The Best Luxury Hotels in Athens

See far beyond Athens, all the way out to the Saronic Islands, from your hotel rooftop
See far beyond Athens, all the way out to the Saronic Islands, from your hotel rooftop | Courtesy of St George Lycabettus Hotel / Expedia
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17 February 2021

Millions of visitors come to the Greek capital every year to immerse themselves in ancient culture and to explore grand architecture, from the Acropolis to the Panathenaic Stadium. With its 19th-century mansions and renovated foundries, the best luxury hotels in Athens are as rich in history as they are in style and splendour.

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Luxury, Chain Hotel
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The landmark Hotel Grande Bretagne | Courtesy of Hotel Grande Bretagne / Expedia
The magnificent Grande Bretagne has dominated central Syntagma Square since it opened in 1874. Unlock the building’s many secrets by requesting the Museum Tour, which explores the antiques and artworks scattered throughout its historic rooms and hallways, chief among them the 18th-century tapestry found in Alexander’s Bar. Classical elegance and city views characterise the rooms and suites, the latter of which have access to a personalised Butler Service. Rejuvenate at the indoor pool and spa and fine dine at a rooftop restaurant with Acropolis views.
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King George

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As if having one bastion of luxury on Syntagma Square wasn’t enough, the Grande Bretagne has an opulent neighbour, the King George Hotel. This one dates from 1930 and is home to the Tudor Hall Restaurant, one of central Athens’ finest Greek restaurants. Among the splendour of a marble-and-light-filled dining room, guests are served vibrant dishes by Michelin-starred chef Asterios Koustoudis, paired with stellar Greek wines by an award-winning sommelier. All guest rooms have oversized windows, hand-picked antiques, hardwood floors and rich fabrics, and the Penthouse Suite has a pool overlooking the Acropolis.
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Four Seasons Astir Palace

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Surrounded by aromatic pine trees and looking out to the Aegean, the Four Seasons Astir Palace is located near the coastal town of Vouliagmeni, a half-hour drive south from central Athens. It’s the ultimate venue for an all-inclusive disconnect, featuring a spa based on the teachings of Hippocrates, three private beaches and eight restaurants and bars, including oceanfront Greek specialist Taverna 37 and cigar and cognac joint Aristotle’s. Choose from pine or sea-view rooms and suites across two buildings, or stay in the original 1960s bungalows.
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Electra Metropolis

Luxury, Chain Hotel
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Electra Metropolis is a dynamic five-star in the heart of Athens, occupying the site of a partially-preserved 16th-century church and decorated with bold, original artwork. Gaze up at the headline work – a huge mural of flying birds by Alekos Fasianos – from the Atrium lounge bar, or head upstairs to the Roof Garden for modern Greek cuisine and a view of the Acropolis (reached in 10 minutes on foot). Also within strolling distance are Ermou, Athens’ main shopping thoroughfare, and Plaka, the city’s oldest neighbourhood.
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Hilton Athens

Suite Hotel, Business Hotel, Chain Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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Hilton’s business-like central Athens hotel offers king and twin rooms, some with Acropolis views. There are several restaurants and bars in the surrounding neighbourhood, but you don’t need to leave the premises to eat or drink: breakfast and lunch are served in the open kitchen at Mediterranean specialist Byzantino, and dinner and drinks can be enjoyed under the stars at the rooftop Galaxy Restaurant & Bar.
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Royal Olympic Hotel

Bed and Breakfast, Garden Hotel, Hotel
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The key draw of the Royal Olympic is a rooftop restaurant with arguably the finest view in Athens. From this culinary haven, where the chefs recreate traditional Greek recipes, guests look out over the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Lycabettus Hill, the Marble Stadium and the National Gardens. To have a similarly impressive perspective all to yourself, book the Athenian Panorama Suite, the windows of which frame Zeus’s temple and Lycabettus. Other facilities include a library stocked with books on Greece, a gym and laid-back pool and lounge bars.
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St George Lycabettus Hotel

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The St George Lycabettus has its very own contemporary art gallery, where guests can view the works of established and up-and-coming Greek artists. Located in the city centre, at the bottom of the pine-covered Lycabettus Hill, the St George is no slouch when it comes to views, either: from the sixth-floor fine dining establishment La Suite Lounge (where award-winning chef Vasilis Milios is installed in the kitchen), guests can see far beyond Athens, all the way out to the Saronic Islands. Work out in the gym before relaxing around the rooftop pool or in the spa.
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Melia Athens

Chain Hotel, Luxury
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For bonus luxuries, book the VIP Experience package, which includes a welcome drink upon arrival, the privilege of selecting your preferred type of pillow, a 20% discount on a lunch or dinner and early check in and late check out. All guests have access to a 22m (72ft) outdoor pool, a sauna and hammam, a ground-floor cafe and rooftop restaurant and bar. The nearest attraction is the National Archaeological Museum, a five-minute walk from reception, and the historic neighbourhood of Plaka, with its quaint streets and lively tavernas, is 20 minutes away on foot.
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Herodion Athens

Chain Hotel, Luxury
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Situated in the heart of Plaka, between the Acropolis Museum and the Filopappou Hill, the Herodion offers 86 rooms and four suites with views of either the city, the Acropolis, the courtyard or the hotel’s tranquil garden. There’s a particularly strong food and drink offering, with a large breakfast buffet served in the morning, vibrant Mediterranean fare available at the Gargaretta bistro, located directly opposite, and cocktails made from Greek herbs and local liqueurs at fifth-floor hangout Point A. On the roof, bubble away in a jacuzzi surrounded by olive trees.
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NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

Luxury, Boutique Hotel
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Lone explorers after a touch of class can book a package designed especially for them; the Solo Traveller deal includes a check-in tipple, complimentary breakfast in a modern, whitewashed Courtyard Room, a ticket to the Acropolis Museum and a day pass to Athens’ swankiest gym. If you’re really splashing the cash, book the Acropolis Panoramic View Suite, which delivers on its promise with views of Syntagma Square and Athens’ most famous archaeological attraction. Dress up for dinner at The Parliament, a gentlemen’s club-style eatery with white tablecloths and velvet armchairs.
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  • Ergon House

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    Foodies need look no further than Ergon House, a chic boutique with an onsite market dedicated to the finest local produce. From stalls spread around a 200-year-old olive tree, the atrium’s Agora offers more than 1,200 products from over 150 producers, including a bakery, butchers and fishmongers, and a vertical orchard harvested by an abseiling gardener. When you’re done wandering in this grotto of edible goodies, cook your ingredients in one of the hotel’s communal kitchens or kick back in a contemporary room dominated by stylish wooden fixtures and hardwood floors.
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    The Foundry Suites

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    The Foundry offers industrial-chic suites in a former printing factory dating from 1930. Glorifying original features such as double-height ceilings, black-framed windows and remnants of the foundry’s machinery, the 12 suites sleep up to four and provide comfortable bases from which to explore Psyrri, a neighbourhood of edgy street art and alternative bars. Wines and cocktails are available up on the rooftop garden, where you can meet like-minded travellers underneath creeping vines. Daily breakfast picnic baskets can also be enjoyed here.
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    A for Athens

    Boutique Hotel
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    The rooms at A for Athens are simple but effortlessly stylish
    The rooms at A for Athens are simple but effortlessly stylish | Courtesy of A for Athens / Hotels.com
    Serious about your cocktails? Book yourself into a simple yet classy room at A for Athens to take advantage of expert-led tasting experiences. These comprise an Odyssey-themed cocktail masterclass, which includes a welcome drink and five samples, and a presentation and tasting focused on tsipouro, one of Greece’s most iconic liquors. Innovative Greek cooking and the country’s finest wines are the focus of the onsite restaurant and bar, and the neighbourhoods of Plaka and Psyrri are on your doorstep.
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    Academia of Athens

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    If Plato and Socrates excite you more than cocktails, this is the hotel for you. Echoing the spirit of the Platonic Academy, guests can participate in Dialogue Soirees – a weekly discussion event with topics including ethics and friendship – and switch off for the daily reading time, in which guests are encouraged to enjoy something from the hotel’s varied book collection. Beyond philosophy, enjoy the Symposium restaurant, with a menu curated by a Michelin-starred Apostolos Trastellis, the Plato Lounge Bar, and a wellness centre with heated pool, sauna and fitness facilities.

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    Fresh Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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    A chic design hotel with a gym and a pool, Fresh Hotel offers an opportunity to get to know the ‘real’ Athens, beyond its archaeological sites. With its location near the Omonia metro station, Fresh Hotel is well connected to the city’s most popular attractions, and is close to the Exarcheia neighbourhood – famed for its edgy counterculture and street art. After a day exploring, guests can sample cocktails and Greek treats at the rooftop Air lounge bar.

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    This is an updated version of an article originally by Tobias Hautekiet.

    These recommendations were updated on February 17, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.