recommended for vegetarian and vegan travelers: the breakfast includes many choices without foods of animal origin.
The two areas of Monastiraki and Psiri, bordering each other, are complementary. Monastiraki lives during the day and its vital force comes from the famous flea market which attracts crowds of tourists and residents. Psiri on the contrary lives at night thanks to the many clubs that open late and close in the morning.
Why stay in Monastiraki and Psiri
- Wide choice of structures with good quality/price ratio
- Monastiraki is the ideal area for shopping at a good price
- Psiri is not very popular among tourists and is therefore suitable for those who do not like mass tourism
B&B made out of a historic 19th century building, combines neoclassical architecture and modern design. It serves an excellent breakfast, with vegetarian and vegan options.
Modern design hotel, offering double, triple and junior suite rooms. Enviable location just 50 meters from the metro station. Very generous breakfast.
Very different from the romantic atmosphere of Plaka and the elegance of Syntagma, Exarcheia is a young neighborhood, full of graffiti and live music venues (both traditional and modern).
Once a reference point for left-wing militants, this neighborhood has gone through a period of strong degradation but has returned to be vital (and safe) after the opening of the University Polytechnic, which has attracted students and artists in the area.
Why stay in Exarcheia
- Modern and lively neighborhood, suitable for young people
- Best area to attend live music performances
- Cheaper than other central areas
This charming hostel decorated in vintage style has dormitories and double rooms with shared bathrooms, all with air conditioning, and has a small indoor garden. It’s suitable for budget travelers looking for cheap but charming accommodation.
2 star hotel located in a quiet area at the foot of the hill of Strefi. It is recommended for those who want to go out in the evening but prefer to stay in a quiet establishment. Rooms have refrigerators and tea and coffee making facilities, and there is also a shared kitchen.
Comfortable private rooms with a small terrace, furnished in a modern style. Particularly appreciated by guests for the excellent value for money and the warm hospitality of the owners.
At the foot of Mount Lycabettus, where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset overlooking the city, Kolonaki is a chic area, full of boutiques and luxury homes. Very close to the center but far from the confusion of the most central districts, is suitable for those seeking a bit of peace and refreshment.
Why stay in Kolonaki
- Exclusive area
- Close to the center, but quieter
- The hill Licabetto represents one of the best panoramic points of the city
A 4-star design hotel, it perfectly complements the chic atmosphere of the area. Of modern design, it is built with ecological materials and many furnishings are totally hypoallergenic. Guests have free use of bicycles.
Luxurious 5-star hotel with rooftop pool and wellness center with whirlpools. Each floor is decorated with a motif inspired by Greek culture. The hotel organizes tastings, aperitifs and classy brunches for guests.
The area of Piraeus is certainly not the most fascinating of Athens, but it may be a good idea to sleep near the port if you have to take a taxi ferry to the islands especially if the latter leaves early in the morning!
Why stay in Piraeus
- Recommended for those who have booked a ferry
- Wide choice of budget hotels
- Can be reached by public transport
2-star hotel of excellent quality, ideal for relaxing before taking the ferry. Impeccable cleanliness. Recommended for those who do not have a car: the hotel is located in the center of Piraeus and the port is within walking distance.
3 star hotel conveniently located for both the port and the airport, has double, twin and triple rooms. The breakfast buffet is plentiful and the staff very helpful.