Athens’ hotels have experienced an incredible boom, with chic hotels opening in (just about) every neighbourhood, from funky Psyrri to high-end Kolonaki. Indeed, you may feel the awe while looking over Acropolis on a rooftop, or enjoy the beach & quietude as well.

1St George Lycabettus Hotel

Renowned among Athens’ hotels for its breathtaking rooftop pool & lounge, a spa, stylish rooms, private cinema and a restaurant that serves avant-garde cuisine, it’s a comfortable and elegant hotel at the foot of the Lycabettus hill. Picturesque views over Athens, the Parthenon, and the Acropolis come as a bonus. Situated in chic Kolonaki neighbourhood where the hill’s cable car stops, the 154-room building itself is an enchanting blend of Neoclassical and contemporary. It includes 16 eco-friendly rooms with environmentally sensitive fixtures and fittings.

2Hotel Grande Bretagne

The iconic building on Syntagma Square dates back to 1874. Perhaps, this Neoclassical take is the most aestetic one among Athens’ hotels. It’s in the center of the action and walking distance to nearly all major attractions. The stained-glass ceilings, antiques and oil paintings keep the spectacular ambiance of the recently modernized hotel where first-class facilities include a seventh-floor spa with herbal steaming, a Serail mud chambe, a rooftop restaurant, and a heated outdoor pool.

3Alice Inn

This quirky, comfortable and budget-friendly Bed & Breakfast backpacker option is housed in a yet another Neoclassical mansion. It sits among Plaka’s labyrinth of pedestrian-friendly streets, spotted by tiny, tree-shaded squares – offering glimpses of the Acropolis high above. The five studios have sheer white walls and vintage decor for the scale of the budget, with one terrace looking over Acropolis straight. There’s also a cosy living room with plump sofas and a retro red TV, a well-equipped kitchen and free bikes to explore Plaka.

4Grecotel Pallas Athena

Located near Kotzia Square, just a 3-minute walk to the Central Market and less than 10-minute on foot to shopping at Ermou Street & the Monastiraki Flea Market, this is a family-friendly hotel with a play area and common rooms. Dining is excellent in this 5-star hotel’s restaurant topped with hot and cold breakfast buffet. Rooms, suites, and lofts have various decors ranging from minimalist style to graffiti and murals.

5The Foundry Suites

Close to the Monastiraki Flea Market, this is a boutique where contemporary avant-garde meets eco-friendly textures. Its building, which has been standing since 1930, has served as a foundry, printing house and cultural centre. It welcomes its guests with a striking facade stitched with vertical gardens conceals 12 vast apartments in where vintage furniture and authentic decor create a unique atmosphere. 

6City Circus

Along a busy street once known as the city’s theatre district, City Circus is surrounded by boho cafés, traditional coffee shops and edgy street art in Psyrri, one of Athens’ most funky neighbourhoods. Rooms range from double en-suites with views of the Acropolis, to eight-bed dormitories. Therefore, you may plenty of options according to your budget.

7Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens

If you see beach as an integral part of your trip to Greece, a corner in a stunning setting on a private peninsula on Athens’ southern coastal stretch will give you Greek Island vibes. Great beach, pool, restaurants, kids club, and every kind of outdoor activity welcomes you. It takes 10 minutes to Glyfada by the free shuttle bus, 20 minutes to the airport, and 40 minutes into central Athens.

8InterContinental Athenaeum

For the ones prefer comfort and serenity over location, this one shines among Athens’ hotels. Rooms are huge and some have panoramic views of the Acropolis. The swimming pool is great. The hotel is located a 20 minute walk from the Plaka with a free shuttle bus taking every 30 minutes to sightseeing. There’s also a tram and metro station nearby to take you to Syntagma Square.

9Athens Lotus Hotel

Plateia Karaiskaki square in Metaxourgeio offers budget accomodation options, and Athens Lotus is perhaps the most pretty one among them. Housed in a beautifully renovated 19th-century abode, this hotel is surrounded by cutting-edge art galleries and a raft of intriguing restaurants. Coco-mat’s eco friendly beds, topped up with natural decor, offer a cozy ambiance.

10Phidias Piraeus Hotel

While the budget-friendly, centrally located Phidias Piraeus Hotel (10 min to the port) is the ideal stopover before heading off on a ferry to one of the islands, it is also the place to experience the buzz that is coming to define Piraeus. The local Sunday flea market and bouzouki tunes complete the ambiance.

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