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Budget travellers in Athens aren’t confined to backpackers hostels or scruffy accommodations miles from the centre. There are plenty of superb, cheap bases in Greece’s ancient capital, ranging from smart, self-catered apartments to cosy boutiques – and most of them are situated in the oldest and most famous neighbourhoods, near to the Acropolis and more. Read on for our guide to the best cheap hotels in the city of temples and columns, and discover where to stay without wrecking your wallet.
Arion Hotel in Athens offers a boutique vibe without the cost. Rooms are warmly furnished with dark wooden beds and earthy tones, and the hotel bright interiors have an energising, upbeat feel. The hotel is situated in the trendy Psiri neighbourhood. The location is perfect for exploring the best Athenian nightlife, with a plethora of bars and restaurants only a short walk away. Enjoy Acropolis views from the terrace on the hotel’s 7th floor.
This retro hotel opened in Athens in the 1960s and has retained a laid-back, arty vibe ever since. Interiors are simple and thoughtfully decorated. Throughout the hotel you’ll find idiosyncratic art works, and the space is light and bright thanks to numerous windows. What really makes this hotel special is its location. Situated right on the National Gardens, the hotel is perfect for travellers wanting to check out the vibrant contemporary neighbourhoods that make up Athens. From the Amalia Hotel you can easily walk down to Pangrati and Mets, or up to Kolonaki for a luxurious day out. They serve delicious breakfasts, too.
A design hotel with plenty of character, Periscope is located above the luxurious area of Kolonaki. The distinct aesthetic is obvious as soon as you step through the doors, with industrial features and modern furniture. Guests can enjoy great views throughout the hotel, from the cityscapes from the standard rooms to panoramic views of the city in superior suites. With just 22 rooms, the service is dedicated. Whether you need help deciding which cocktail to enjoy or how to spend a day in Athens, the staff can offer tips and advice.
The Acropolis Hill Hotel in the centre of Athens features chic, minimalist interior design and a private rooftop pool. It offers a slice of luxury yet is entirely affordable. The staff are warm and welcoming and the location is perfect for exploring the city. By day you can head to the ancient sites and in the evening, the Koukaki location makes it perfect for checking out some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.
Twentyone Hotel is part of the YES Hotel group, and as such offers stand-out design features with a cool urban twist. Twentyone is situated in the luxurious suburb of Kifisia, which lies a short car or train ride north of Athens. It’s not ideal if you’re looking to walk to the sights, but perfect for those who seek a more exclusive, in-the-know spot. Highlights include a beautiful terrace restaurant and bar, and a piece of art by Georgia Sagri, which sprawls through all 21 of the hotel’s rooms.
In the heart of Kolonaki, Coco-Mat Hotel is a surprisingly affordable option for a hotel of its calibre. It offers high-quality mattresses and a pillow menu, for a perfect night’s sleep. Rooms are warmly furnished with plush rugs and design details, such a minimalist, Scandi-style furniture. Breakfast is a definite highlight, with a host of freshly made traditional Greek options, and an honesty bar allows you to help yourself to drinks and snacks throughout the day. In the evening, head up to the rooftop bar for striking city views.
Relaxed, vibrant interiors with a bright, airy feel throughout makes Airotel Alexandros Hotel in Athens a sure bet for a relaxing visit to the city. Although a little far from the centre, it’s still easy to move around the city from this hotel, and it’s only a few tube stops from the Acropolis. There are some cool design features, such as retro games in the lobby, and a chic reception and restaurant/cafe area that’s perfect for unwinding. In the morning, the Greek buffet breakfast will set you up for the day ahead.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by India Doyle.