Without any doubt, the aptly named Athens Backpackers is an excellent option. Highly praised by travel guides and former guests, Athens Backpackers is perfect for groups – but don’t be afraid if you are on your own, as you will surely meet people with the same interests during your stay. With its unbeatable location, great facilities and a rooftop bar with a majestic view over the Acropolis, as well as multiple room options, it’s no wonder why this spot is so prized by budget travelers. The establishment also includes the Athens Studios, available for long term stays. Facilities include a launderette, a sports bar where regulars include locals and tourists alike and a small café offering various dishes such as burgers and breakfast options.
Athens Backpackers Studios, Veikou 3A, Athens, Greece +30 210 9235811 (for studios)
Athens Backpackers, Makri 12, Athens, Greece. +30 210 9224044 (for shared rooms)
Conveniently located in Psirri near Thissio metro station, City Circus is another great alternative. With its next-door restaurant where guests can eat breakfast or chill out for an afternoon, it is a top-notch choice for the alternative traveler. Offering various activities such as bar crawls, wine tasting and happy hour to help you get to know your fellow travelers as well as various organised tours to the islands or mainland Greece, City Circus is a somewhat ‘upscale’ version of a youth hostel.
City Circus, Sarri 16, Athens, Greece +30 2130 237244
Stay in the heart of Psirri at AthenStyle. This cute luxury hostel is located at a convenient distance from the major activities. It attracts young people as well as families and couples, as it also offers private rooms. A bit more expensive than the remaining options, AthenStyle is still a great option, and has a rooftop restaurant/café which offers one of the best views over the Acropolis.
AthenStyle, Agias Theklas 10, Athens, Greece. + 30 210 322 50 10
Low-key Fivos Hotel is a veteran in the affordable, cheap hotels in Athens. With a free continental breakfast, launderette services, free wifi and an Internet café, Fivos is strategically well-positioned on Athinas street, very near Monastiraki and the districts of Psirri and Plaka. It also offers deals for longer stays, so whether you are in Athens for a volunteering mission or for a while, you should check it out.
Fivos Hotel, Athinas 23, Athens, Greece +30 210 322 6657
Students and Travellers Inn
The Students and Travellers Inn is a modest hostel located in historical Plaka. Though the décor and necessities are basic and simple, it is an inviting place to park your bags while in Athens. The venue also includes dorm-style (quite small) and private bathrooms, and has a pleasant patio and garden bar. All in all, this place is a no-frills spot for the budget-conscious traveler; a conveniently located place where you can sleep. For the rest, know that there are plenty of things to do and see downtown.
Students and Travellers Inn, Kydathineon 16, Athens, Greece +30 210 32 44 808 or 210 32 48 802