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If you visited Athens before they hosted the Olympics in 2004, then you'll find it a very different city now. The historic centre, with cars banished, is more stunning than ever, and the regeneration going on in the lead up to the games hasn't stopped. So it's Europe's oldest city, but with so much gentrification, it's also one of Europe's freshest.

Best Places to stay in Athens

Historic Athens

The Acropolis and the areas surrounding it have seen some of the most dramatic changes. Removing all the cars has made it cleaner, more open and more welcoming. So that the archaeological park has become more of a cultural and social hub again.

The Agora, heart of public life in ancient times, is still a wonderful place to start your visit. Admission to the Agora means you're admitted to the whole Acropolis, so that's the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena, the Erechtheion… Etc. They give you two days on your ticket.

  • King George Palace has stunning views of the Parthenon, especially from the restaurant and the roof terrace. If you're looking for luxury this is one of the best places to stay in Athens. Its five stars are for its opulence, but with a contemporary twist. This all adds up to make this one of the most romantic places to stay in Athens.

Anafiotika is the neighbourhood on the northern slopes of the Acropolis hill, and it's worth exploring for the white washed houses and tiny 19th Century streets as you pass through to go to the old bazaar.

Athens City Break

Pedestrianising great swathes of the city centre has helped deal with Athens' notorious pollution problem. And central areas like Gazi and Psyrri, which were clogged with cars previously, are now packed with cafes, restaurants and bars. Which suits the Athens lifestyle - one of making time to stop for coffee in outdoor cafes, and evening strolls and eating out late.

The gentrification in some areas has been led by the new galleries and leisure precincts opening up around town. Including the Benaki Museum.

If you're here on a Sunday visit the big flea market in Avissynias Square.

The public transport system also got an overhaul, as did the airport, so now it's a lot easier to get in and get around. Almost every hotel in the city got a facelift as well - dozens of shabby old drums reemerged as colourful, fun boutique hotels, which are now some of the best places to stay in Athens.

  • A trendy boutique hotel, the Art Hotel Athens is one of the best places to stay in Athens of you're after a city break bolt hole close to all the major sights. Built in the Neo-Classical style of the 1930s, this hotel has been nicely renovated inside to favour pale colours and original art. It's also a good option if you're looking for a reasonably priced hotel.
  • If you're after funky with a modern art twist then the Pallas Athena is one of the best places to stay in Athens. Rooms and public areas have themes based on graffiti and modern-urban artists, illustrators and graphic designers. It is definitely a quirky place to lay your head!
  • For easy access to the airport and the centre of town one of the best places to stay in Athens is the Fresh Hotel. It's on the Metro line from the airport, in an area once sleazy and now regenerated. If you like your decor colourful in a 60s way then this is definitely one for you.

Athens for Families

Athens is open all year round - it even has its own beaches where you can comfortably swim until the end of October. But it's at its best in autumn and spring.

For a view over the whole city venture up Mount Lycabettus. You can hike up or catch the funicular.

If you want to stay somewhere with a view of the Acropolis look no further than St. George Lycabettus. Book yourself a south facing room, or visit the rooftop pool for some really spectacular views of the whole city. Because it's in an upmarket residential area this is also one of the best places to stay in Athens with a family.

Take a look at our selection of the best places to stay in Athens and start to plan your visit.

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  • Avra Hotel


    A convenient and affordable stay, outside the bustle of the city centre. A great stopover hotel with comfortable rooms, off street parking, proximity to the airport and the ferry terminal. The sea views and beach action are a real plus!

    29 rooms from $44
    Value chic  -  Close to the beach, offering comfortable rooms, extensive breakfast buffet and very reasonable prices!
    Great walks  -  Wander along Perea Seafront and take in the sights and sounds.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Art Hotel Athens


    This 4* trendy and elegant boutique is in a great location and even better value. The building is a 1930s build, but rooms possess 21st Century elegance and mod-cons. Enjoy breakfast in your room before stepping out into Athens and exploring the ancient city.

    30 rooms from $55
    Local exploring  -  Within walking distance of Athens main sights and attractions, head out an explore this ancient city.
    Great walks  -  Wander the Plaka district, this old historical neighbourhood is bursting with lively cafes, tourist shops and sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Athens most famed sight, the Acropolis is within a few minutes walking distance.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Hotel Corali


    Cheap, comfortable and convenient stopover hotel in Corali for ferries to Andros and elsewhere, as well as airport transfers. Simple rooms overlook lively town square. Close to the airport, and cheap.

    15 rooms from 60
    Value chic  -  This cheap and cheerful family hotel is within easy ditance of the port and being newly refurbished boasts all mod cons needed.
    Great walks  -  A sunset stroll to the towns main sight, the hilltop church Aghios Nikolaos, is highly recommeded for its picturesque views.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the the ancient temple of Artemis Tavropolos in Rafina.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Hermes Hotel


    A charming contemporary hotel in a great location, and great value. Doubles, triples, and family rooms all modern in style with private balconies. Wonderful roof terrace and walking distance to restaurants and sights around. A great choice for families and groups of friends on a shoe string.

    45 rooms from $75
    Value chic
    Local markets  -  Pedestrian Plaka district where you'll find flea markets, souvenirs, leather goods, pottery, tavernas, cafés.
    Sights nearby  -  Acropolis citadel.
    Great walks  -  Filopappos Hill.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Pallas Athena

    Athens (Kotzia sq.)

    A hotel like no other. A luxury boutique filled with modern art works, individual designs, and an inventive restaurant to match. Rooms and suites range from chic to super chic, each different but equally modern. A hotel for those who like invention and creativity.

    63 rooms from $118
    Foodies  -  Unique presentations of traditional Greek food.
    Romantic Break
    City Style
  • St George Lycabettus


    Classic luxury meets 21st-century style at this Athens Grand Dame. Dignified and charming, with great rooftop pool and contemporary rooms. Some rooms have views of the Acropolis. Not super central so good rates, and in upmarket, quiet residential area.

    154 rooms from $125
    City Style  -  In the city's most exclusive neighbourhood, with excellent views of the Acropolis from the sleek rooms and hip rooftop bar.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors
  • Hotel Periscope


    A smart boutique hotel with gorgeous rooms and a gourmet restaurant. Rooms and suites have shiny parquet floors, all the mod cons, lots of natural light, and private balconies. Wonderful restaurant and close to the main attractions and shopping area.

    21 rooms from $128
    Foodies  -  Michelin star chef.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    City Style
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
  • Fresh Hotel


    Luxury meets minimal to make a statement at this colourful boutique hotel in the centre of Athens. Spacious and stylish rooms come with all the mod-cons. Admire the sunset from the rooftop pool and open-air bar. Top notch breakfast buffet at Magenta Restaurant. Great for romantics and explorers.

    136 rooms from $131
    Romantic Break  -  A hip spot for young couples- Tassos Zepos design interiors and achingly cool rooftop bar with pool and views of the Acropolis.
    Total relaxation  -  For those looking to unwind, take the suites featuring Zen Gardens and make the most of the Hammam, spa and steam rooms!
    Local markets  -  The food markets along nearby Athinas street sell herbs, honey, sweets, nuts and fresh fish, a lively and interesting sight.
    Great walks  -  Wander through the ancient Plaka district for flea markets, souvenirs, leather goods, pottery, tavernas and cafés.
  • The Margi


    A super luxury hotel in an upscale district on the edge of Athens. Boutique living areas, rooms and suites are sophisticated in style and have all the mod cons. Wonderful views of the sea, huge lounge areas and pool, easy access to the beach and into Athens. The best of both worlds!

    88 rooms from $141
    City Style
    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Kefalari Suites


    Gorgeous boutique hotel with lots of character. Rooms and suites have around-the-world themes - from Jaipur to Paris. Each has all the mod cons, private balconies, and charming unique style. Rooftop jacuzzi and lovely terraces.

    13 rooms from $148
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Local markets  -  19-century Plaka district with its flea markets, souvenir stalls, leather goods, pottery, tavernas, cafés.
    Great walks  -  Filopappos hill or in the forests and gorges of Mt. Parnitha (45 minutes by taxi).
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Life Gallery

    Athens (Anixi)

    A very special hotel. Modern chic design, contemporary art works, zen spaces curated specially for relaxation and meditation, a Michelin star kitchen, and a luxury spa. Rooms, studios and suites are romantic, contemporary, and sophisticated. A unique hotel for the luxury customer.

    29 rooms from $158
    Foodies  -  Michelin star chef.
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Semiramis Hotel

    Athens (Kifissia)

    5* designer hotel in quiet suburb of city. Eclectic interiors have eye-catching lighting features, white furnishings and quirky bathrooms, with floor to ceiling windows. Outdoor pool, spa, sauna and gym. Fusion Mediterranean cuisine in chic restaurant, buzzy bar lounge. Colourful, modern and unique.

    51 rooms from $182
    City Style  -  Über design hotel down to every detail and brimming with artworks gives a quirky twist to a trip to historic Greece
    Sights nearby  -  Thirty minutes from historic Athens' sights
    Designer  -  Karim Rashid
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • O&B Athens Boutique Hotel


    A small contemporary hotel with wonderful views of the Parthenon. Sophisticated black and white rooms and suites with all the mod cons and private balconies. Excellent restaurant, very friendly staff. A great choice for a weekend in Athens.

    22 rooms from $186
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    City Style
    Great walks  -  Filopappos Hill for excellent views over Athens.
    Local markets  -  Monastiraki flea market on a Sunday.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • New Hotel


    Cutting edge designer-chic hotel. Bedrooms and suites full of natural light have all the mod cons, private balconies, and quirky modern furnishings. Fabulous restaurant and spa with hammam. A luxury choice for the design conscious.

    72 rooms from $189
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  200m from Constitution Square and walking distance from all the city's major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • King George Palace


    A neoclassical grand dame hotel, in the historic Syntagma Square. Opulent interiors with hardwood floors, classical furnishings and stunning views of the Parthenon. Everything you would expect of five star luxury- with some contemporary twists.

    102 rooms from $341
    Views  -  Fantastic views of the Parthenon.
    Sights nearby  -  A short walk to the Acropolis, containing the remains of several ancient buildings, the most famous being the Parthenon.
    Great walks  -  Wander the labyrinthine streets of Plaka, absorb the beautiful neoclassical architecture in this ancient neightbourhood.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Fodors
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