An eclectic blend of ancient ruins from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras make Thessaloniki a haven for archaeology aficionados and history buffs. A pretty harbour, the charming old-world Ladadika District and Axios-Loudias-Aliakmonas National Park add further layers of history and culture to peel back. A stay at one of these hotels – Culture Trip’s pick of the best in town – will ensure you won’t need to wander far on your next trip to Thessaloniki, Greece.
A hotel that stands out from the crowd, the Electra Palace has an astonishing Byzantine-inspired façade and is located mere minutes away from Aristotelous Square. Probably one of the most elegant establishments in Thessaloniki, the Electra Palace aptly mixes modernity with a traditional character, which definitely gives it a strong presence. Boasting a wellness centre including a spa and sauna, it is the ideal place to enjoy a first-rate city trip.
The vibrant COLORS Budget Luxury was actually the first apart-hotel complex to be built in Thessaloniki, back in 2011. It was born out of the imagination of a brother and sister, Christina and Fotis Drakopoulos, in an attempt to offer to visitors affordable yet stylish accommodation. They have done so in the form of bright rooms, including family-size spaces for bigger groups, and small apartments with fully equipped kitchens for modern travellers who want to feel at home while away.
The second project born out of the COLORS family, COLORS Ladadika, allows visitors to experience the dynamic district of Ladadika, with many restaurants and bars just a few steps away. This delightful hotel still features the unique ethos of the brand, with colourful quarters and signature affordable luxury decor. You can enjoy your breakfast in your room at whatever time you want, at no extra charge. These little touches are how they turn first-time guests into long-term returnees.
Located on Tsimiski Street, in the heart of the city, COLORS Urban Hotel is a casual yet cool boutique hotel with 21 rooms and suites. Besides the convenient location, the decadent breakfast buffet and the child-friendly vibe – in-room babysitting services are available – the hotel features a garden cocktail bar and a wellness spa where you can indulge in a series of treatments and rituals for a relaxing afternoon. You’ll love the simple furniture, the minimalist yet vibrant decor and the spacious rooms and suites – some come with balconies offering fantastic vistas over the city.
Mischa Smith contributed additional reporting to this article.