Modern apartments in the city centre, luxurious waterfront villas and painstakingly restored Neoclassical houses are just a few of the highlights of Athens’s Airbnb scene. Choose the best home away from home to fit your needs, budget and style with this rundown of the best Airbnbs in Greece’s capital.
Penthouse with a rooftop pool
The AURA penthouse has direct access to a rooftop pool | Courtesy of Marianne / Airbnb
Set on the fourth and fifth floors of a luxurious apartment building, the AURA penthouse offers spectacular panoramas of the Acropolis and the cobblestoned streets of the Thissio neighbourhood. With five bedrooms, a spacious outdoor terrace and a generous living room, this opulent apartment can comfortably accommodate up to 15 people. Guests have full use of the rooftop swimming pool, which is heated during the winter months and offers a welcome respite from the heat of the summer. Perfect for eco-conscious travellers, the apartment runs on renewable resources – geothermal and solar energy.
The elegant Art Pantheon Townhouse is set on a cobblestoned alley in the heart of Plaka, the so-called ‘Neighbourhood of the Gods’. Dating back to 1830, the building perfectly fits in with the 19th-century Neoclassical residences that dot this picturesque district. Following its refurbishment in 2018, the townhouse now boasts the chic interior design and amenities of a modern hotel. Its four independent suites are available for rent separately or by one large group of friends or family, accommodating 21 guests in total. The serene courtyard in the centre of the complex is an excellent spot for enjoying dinner or drinks al fresco.
Perched atop a hill in the cosmopolitan coastal suburb of Voula, Villa Panorama offers astounding vistas of the Athenian Riviera and the Saronic Gulf. The villa’s outdoor areas feature stone walls, wooden furniture and lush greenery, giving the house the feel of a traditional country summer home, though it’s just a short journey from the city. With five double bedrooms and two single bedrooms (as well as two sofa beds), Villa Panorama can host up to 14 guests, while the charming courtyard with a plunge pool will undoubtedly be the focal point on sunny days and balmy evenings.
This luxury villa in the upscale seaside town of Vouliagmeni has one key selling point: a private spa. A dedicated centre on the building’s ground floor features an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, hammam and a host of gym equipment. The rest of Aqua Villa, spread over three floors, is equally luxurious, comprising four bedrooms, two living rooms, two dining rooms and one fully equipped kitchen. Guests also have access to a garden and private balconies. Set a short drive from the centre of Athens, this Airbnb is popular with guests wanting to combine exploring the historic Greek capital with a beach break.
This Koukaki apartment has Art Deco-inspired interiors | Courtesy of AthensApart / Airbnb
Located within an elegant Bauhaus building in the heart of Athens’s laid-back Koukaki neighbourhood, just steps away from Filopappou Hill, this Airbnb accommodates up to nine adults with its three bedrooms and two double sofa beds. With Art Deco-inspired interiors – think clean lines and dynamic design, with muted colours adding a touch of cosiness – the apartment is reminiscent of early 20th-century Athens.
The luxurious apartment in Koukaki sleeps up to 10 guests | Courtesy of Mary / Airbnb
Athens’s stylish Koukaki district has no shortage of Airbnbs, but this luxurious apartment is second to none when it comes to accommodation for a large group. Not only does the property have four spacious bedrooms hosting up to 10 guests, it also features a large terrace with a fully equipped barbecue and dining area – ideal for relaxed evenings or lazy breakfasts. Three of the four bedrooms have access to a balcony, one of which boasts an outdoor Jacuzzi.
This Thissio apartment boasts panoramic views from its terrace | Courtesy of Versaweiss / Airbnb
Elegantly decorated in a minimalist style, this modern apartment in Thissio – a neighbourhood known for its café and nightlife scene – is perfect for style-savvy visitors to Athens wanting a trendy oasis in the centre of the city. It features four bedrooms, accommodating nine guests in total. Even though the apartment’s interior design is nothing less than impressive, it’s undoubtedly the colourful terrace that makes this Airbnb stand out – expect 360-degree views of Athens, including the Acropolis.
Located in the vibrant Gazi neighbourhood, which centres on the cool gasworks-turned-cultural-centre Technopolis, this cosy 60-square-metre (646-square-foot) apartment is popular with millennial travellers eager to explore Athens’s nightlife and contemporary culture. It is ideal for a couple, but the double sofa bed set in the spacious living room can comfortably fit two extra guests. A small private terrace with a heated Jacuzzi and vistas of the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus is certainly the highlight of any stay in this apartment.
This flat in Thissio has all the comforts of home | Courtesy of Vasiliki / Airbnb
Warmly decorated in a traditional style more reminiscent of a Greek village house than a city-centre apartment, this Airbnb in the heart of Thissio is a cosy home away from home. Combined with these warm, more rustic touches are elements of a typical Athenian 1960s apartment, such as the marble sink and mosaic floors. Beyond the welcoming interior, the terrace offers magical views of the Acropolis and the Athens skyline. The famous open-air cinema Cine Thision is right next to the apartment, meaning guests can catch a film or two from the comfort of their balcony.
Situated in the trendy Psirri neighbourhood, within walking distance of Monastiraki Square, Plaka and Thissio, this stylish studio apartment (sleeping up to three people) is the perfect starting point for exploring the city. The open-plan apartment is airy and full of light thanks to the huge windows and glass balcony doors, while the spacious balcony is the place to be for soaking up the sun and admiring the city from above.
While seemingly far from the tourist crowds, this bohemian studio in the edgy Exarcheia neighbourhood – famed for its counterculture and street art – is close to many of the city’s key attractions and just 10 minutes from the Panepistimio and Omonoia metro stations. With colourful yet tasteful decor, the characterful apartment has a small but fully equipped kitchen and is perfect for a solo traveller or a couple. The tiled terrace is brimming with vibrant plants – an oasis best enjoyed after a busy day of sightseeing.