We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Athens as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
“The arty and bold New Hotel, designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana, two brothers, is situated near Syntagma and has 79 beautifully designed rooms. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant and the seventh-floor rooftop New Art Lounge and is decorated with contemporary art collected by its Greek-Cypriot owner, Dakis Joannou.”
Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Athens.
“When it went up in the 1960s, the Hilton was Athens’ first modern luxury hotel, and it is still one of the best hotels in town. Thanks to the Metro, you can be in Syntagma Square or at the Acropolis in minutes.”
Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Athens.
“At the heart of the Athens Riviera action is Vouliagmeni, an arc of honey-colored sand sheltered by a pine-fringed peninsula. Behind the original modernist façades, there are lashings of pale marble, extravagant floral displays, and intriguing contemporary art.”
Featured in CN Traveler’s 2020 Gold List.
“In the middle of the Psyrri night life scene, Fresh Hotel offers 133 bright rooms with whimsical splashes of highlighter tones. Look out for works by local artists hanging above Philippe Starck- and Zaha Hadid-designed furniture.”
Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Athens.
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The city of Athens is the capital of Greece and it was also the center of Ancient Greece. The city still retains the landmarks dating back to the Ancient Greek Civilization and is a popular destination among tourists across the globe.
Here are some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Athens:
Plaka is the historical neighborhood of Athens and is arguably the most picturesque and beautiful area of the city. The neighborhood is located in the vicinity of Acropolis and its ancient temples. Replete with tiny shops selling clothes, jewelry, and ceramics and paved with narrow cobblestone streets, the area has the ambience of a village.
Monastiraki is famous for its iconic landmarks such as Stoa of Attalos, the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, and a museum exhibiting Athenian artifacts. With a well-known flea market, the neighborhood also houses ancient ruins, restaurants, hotels, taverns, bars, cafes, and small shops as well as offers views of the Acropolis.
Syntagma Square is a historical landmark in Athens and is an important hub of social, political, and commercial life of the city’s residents. Syntagma Square is situated in front of the Old Royal Palace that accommodates the Greek Parliament since 1934.
Exarcheia is an area located in the downtown part of the city near the iconic building of the National Technical University. The neighborhood is renowned for the home of Greek anarchists.
Kolonaki is a neighborhood with shopping complexes that provides space to both Greek boutique designers and international brands. It is also home to a wide array of mid-range and fine dining restaurants.
Also check out our travel guide about the best areas to stay in Athens.
The average rate for a 3-star hotel in Athens is around $75 per night. If you're looking for a 4-star hotel in Athens then it will cost you around $110 per night. For the luxury segment, 5 star-hotels, you'd be looking at a cost of around $205 per night.
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Athens, then try Aparthotel Live. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews.
Not a fan of big chain hotels? No problem. If you want to stay in a boutique hotel in Athens, then you should book AthensWas Boutique Hotel. The hotel has been rated highly by previous guests for its boutique style. It has also been recommended by influential travel journalists. Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Athens, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.
If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Athens, then go for Hotel Grande Bretagne. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it. Also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in Athens, it's a manually curated list of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city.
If you're looking for a great hostel in Athens, then you should check out Hostel City Circus. The hostel has magnificent reviews by backpackers, it has been recommended by well-known travel experts and it's in a good location. Also check out our list of the best hostels in Athens.
The early bird catches the worm, if you're looking for an Athens hotel offering a great breakfast, then go for the AthensWas Boutique Hotel.
Athens Electric Bike Tour. Make easy work of Athens’ busy streets and steep hills by whizzing around the sights on an easy-to-ride electric bike. Glide effortlessly around the hilltop ruins of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, pedal around the atmospheric Old Town of Plaka, and explore lively Monastiraki. Price: $57.
Athens: Acropolis Small-Group Guided Tour & Skip The Line. Skip the ticket lines to the Acropolis and see the most famous monuments of Athens. Discover the birthplace of Western civilization and hear fascinating myths of ancient Greece from a licensed guide. Choose between a shared or private tour. Price: $71.
Full Day Tour & Sailing to Agistri, Moni & Aegina. Enjoy a fantastic day out at sea on a beautiful wooden sailing boat, all along the mesmerizing Saronic Sea and its islands of Agistri, Moni and Aegina. Price: $133.
More things to do in Athens
Athens is a historic city with one of the richest histories in the entire human history. Classical Athens was a very powerful city-state which was a result of the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. The city of Athens is widely considered the cradle of Western civilization as well as being regarded as the birthplace of democracy.
In recent times, the city has become a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to the economic, financial, maritime, industrial, cultural, social and political life in Greece.
Athens was ranked the 39th richest city by purchasing power in the year 2012, as well as doubling as the 67th most expensive city to live in the world, in a study done by UBS.
The port of Piraeus is the largest passenger port in the whole of Europe while it is the second largest in the whole world. The heritage of the city is what makes it even more attractive to tourists and visitors, with places such as the Acropolis of Athens and Daphni Monastery constantly visited throughout the year. Both landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The popular architectural trilogy of Athens consists of National Library of Greece, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Academy of Athens are popular tourist attractions in the city.