Where to Stay in Athens → Your QUICK Guide to Areas & Hotels

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Athens, the capital city of Greece, is a great choice for a relaxed vacation full of sightseeing and history! In case you’re planning a visit to Athens, first of all congrats, that’s awesome! This city has so much more to offer than a gateway to the famous Greek Islands! Now you might be thinking about accommodation now, am I right?

Well, let me tell you from the start that Athens is actually a BIG city, but the most important area is the city center, meaning the historical center where tourists will find the world-famous landmark of the city – the Acropolis. The city center is divided into maaaany smaller areas, each of them having its own charm and perks. But they’re so many, it can be very overwhelming to decide on the best one for you, especially if you are visiting for the first time!

No worries, I got your back once again! I actually lived in Athens for 4 months not long ago, during my Erasmus studies, and after exploring the city for so long, I got to understand where to stay in Athens for the best experience. I can recommend you the best neighborhoods in the city for tourists and which areas are best avoided as well. I remember when I started looking for an apartment in the city, it was so complicated to understand what area would be the best. Syntagma, Plaka, Monastiraki – all of them sound good, but are they fit for my needs?

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Keep reading, as I’ll thoroughly explain to you everything you need to know about where to stay in Athens.

NOTE: Athens is a rather cheap destination in Europe (the flights are especially cheap if you’re going there from another European city), which means there are many travelers going there, which also means that the best hotels get booked FAST, trust me! This is why I am recommending you reserve your room as much in advance as possible, otherwise you may lose a good deal!

Okay, enough talking, let’s go!

If you are in a hurry…

For all of you who want their answers FAST, let’s get straight to the point. My recommendations for first-timers / if you have only one night in the city are the neighborhoods of Plaka or Syntagma. Both of these areas are super central, very authentic, and a short walk from the Acropolis!

Scroll down to see the best hotels I am recommending in each of these two areas, as well as in other great neighborhoods in Athens.

Best hotels in Athens in a nutshell:

First of all, which area should you choose?

First things first. You might be wondering what is the city center of Athens, right? And that would be a totally legit question, which I’ll try to answer as best as I can. Technically, the heart of Athens is Syntagma Square. But the historic center is a bit bigger than that, of course, and it comprises some other smaller areas such as Plaka, Monastiraki, Psyri, and more.

Here is a map of Athens so you can better visualize the best neighborhoods that I’ll talk about in this article:

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Now, I mentioned above that there are many different areas in Athens and each of them is perfect for a specific type of traveler. To make your choice easier, here are my personalized recommendations:

  • Where to stay in Athens close to the Acropolis: Plaka or Koukaki
  • Where to stay in Athens for luxury: Kolonaki
  • Best for budget travelers: Gazi
  • Where to stay in Athens for a traditional atmosphere: Plaka
  • Where to stay in Athens for shopping: Monastiraki
  • Where to stay in Athens for nightlife: Psyri or Gazi
  • Best for families: Kolonaki

I hope everything’s more clear for you now. Below you’ll find my hand-picked hotels (and apartments as well) in each of these areas:

1. Plaka

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Plaka neighborhood is, basically, Athens’ Old Town and one of the prettiest areas in the entire city! 

It’s a VERY charming and bright neighborhood with authentic markets, colorful buildings, narrow streets and tons of local restaurants and bars where Athenians just sit and enjoy their morning (or evening… or night) coffee. That’s right, people in Athens drink A LOT of coffee!

Honestly, I think Plaka is actually my all-time favorite areas in Athens and I always enjoy going there. Even if it’s quite touristy, I feel like it didn’t lose its charm and authenticity – it’s actually one of the oldest areas of the city and great for people who want to indulge in culture! This neighborhood in Athens is highly pedestrian-friendly as well, as most of the streets are closed to traffic.

If you decide to stay in Plaka, you’ll be walking distance to many important sights such as the Acropolis (the neighborhood is right at the base of the Acropolis), but also Agora as well, which I think is a very charming ancient site. But because it’s such a beautiful, popular and central neighborhood, expect the prices to be a bit higher than in other areas.

That being said, here are my recommended hotels in Plaka, Athens:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

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  • Electra Palace Athens – If you’re looking for a true luxury treatment during your stay in Athens, look no further, my friend! Electra Palace is a gorgeous 5-star hotel has a rooftop swimming pool, spacious rooms, an on-site restaurant with a terrace and many other cool perks!
  • Ava Hotels Athens – Honestly, I believe that Ava Hotel in Athens is actually one of the best in the entire city! The accommodation has 4-stars service and I promise you’ll feel very spoiled during your stay. It’s located only 5 minutes away from the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum – great for culture lovers!
  • Best Western Plus Amazon Hotel – If you’re looking for Best Western Hotels in Athens, this one’s for you! It’s located straight in the heart of the city and it has beautiful and clean rooms, a friendly staff and a very relaxing atmosphere!

Middle-priced (US$70 to US$150)

  • Central Hotel Athens – Well, the name is pretty accurate, as this is really one of the best  downtown Athens hotels – it’s in the heart of Plaka! Some of the rooms here have gorgeous views of the Acropolis; if your room doesn’t, no worries, you can always go up to the beautiful rooftop restaurant to see this landmark!
  • Omiros Hotel Athens – This awesome 3-star hotel is in Plaka, but also only a short walk away from Syntagma Square (no. 2 on my list of area recommendations). The beautiful guest rooms come with free Wi-Fi and a simple but cozy decor!
  • Hotel Adonis Athens – If you’re looking for convenience and a great value for the price, then you shouldn’t have any second thoughts when booking this hotel! It’s close to the metro and the roof garden is just perfect for some relaxation!
  • Athos Hotel – Here’s another great 3-star hotel for your stay! It also has a great roof garden (just like many other Athens hotels do) and it was recently renovated for an even better atmosphere.

Budget (up to US$70)

Truth be told, finding a budget hotel in Plaka is hard work (it makes sense, as the area is so popular and beautiful), but I still found two great ones for you below:

  • Phaedra Hotel Athens – This budget hotel is simply perfect if you want to be in the heart of Athens for a very accessible price! Except for the nice rooms, probably the best advantage of this hotel is that it’s only 200m from Acropolis metro station – amazing!
  • Crafoord Place Hostel Athens – When it comes to hostels, Athens knows how to treat its guests! This cute and cozy accommodation has free Wi-Fi, and a friendly staff. Staying in one of their dormitory rooms will definitely help your budget!

2. Syntagma

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As I mentioned right in the beginning of this post, Syntagma Square is considered to be THE center of the city and the place where all the “action is”. Regardless is you’re visiting this area during the day or night, you’ll always have something to do!

Syntagma is also one of my two recommendations for people who are visiting Athens for the first time (along with Plaka). First of all, because it’s central and very close to the Acropolis, but also because you can easily reach the rest of the city from there.

Syntagma Square, also known as the “Constitution Square”, is so iconic because many historical events happened here, even battles. The area is anything but short on great restaurants, pubs, tavernas, bars (especially on Valaoritou Street) – and, of course, shopping streets. The Greek Parliament building lies right in the middle of the square, so you just can’t miss it.

So if you want to be as central as possible, here are the best places to stay in Athens – Syntagma:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

  • Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens – The Grand Bretagne Hotel in Athens is actually one of the most well-known hotels in the entire city – and it’s no wonder why! This gorgeous 5-star property is located right opposite Syntagma Square and the Parliament building and it awaits with a rooftop terrace, a luxurious on-site restaurant, beautiful rooms and more!
  • King George Hotel Athens – Here’s another 5-star hotel in Athens, Syntagma that will make you feel like royalty during your stay! Let me just say this – the decoration is simply majestic, with chandeliers and marble columns everywhere. That’s enough to convince me!
  • Electra Hotel Athens – This gorgeous 4-star hotel is the perfect choice if you want to be close both to Syntagma Square and Plaka. It’s perfect for your stay in Athens if you want to be close to the Acropolis!

Middle-priced (US$70 to US$150)

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  • Pan Hotel – Here’s a great 3-star hotel where you can book a room if you want amazing service for a very good price. The rooms are beautiful, the staff is super friendly and helpful, and the location is simply perfect – what more can you wish for?!
  • Achilleas Hotel Athens – If you still haven’t found the perfect place in Syntagma for your stay, no worries, I have some other options as well! Hotel Achilleas is simple, cozy, clean and it has an amazing location for a great stay in Athens!
  • Aretousa Hotel Athens – If you love Plaka and want to be as close to it as possible, then this is your choice! This hotel is only 50m from Syntagma metro station – it doesn’t get better than this!

Budget (up to US$70)

  • Bedbox Hostel – Although Syntagma is such a great, central location, there are some budget options for accommodation as well. For example this great hostel awaits with different types of rooms (dormitory and private), a 24-hours front desk (great for late check-in) and more! Perfect for two or more days!
  • Athens.apartotel.box – My second recommendation is a great budget apartment, perfect for couples. It’s quite small, but it has a very good price and an even better location. You want convenience after all, right?

3. Psyri

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Except for being a very central area as well, Psyri is one of the best places to stay for nightlife and if you’re a party animal! 

Psyri is well-known for its many clubs and bars and there’s always something happening there at night (especially around Iroon Square), no chances of getting bored, no matter how many days you choose to stay! Go there to enjoy some ouzo (the traditional Greek alcohol), concerts, street art, or if you want to dance on the bar all night long.

Psyri is very close to Monastiraki (the next neighborhood I’ll be talking about below), so close it’s often times hard to separate the two. So whichever one of the two you’ll close, it will be equally good!

Psyri is an ideal place to visit for artist shops, restaurants, cozy cafes and also sightseeing. On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend it to families or people who want to enjoy a calm and silent atmosphere. There’s also another advantage of staying there: there are many great hotels in this area, fit for all types of pockets.

So, if you know you’re a night owl that’s looking for great nightlife opportunities, be quick and book a room in one of these best hotels in Psyri:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

  • The Artist Athens – This awesome hotel is great if you want to be close to one of the best shopping areas in Athens – Ermou street! During your stay here, you’ll definitely enjoy the clean and cozy rooms and the terrace – so nice!
  • O&B Athens Boutique Hotel – This 4-star hotel awaits with nothing but an excellent service and beautiful, modern rooms. You’ll also enjoy free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant and bar, breakfast buffet and more!
  • 360Degrees Pop Art Hotel – Here’s yet another option if you are looking for luxury hotels in Athens with views of the Acropolis – the best way to spend your vacation! It’s located very close to Ermou street (the main shopping area) and the rooms are elegant and very clean.

Middle-priced (from US$70 to US$150)

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  • Ederlezi Boutique Hotel – If you want to enjoy your stay in Athens in a super nice boutique hotel that offers great service, then search no more, I found the perfect one for you! This lovely hotel has free Wi-Fi, free bikes, and even a cozy garden where you can relax.
  • 14 Reasons Why – I’ll give you 14 reasons why it’s a good idea to book a room at this hotel! Okay, maybe not exactly 14, but I’ll mention the beautiful terrace, awesome location, shared lounge, clean rooms, free Wi-Fi – need I say more?!

Budget (up to US$70)

  • Amazing room in apartment – For budget travelers who want to stay in Psyri, I’ll rather recommend apartments than hotels, as the selection is not that big. For example, this great homestay is an excellent idea if want to stay in a nice place but also save some money for other things such as meals and sightseeing!
  • Evripides Hotel – If you prefer a hotel instead, this 2-star property comes with very good prices. The location is amazing as well, very central. You’ll have everything you need here for a pleasant stay!

4. Monastiraki

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Monastiraki is another great choice if you want to be as central as possible!

Monastiraki is most famous for its big flea market called “Monastiraki Flea Market”, which comes to life every Sunday. There are also many shops in Monastiraki where you’ll find tons of souvenirs, trinkets, clothes, jewelry and everything in between. Monastiraki is also popular for its many bars and restaurants – plus souvlaki places!

And probably the best part about this area when it comes to accommodation – it’s not as expensive as Plaka or Syntagma, for example! It’s also very convenient because it’s close to the metro station and you’ll also be able to enjoy some beautiful views of the Acropolis, especially from its many rooftop bars!

If you have decided that Monastiraki is for you, here are the best hotels in this area:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

  • 360 Degrees – This amazing hotel is located right in Monastiraki Square and I’ve actually been there a couple of times to drink coffee or serve breakfast on their 360 degrees rooftop restaurant and bar. It’s actually pretty cool and a very good choice if you want to be in a central location!
  • Emporikon Athens Hotel – This gorgeous 4-star hotel awaits with beautiful rooms, luxury service and a stunning neoclassical building dating from the 19th century. Awesome if you want to stay in Athens in style, right?
  • The Zillers Boutique Hotel – Here’s yet another very beautiful 4-star hotel where I recommend booking a room if you want to have views of the Acropolis! They also have an on-site restaurant and bar and many other great facilities and amenities!

Middle-priced (US$70 to US$150)

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  • Ciel Living Athens – In case you’re looking for a modern, clean and extremely cozy place for your stay in Athens, search no more, I found the ideal place for you! This awesome hotel comes with convenient prices and it’s right in the centre of the city!
  • The Athens Version Luxury Suites – If you want to enjoy some stunning city views while you stand in your room, then this hotel is great for you. Plus, it’s only 300m away from Monastiraki Square – great!

Budget (up to US$70)

  • Tempi Hotel Athens – I know, it’s hard finding a good budget hotel in Monastiraki, Athens, but not impossible of course! I really think that Tempi is one of the BEST budget hotels in the entire city – it has clean and cozy rooms, an amazing location, and even a communal kitchen that you can use!
  • Kimon Hotel – Here’s another great budget option, especially good if you want to be super close to Plaka neighborhood as well! One of the best advantages of this place is the rooftop garden where you can unwind and relax after a full day of exploration!

5. Koukaki

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If you want to be super close to the Acropolis but still enjoy a local (and not very touristic) atmosphere, Koukaki is your place to be!

Koukaki district is located a bit South of the Acropolis and it’s a much calmer area than Plaka or Psyri, for example. It’s actually a residential area of the city where I recommend going for traditional Greek bars and tavernas, beautiful streets, good coffee, and more!

Koukaki Square is the heart of this neighborhood, and Georgaki Olympiou Street or Drakou street are the best places to be if you’re searching for traditional shops and food places.

This area is one of the best places to stay in Athens if you want to live like the locals and, as mentioned, if you want to be as close as possible to the two main culture spots – the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.

In short, if you want to live like a real Athenian, here are your best choices of hotels in Koukaki:

Luxury (US$110 and up)

  • Royal Olympic Hotel Athens – I’ll start my list of recommendations for Koukaki district with one of the BEST hotels in the entire city! This amazing 5-star hotel has a swimming pool, luxury service, a very good breakfast served daily, a rooftop bar-restaurant – and do I need to also mention it has great views of the Acropolis? I guess not!
  • Coco-mat Athens BC – Here’s another 5-star world-class hotel for your stay in Athens! This one has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, stunning rooms, impeccable service. What more could you wish for?

Middle-priced (from US$50 to US$110)

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  • Hotel @Syngrou Fix – This hotel is everything you need if you’re looking for convenience – it has good prices, a very good service, excellent reviews and an ideal location, very close to TONS of pubs, restaurants and bars!
  • Ilissos – This hotel is a real hidden gem in the city, if you ask me. It’s a 4-star hotel that has luxury service and some very accessible prices. So if you find a room here, make sure and book it ASAP!

Budget (up to US$50)

  • Marble House – This is my first recommendation for all travelers out there looking for  Athens hotels near the Acropolis that don’t want to spend a ton of money! Believe it or not, this amazing, cozy hotel is only 300m from the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum – I think it’s simply incredible!
  • Athens Backpackers – If you’re looking for the BEST hostels in Athens Greece, this one’s for you! It’s great if you want to have a lot of fun in Athens and make some international friends at the same time. This hostel is full of friendly backpackers and it awaits with excellent prices!

6. Kolonaki

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Now, if you’re the type of traveler that’s looking for luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and designer shops, look no further than Kolonaki!

The district of Kolonaki is the ideal base for you if you want to be close to tons of shopping opportunities and amazing restaurants during your stay. This area is right North-East of the Acropolis, not very far from it.

I’m also recommending Kolonaki if you’re a culture aficionado as well, because one of my favorite museums in the entire city is located here – I’m talking about Benaki Museum, where you’ll find a lot of contemporary art and Greek art from many different areas. While you’re in the area, you can also go up Lycabettus Hill (Kolonaki is located right at its base) or take a stroll on Tsakalof Street to enjoy some coffee or, why not, wine.

Let’s see what are the best hotels in Kolonaki, all grouped by budget for your convenience:

Luxury (US$150 and up)

  • Divani Caravel Hotel Athens – This fabulous 5-star Athens hotel is perfect for a luxury stay in Kolonaki! It’s a great fit if you want to have all of these facilities during your stay – a rooftop pool, gym, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, yummy breakfast and even some business facilities! Plus, it’s very close to Lycabettus Hill!
  • Hotel Lozenge – This 4-star hotels is a great choice as well! It has some very beautiful and modern rooms where tourists will definitely feel spoiled. Some other great perks include the on-site restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine, bike hire, a friendly staff and more.

Middle-priced (from US$60 to US$150)

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  • The Duke Boutique Suites – Here’s another gorgeous, really modern Athens hotel for a pleasant stay in the city! This one awaits with top-notch service but some rather accessible prices, especially considering the great location and proximity to so many designer shops!
  • Sir Athens – This is another great, cozy hotel. I think it’s a great choice if you want to be close to public transportation and also be walking distance from the Acropolis. Win-win!

Budget (up to US$70)

  • Dimokritou 4 Apartment – Are you looking for a beautiful apartment where you can enjoy 3-star service? Yep, it is possible! This awesome property is spacious enough (51 sqm), and it’s only 600m away from Syntagma Square – the very heart of the city!
  • Flat31 – Here I am recommending another gorgeous apartment in Kolonaki (as I mentioned, apartments in Athens have better prices than hotels if you’re on a budget). This one is just big enough for a couple and it has all the amenities you might need.

7. Metaxourgeio

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Metaxourgeio is, if you ask me, a kind of an underrated area of Athens.

There are many good reasons why this district is a great base for your vacation:

First of all, it’s very central, so you’ll be close to all the attractions and landmarks you might want to visit. Second, it’s well-connected to the rest of the city via public transportation. Last but not least, it has a very strong, artistic vibe and it’s full of awesome food places, interesting galleries and, of course, cafes (I told you that people in Athens drink tons of coffee, right?).

Also, if you choose to stay here, you’ll be walking distance from the National Archaeological Museum (in case you want to visit it, it’s very interesting), which is basically the main sight of this neighborhood, while Avdi Square is the heart of the district.

There are many great hotels close to Metaxourgeio metro station, and below you’ll only find the best of them:

Luxury (US$110 and up)

  • Wyndham Grand Athens – If you’re looking for luxury hotels for your stay in Gazi, I dare to say the search is over! This is one of the best 5-star hotels in Athens, Greece and it’s everything you’ve been dreaming of – it has a gorgeous rooftop pool, spa center, gym, lounge bar, and free Wi-Fi as well, of course.
  • Wyndham Athens Residence – On the other hand, this beautiful 4-star hotel awaits with the same luxury service! This one’s located extremely close to Metaxourgeio metro station, which I think is a great bonus! And the decor? It’s simply beautiful, if you ask me!
  • Titania Hotel Athens – Even though this hotel is not as close to the metro station, I’m still recommending it because it offers amazing service and facilities! But if you want to stay here, please know that it’s 1 km from Metaxourgeio and very close to Omonia Square!

Middle-priced (from US$60 to US$110)

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  • Crystal City Hotel – For those who want to stay in a very convenient place with views of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, but without the hustle and bustle of Central Athens, this accommodation is for you! This hotel is very tasteful, with a very nice decor and excellent service!
  • Cozy Apartment With Side View of Acropolis – If you prefer an apartment in this area instead, no worries, I always got your back! This one is a bit small but spacious enough to fit 4 people. And yes, it really has a view of the Acropolis!

Budget (up to US$60)

  • Connect Studios & Apartments – It was, again, pretty hard finding a good budget accommodation for Metaxourgeio, but I did it! This awesome apartment is a great feat for budget travelers who don’t want to give up on perfect service. The decor is very nice, the entire place is super clean and it also has a great location – I’d say there’s nothing not to love here!

8. Gazi

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If you’re a budget traveler that still wants to be close to all the main attractions in Athens, then pick Gazi and you’ll have no regrets!

Compared to Plaka, Syntagma or even Psyri, Gazi is more on the budget side of things. It’s a great place to stay if don’t want to spend a big part of your money on accommodation and if you’re the type of tourists that choose to save their money to visit some awesome attractions and eat some traditional Greek meals. Ah, and did I mention it’s also a fabulous spot for nightlife? Yup!

If you choose to base yourself in Gazi, know that you’ll only be around 15-20 minutes away from the main landmarks (such as the Acropolis) via public transportation. Sounds great, right?

This district is also full of street art, amazing restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs as well, so you won’t get bored there even if you stay for 10 days! Ah, and don’t forget to check out Technopolis – an industrial museum in the area where you’ll find plenty exhibitions and concerts.

That being said, below you’ll find the best hotels in Gazi I could find for your stay in Athens:

Luxury (US$110 and up)

  • 47 Luxury Suites – In case you’re wondering where to stay in Athens if you want to enjoy a TRUE luxury apartment – the answer is this place! And this one is the perfect example with its incredibly tasteful decor, rooftop garden and hot tub. It’s the ideal place where you can feel spoiled!
  • Thission Luxury Homes – If you still haven’t found where to stay in Athens for your luxury tastes in this nightlife neighborhood, I have another suggestion. Here’s a gorgeous apartment that awaits with free Wi-Fi, a nice garden, and even bike rental services. Plus, it’s also very close to Monastiraki Square – what more can you wish for?!

Middle-priced (from US$50 to US$120)

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  • Mc Queen – If you’re looking for some convenient prices, you’re in the right place. This awesome aparthotel is located right in the heart of Gazi, close to the railway station. During your stay you’ll be able to enjoy the free Wi-Fi, minimal and super clean rooms, delicious breakfast served daily and more!
  • Gaia Rooms & Apartments – Great service, friendliness and an amazing location – these are 3 of the perks of staying in this place. Need I say more? Okay, maybe the delicious breakfast and the proximity to Ermou street (main shopping street) will convince you, as it’s only 300m away!

Budget (up to US$50)

  • Bed Station Athens – For travelers looking for great hostels in Athens, here’s a great option! This property awaits with a terrace, private parking, cozy rooms, and other nice advantages. You’ll be staying in dormitory rooms, so you’ll know the prices are very convenient!
  • The House – The House is actually an aparthotel – but a great one, I promise! This self-catering accommodation is perfect for people traveling on a budget that want to stay in a beautiful place. If you’re into nightlife, this is a great place to stay, as you’ll be close to many clubs!

Best apartments in Athens

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When researching the best accommodations for you, I realized that Athens is FULL of amazing apartments, even more than hotels! Staying in an apartment is amazing if you’re the type of person that wants a home-y atmosphere or who wishes to cook their own food in a real kitchen. Plus, staying in an apartment doesn’t mean you’ll lose the great, high-end facilities of staying in a hotel, as most of the apartments in Athens are gorgeous!

Truth be told, it was very hard to choose, but here are some of the best apartments, right in the heart of Athens:

Luxury (US$110 and up)

  • Hub Suites* Suite 1* Acropolis & Terrace Luxury – This is an awesome luxury AirBnb right in the heart of the city! The design is simply amazing and the terrace is probably one of its biggest advantages – just gorgeous!
  • Acropolis Apartment with Indoor Jacuzzi – Where to stay in Athens if you want an apartment but also some luxury? Well, this is a pretty good option, if you ask me! This is probably one of the most unique apartments you’ll find with a cute garden-view balcony and a relaxing indoor jacuzzi.

Middle-priced (US$60 to US$110)

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  • Syntagma ap’tment with terrace view – This awesome apartment is a perfect option if you want to stay in Syntagma Square and not spend all your money on accommodation. The terrace is the perfect place to stay and relax with a glass of wine after a day of exploring the city!
  • Elegant Suite @ Plaka – AthINN Residence Hotel – And this is my middle-priced recommendation in Plaka, my favorite neighborhood in Athens! The check-in is very quick and easy, the location is perfect and it only has fabulous reviews!

Budget (up to US$60)

Airbnbs are the perfect option for budget travelers, there are so many good options! Below I am recommending the two best apartments I could find with amazing prices:

  • Holidays close to Acropolis – The name says it all: this is a great place to spend your Athens holidays, if you want to be as close to this famous landmark as possible! This apartment is super clean and very nicely decorated and the prices are very good!
  • Music Box House, a new apartment near Acropolis – If you want an apartment with a unique design, this one’s for you! It’s bright, clean and very cozy and it’s right in the heart of the city!

Best hotels near the airport

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If you have a late night flight or you’re about to drop off a rented car, maybe staying close to the airport would be the best decision for you. Regardless of your reasons, I found three awesome hotels located as close to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) as possible. Actually, all of them are apartments or guesthouses, but they’re great for your stay nevertheless!

Here’s where to stay in Athens near the airport:

  • Dina’s House – Here’s my recommendation for luxury travelers who want to be as close to the airport as possible, as this awesome villa is only 4km from the airport. I definitely recommend it for a group of up to 5 people (or for a couple, why not)? It’s spacious, super clean and very nicely decorated!
  • Villa Vravrona Tower & Suites – If you’re looking for a middle-priced accommodation instead, know that this villa is pretty close – 4km from the airport. They also offer an airport shuttle if you want, which I think is a great bonus!
  • Elegant & Cozy Apartment in Artemida – If you’re on a budget, no worries, I found this great Athens airport accommodation that really has an extremely good price! Plus, it’s also very close to the airport – only 2.5 km away from the terminals and it can host up to 6 people. Awesome, right?
👑 Luxury price: €180
💵 Mid Range: €110
🛏️ Budget: €70
🏠 Airbnb: €80
💰 Accommodation prices: Medium
📍 Best area: Plaka
👪 Best area for families: Kolonaki
🛎️ Best luxury hotel: Hotel Grande Bretagne
💵 Best mid-range hotel: Hotel Achilleas
👛 Best budget hotel: Bedbox Hostel

BONUS: Is Athens safe? Where not to stay in Athens

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We’ve talked so much about where to stay in Athens, right? But what about the places I’m not recommending? Is Athens safe, after all? I’ll try to answer your questions below!

Although Athens is pretty safe in general, the city is known for economic problems at times, strikes and protests. This means some areas might not be as safe as others, especially at night.

I felt safe during the time I was in Athens, but I also got to find out (directly from locals) about some areas that are best avoided during your vacation:

  • Omonia – this is actually the area where I stayed during my Erasmus studies, more exactly in Exarchia. Although the area is super cool for its many restaurants and bars (my favorite restaurant in the entire Athens, Zoula, is located here, as well as the National Archaeological Museum), I wouldn’t choose it as my “homebase”, as it is known that police cannot enter Exarchia due to continuous conflicts with the rebels and anarchists that live there.
  • Glyfada
  • Larissis – more specifically the area near the train stations
  • Peloponissos

All in all, Athens is just as safe as any other European city, as long as you’re careful and aware of your surroundings and belongings. No reason to panic!


athens cityscape

Yay, you reached the end of my super detailed guide on Athens accommodation, congrats!

In this article I told you everything you need to know about the best neighbourhoods to stay in the city for ALL types of travelers, and I also searched for the best hotels in each of them. Rest assured as all the hotels I am recommending above have amazing reviews and facilities!

After spending 4 months in the city, I can say that Athens is definitely worth visiting and it should be more than a gateway to the port and ferry that takes you to the Greek Islands. There are so many different areas and things to see in this cute city! Actually, writing this post for you made me very nostalgic about the good times I spent in Athens and I always try to go back to the city every autumn, actually. I just can’t wait to travel there again next year!

So I hope you have already found the perfect hotel for your stay in Athens in the article above! If yes, then I wish you a great vacation!

Are you heading to Athens soon? Which of the suggested neighbourhoods did you choose after all?

Happy travels,


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