Athens is one of the best spots to start if you plan on exploring the 227 Greek islands that dot the waters off the mainland – and the city’s primary port is located nearby in Piraeus. From quiet, family-friendly hotels to self-catering apartments, we’ve rounded up the best places to stay in the area, all bookable with Culture Trip.
This newly refurbished hotel in Piraeus is just a seven-minute walk to the port, offering a convenient yet affordable place to spend the night. There are single, double and triple rooms to choose from, with some offering large balconies affording views of the Acropolis. The friendly hotel staff at the 24-hour reception desk can also help to organise city bus tours, ferry tickets, airport transfers and a variety of other sightseeing trips.
This hotel, on a quiet street set back from the busier area directly around the port, is well suited to families – especially the quadruple rooms offering a double bed and two singles. Nearby you’ll find the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, famous for its neoclassical architecture, whilst the Piraeus Archaeological Museum and the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation Library are also in the vicinity. Join the locals with a leisurely stroll along the promenades of Pasalimani and Marina Zeas during the evening when temperatures drop.
This small boutique hotel has just 20 rooms and is located near the small port of Pasalimani, a 10-minute walk to the main port of Piraeus. Each room has air-conditioning, an en-suite bathroom and a private terrace, whilst there’s a 24-hour bar in the lobby serving snacks and drinks. The interior features details throughout that speak of the city’s nautical and archaeological history – think paintings of life at sea, model ships and ornate columns. The lobby also has a computer for the use of guests and a library of guidebooks that are helpful when planning your trip.
If you’re in search of a hotel with unbeatable views, head to the Piraeus City Hotel – it boasts the only rooftop garden restaurant in the city. The Niners Roof Garden restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes, such as cheese pies made with local feta, katiki cheese with honey and black sesame, or grilled octopus with smoked eggplant, white onion chutney & basil oil. After dinner, enjoy cocktails or coffee overlooking the harbour, which is just a short walk away. Join the Members Club for a discount on all room types, a welcome drink in the rooftop restaurant and a discount at the hotel restaurant.
If you’re planning a luxurious getaway to the Greek Islands and need a place to stay before the ferry departs, book a room at the Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel – the only five-star hotel in Piraeus. The star attraction here is the rooftop, which boasts a pool and sun loungers with views over the city skyline, the Mediterranean Sea and the busy main port. The best room in the hotel is the Presidential Suite, which has two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a whirlpool bathtub, a large living and dining room and a spacious private balcony. The interior furnishings are just as luxurious as the layout – think Fendi furniture, hardwood floors, silk fabrics and gold curtains.
Planning an extended stay in Piraeus? This four-star aparthotel has spacious units that feature comfy beds, a separate sitting area, private bathrooms and a kitchenette with a refrigerator and electric kettle. The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of town, just a 10-minute walk to the Piraeus Archaeological Museum. It’s also just a short stroll to the To Izaki restaurant, an affordable traditional Greek restaurant and a favourite with locals. Here, you’ll find an enormous buffet with dishes such as seafood pasta and chicken rice.
The hilltop neighbourhood of Kastella might just be the most picturesque area in Piraeus – and this design-led hotel is the perfect base from which to explore it. The interior is inspired by the surrounding streets, with muted tones and bright, modern artwork – the hotel also has unbeatable views of the Athens Riviera. There are 34 elegantly furnished, air-conditioned rooms and suites – some feature separate sitting rooms and private balconies. The Botanist restaurant serves fresh salads, wraps and other quick bites, while the rooftop bar serves Mediterranean inspired fare such as tuna steak in a pistachio crust served with green asparagus and sweet pumpkin cream.
Travelling with family or friends? Book one of the spacious, self-catering apartments at the Maryflower in downtown Piraeus. Each apartment is decked out in a contemporary, coastal chic style that evokes the landscape of the nearby islands. With a spacious living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen and a shared or private terrace, Maryflower has everything you need for a luxury self-catering stay.