The Best Hotels in Athens for Every Traveller

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2 February 2021

Greece’s capital has undergone an incredible rebirth, with chic hotels opening in (just about) every neighbourhood, from funky Psyrri to high-end Kolonaki. Whether you’re seeking to-die-for Acropolis views or accommodation designed with digital nomads in mind, discover the best Athens hotels to check into right now.

Royal Olympic Hotel

Bed and Breakfast, Garden Hotel, Hotel
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It’s not often that you can stay in a five-star hotel with direct views of the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, the Hadrian’s Gate, the Marble Stadium and the National Garden, but that’s what this hotel offers. In addition to the views, it means these bucket-list locations are just a quick walk away. The Royal Olympic makes the most of its ideal location by offering guests a rooftop garden, so you can start every day with breakfast with the best view in Athens and end every day with a late-night cocktail at the rooftop bar. Prefer a drink by the pool? There’s a poolside bar. The hotel itself is elegant, artistic, detail-oriented and environmentally friendly. One amenity that stands out: the Royal Olympic has its own on-site library.
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Melia Athens

Chain Hotel, Luxury
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Elegance, comfort and indulgence are what you’ll get at the Melia Athens, located in Athens’ city centre and a short walk to the metro station, which can take you quickly to some of the city’s most popular historic sites. This hotel is located in the “intellectual part” of Athens, where you’ll find charming bookshops and cafes. After exploring the city, you can relax in the on-site sauna or swim in the outdoor pool, or retreat to your room with its own spa tub. Finish the day with tasty Greek and Mediterranean cuisine served with impressive views of the Parthenon and Lycabettus Hill, from its rooftop restaurant and bar.
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Herodion Athens

Chain Hotel, Luxury
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If you want to base yourself near the Acropolis, the Herodion Athens is the hotel for you. The contemporary and elegant Herodion Hotel is located just steps from the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, and close to the Odeon of Herodes Theatre and National Museum of Contemporary Art. The Herodion features two different restaurants, a rooftop garden and luxurious rooms, with lovely touches such as fluffy bathrobes, slippers, private balconies, marble bathrooms, a rain showerhead and more. The best place to dine is the Point a Bar and Restaurant, which boasts incredible views of the Acropolis, as well as a menu of fresh Greek and Mediterranean fare and cocktails made with local spirits.
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NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
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The NJV is known for luxury and elegance. This modern hotel in Athens is located near various types of public transportation, making it easy to get around. Beyond the popular historical sites, this hotel provides easy access to clubs, restaurants, bars and other kinds of modern entertainment. Rooms here feature high-end amenities and views of various landmarks, depending on which room you book. Looking for something special? Book a night in one of the 18 suites. The NJV offers three different restaurant options, so you don’t have to go far to score a fine meal. Other bonus services include babysitting, car rental, secretarial support, a full business centre and both American-style and Greek-style breakfast choices (in case you’re feeling homesick).
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The Foundry Suites

Boutique Hotel
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Industrial chic meets achingly hip in this eco-aware boutique hotel a short stroll from the Monastiraki flea market. Housed in a 1930s building that has served as a foundry, printing house and cultural centre, a striking facade stitched with vertical gardens conceals 12 vast apartments where original features – including bare brick walls, high ceilings, vintage record players and cast-iron furnaces – cosy up with state-of-the-art Coco-Mat bedding, bean bag floor cushions and vintage furniture. An edgy after-dark music scene in the surrounding streets is the icing on the top of this stylish designer hotel’s cake.

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Ergon House

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Ergon Foods, an innovative Greek deli that promotes local producers, is a byword for culinary innovation in Greece. It’s no surprise that Ergon is heading up the city’s new craze for “everything epicurean” with Ergon House, Athens’ first foodie hotel. This culinary-themed, 38-room hotel in Plaka, the historical heart of Athens, has specially designated kitchen areas for hosting cookery workshops, along with its very own food market and specially curated minibar delicatessens in each of the airy modern rooms. Luckily, there’s also a well-equipped gym for working off those extra calories.

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Hotel Grande Bretagne

Luxury, Chain Hotel
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It’s impossible to speak of Athens’ best hotels without mentioning Neoclassical grand dame Hotel Grande Bretagne, where Hollywood stars rub shoulders with heads of state. One of the city’s most venerable (and visible) landmarks, this swish crash pad standing opposite pom-pom-slippered Houses of Parliament guards on Syntagma Square opened its doors back in 1874. Nowadays, the stained-glass ceilings, antiques and oil paintings provide the spectacular backdrop for a plush, modern hotel where first-class facilities include a seventh-floor spa with herbal steam rooms, a serail mud chamber and a heated outdoor pool.

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City Circus

Double room at City Circus
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Along a lively street once known as the city’s theatre district, City Circus is surrounded by boho cafes, traditional kafeneia coffee shops and edgy street art in Psyrri, one of Athens’ most happening neighbourhoods. A dignified 19th-century facade conceals a fun, funky hostel (its motto is “run away and join the circus”), where the clean, comfortable rooms range from doubles with views of the Acropolis, to eight-bed dormitories. Decor is vintage-industrial with zebra-striped wallpaper, frescoed ceilings and wrought-iron balconies. Zampano restaurant, inspired by a Fellini opus, serves delicious bites of keenly priced, creative Greek cuisine.
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Divani Apollon

Spa Hotel, Hotel
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To combine an exploration of the Greek capital with a beach break, head to the Athens Riviera. Divani Apollon is this beach-lined city suburb’s hidden gem. Just a 20-minute taxi ride from the Parthenon in the seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni, this glamorous hotel – which was one of the first to open along this rapidly-becoming-hip strip – also has one of Greece’s largest thalassotherapy (seawater) spas, making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. “If you really want to do as the locals do, you should also take a dip in the hot-spring-fed thermal lake just next door,” advises Niki Fotiou, the hotel’s marketing director.

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  • Alice Inn

    Bed and Breakfast
    Balcony at Alice Inn
    Enjoy a roof terrace at Alice Inn | Courtesy of Alice Inn /

    This quirky, comfortable and budget-friendly B&B is housed in a Neoclassical mansion, named after owner John Consolas’ beloved grandmother. It sits among Plaka’s labyrinth of pedestrian-friendly streets, which open on to tiny tree-shaded squares – offering glimpses of the Acropolis high above. The five studios, named for Alice’s favourite stars, have sheer white walls and vintage decor; the most notable is the Harry Belafonte suite with its Acropolis-view roof terrace. There’s also a cosy living room with plump sofas and a retro red TV, a well-equipped kitchen and free bikes for guests who want to cycle out to explore this lively area.

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    Athens Lotus Hotel

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    Radiating out from main square Plateia Karaiskaki, the multicultural Metaxourgeio district is one of the best places in the city to find hip budget accommodation, along with Acropolis views. Housed in a beautifully renovated 19th-century abode, Athens Lotus Hotel is surrounded by cutting-edge art galleries and a raft of intriguing restaurants. The 31 single or double rooms and suites have beds by Coco-Mat – a Greek-run company specialising in eco-friendly mattresses – wooden parquet floors and powder-blue walls, and there’s an atmospheric cafe bar – recalling a retro Parisian bistro – serving tasty snacks.

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    Phidias Piraeus Hotel

    Budget Hotel
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    While the budget-friendly, centrally located Phidias Piraeus Hotel is the ideal stopover before heading off on a ferry to one of the islands, it is also the place to experience the buzz that is coming to define Piraeus. Ten minutes’ stroll from the port, the standard rooms and spacious suites of this colourful modern guesthouse are within easy reach of Piraeus’s gritty, groovy Sunday flea market where haggling for everything from vinyl to vinegar is a must, whilst the Athenian port’s legendary bouzouki (stringed musical instrument) haunts are just a stone’s throw away.

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    St George Lycabettus Hotel

    Relax with a drink on St George Lycabettus Hotel’s rooftop
    Relax with a drink on St George Lycabettus Hotel’s rooftop | Courtesy of St George Lycabettus Hotel /
    Renowned for its breathtaking rooftop pool, stylish rooms, private cinema and restaurant showcasing chef Vasilis Milios’s modern take on Mediterranean cuisine, St George Lycabettus shines like a beacon of luxury from the well-heeled streets of Kolonaki – one of Athens’ most exclusive neighbourhoods, which teems with hip art galleries and upscale antique stores. It’s an enchanting blend of Neoclassical and contemporary, and includes 16 eco-chic rooms with environmentally friendly fixtures and fittings. Guests can enjoy rooftop fine dining at La Suite Lounge and cool off with a dip at the Vertigo Pool Club or wind down with a relaxing treatment at the Aegeo Spa. Best of all, this ritzy 154-room hotel is just around the corner from the cable car that zips passengers to the top of Athens’ lofty Lycabettus Hill.
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    The Veggie Garden

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    For a real dose of the authentic Athenian lifestyle, this cosy, great-value homestay in Elliniko – a residential area of the city 10 minutes’ stroll from a beach- and bar-lined strip of coast that has great transport links to the city centre – is a real haven away from the city’s vibrant bustle. The dazzling white rooms with comfortable beds all have small patios or courtyards, along with private bathrooms. Breakfast, which is included in the price of your room, is served in the lemon tree-shaded garden slung with hammocks, and owners Majka and Dimitris will prepare and share an authentic Greek dinner with guests for a small extra charge.

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    Aimee Heckel contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on February 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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