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Greece’s capital city is steeped in the history of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. It was here that the likes of Socrates and Plato laid the foundations for Western philosophy - where famous artists, architects and playwrights gathered in the ancient Agora. Today, modern architecture stands shoulder-to-shoulder with classical ruins beneath the iconic silhouette of the Acropolis. In charismatic Psirri, you’ll find fine restaurants and lively bars; while on the coast, idyllic beaches await. Whether you’re traveling to Athens on business or pleasure, here is our selection of the city’s best hotels, from budget inns to luxury boutiques.
Best Overall: InnAthens
InnAthens is a four-minute walk from Syntagma Square in Athens’ city center. It’s also a few steps from the National Garden and its famous archaeological sites. A small property with just 20 rooms, this contemporary hotel doesn’t have a long list of amenities. However, the location is perfect and the service is flawless. The sleek monochrome palette is timelessly stylish and the rooms are uniquely decorated with bespoke furniture and elements of Greek marble and steel.
Whether you choose a room or suite, you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep, thanks to blackout curtains and excellent soundproofing. Coco-mat bedding, luxury toiletries, free Wi-Fi and a 32” HD TV add to the sense of having found your own personal sanctuary. The heart of the hotel is its atrium, a beautiful open space centered around a lemon tree and filled with plants and quiet places to sit and enjoy a moment’s peace. There’s a restaurant and a bar, as well as plenty of eclectic dining and drinking options nearby.
Best Budget: Victory Inn
Victory Inn is located near Athens’ world-famous National Archaeological Museum in a quiet neighborhood just north of the city center. With spotlessly clean interiors and a staff renowned for their helpfulness, this is your best choice for quality accommodations that won’t break the bank. Opt for a single, double or triple room, all with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Satellite TV, a telephone and an in-room fridge come as standard, while higher-level rooms have private balconies.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, but room service is available throughout the day. In particular, breakfast is very reasonably priced and substantial enough to save you from having to waste money on mid-morning snacks. When you want to eat out, ask the 24-hour reception for recommendations regarding nearby restaurants. There’s a bar and private parking within 200 meters of the hotel. Alternatively, Victoria metro station is an easy 10-minute walk away.
Best Boutique: O&B Athens Boutique Hotel
Four-star O&B Athens Boutique Hotel is surrounded by the trendy cafés, restaurants and bars of the capital’s vibrant Psirri neighborhood. It is also a short walk from ancient landmarks such as the Temple of Hephaestus and the Agora of Athens. Expect a minimalist haven for fashionable travelers with lighting, music and modern art all carefully employed to create an atmosphere of impeccable style. There are 22 rooms and suites, all with Egyptian cotton sheets, marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.
Upgrade to a suite and find yourself enchanted by a private terrace with breathtaking views of the Acropolis. Breakfast is included in your room rate and features Greek specialties (think local cheeses, olives, pastries and honey). O&B Athens All Day Bar Restaurant also serves Greek cuisine and cocktails in a sophisticated setting. Other benefits include a 24-hour concierge, in-room massages and room service available around the clock.
Best for Families: AVA Hotel & Suites
In between the Arch of Hadrian and the foot of the Acropolis hill, four-star AVA Hotel & Suites is the ideal choice for parents hoping to introduce their children to the wonder of the ancient world. Recently renovated suites offer independence and space in equal measure. Capable of accommodating up to four people, each one has a full kitchenette. Save money by self-catering, then eat at the dining table or on your private balcony.
In between adventures, a Smart TV with a DVD player and movie library help to keep your kids entertained. There’s free Wi-Fi for downloading their favorite shows, while the hotel snack bar comes in handy when you don’t feel like cooking. Babysitting facilities are available upon request. Other useful amenities include a 24-hour front desk and a laundry service (a blessing for those with messy toddlers).
Best for Romance: Electra Palace Athens
Surrounded by Syntagma Square, the National Garden and the Acropolis, Electra Palace Athens is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Its white neo-classical façade and cool marble interior evoke the grace of a long-gone era - although the rooms boast the latest modern comforts. Choose a suite with wooden floors and hand-woven carpets, timeless Acropolis views and a Jacuzzi bathtub for intimate evenings in.
The hotel has a choice of restaurants and bars, but the most romantic is the Electra Roof Garden. Toast an anniversary with fine Mediterranean fusion cuisine, complemented by live music and unforgettable views of the illuminated Parthenon. The same breathtaking panoramas can be admired from the rooftop pool, while the spa offers couples’ massages. Other amenities include a fitness center and free Wi-Fi.
Best Luxury: King George, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Dating back to 1930, King George Hotel presides over the northern boundary of Syntagma Square. Imagine shimmering chandeliers, period furniture and marble floors offset by slender columns and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from this endlessly elegant five-star hotel. Even the most basic rooms boast marble bathtubs, luxury Papoutsanis toiletries and a window seat overlooking the atrium.
Splurge on a stay in the Penthouse Suite for 350 square meters of space and a private veranda with an outdoor pool and iconic Acropolis panoramas. Tudor Hall Restaurant offers equally unforgettable terrace views in addition to mouthwatering seasonal Greek cuisine. There’s a fitness studio and a top-of-the-line perfumery, while the list of hotel services includes gourmet in-room dining and private limousine transfers.
Best for Nightlife: A for Athens
The boutique A for Athens puts you at the heart of Psirri’s famous nightlife scene. A relative newcomer, the hotel is modern, simple and designed with partygoers in mind. It’s not quiet, but if you’re planning on late nights, the chances are you won’t mind. The hotel’s rooftop bar is a hugely popular gathering place for Athenians and visitors alike. Expect specialty cocktails, beautiful people and jaw-dropping views of the illuminated Acropolis. Contemporary en-suite rooms are divided into two categories - those with Acropolis views and those without. Both include a satellite TV, a minibar and a comfy bed. Enjoy a pre-party dinner at the rooftop restaurant, then refuel at the complimentary breakfast buffet the following day.
Best Business: Hilton Athens
Hilton Athens is a seven-minute walk from the Mergaron Athens International Conference Centre and enjoys direct metro links to Athens International Airport. There are 22 naturally lit meeting rooms on-site, while corporate facilities include high-speed Internet, a business center and secretarial services. Choose an Executive Room with an ergonomic work desk and free access to the Executive Lounge. Here, you can enjoy complimentary breakfast and snacks throughout the day, as well as chic spaces for meeting with colleagues. There’s a full spa, an outdoor pool and a choice of restaurants, including the rooftop Galaxy Restaurant & Bar with its mesmerizing Acropolis views.
Best Oceanfront: Athens Poseidon Hotel
Located a 20-minute drive from the city center in the coastal suburb of Palaio Faliro, Athens Poseidon Hotel overlooks the blue waters of the Argo-Saronic Gulf. You’re a few steps from the beach and the rooms and suites reflect sea and sand-inspired color schemes. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a TV, a minibar and a private balcony, but it’s worth paying extra for ocean views. At the complimentary breakfast buffet, savor authentic local produce. The hotel has several excellent restaurants, and in summer, rooftop Skybar 360° is the ultimate spot for magical sunsets and cocktails by the pool.