The Best Luxury Hotels to Book 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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19 January 2022
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Millions of visitors come to the Greek capital every year to immerse themselves in millennia-old culture and to explore the city’s grand architecture and archaeological remains, from the Acropolis to the Panathenaic Stadium. Comprising 19th-century mansions and renovated foundries, among other venues, the best luxury hotels in Athens are as rich in history as they are in style and splendour.

Monsieur Didot, for intimate stays in individually styled rooms

Modern room at Monsieur Didot with wooden flooring, a four-poster bed with white bedding, and pendant lighting
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Gracious warmth radiates from every nook and cranny in this pint-sized luxury hotel in Athens on the edge of the upscale Kolonaki quarter. Ensconced in a respectfully updated neoclassical townhouse, the six light-flooded rooms have literary names (Sonnet, Novel, etc.) and brim with such period detail as a frilly fireplace, herringbone parquet or a marble balcony. Kick-start the day with a healthy breakfast in private or on the sun-kissed rooftop terrace. (Trivia alert: John and Yoko slept here in 1969.)

Perianth Hotel, for art aficionados

Modern room at Perianth Hotel with a gold bed frame, mirror and lighting, and dusky pink and white bedding
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In a city where ancient history is ever-present, this art-filled boutique hotel draws cognoscenti with contemporary-cool design and a spot-on location on a bustling square ringed by trendy restaurants, bars and shops. Start your morning with yoga or meditation at the on-site Zen Center, then fuel up for the day with organic breakfast on your balcony. The spacious rooms harness the building’s art deco pedigree while flaunting such lifestyle essentials as fluffy robes and Nespresso machines. (Hint: book a Superior room for awesome Acropolis views!)

AthensWas, for a super-central location in the heart of old Athens

Terrace at AthensWas Design Hotel with plants, tiled flooring and seating with views of the Acropolis
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A perfect fusion of substance and style, this design-focused luxury hotel in Athens is a mid-century-modern symphony of marble and walnut, accented by framed prints of Greek sculptures on display in the nearby National Archaeological Museum. Rooms pack tons of luggage and even have furnished balconies, a rarity in this super-central old town location at the foot of the Acropolis. Views of this romantically ruined landmark from the rooftop restaurant might easily distract you from the playfully updated Greek classics streaming from the open kitchen.

Hotel Grande Bretagne, for a terrific on-site museum

Rooftop pool at Hotel Grande Bretagne, surrounded by sunbeds and seating, with views of the Acropolis
Get a flavour of Athens with a stay at a great hotel with incredible views of the Acropolis | 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.

King George, for Michelin-starred dining

Dining area on a terrace at the King George Hotels, with tables and chairs and views of the Acropolis
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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.

Four Seasons Astir Palace, for an all-inclusive Ancient Greece-themed resort

Large outdoor swimming pool at Four Seasons Astir Palace, surrounded by olive trees, sunbeds and parosols
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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 Aristotle’s, a cigar and cognac joint. Choose from pine or sea-view rooms and suites across two buildings, or stay in the original 1960s bungalows.

Electra Metropolis, for sightseeing in the ancient heart of Athens

The Roof Garden at Electra Metropolis Athens with tables and chairs, as well as large windows giving a view of the Acropolis
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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.

St George Lycabettus Hotel, for lovers of contemporary art

Lounge area with views across Athens, with white seating, large plants and a glass table
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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.

Herodion Athens, for Acropolis views

Roof terrace at Herodion Athens with beige seating and white tables
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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.

NJV Athens Plaza Hotel, for solo travellers

Ultra-modern suite at NJV Athens Plaza Hotel, with grey floors and walls, a large double bed, dark-green armchairs and access to a terrace
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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.

Ergon House, for foodies

Communal kitchen and dining space at Ergon House with white tables and wooden chairs, a large tree, and various food produce
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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.

The Foundry Suites, for a stay in a converted foundry

Industrial-chic suite at The Foundry Suites, with a large window, grey sofa, a kitchen space, and a dark-wood dining table and chairs
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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.

Academias Hotel, Autograph Collection, for Ancient-Greece-themed philosophy sessions

Sofa seating in the Plato Lounge bar at Academias Hotel, with marble-top tables and gold-toned cushions
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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 Trastelis, the Plato Lounge Bar, and a wellness centre with heated pool, sauna and fitness facilities.

Fresh Hotel, Athina, for chic design

Rooftop Air lounge bar at Fresh Hotel with lanterns, olive trees, and wooden seating with white and black cushions
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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.

Fancy finding more plush hotels in Athens? Check out our pick of the best boutique hotels to book in Athens, Greece, bookable with Culture Trip. For a real treat, book into one of the best spa hotels in Athens for a pamper session.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Tobias Hautekiet. Andrea Schulte-Peevers contributed additional reporting.

These recommendations were updated on January 19, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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