The historic district of Plaka, with its neoclassical houses, narrow streets and air of a countryside village, conjures up images of a not-so-distant past and reveals a glimpse into the Greek capital’s diverse and vibrant identity. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Plaka.
Hotel Adrian | Courtesy of Adrian Hotel / Booking.com
Conveniently located on Adrianou Street, the main shopping street of Plaka, Adrian Hotel is a veteran when it comes to hotels in Athens. This humble and simple establishment, split between three floors, features a rooftop with views of the Acropolis. The rooms are decorated in warm colours and equipped with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
Hotel Phaedra | Courtesy of Phaedra Hotel / Booking.com
A little jewel on a quiet square in Plaka, Hotel Phaedra offers affordable accommodation to travellers in the Greek capital. Close to the Acropolis metro station, the Lysicrates monument and other landmarks, Hotel Phaedra may be small, but its charming staff, cosy rooms, modest interior and great value make it a favourite.
Plaka Hotel is within walking distance from Syntagma Square and Monastiraki and offers views of the Acropolis. With a hearty Greek and international breakfast buffet, you will start your day ready to explore the Greek capital. The rooms are elegantly decorated and feature all the basic amenities. Guests have access to free coffee and tea.
InnAthens is a stylish boutique hotel near Syntagma Square, housed in a neoclassical building that was formerly an all-girls boarding school. The hotel is accessible from an arcade called Stoa Ralli, where you can find the famous By The Glass wine bar, which provides lunch, dinner and room service. Set in the back and thanks to its stunning green atrium, InnAthens is a quiet, elegant oasis in the heart of the city.
An upscale hotel on a quiet street of Plaka, Electra Palace Hotel is set in a magnificent neoclassical building. The hotel provides fantastic views of the sanctuary complex of the Acropolis, with elegant rooms fitted to cater to your every need, including marble bathrooms, Jacuzzi bathtubs and soft bed linen. After a delightful night’s sleep and an insightful exploration of the city, end your day with an al fresco dinner on the rooftop garden, or with a drink at the pool bar.
With modern décor and sleek furniture, the Athens La Strada Hotel, near Monastiraki Square, is an excellent option for visitors. Guests can enjoy all-encompassing views over the city and the Acropolis from the on-site restaurant, which serves delicious gourmet dishes, and a drink on the rooftop terrace. Light snacks, coffee and other beverages are served in the ground-floor café. The main monuments and attractions are located nearby, so you don’t have to worry about public transport.
Niki Athens Hotel is a family-run affair that’s been operating since 1975. The hotel has a youthful, elegant architecture, with a minimalist interior, where black marble competes with warm wooden accents. This small boutique hotel has 22 rooms and a loft suite, all renovated and decorated with taste. The epitome of urban living, Niki Athens Hotel is definitely a top choice in the Greek capital.