Travelling to Athens on a budget? There are plenty of great affordable hotels to stay in. Whether you’re looking for design hotels in Athens or family-friendly B&Bs, here are nine of the best cheap hotels in Athens.
Arion Hotel in Athens offers a boutique vibe without the cost. Rooms are warmly furnished with dark wooden beds and earthy tones, and the hotel bright interiors have an energising, upbeat feel. The hotel is situated in the trendy Psiri neighbourhood. The location is perfect for exploring the best Athenian nightlife, with a plethora of bars and restaurants only a short walk away. Enjoy Acropolis views from the terrace on the hotel’s 7th floor.
This retro hotel opened in Athens in the 1960s and has retained a laid-back, arty vibe ever since. Interiors are simple and thoughtfully decorated. Throughout the hotel you’ll find idiosyncratic art works, and the space is light and bright thanks to numerous windows. What really makes this hotel special is its location. Situated right on the National Gardens, the hotel is perfect for travellers wanting to check out the vibrant contemporary neighbourhoods that make up Athens. From the Amalia Hotel you can easily walk down to Pangrati and Mets, or up to Kolonaki for a luxurious day out. They serve delicious breakfasts, too.
A design hotel with plenty of character, Periscope is located above the luxurious area of Kolonaki. The distinct aesthetic is obvious as soon as you step through the doors, with industrial features and modern furniture. Guests can enjoy great views throughout the hotel, from the cityscapes from the standard rooms to panoramic views of the city in superior suites. With just 22 rooms, the service is dedicated. Whether you need help deciding which cocktail to enjoy or how to spend a day in Athens, the staff can offer tips and advice.
The Acropolis Hill Hotel in the centre of Athens features chic, minimalist interior design and a private rooftop pool. It offers a slice of luxury yet is entirely affordable. The staff are warm and welcoming and the location is perfect for exploring the city. By day you can head to the ancient sites and in the evening, the Koukaki location makes it perfect for checking out some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.
As the name might suggest, the Art Gallery Hotel in Athens offers an arty, retro feel. This is one for travellers who like a little charm and character in their hotels. Interiors are classic Greek, with original ’60s furnishings and a simple, homey style. A small roof terrace is great for enjoying views of the Parthenon with your morning coffee or evening drink. The location is extremely central and within easy walking distance of all the major sights. Wes Anderson hasn’t set a film here yet, but it feels as though he could.
Twentyone Hotel is part of the YES Hotel group, and as such offers stand-out design features with a cool, urban twist. Twentyone is situated in the luxurious suburb of Kifisia, which lies a short car or train ride north of Athens. It’s not ideal if you’re looking to walk to the sights, but perfect for those who seek a more exclusive, in-the-know spot. Highlights include a beautiful terrace restaurant and bar, and a piece of art by Georgia Sagri, which sprawls through all 21 of the hotel’s rooms.
Located a 20-minute walk from the Acropolis and near Plaka and Monastiraki Square, Fresh Hotel is the ultimate urban resort in Athens. Offering minimalist décor and bright colours, this is a vibrant place to stay in the heart of the city. Athens’ Central Market is located just up the street, a great place to pick up some delicious local produce. The rooftop pool and bar offers sweeping views of the centre of Athens. Relax on the sun beds while sipping on a delicious cocktail as the sun sets over the city.
In the heart of Kolonaki, Coco-Mat Hotel is a surprisingly affordable option for a hotel of its calibre. It offers high-quality mattresses and a pillow menu, for a perfect night’s sleep. Rooms are warmly furnished with plush rugs and design details, such a minimalist, Scandi-style furniture. Breakfast is a definite highlight, with a host of freshly made traditional Greek options, and an honesty bar allows you to help yourself to drinks and snacks throughout the day. In the evening, head up to the rooftop bar for striking city views.
Relaxed, vibrant interiors with a bright, airy feel throughout makes Airotel Alexandros Hotel in Athens a sure bet for a relaxing visit to the city. Although a little far from the centre, it’s still easy to move around the city from this hotel, and it’s only a few tube stops from the Acropolis. There are some cool design features, such as retro games in the lobby, and a chic reception and restaurant/café area that’s perfect for unwinding. In the morning, the Greek buffet breakfast will set you up for the day ahead.