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It’s not surprisingly that Greece is consistently amongst the most beloved destinations in Europe. A land rich in history, with iconic ancient ruins, fascinating mythology and beautiful islands rising from the Aegean Sea, it’s a marvellous choice for romantic escapes as well as fun-filled trips with families and friends. Warm hospitality and sensational cuisine are at the heart of Greek culture; you can expect a fantastic welcome at everything from intimate guesthouses to slick seaside resorts throughout the country. The list of the best places to stay in Greece can feel almost endless — our Gurus have whittled things down to their top favourites, perfect for planning your next holiday.

Travellers who visited Athens before the 2004 Olympics will now find a very different city. The regenerated historic centre — now largely pedestrianised — is stunning; and the oldest city is Europe is a brilliant starting point for a Greek holiday. Take a regional flight onwards from Athens International Airport, or hop aboard the ferry from the nearby ports of Rafina or Piraeus for a gorgeous escape to the Cyclades, the Ionian Islands, the Sporades or the Dodecanese. Greece’s many islands may be famed for their stark white cliffside towns and glittering clear waters, but they promise tremendous variety, too, with ample opportunities for mountain hikes, sailing excursions, archaeological tours and fabulous food. Crete, the largest of the islands, has its own unique culture, with buzzing nightlife, sandy beaches and a rugged interior studded with ancient ruins.

Back on the mainland, discover the verdant landscapes of the cypress-fringed Peloponnese peninsula, site of many Greek myths as a couple, or with family and friends. The lesser-known Epirus region, to the north, will delight off-the-beaten-track ramblers and those searching for an authentic Greek guesthouse experience. The three finger-like peninsulas of Halkidiki are also underrated and very special. Immensely popular with international visitors as well as Greek tourists, the best places to stay in Greece can fill up fast. Book your trip well in advance!

The Best Places to Stay in Greece

FOR OLD TOWN EXPLORERS

  • 1864 The Sea Captain's House in Santorini has just four suites, three of which have four-poster beds. A characterful and unusual small hotel in Oia town, this spot charms with its antique furniture, whitewashed walls, original artwork and prettily embroidered textiles.
  • The Old Markets, in the heart of Old Symi, sits within a listed heritage edifice. Couples will adore the pastel-painted rooms with seafoam shutters, private balconies and cosy nooks for curling up with a good book. Enjoy champagne breakfasts, and lunches and dinners on request. An intimate old town bolthole.
  • Bastione Malvasia offers charming guest rooms with wooden floors, striped rugs, antique chests and beamed ceilings in a collection of Venetian buildings. Most rooms also promise superb sea-facing balconies. The first hotel in the gorgeous walled town of Monemvasia, this local landmark also serves heavenly breakfasts of local produce.
  • Bill And Coo has a fabulous reputation for superb style and service. Close to the heart of Mykonos Town, this upmarket boutique bolthole’s 24 spacious rooms and suites are wonderfully decorated. A gourmet Mediterranean restaurant and relaxing pool area complete the picture. Great for exploring the old town.
  • Villa Bordeaux has just four exceptional suites in a restored 19th-century residence. Elegant interiors feature vaulted ceilings, cream tones and contemporary art pieces. The gastronomic restaurant is the only fine dining destination offering French fare of that quality in Fira, Santorini's main town. A foodie dream.

For Families

  • Lakki Village is a wonderfully family-friendly collection of bungalows and apartments with blue woodwork, pebble-studded floors and whitewashed walls surrounding a refreshing swimming pool. There's a shallow-water beach nearby, and a convivial feel in the communal areas. A relaxed family favourite in Amorgos, with excellent hosts.
  • Avithos Resort prides itself on being one of the most family-friendly luxury properties on Kefalonia. Set amidst olives groves and cypress trees just 15 minutes from Argostoli, this resort offers a collection of stylish studios, maisonettes and apartments, perfect for guests of all ages. The swimming pool, Mediterranean fare and proximity to all the sights are part of the appeal.
  • Ikos Aria, on Kos' southwest coast, has hip rooms and suites with white linens, whitewashed walls and lots of rattan and cane details. A gorgeous lifestyle resort, this spot offers a wealth of activities to keep children entertained, and a serene spa for adults. Michelin-starred chefs create mouth-watering cuisine at the many restaurants. Very cool.
  • 18 Micon Street is a stylish converted Monastiraki warehouse in Athens. The most spacious of the 15 rooms and suites are ideal for families. Perks for children include an array of toys in the bunk-bedded family suites, and the colourful shops in the labyrinthine flea market will please younger shoppers with pocket money to spend.
  • Skopelos Village Hotel overlooks the harbour, just a short distance from the heart of Skopelos Village. Its 48 white-and-blue rooms and apartments feel fresh and nautical, with space for families and striking sea views. The kids' playground will be a hit with the little ones, whilst older kids will love the pool and water sports. Also famed as the spot where the cast of Mamma Mia! stayed during filming!

For Couples

  • The Wild Hotel sits on the cliffs above the ocean on Mykonos' south-eastern side. Guest rooms have a cool, natural feel with pale wood and white — most face the ocean and the stunning infinity pool. Known for its soothing spa and candlelit dinners, this is a wonderfully romantic hideaway.
  • Kókkini Porta Rossa is a beautiful Old Town hideaway in Rhodes, with indulgent suites set in a restored 14th-century knight's residence. Romantic couples will adore the exposed stone walls, cosy beds and fabulous alfresco dining in the courtyard.
  • Petra Hotel & Suites is an elegant, unpretentious collection of suites with uninterrupted views over the bright blue Bay of Grikos on Pátmos. Think soothing cream-clad interiors with work by Greek artists and private balconies. Feast at the à la carte restaurant after laid-back days in the sunshine, or scenic seaside strolls. A honeymoon favourite.
  • Katouna Suites is a gorgeous, adults-only hideaway in Lefkada's north east. The ten suites are beautifully appointed, with a muted palette of plae gray and cream tones. Each suite has a private balcony or terrace, and guests share access to the infinity pool and hip pool bar. A couples' favourite.
  • Perivolas Traditional Houses is a stunning collection of 300-year-old traditional cave houses in Santorini. A sensational luxury experience, the hotel has whitewashed interiors with vaulted ceilings and curved arches. Bold pink and purple textiles create a playful feel, and many of the suites have private plunge pools with dreamy ocean views. Exceptional.

FOR A RURAL HIDEAWAY

  • Zakspitaki is a charming, secluded B&B on Paxos with eclectic interiors featuring artefacts, artwork and textiles from East Africa, Asia and Europe. Brilliant for artsy types looking to unwind, this laid-back little property also has a plunge pool and sun-drenched terrace. Very romantic and low-key.
  • Onar is a collection of 14 traditional cottages (sleeping 3-7 people) with chic, pared-back interiors and a real sense of seclusion on Andros. Stroll down to Ahla beach with family and friends, exploring the protected park of the Ahla wetlands. A wonderful rural escape with plenty of character and a real respect for its surroundings.
  • Mazaraki Guesthouse is a charming B&B overlooking the Laconian Plain. Whilst the house's exterior feels traditional, restored interiors have a fresh, contemporary feel. Expect pastel tones, cosy fireplaces, kitchens for self-catering and a warm, informal atmosphere. An 11-bedroom hideaway with verdant gardens and a refreshing pool, close to the fortified town of Mystras.
  • Villa de Loulia is a romantic, pink-painted manor house tucked in the countryside of northern Corfu. Elegant, traditional charm pervades throughout, with beamed wooden ceilings, prettily draped beds in pastel-painted bedrooms and classic tiled bathrooms. The gardens are strewn with boungainvillea, and the courtyard pool very refreshing. There's an excellent table d'hôte, too.

For Absolute Luxury

  • Olea All Suite Hotel has won multiple awards for its innovative contemporary design. The most sensational suites have private pools with ocean views, big terraces and Mediterranean interiors with tiled floors and natural materials. Enjoy restorative spa treatments before feasting at one of three restaurants. Absolute luxury on Zante.
  • OKU Kos sits on the tranquil northern coast of the island. A wellness resort with sleek, minimalist interiors inspired by the Japanese concept of exploring inner space, this hideaway has a soothing, healing atmosphere. Feast on farm-to-table cuisine, take yoga, pilates and meditation classes or unwind with rejuvenating spa treatments. Sensational.
  • Istoria is a sleek design hotel in Santorini with pared-back interiors by Athens studio Interior Design Laboratorium. Cool rooms have natural wood accents, crisp linens and arched windows. The black volanic sands of Perivolos beach are very special too.
  • Aegean Suites, nestled in amongst olive groves and a lush garden with sea views on Skiàthos, promises five-star indulgence. Beautiful guest rooms are cool and soothing, with pastel shades and lots of light. Treat yourself to a suite with private hot tub, and feast on sensational fare. Popular with honeymooners, this is reputedly one of the best hotels on the Med.
  • Amanzoe is northing short of spectacular. Embodying the flawless tranquility of the acclaimed Aman group, this Porto Heli resort on the lovely Peloponnese peninsula has dazzling ocean-facing villas with private pools, as well as a sensational spa and four exquisite restaurants. Exceptional.

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Most travellers fly in to Athens International Airport. Take a connecting flight to the country's many regional airports from there, or a ferry from the nearby ports of Piraeus or Rafina to the islands. Alternatively, travel directly to Corfu Airport, Heraklion Airport, Thessaloniki Airport, Rhodes Airport, and Kalamata International Airport, and journey to your destination from there. Most of the islands are connected by ferry. Many hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick-up in advance.
  • Greece is a marvellous destination for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect very hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 25 - 30°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For cooler weather and fewer crowds, travel in the shoulder season - April, May or late September - when you can find some great hotel deals. These are also more pleasant times for walking and cycling holidays.

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See all » 140 hôtels in Cyclades

  • Mythic Paros Agia Irini, Paros 40 rooms from £282

    Boutique  -  All room and suites are individually designed with natural materials, bespoke furnishings and a boho chic vibe
    Romantic Break  -  With no children allowed, beautiful accommodation and sunsets to die for, Mthyic is very romantic!
    Views  -  All of the rooms boasts gorgeous views over the Aegean and enjoy epic sunsets
    5* Luxury  -  A luxurious property featuring hand made furnishings, fabulous food, and high end amenities as standard
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    An adults-only luxury escape perched on a hillside in Paros. Rooms and suites are individually designed but all feature plenty of natural materials and a boho-chic style. The best come with either plunge pool or private outdoor hot tub. Elegant fine dining and views to die for. Romance guaranteed! See More

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  • Emprostiada Guest House Chora, Amorgos 11 rooms from £43

    Beach Life  -  Amorgos has an abundance of beaches for you to explore and enjoy at your leisure.
    Value chic  -  Traditional Grecian stay in style at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Chora's 13th century castle, or the Byzantine churches.
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    In the heart of the Aegean the Emprostiada is the ideal island getaway. The guest house is designed in the classic Cycladic white-wash, adding to the idyllic rooms quiet and calming features. Local restaurants are close by and this quiet island's many beaches are yours to explore as you please. See More

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See all » 81 hôtels in Crete

  • The Authentic Village Boutique Hotel Chora Sfakion, Crete 14 rooms from £62

    Romantic Break  -  With its adults only policy, beautifully crafted interiors and intimate atmosphere, it's prefect for romantics
    Hideaway  -  Tucked away in a charming village on Crete's South Coast, this is truly hidden gem
    Value chic  -  Beautifully done rooms with extremely reasonable rates
    Great walks  -  The hotel organises walking trips to Imbros and Aradena gorge, weekly
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    A beautifully crafted property on Crete's south coast. Rooms are finished with traditional stonework and lots of stylish warm wood, plus luxurious amenities including handmade beds with cocomat mattresses. Some boast a balcony with a sea view. A romantic hideaway on the quieter side of the island. See More

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  • Yiannis Retreat Sitia, Crete 5 rooms from £52

    Full of character  -  A truly Cretan hideaway with beamed ceilings and thick stone walls — each room is rustic chic and packed full of character
    Families  -  With plenty of space and activities for kids to enjoy plus the option to self-cater makes this an easy option for families
    Beach nearby  -  Pretty Kato Zakros Bay is nearby and has tavernas serving Cretan cuisine on the beach front
    Self catering  -  Each room has a well equipped kichenette and there are BBQ facilities for guests to use too
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    A charming self-catering retreat set in cascading tropical gardens. Charming stone villas with private kitchenettes and outdoor dining are dotted around the grounds. Guests are provided with a selection of homemade jams and spices. A short walk from the beach, this is a perfect holiday hide out. See More

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See all » 58 hôtels in Peloponnese

  • Monemvasia Village Monemvasia (Peloponnese) 12 rooms from £52

    Hideaway  -  A tranquil hideaway set in a scenic and secluded position with independent villas offering real privacy
    Self catering  -  Each villa comes with a kitchenette and a private terrace allowing guests to stay quite independently
    Families  -  Family Bungalows are a comfortable option for those travelling with children
    Views  -  Enjoy the fabulous views over Mirtoon Sea and the Castle of Monemvasia
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    A collection of twelve cottages in a prime spot above town and with superb views over to the castle of Monemvasia. Studios and apartments are done in traditional style and each comes with equipped kitchen and private terrace. Plus there's a pool and spacious terrace. Great base for local exploring. See More

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  • Nafplion 1841 Nafplio (Peloponnese) 6 rooms from £54

    Active Holiday  -  With great hiking opportunities in the surrounding Nafplio countryside, this hotel is a great pit stop on your active holiday
    Romantic Break  -  The picturesque location and pretty, bright suites make this hotel a favourite with couples
    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Nafpoli, this hotel is the perfect base for local exploring
    Great walks  -  Discover the natural beauty of the Nafplio landscape on a long walk or hike; enquire with the hotel for recommendations
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    This traditional, family-run hotel is situated on an idyllic street in central Nafplio. The individually styled rooms have modern, hand-selected furnishings; the best have a balcony overlooking the pretty town. Enjoy breakfast on the picturesque terrace at this smart yet homely bed and breakfast. See More

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See all » 56 hôtels in Athens

  • Piraeus City Hotel Athens (Piraeus) 47 rooms from £61

    Hideaway  -  Sitting opposite the port, outside of the busy city centre, this hotel is a great hideaway holiday destination
    Local exploring  -  Located a stone's throw from the port, this hotel is a great base for exploring local islands by ferry
    Families  -  The family rooms in this hotel are perfect for parents travelling with children
    Less £  -  With rooms starting well below 100 Euros, this is a well priced base
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    This newly renovated hotel sits opposite the central port of Piraeus. Rooms are bright and modern with comfortable beds and large windows; the best rooms have a furnished balcony with views of the port. Don't miss the hotel's roof garden restaurant, serving traditional Greek dishes. A smart hotel. See More

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  • Gallery Residence Athens 46 rooms from £67

    Short break  -  Piraeus Port is two minutes away making this the perfect base for those heading out or returning from the Greek islands
    Contemporary  -  The design is light and refreshingly contemporary with whitewashed walls, pale wood furniture, and modern artwork
    Families  -  The two bedroom suite complete with a living area and kitchenette offers a comfortable base for families
    Value chic  -  With chic contemporary style and a convenient location, this is a very well priced base
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    A chic property minutes from the Piraeus ferry terminal. A wide range of rooms and suites are decorated in neutral tones and many have a balcony or terrace. There's a communal roof terrace space, plus a sauna and gym. No restaurant, but there's plenty close by. A great stopover for island hoppers! See More

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See all » 55 hôtels in Santoríni

  • Acqua Vatos Kamari, Santoríni 32 rooms from £74

    Local exploring  -  This hotel's location makes it an ideal choice for guests who are looking to explore the best of Santorini's bars and beaches
    Romantic Break  -  With well-appointed suites, a pretty pool and private dining options, this hotel is perfect for a romantic island getaway
    Beach Life  -  Set a few minutes' walk from a popular beach, this hotel makes an idyllic base for a seaside break
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the picturesque village of Kamari, with easy access via the shuttle bus that leaves from outside the hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Tucked away in Kamari, a stone’s throw from one of Santorini’s longest and most popular black sand beaches, this stylish hotel makes a charming hideaway holiday. Whitewashed walls are set off with splashes of colour in the bright suites, while outside an azure pool encourages total relaxation. See More

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  • Aria Lito Mansion Fira (Main Street) 16 rooms from £100

    Total relaxation  -  In a quiet and peaceful setting, its the ideal place to enjoy some time out, sit back and relax by the pool or on the terraces.
    Families  -  Aria Lito Mansion prides itself on being one of the few truly family friendly hotels in town
    Romantic Break  -  A perfect couples getaway with its chic and comfortable interiors, great service and food.
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located close to the centre of town as well as the beaches.
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    A stylish retreat, in the heart of the city. This mid-1900's renovated mansion offers creatively designed rooms, with chic contemporary décor, and lovely views of the sea. An outdoor pool, a cosy garden space, in room massages and wine tastings add to the charm. A classy yet modern vibe. See More

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See all » 55 hôtels in Mykonos

  • Almyra Guest Houses Paraga, Mykonos 5 rooms from £94

    Groups  -  The larger maisonette is good for groups, sleeping an additional person on a sofa bed
    Beach Life  -  Located on the seafront, these guesthouses make a great base for a beach holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the privacy of these guesthouses and having access to a pool
    Sailing  -  Enquire with the hotel about local boat hire and explore the Mykonos coastline on a sailing trip
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    This hotel offers luxury, self-contained accommodation in Mykonos. Drawing on elements of Cycladic architecture, expect whitewashed rooms and simple, elegant interior design. The larger maisonette offers separate living and dining space; guests have shared use of the pool. A smart seaside stay. See More

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  • Pietra e Mare Mykonos 30 rooms from £139

    Honeymoons  -  Ideal for couples, this hotel offers a 'Honeymoon Suite' equipped with a private terrace, hot tub, and living area
    Hideaway  -  Located in a quieter region of the island, an unspoilt charm surrounds the hotel. The beach is pristine
    Beach Life  -  One of the Mykonos' most intimate and beautiful beaches 'Kalo Livadi' is just a five-minute walk away
    Weddings  -  The hotel has a quaint, idyllic chapel overlooking the beach and sea which caters for unique weddings
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    Pietra e Mare is tucked away on an idyllic hillside on Mykonos' quieter side. As an adult-only hotel, rooms and suites are perfect for holidaying couples. The minimalist design mimics the island's blue and white Cyclidic architecture. Queen size loungers overlooking the Aegean call for relaxation. See More

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See all » 49 hôtels in Dodecanese

  • Hotel Kokona Dodecanese, Symi 10 rooms from £52

    Value chic  -  A smartly designed hotel offered at very reasonable rates.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A chic small hotel situated in a quaint village on the picturesque island of Symi. Uniformly styled rooms are cleanly designed and contemporary with soft hues, designer lights and luxurious bathrooms. Serving indulgent breakfasts and with easy access to the island's many attractions. See More

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  • Opera House Symi 29 rooms from £55

    Families  -  Peaceful self catering apartments in Symi's lovely centre, with shared garden and plenty of space to run around.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the major Monastery complex at Panormitis.
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    Tranquil oasis, simple attractive rooms and apartments, two minutes walk up the hill from the harbour. Relaxed and charming, with views of the village and a small courtyard bar for hanging out. Well positioned and reasonably priced. See More

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