Traveling to Greece and passing through the capital? If so, here is the ultimate guide on where to stay in Athens. We’ve visited the city a few times, and each time we’ve stayed in a different neighborhood so we could experience the variety atmospheres the capital has to offer: friendly Koukaki, the urban part near Syntagma, the central residential area of Thissio, or the quiet local neighborhood of Elliniko close to the seafront.
In this article you’ll get a brief overview of the different areas with tips on things to do and see in Athens, and of course, our suggestions on where to stay in Athens based on our personal experience and the profound research we’ve done to make your holiday in Athens easier.
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Now, time to explore the city, its districts and some of the best hotels in Athens!
Where to stay in Athens
This residential quiet area in the southeast of Athens is one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city because of its serene atmosphere, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, and streets full of small cafes and local Greek restaurants. The area is defined as the new hip district of Athens, so you might want to hurry to stop by before it becomes too commercial.
Our top pick > Herodion Hotel
This is THE place to stay in Athens if you’re looking for some extraordinary treatment, immaculately elegant rooms with super comfy beds, modern facilities, and a great buffet breakfast. The Herodion Hotel is only a few minutes walking from the Acropolis Museum. It features a lovely terrace garden with two hot tubs, which we unfortunately weren’t able to test due to bad weather (next time)!
We did enjoy their beautiful green winter garden area, with real trees inside. You can grab a drink or enjoy some afternoon chess here. Highly recommended if you’re looking for some luxury during your stay in Athens. Click here for latest prices
Luxury > Hera Hotel
Excellent central location with the views of Acropolis. Some of the suites feature a terrace and a bathtub. A boutique style hotel with buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Click here for latest prices
Mid-range > NLH FIX | Neighborhood Lifestyle Hotels
Very bright, modern and elegantly decorated suites with a kitchenette. Clean, centrally located, with very friendly staff. Click here for latest prices
Budget > Koukaki Home
Great option if you prefer staying in a small apartment in the center. The place has a small kitchenette, a lounge with a sofa, a washing machine and ironing facilities. Click here for latest prices
Things to do and see in Koukaki
• Visit the Acropolis Museum
• Have a dinner in one of the small local tavernas
• Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art
Thission is kind of an extension of the Monastiraki neighborhood. It’s less crowded though, with a nice pedestrian zone, and more cafes and restaurants have appeared here after the area became more popular among tourists. Only a few minutes walking from the Phillipapou Hill and the Acropolis.
Our top pick > Live in Athens
When the young spirit of locals gets creative, good things happen. Live in Athens, is a small chain of short stay apartments in various locations around Athens. We stayed a few nights in one of their places in the Thission neighborhood.
The loft apartment was crafted to feel like your home away from home.made with the aim to make you feel warm while you’re away from home. Our place had a very bright bedroom with a double bed, private bathroom, a small kitchen with basic equipment, a lounge, and a huuuge terrace with some spectacular sunrise views of the Acropolis. At our apartment there wasn’t a washing machine, but we were able to use laundry service at the Live in Athens main reception just a few minutes walking from the Thission apartment.
What makes Live in Athens special is that the apartments are located in the heart of the historical center, so all major attractions are reachable within a short walk, and at the same time you’ll be able to stay in a residential building where local Athenians live. Click here for latest prices
Luxury > Acropoli’s Luxury Apartment
Stylishly furnished with antiques and modern furniture, soft colors, spacious and very clean 3-bedroom apartment. The place has a dining area with an equipped kitchenette. Click here for latest prices
Mid-range > Phydias Hotel
Located right at the pedestrian zone of the street of Apostolou Pavlou that leads to the Acropolis. Very simple rooms, clean, with breakfast included. Pets allowed. Click here for latest prices
Budget > Chameleon Youth Hostel
Excellent value for a bed in a dormitory or a private double bedroom in a quiet area. Lovely terrace, a small equipped kitchen available, too. Click here for latest prices
Things to do and see in Thission
• Head to the Hill of the Nymphs to get some rare views of Athens.
• Check the daily craft market near the Thission metro station.
• If you visit Athens in summer time, visit the outdoor Cinema Thission (it’s open from April to September, depending on weather conditions).
One of the major shopping districts in Athens. Every Sunday there is a flea market, and you’ll find plenty of souvenir shops and fashion boutiques, too. The side alleys near the Monastiraki square fill the air with the delicious aroma of fresh food, especially around lunch time and in the evening, when lots of tourists come to dine here. Fear not, you’ll be able to find many local tavernas tucked between the busy streets.
Our top pick > Suitas
Excellent location, modern design, great rooftop terrace with sofas and tables for dinner with friends. The rooms are simple, yet comfortable. All rooms have a dining area and a kitchen or a kitchenette. Click here for latest prices
Things to do and see in Monastiraki
If you’re trying to avoid touristy areas during your travels, make an exception here. The area might get packed with tourists, but not if you come here before 9 am. Get lost in the labyrinth of Plaka’s alleys and neoclassical buildings, and have an early coffee at one of outdoor tavernas.
Our top pick > Myrto Hotel Athens
Excellent value for the money. Clean, located in a safe area, and you can walk to the Acropolis in just 10 minutes. Minimalistic design with soothing colors. They offer family rooms, and pets are allowed too. Click here for latest prices
Luxury > Ava Hotel and Suites
Spacious and elegant rooms with a private terrace or balcony. If you prefer to prepare your own food, there is a fully equipped kitchenette at your disposal. Click here for latest prices
Mid-range > Vintage in the Heart of Plaka
Freshly opened in January 2017, this new apartment in the historical center has all you need to feel comfortable: a small equipped kitchen, a hot tub, a common area with a sofa and TV set, and a bright bedroom. Click here for latest prices
Budget > Kimon Athens Hotel
Decorated with travel-style memorabilia, very simple, yet comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. The hotel has a rooftop garden. Great location near major historical attractions in Athens. Click here for latest prices
Things to do and see in Plaka
• Climb up to the Acropolis.
• Get a glimpse of Greek history while walking among the ancient stone pillars of the Parthenon.
• Take a stroll through Anafiotika, the cluster of houses located above Plaka on the slopes of the Acropolis. To get there, walk the stairs between the Byzantine church of St Nicholas and Kouklis. Eventually you’ll arrive to the road leading you to the Acropolis.
An old neighborhood of Athens which is now considered very trendy. It’s filled with cafes, boutiques, and classy restaurants where socialites come to eat, since many foreign embassies are located here. At the same time, it’s a popular residential area.
Our top pick > Kolonaki Art Gallery Suites
A fantastic choice for when you just need a break from the chaos of the city. Beautiful interior, tastefully designed luxury rooms with fully equipped kitchen and a lounge. The larger suite features an amazingly bright dining area. Click here for latest prices
Luxury > St George Lycabettus
This is the place to pamper yourself in the Kolonaki neighborhood in Athens. Each floor of the hotel features a different theme. You can relax in a Hamman spa, at an outdoor rooftop pool, or enjoy a workout at a gym. Click here for latest prices
Mid-range > Likavittou Apartment
A two-bedroom apartment located only a few hundred meters from Kolonaki and Syntagma square. It features a kitchenware, a washing machine, and a fridge. Click here for latest prices
Things to do and see in Kolonaki
• Climb up to the Lycabettus Hill to get the best view of Athens.
• Visit Benaki Museum and see an impressive collection of Greek & Islamic art.
• Come and see over 110,000 volumes of Greek history, literature and art from Antiquity through modern times at the Gennadius Library.
Located in the center of Athens, famous for the Syntagma square which is the main transport hub of the city, and a meeting point for locals and expats. The square is recognized also because of the mass protests that happened here, right in front of the Greek Parliament.
Our top pick > Athens Design Studio
This place is just splendid. Opened in January 2017, with modern and very cozy furniture. There is a kitchenette, dining and sitting area. Very tasteful design, bright and spacious room that can comfortably accommodate four people. Click here for latest prices
Luxury > InnAthens
A design hotel with all you need to feel good: high quality mattresses, clean rooms, excellent breakfast and a lovely courtyard to relax and have a glass of wine. Click here for latest prices
Mid-range > Athens Syntagma Apartment
A very good option if you want to stay in the city center for more than a night. The apartment is pretty big, it features a bedroom, sitting area with two sofa beds, a working table, and an equipped kitchen with washing machine. Click here for latest prices
Budget > Small Funny World Athens
Great hostel atmosphere, central location, and a clean dormitory. The hostel has a small kitchen in case you fancy preparing some food yourself. Click here for latest prices
Things to do and see in Syntagma
• Watch the Changing Guards ceremony at the The Presidential Mansion in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier situated below the Hellennic Parliament.
• Relax in the beautiful Botanical Garden.
• Visit the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
An alternative, bohemian area with stylish tavernas, street art, and vibrant night life. Don’t get intimidated by the rough image of the streets and graffiti walls in Psiri. The area is safe and very alive from the late afternoon and obviously, through the night.
Our top pick > City Circus Athens
Funky design in the private rooms, simple furniture in dormitories, clean rooms with very comfortable beds, and a nice rooftop terrace. You can pick either a bed in a dormitory, a twin or double room, or a studio in the loft. The price includes breakfast. Click here for latest prices
Things to do and see in Psiri
Psyri doesn’t offer as much sightseeing as the other areas in Athens, but it’s very close to the neighborhoods of Thissio and Monastiraki, where you’ll find more attractions (see the tips above).
However, when in Psyri, dine at one of traditional tavernas or grab a healthy lunch at the Fallafellas or at the Pera: Oriental Street Food restaurant next to it.
A southern area of Athens, very close to the beachside. The neighborhood is well connected to the city by metro and buses, and it’s easy to reach the airport, too. It’s a quiet residential area where you won’t find any tourist attractions, but you can experience a local life of Athenians.
Our top pick > Veggie Garden
We stayed at the Veggie Garden a couple of nights on our last trip to Athens. Veggie Garden is a real homestay, where you’ll share a house with locals, Majka and Dimitris.
We got a room on the ground floor with a small patio and entrance to a big terrace garden with lemon trees. The room was cozy, super clean, as well as the bathroom. We also got a kettle and a fridge to store some fresh fruits there, too. All rooms for guests are separated from the rooms of the family, with a private bathroom and Wi-Fi.
The metro station is about 5 minutes walking from the house. You’ll find some restaurants and a grocery shop within 10 minutes of walking. If you don’t feel going out, you can pre-book a delicious Greek dinner prepared by Majka for an extra charge of 12 euros.
The homestay might be a bit far from the city center, but if you’re looking for a more local experience in Athens and a safe residential area, check out this place, where they welcome foreign travellers.
Luxury > Emelia Maisonette
Pet-friendly luxury accommodation that features an outdoor pool, sauna and gym. The place opened only in December 2016, and the rooms are new and furnished in a modern style with soft colors. Click here for latest prices
Mid-range > Artistic Homestay Penthouse
Artsy & cool design, less than 20 minutes walking to the beach. It features a shared kitchen and some rooms have a cozy seating area. Click here for latest prices
Piraeus is the main port of Greece, and is an integrated part of Athens. Located only 12 km from the capital, it is very easily accessable to the center of Athens by train, subway, or a bus. You don’t come to Piraues for sightseeing, but you can chill out on a beach. In case you arrive to the Greek port too late, or you want to catch an early morning ferry, there are plenty of options for places to to stay in Piraeus.
Our pick > Phidias Piraeus Hotel
Fresh design with simple, yet modern furniture, super comfortable and clean rooms with breakfast included. You’ll find a kettle and a small fridge in the room. A free shuttle to the port is provided by the hotel. Click here for latest prices
Luxury > Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel
The only 5-star hotel in Piraeus. Elegant decor, spacious rooms, a bathroom with a bath tub, and a few suites have a seating area. Quality bath amenities and breakfast included. The hotel features a gym, too. Click here for latest prices
Budget > Lux Hotel
A good choice when you need to stay overnight in Piraeus before heading to/from Athens. Very basic rooms with private bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and optional breakfast for extra $5 USD. Click here for latest prices
Hopefully you’ve found our guide of where to stay in Athens useful and now have a better idea where to look for a hotel in the city. If you have any other questions or you want to share with us your favorite part of Athens, please leave a comment below. We’d be happy to hear from you!
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