Not only the capital of Greece, but one of the most intriguing European cities, there are a dizzying array of options for where to stay in Athens. We’ve also gone and collected hotels in Athens. It bursts with life, full of surprises tucked away in a maze of streets and squares. It’s the city of the ancient Acropolis and agoras which are still the city’s beating heart. Our design guide highlights its best offerings. Or you can see all of our tours in Athens. Its culinary scene delights with tavernas, rooftop restaurants, and street food stalls. If you’re more interested in shopping, you can easily lose yourself in eclectic bazaars or designer boutiques for hours. City landmarks are accessible by foot, Metro, or bus. If you plan to venture to the idyllic Greek islands, drive 20 minutes to the port of Pireaus. Our week in Greece guide is perfect for deciding where else to visit in this stunning country.
Where to Stay in Plaka
Sitting at the base of the majestic acropolis, Plaka is known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods”. Our myths and legends tour introduces you to all the highlights and fascinating stories of Athens’ deities. The district dates back 3,500 years. Museums beckon visitors and souvenir shops line serpentine streets with traditional tavernas. The Roman Agora is close by, the ruins offering a unique glimpse into the city’s heritage. There’s also the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel that honors Athena. Don’t forget your camera: the summit offers 360 degree panoramic views of Athens and beyond.
A77 Suites by Andronis
A chic boutique hotel with a selection of suites overlooking the magnificent Acropolis, A77 Suites by Andronis is perfect for a romantic stay in Athens. Imagine sipping wine in your outdoor jacuzzi as the Acropolis and Athens are bathed in twilight, or enjoying breakfast on the terrace as the sun rises over the city. This hotel focuses on attention to detail, with a bespoke concierge service, in-room fitness kits, and fresh flowers. Excursions can be arranged to explore ancient Athens and beyond, however, if you wish to discover the city for yourselves, the hotel is just a 5 minute walk to the Roman Agora, Monastiraki Square, and a 10 minute walk to the summit of the Acropolis.
Address: Andrianou 77, Athens 10556, Greece
Ergon House Athens
This jewel is tucked away beneath the Acropolis and offers a new way of living. The Ergon House blends upscale hospitality with a delightful Greek culinary experience. It’s the perfect place for foodies, with its own marketplace based on a modern day Agora with a bakery, fishmonger, butcher, deli, roastery, and grocers covering the entire ground floor. It’s a hive of activity in the communal kitchens, yet in your own private sanctuary, rooms are stylish, minimalist and some even have views of the Acropolis and Parthenon. If you feel like you need to prepare for a trek to the top of the Acropolis, check out the comprehensive in-house gym.
Address: 23 Mitropoleos Street, 10557 Athens
Where to Stay in Exarcheia & Neapoli
Exarcheia is home to the National Archaeological Museum, the largest in Greece, that displays antiquities, artwork, and relics from all over the country, only a short walk from the National Library. Kallidromiou Street is the heart of the district, hosting a weekly farmer’s market. If you simply wish to sit back and people watch or browse local stores, Exarcheia also has a wealth of coffee houses, restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and antique book shops.
Neighbouring Neapoli is more peaceful, the perfect place to wander and gain incredible views of Athens. Hike up Lycabettus Hill, a prominent city park with a quaint church and romantic restaurant. Neapoli also has a great selection of cafes, Mediterranean eateries, steak restaurants, and sushi bars. For those seeking designer shopping, it’s home to Gucci, Max Mara, Cartier, and more.
NJV Athens Plaza
This luxury 5-star hotel is located near the Acropolis in the heart of Athens. It’s one of the city’s most renowned hotels with 162 guest rooms and 18 sophisticated suites with first-class amenities. The NJV Athens Plaza has several bars, restaurants, and bistros, all offering room service. Guests gain privileged access and discounted rates to the most luxurious health club in the city, Holmes Place Athens. It’s also possible to rent a car with or without a driver. NJV Athens Plaza is close to leafy Syntagma Square, the National Garden of Athens, and shops and restaurants along Stadiou.
Address: 2, Vasileos Georgiou A’ str., Syntagma Square, 10564, Athens
Hotel Grand Bretagne
Hotel Grand Bretagne boasts some of the best views in Athens, overlooking the mystical Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, and Syntagma Square. The multi-award winning 5-star hotel is in the heart of the city, close to designer shopping, bars, and restaurants. With opulent interiors, sprinkled with artwork and antiques, it’s like stepping into a living museum. Palatial rooms and suites are beautifully decorated but still airy. Dining here is an exquisite experience, and most revered is the GB Roof Garden Restaurant offering vistas over the Acropolis, Athens, and beyond. For relaxation after a day of adventure and shopping in the Greek capital, there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa treatments, and a modern spa offering a range of Ayurvedic treatments, scrubs, massages, and body wraps.
Address: 1 Vasileos Georgiou A’ str., Syntagma Square, Athens
Where to Stay in Monastiraki
Bustling Monastiraki is a charming neighborhood with winding streets, close to some of the best tavernas and nightclubs in Athens. Take a tour of Athens’ nightlife to make sure you don’t miss a thing. It’s also within walking distance of the impressive Temple of Hephaestus, the Ancient Agora, and Hadrian’s Library. Monastiraki is most famous for its shopping, including colorful bazaars, flea markets, and over 2,500 shops. Don’t forget the buzzing hub of Monastiraki Square, home to Byzantine churches, restaurants, and lively cafes.
18 Micon Street
Located northwest of Monastiraki, in Psiri, this hotel is sleek and award- winning. 18 Micon Street is also a stone’s throw from a range of hip bars, tavernas, shops, and clubs. Walk 5 minutes to the Ancient Agora and Monastiraki Square and 10 minutes stroll to the iconic Temple of Hephaestus. The stylish hotel offers rooms and suites with private patios and jacuzzis which are all well-equipped with everything you need.
Address: 14 Esopou and 18 Mikonos Street, Athens, Opening Times: 24/7
Fresh Hotel lives up to its name. The 133 rooms are bright, airy, and filled with natural light, punctuated with vibrant tones for an upbeat, stylish ambiance. You can take a dip in the rooftop pool, sweat it out at the gym, or enjoy a cocktail under the stars at Air Lounge. Fresh Hotel’s restaurant takes you on a culinary journey throughout the Mediterranean with a range of delicious dishes to tantalize your taste buds, and if you wish to explore, Central Municipal Athens Market and the bazaars of Ermou Street are just a short walk away.
Address: 26 Sofokleous Street, 10552, Athens
Where to Stay in Kolonaki
Kolonaki is an exclusive neighborhood resting at the feet of Lycebettus Hill, which provides sweeping panoramic views across Athens. Home to Athens’ elite residents, this neighborhood and its charming square dazzle with high-end boutiques, ritzy sidewalk cafes, and formal garden boxes. Many visitors spend time here to people watch in this Parisian-style square that offers a plethora of activities, from the Theater Museum to Zoumboulakis Gallery. It’s a great place to stop and enjoy some ouzo at the end of your day.
Located in the center of a number of theaters, quirky boutiques, museums, and historic bookshops, this inspired hotel puts you truly in the middle of Athenian culture. With its elegant and opulent decor pulled from the past and refreshed with a modern twist, the 6 unique rooms all offer you something different: a private veranda, a secret door, or maybe a marble balcony. Monsieur Didot strives to promote unity, community, and environmental sustainability in their own way. You can order yourself a locally-sourced breakfast to start your day, or turn to the staff for recommendations.
Sina 48, Athens, Greece
Periscope Boutique Hotel
This hotel, named for its stunning views of urban sprawl below, marries the contemporary and the timeless with effortless decor. Open space planning, with a creative use of glass and stacking, allows guests expansive views from every angle. The modern rooms are sleek and elegant, a restful respite from the bustling neighborhood of Kolonaki just steps away. A tranquil spa overlooking the city offers yet another spot to unwind from above it all. The Periscope hosts art installations, curated for their unique perspectives, and lets guests feel like this is more than just a hotel.
Charitos 22, Athens 106 75, Greece
Where to Stay on The Coast
As much as we love Athens with its constant energy and endless stream of activities, sometimes it can be great to just take a breath and relax. Along the coast outside of Athens, there are a number of great resorts that allow you to enjoy your time in Greece a little more peacefully. This area is often called the Athenian Riviera, and has a dizzying array of shops and dining at your disposal. The biggest change is your perch on the edge of the limpid Aegean Sea, free to bask in the golden sun with no interruptions. Our sea kayak tour lets you explore these sparkling waters at your own pace.
The Margi Hotel
This hotel was built by a man who helped found the Athenian Riviera, realizing the potential of this intoxicating seaside escape early on, and is still run by the same family generations later. Every inch of The Margi is meticulously planned. Curated art, a fitness center surrounded by a pine forest, and ingredients from the hotel’s organic farm all add something extra. Add in the luxe spa and the plush guest rooms, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
Litous 11, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
The Four Seasons Astir is renowned worldwide for redefining luxury, and this sprawling resort on a pine-strewn peninsula is no exception. Guests have exclusive access to the 3 private beaches and 2 private pools on-site, with child-friendly activities offered daily. The spa treatments are tailored to seasonal rituals and are available poolside as well. They don’t skimp on decadent fare in their restaurants or bars. The rooms are an absolute haven for weary travelers looking for a rest after exploring ancient Greece.
Apollonos 40, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
Staying in Athens
Athens is a whirlwind of culture and history, and the place where most travelers begin their explorations of Greece; we offer tips on getting to and from the airport to ease the trip. From trendy upscale tavernas to ancient walkways, Athens offers a little bit of everything. This guide to 2 days in Athens helps you narrow down your options. When deciding where to stay in Athens, the world is your oyster!