Athens has a lot of beautiful sites and a lot to see and do so location is important, at the same time though it can be a choice between a very expensive central hotel, a hotel close to the centre in a busy noisy area or going a little further out and having to take transport in to the sites each day.
Don’t forget that Athens is a living breathing city though and not a time capsule: it is busy, noisy and in some places quite grubby. When booking hotels city centre won’t necessarily mean historic centre and therefore several of the hotels we have chosen are more for tourists than business travelers who may have different requirements.
The accommodation you choose then will depend on your budget as much as anything, one thing you probably won’t want to scrimp on in summer though is air conditioning and though almost every hotel room in Athens will have it some will charge extra.
Hotels in Athens
A budget hotel Dyrades is still an elegant building with large rooms, it may have seen better days but the hotel is still clean and well kept but importantly cheap.
Dyrades’ rooms as well as being large have private bathrooms in most cases and the hotel has a kitchen providing room service and a TV lounge. If you want something a little nicer than a real budget hotel or hostel you won’t find better value.
By Athens’ Mitropoli Cathedral this small hotel is fairly modern but most impressive are the views of the Acropolis from the balconies that many rooms have, but which you may not be given unless you ask.
Reasonable prices and views of the Acropolis make this a popular hotel for business and leisure and rooms often sell out. Services at the hotel include Internet, laundry, parking and there is an elevator but there is no restaurant: however in this area of Athens there is plenty of choice nearby.
John’s hotel is located outside of the city and with the chaos and noise of Athens some people see this as an advantage.
John’s hotel is close to the airport and popular with business travellers and tourists happy to visit the city centre during the day but wanting some peace in the evenings.
A modern medium rise hotel John’s hotel is in a residential area and its grounds include gardens terraces and a 15 metre pool for those who want a relaxing element to their trip.
- Andromedia Hotel
Athens has few boutique hotels, most two or three star small hotels are simple with plain bare rooms Andromedia hotel is a long way from that.
On a quiet street some 20 to 30 minutes walk from Syntagma Square and the centre of Athens the hotel and rooms are filled with antiques and objet d’art. Antique carpets add further to the feel of the place, which has its own restaurant serving Oriental and Polynesian dishes, other amenities include 24 hour room service and laundry services.
Many people come to Greece, and Athens especially to enjoy the history, some to enjoy the beaches and great resorts but with the Astir Palace you can enjoy both at this resort on the edge of the city and in an ideal location to quickly reach the historic heart of Athens.
On the Saronic Gulf the Astir Palace is a luxurious complex including private beaches and gardens and no less than three swimming pools, seven restaurants and seven bars. Many people choose not to leave the paradise of the resort for the chaos of Athens but if you do you can make your own way or take one of the excursion tours run by the resort.
The resort also has full conference and event facilities and so may be ideal if you wish to hold an event close to the Greek capital
- Hostel Aphrodite
The Hostel Aphrodite is a budget Hostel and as such you will have to travel a little to get from here to the most popular sites. The Victoria and Larissa subway stations are nearby though on lines 1 and 2 respectively and with Larissa main line station nearby Aphorodite is convenient when you first get to the city by train.
You can walk to Omonia or Monestraki within about 15 to 20 minutes from Hostel Aphrodite if you choose to and the area is relatively safe at night with a Police Station just around the corner from the hostel.
At night though you may want to spend your time in the Hostel’s own bar anyway, which is popular with backpackers and where the drink of choice is Ouzo.
Probably the most famous hotel in Greece the Grande Bretagne Hotel is itself grand and overlooks the Greek parliament on Syntagma Square, which was once a royal palace. Seeing the Grande Bretagne from the outside you won’t be surprised to learn it too was once a private palace.
The hotel has 321 rooms, each beautifully appointment and a good size, as well as 57 suites and 2 presidential suites: given its position statesmen and women often stay here.
The 4 star Herodian is in a great location for viewing the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus and other parts of Historic Athens and sitting on the roof terrace, perhaps in the Jacuzzi, looking across at the Acropolis at night is a wonderful experience.
It is also a very nice and very well managed hotel giving you everything you would expect from a 4 star; as an older hotel the rooms aren’t very large but are by no means cramped. A family friendly hotel you will find helpful staff all more than happy to give you advice on exploring the area.
A three star hotel the Plaka is well located and really is only five minutes walk from Syntagma Square, yet is set back on a quite street. Though few rooms have a view of the Acropolis the roof garden is a very pleasant place to relax and does give views of the Acropolis and Parthenon in the distance.
Somehow only a two star the Centrotel offers great value and clean, modern rooms. The only downfall of the Centrotel is that it is located around twenty minutes walk from the centre of Athens but the Victoria subway station, one stop from Monastraki, and Larissa subway station, one stop from Omonia Square, are only short distances away.
The area is residential and relatively quiet, especially if you request a room at the back of the hotel. Also a big plus is that air conditioning is available in each room for free.
Athens has a lot to offer tourists and a good night sleep is important for enjoying it; if you are a light sleeper and choose a hotel in the city centre or by a busy road ask for a room away from the road, then again for those hotels close to the Acropolis you may prefer to ask for a room with a view, remember to ask when you book though whichever preference you have.