Where to stay in Athens

Updated on 03/01/2023! I receive many emails from people asking me about the best hotels in Athens!

Although answering and interacting with each of you is fun and one of the main reasons I write this blog, I thought I should create a relevant post with the best places to stay in Athens!!

In the last years, there is a total explosion of hotels in Athens and almost every month there is a new hotel opening! Even now, after hard years for the tourism due to coronavirus, new hotel openings have been scheduled for 2023!

You will also find some of the most luxurious hotels, some new ones, and some affordable ones on our list below. You also find tips, photos and a detailed map with all the mentioned hotels just for you, to know exactly where the hotels are located and what they offer!

Also, I added some extra tips if you intend to come to this great city!


Where to stay in Athens

If you are coming for a short period and prefer to stay in the centre (which is my recommendation as well!), there 4 primary areas as options: Plaka, Monastiraki, Koukaki, Syntagma. There is also an upcoming area of Keramikos, which used to be a little rough, but new restaurants and bars and hotels have opened, and they have boosted the area.

The Best and Most Luxurious Hotels in Athens

1. Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel – Syntagma Square

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Probably the ultimate hotel luxury experience in Athens, which is situated opposite Syntagma Square and the House of Parliament and within walking distance to nearly all major attractions.

The hotel is located within a historical building, with three restaurants, including one on the top floor with a spectacular view of the Parthenon and Acropolis, and you can admire the original Olympic Stadium as you dive into the pool!

There is also a Spa and beauty salon, where you can spoil yourself. Breakfast is served in the restaurant on the 8th floor and offers a wide variety of traditional or continental breakfast. Take into account that this is a quite luxurious expensive hotel. More Information Here!

2. Electra Metropolis – Plaka

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This 5-star hotel is situated in a fantastic location with good access to all attractions and also Plaka.

Electra Metropolis has a sun terrace and views of the city rooftop restaurant, which is worth a visit for a drink even if you’re not a guest. Pool area is a fabulous bonus. More Information Here!

3. Ergon House – Monastiraki

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It’s not just a new hotel, but it is an entirely new concept! It is one of the first (or maybe the first?) foodie hotels in the world!

It combines the areas of catering and hospitality uniquely, with a “covered” market from which visitors and customers can buy meat and fish products, a restaurant (which is a must!), communal kitchens for food workshops, a 38-room hotel and a covered patio overlooking the Acropolis. It doesn’t sound too bad, right? More Information Here!

4. Oniro City – Kolonaki

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This is another new boutique hotel which is recently opened. The location is perfect, and the rooms clean, modern and spacious.

Don’t forget to try their breakfast and especially the traditional Greek scrambled eggs “Strapatsada”.

It is also well suited for business trips. More Information Here!

5. Athens Marriott Hotel – Palio Faliro

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It’s another recently renovated hotel which is not situated in the centre, but its location has some other advantages.

It is located opposite the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, an incredible cultural centre, and it is designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano that houses the National Library of Greece and the National Opera.

It has a new and modern design, and it is ideal for business and leisure as it is quite close to the Athenian coast, the so-called “Athenian Riviera”. More Information Here!

6. AthensWas Hotel – Plaka

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Another top hotel with a spot-on location. It is situated in Dionysiou Areopagitou street, the most scenic pedestrian street in Athens and opposite the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum.

Also, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is a few steps away, and Syntagma Square is a 10-minute walk away. More Information Here!

7. Coco-Mat Hotel Athens – Kolonaki

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Coco-Mat Hotel is located in one of the most high-end districts of Athens, in Kolonaki.

The hotel is really comfortable, with a beautiful roof terrace with excellent views.

The surrounding area has everything that you might want, from trendy bars to restaurants and premium boutiques. More Information Here!

They have recently opened a new hotel called Coco-mat Athens BC and is next to the Acropolis museum.

9. Wyndham Grand Athens – Metaxourgeio

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The past years, the hotel has been totally renovated.

I certainly love the rooftop swimming pool and the bar restaurant with panoramic views of the Acropolis.

The hotel has really invested in high-end facilities and beautiful decoration. It is located in an area that used to be a little bit rough, but now it is very upcoming and trendy with many bars and restaurants.

You can visit one of my favourite bars; Beauty Killed the Beast and a new restaurant Proveleggios. More Information Here!

10. The Zillers Boutique Hotel – Monastiraki

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Another well-located hotel, very close to Metropolis Greek Orthodox church and Monastiraki and Syntagma Square.

Even if you don’t book this hotel, you can visit its rooftop as it offers excellent food together with stunning views of the Parthenon.

Take also into account that often Zillers Boutique provides an excellent value for money. So, think about it! More Information Here!

11. Elia Ermou Athens Hotel 

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The location is terrific, right in the heart of literally everything.The rooms are modern and quiet.

The highlight of this hotel is the bar and restaurant on the rooftop with the best views of the Acropolis and the sunset.

I recommend it as a good value for money. More Information Here!

12. St George Lycabettus

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This is another 5-star hotel with incredible views. Beautiful hotel decoration and a great breakfast.

The neighbourhood is probably the best one in Athens. It’s in the Kolonaki area, and you can walk to the nicest restaurants and stylish bars in Athens. More Information Here!

13. InnAthens 

Inn Athens hotel

I won’t say too much about this hotel.

The design its great. The cleanliness is excellent. And it has delicious breakfast!

Very well located within walking distance of most of the cultural places. It’s near Syntagma station, and even if you’re not using public transportation much, you’ll have most of the significant sightseeing and shopping destinations nearby. More Information Here!

14. Athens Capital Center Hotel – MGallery Collection -Syntagma Square

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This is another new and great entry in the Athenian Hotel scene.

It is located right in the city’s heart, next to all the shops, restaurants and bar. The heated rooftop pool, I think, is quite special with beautiful views.

You will find different rooms looking inside the courtyard or the city (which I always prefer!). More Information Here!

15. The Modernist Athens – Kolonaki

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Another new hotel at the end of 2020. It is brand new and super clean.

It is located in the Kolonaki area, next to Evagelismos metro station, which is on the direct line to and from the airport.

From the rooftop, you will definitely enjoy the garden and the Acropolis. It is a perfect choice, especially for business travel! More Information Here!

16. Moon & Stars Boutique Hotel

This is an excellent boutique hotel in the heart of Athens.

We stayed at the Junior Suite, and it was just lovely. The 1920s Art Deco building is located very close to the ancient Agora and Acropolis.

You can enjoy your drink at the terrace admiring incredible Acropolis views. It is recently renovated, and it has the original Athenian character.

The host, Thodoris, is super helpful and can recommend the best places in Athens. Note that you should expect some noise due to its very central location, but nothing too much as it has double glazed windows. Highly recommended! More Information Here!

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17. A for Athens

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It has an incredible terrace with a stunning view of Acropolis, and it is next – literally a few meters – to Monastiraki station, which makes it ideal if you want to catch the train to Piraeus and visit some of the best Greek islands.

Its rooftop gets extremely popular as it has excellent cocktails and views that really will astonish you! More Information Here!

18. The Athens Gate Hotel

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Fantastic location, 200 meters from the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus next to the historical Plaka area. More Information Here!

19. 360 Degrees 

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This hotel is maybe the definition of good value for money.

The location is spot on, in the middle of everything, and there is a direct train from the airport.

Everything is a walking distance from restaurants and bars and next to the flea market.

Quite impressive is the breakfast, which is served on the top floor restaurant with a fantastic view of (can you imagine what?!) the Acropolis. More Information Here!

20. Athinas Street Inn

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If you are looking for a clean hotel in a central location and the budget, then this would be one of your choices for sure.

It is close to Omonia station, which used to be rough, but it is getting better and next to lively Monastiraki, featuring an array of taverns and traditional shops. More Information Here!

21. Best Western Plus Amazon – Plaka

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This is another value for money choice, and it is located in a very central location, where you can walk to all major sites. More Information Here!

22. BED in Athens – Psiri

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This is a nice place for a long weekend in Athens. It is a recently open hotel in the buzzing area of the centre of Athens, which means that everything is brand new.

Just around the hotel, you can find hundreds of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.

The only negative I could say that don’t expect nice views from the windows, but for me it is not a very important point! More Information Here!

This probably the most affordable hotel that we recommend. It is not a luxurious one for sure, but it provides a lovely stay in a perfect location. More Information Here!


24. Absolute Athens – Koukaki

This apartment has a fantastic location, just across from Acropolis Museum.

Everything is clean and recently renovated. The apartment has two bathrooms which are always a plus for four guests.

Marina is an incredible host and can help with airport transfer arrangements etc. More Information Here!

Find more about What to do in Athens and more Tours and Activities Here!

Finally, find the best museums in Athens that you have to visit here and the complete travel guide about Athens here!

Here is the map of all the best hotels in Athens!

If you have any question or you want to add your recommendation to our top hotels’ list, then leave a comment!

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4 thoughts on “Where to stay in Athens”

  1. Thanks very much however i am an amputee and require a room with a shower without any steps. I will be travelling with 2 daughters and require 2 rooms in a 4 or 6 star hotel in central Athens. Can you help pls?

    • Hi Foti. I know that these two hotels The Gem Society Hotel and Electra Metropolis, have accessible rooms for disabled people, but I am not sure about the shower to be frank. You can call them and ask them if you can, so you will be sure! If they have accessible shower, just leave here a comment if you can, so more people would know about this!

  2. Great List! Some of the best hotels to stay in Athens. Athens is all time favorite for me, although I had never visited, I really love Athens, because I am an archeologist and I love to explore more about the ancient period. Talking about the hotels, I think they are just mind-blowing and very comfortable. The overall surrounding and ambiance of these hotels are just so cool. So, thank you for sharing this great blog with us. Please do keep sharing.


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