Athens Hotels

Athens’ most prestigious hotels are on Syntagma Square, opposite the Parliament. For sightseeing, touristy Plaka, immediately below the Acropolis, makes the ideal base – there are plenty of cheap hotels, but of variable quality. To discover Athens’ gritty-cum-alternative scene, stay in Psirri close to Monastiraki. Avoid Omonia, which is seedy and a little dodgy at night, and Syngrou, which is a busy thoroughfare and home to several functional but soulless business hotels.

The hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over €200)
Moderate (€100 to €200)
Cheap (up to €100)
These prices are the starting prices for a double room, including service charge, tax and breakfast, unless otherwise stated.

A service charge of 12% and a local tax of 10% is usually included in hotel prices, rather than added to the bill at the end, but visitors should check.

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Electra Palace

210 337 0000.

In Plaka, the Electra Palace’s yellow neo-classical facade opens into a spacious marble lobby. The 122 rooms and suites all have wooden floors, Persian rugs, chintzy curtains and cotton duvets – the best ones offer a glimpse of the Acropolis. Up top, there’s a rooftop pool with wooden deck and sun beds, plus a restaurant (dinner only) with enchanting Acropolis views. You also get a small spa (pool, sauna, massage and gym) in the basement.

Nikodimou 18-20, Athens, Greece

Hotel Grande Bretagne

210 333 0000.

This exclusive hotel has finally been restored to its former opulence and is now part of Starwood Hotels' Luxury Collection. The city's oldest and most prestigious hotel opened in 1872 and since then royalty, heads of state and film and rock stars have all stayed here. There are 262 guest rooms and 59 suites, a gourmet rooftop restaurant with an Acropolis view, a health club and spa, and an outdoor rooftop pool and bar.

Hilton Hotel

210 728 1000.

Situated close to the Evangelismos metro station, on the edge of Kolonáki, the refurbished Hilton Hotel is modern, smart and popular with business travellers. It has 517 rooms (of which 19 are suites) all with wooden floors, minimalist furniture and balconies. A small supplement is payable for rooms with Acropolis views. The impressive facilities include four restaurants, three bars, an outdoor pool, a luxurious spa (with an indoor pool), and a business centre.

Vassilissis Sofias 46, Athens, Greece

Fresh Hotel

210 524 8511.

One of only four official “Design Hotels” in Athens, Fresh opened in 2004, bringing designer chic to the gritty Central Market area. The 133 rooms and suites are decorated in vivid oranges, pinks or greens, and come complete with wooden floors, funky minimalist furniture and plasma TV. Up on the 9th floor, the Air Lounge is rooftop bar-restaurant with a wooden sun deck, plunge pool and Acropolis views.

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26 Sophokleous Street

Athens Gate Hotel

210 923 8302.

Opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus, on the edge of Plaka and just a five-minute walk from the Acropolis metro station, this 4-star hotel is ideally located for sightseeing. It has 99 modern rooms with wooden floors, minimalist furnishing and a chic black, white, beige and lilac colour scheme. The roof garden bar and restaurant affords stunning Acropolis views and makes a fine venue for both breakfast and dinner.

New Hotel

210 327 3000.

Opened in 2011, Athens’ newest member of “Design Hotels” lies between Syntagma and Plaka. Fun and a little off-beat, what used to the Olympic Palace Hotel (from 1958) has been renovated by Brazilian designers, Humberto and Fernando Campana. The 79 rooms and suites have recycled furniture, bamboo wood floors, and slick bathrooms stocked with Kiehl's products. The New Taste all-day bar-restaurant does an excellent breakfast and the New Sense spa offers health and beauty treatments.

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16 Filellinon St, Syntagma

Art Gallery Hotel

210 923 8376.

Housed in the former studio and gallery of Greek artist Dora Bouki, this old-fashioned hotel is ideally located in a quiet residential street in Koukaki, a 10-minute walk from Pláka, close to the New Acropolis Museum. There are 21 rooms, all with wooden floors, ceiling fans and bathrooms; many also have Acropolis-view balconies. Colourful oil paintings by Bouki are on display throughout the building and the resident cat adds to the homely atmosphere.

Erecthiou 5, Athens, Greece

Athens Center Square

210 322 2706.

Opposite the Central Market, in Psirri, close to Monastiraki metro station, you’ll spot this hotel’s coloured perspex balconies from below. The 54 funky rooms and suites are colour-themed and decorated in either kiwi green, blue lagoon, blue turquoise, blue ocean, red, orange, violet or yellow. You get a generous buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and an Acropolis-view rooftop bar. The area can appear a little slightly seedy at night, so might not appeal to women travelling alone.

Aristogitonos 15 & Athinas, Athens, Greece

Hotel Hermes

210 322 2706.

Perfectly located between Syntagma and Plaka, Hermes is noted for its extremely friendly and helpful staff. The 45 rooms all have wooden floors and white marble bathrooms, and some but not all have balconies. A plentiful buffet breakfast is served 0630-1400, and the lounge does all-day free tea and coffee. There's Wi-Fi throughout, plus a computer and printer in the lobby (free), and in summer you can use the Acropolis-view roof terrace.

Apollonos 19, Athens, Greece

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