Athens’ most prestigious hotels are on Syntagma Square, opposite the Parliament. For sightseeing, touristy Plaka and central Monastiraki make ideal bases as they are immediately below the Acropolis. There are plenty of cheap and moderate hotels in these areas, but they are of variable quality.
To discover Athens’ gritty 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 tax of 13-23% is usually included in hotel prices, rather than added to the bill at the end, but visitors should always check.