The Best Hotels to Book in Glyfada, Athens
Glyfada beach is situated conveniently close to the Greek capital city of Athens | © master2 / Alamy Stock Photo
Athens has a reputation as a vibrant city break destination – yet just a half-hour drive from the city centre, you’ll find the exclusive beach resort of Glyfada. Often referred to as the Athenian Riviera thanks to its sparkling beaches, gourmet restaurants and seemingly endless high-end shopping streets, it’s one of the most glamorous neighbourhoods in the city. From affordable studios for solo travellers, to slick, design-led boutique hotels and family-friendly beachside resorts, this is our pick of the best hotels in Glyfada, Athens, all bookable with Culture Trip.
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Athens Coast Hotel is one of the most centrally located beach hotels in this Athens neighbourhood, just 100m (328ft) from Aggelou Metaxa tram station and with some of the area’s best shopping right outside the entrance. There are 54 double or twin rooms, three spacious suites and six deluxe rooms – and there’s even the option for families or groups of friends to have interconnecting rooms. If you’re travelling in Athens on a budget, opt for the Economy Room, which is small but has everything you need for a comfortable stay. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool for cooling off when temperatures soar.
Brasil Suites Boutique Hotel
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Looking for a quiet spot in Glyfada? This boutique hotel is nestled away on a residential street but is just two blocks from the restaurants, bars and shopping found in the centre of town. The architect-designed hotel is a celebration of elegant minimalism, with clean lines and ample glazing that floods the interior with natural light. Splash out on the Superior Suite, which features a king-size bed, marble bathroom with hot tub and private sun deck, or opt for the economical Studio, a cosy space on the lower-ground floor with a large window. There’s also a family room with a main bedroom, two sofa beds and an optional baby cot.
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The rooms at this four-star hotel in Glyfada, located just a short stroll from the beach, are split into two categories – and if you’re looking for affordable accommodation in Glyfada you can’t go wrong with the budget rooms. Located on the lower-ground floor, the double and family budget rooms both have large, garden-view windows, brightly coloured furnishing and are accessible only by stairs. If you fancy water views, book one of the fully renovated superior rooms on the west side of the building. There’s a bar and two restaurants – including the backyard Crudo Vegan Restaurant, which serves healthy alternatives to traditional Greek dishes, such as moussaka, alongside international fare like poke bowls and vegan sushi.
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This four-star hotel, on the Glyfada beachfront, was fully renovated in 2018 to create an elegant resort that caters for couples and families. Relax by the outdoor swimming pool, or head to the sixth-floor rooftop cafe and bar, Enigma, which has views over the beach and an extensive menu of cocktails and snacks. The hotel is also within easy reach of Piraeus Port – the largest port in Europe and the departing point for ferries to the Saronic Gulf islands.
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This aparthotel lives up to its name, with majestic gardens that offer a tranquil oasis amidst the busy streets of Glyfada. There are 34 spacious hotel rooms, 32 comfortable apartments with fully equipped kitchens and a luxurious Junior Suite with a hot tub – making Oasis Hotel Apartments suitable for all kinds of travellers, from couples to holidaymakers with families and business travellers in search of self-catering accommodation. All the rooms come with a private balcony and have either pool or garden views. The pool surrounded by towering palm trees and landscaped gardens is one of the highlights of the hotel and is considered one of the best in the area. There’s also a separate pool for children.
© Sea View Hotel / Expedia
Glyfada is the perfect combination of relaxed Athens beachside resort and cosmopolitan urban escape – and this hotel captures the two sides of the city. The rooms range from stylish classic rooms to the indulgent Penthouse Suite and once you’ve checked in you might find it difficult to leave. Recline poolside with a glass of local wine or have a meal in the Mediterranean-inspired Gaia restaurant, which makes use of local ingredients such as wild asparagus, cherry tomatoes, pomegranates and quince. After dinner head to the lobby bar – filled with designer and vintage-style furniture – to enjoy a cocktail or craft beer.
© Glyfada Riviera Hotel / Expedia
The elegant white stucco walls and minimalist architecture of this luxury hotel in Glyfada, in a prime location just 200m (656ft) from the beach, sets the scene for what’s to come – think a marble-clad Art Deco-inspired bar, relaxed rattan furniture overlooking the pool and bright pops of colour throughout. The hotel has a long history of welcoming visitors to Glyfada. It dates back to 1960 and has undergone a number of renovations taking it from a 20-room, two-floor property, to a five-star property spread over five floors with a wine and cocktail lounge, spa and pool bar.
This elegant boutique hotel in Glyfada is the epitome of seaside sophistication – think a chic monochrome interior palette, natural materials and spacious suites that open out to sea- or city-view balconies. There are 32 suites – which feel more like small apartments – each boasting a modern open plan layout with a combined living/sleeping area, a Queen-size bed, a fully equipped kitchenette and a bathroom with both bath and power shower. The sofa also folds out into a comfortable extra bed if needed, making the suites suitable for families.
This is a rewrite of an article originally by India Doyle.
These recommendations were updated on September 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.