Best Hotels in Athens, Greece

We list the best hotels in Athens as recommended by some of the most prominent travel experts in the business, from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations come with referenced customer reviews. The ratings you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.
Athens is a historic city with one of the richest history in the entire human history. Classical Athens was a very powerful city-state which was a result of the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus. The city of Athens is widely considered the cradle of Western civilization as well as being regarded as the birthplace of democracy.
In recent times, the city has become a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to the economic, financial, maritime, industrial, cultural, social and political life in Greece.
Athens was ranked the 39th richest city by purchasing power in the year 2012, as well as doubling as the 67th most expensive city to live in the world, in a study done by UBS.
The port of Piraeus is the largest passenger port in the whole of Europe while it is the second largest in the whole world. The heritage of the city is what makes it even more attractive to tourists and visitors, with places such as Acropolis of Athens and Daphni Monastery constantly visited throughout the year. Both landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The popular architectural trilogy of Athens consists of National Library of Greece, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Academy of Athens are popular tourist attractions in the city.
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F.A.Q.

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Athens?

The city of Athens is the capital of Greece and it was also the center of Ancient Greece. The city still retains the landmarks dating back to the Ancient Greek Civilization and is a popular destination among tourists across the globe. Here are some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Athens:

Plaka
Plaka is the historical neighborhood of Athens and is arguably the most picturesque and beautiful area of the city. The neighborhood is located in the vicinity of Acropolis and its ancient temples. Replete with tiny shops selling clothes, jewelry, and ceramics and paved with narrow cobblestone streets, the area has the ambience of a village.

Monastiraki
Monastiraki is famous for its iconic landmarks such as Stoa of Attalos, the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, and a museum exhibiting Athenian artifacts. With a well-known flea market, the neighborhood also houses ancient ruins, restaurants, hotels, taverns, bars, cafes, and small shops as well as offers views of the Acropolis.

Syntagma Square
Syntagma Square is a historical landmark in Athens and is an important hub of social, political, and commercial life of the city’s residents. Syntagma Square is situated in front of the Old Royal Palace that accommodates the Greek Parliament since 1934.

Exarcheia
Exarcheia is an area located in the downtown part of the city near the iconic building of the National Technical University. The neighborhood is renowned for the home of Greek anarchists.

Kolonaki
Kolonaki is a neighborhood with shopping complexes that provides space to both Greek boutique designers and international brands. It is also home to a wide array of mid-range and fine dining restaurants.

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4.6 Grande Bretagne Athens

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

CNN

“The grande dame of hotels in Athens sits opposite the Parliament on Syntagma Square and has been a beacon of luxury and sophistication in the city for many years. There are many draws to this 1842-vintage building that used to be a private mansion.”

$339
4.5 New Hotel Athens

The New Hotel, Athens

New York Times

“The arty and bold New Hotel, designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana, two brothers, is situated near Syntagma and has 79 beautifully designed rooms. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant and the seventh-floor rooftop New Art Lounge and is decorated with contemporary art collected by its Greek-Cypriot owner, Dakis Joannou.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Athens.

$197
4.5 Electra Palace Athens

Hotel Electra Palace, Athens

Fodors

“Nestled on an unassuming little street in the heart of Plaka, Athens’ quaintest and most historic neighborhoods, the neoclassical-style hotel building is grandiose in a charmingly old-fashioned way.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Athens.

$225
4.1 Hilton Athens

Hilton Hotel, Athens

Frommers

“When it went up in the 1960s, the Hilton was Athens’ first modern luxury hotel, and it is still one of the best hotels in town. Thanks to the Metro, you can be in Syntagma Square or at the Acropolis in minutes.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Athens.

$240
4.6 Electra Metropolis Athens

Hotel Electra Metropolis, Athens

CNN

“This 216-room hotel has sweeping views of the Parthenon, an outdoor pool, and is centrally located near Syntagma Square. There are three restaurants, a rooftop bar, a sauna and a Turkish bath in the Electra Metropolis.”

$194
4.7 AthensWas Hotel

AthensWas Boutique Hotel, Athens

New York Times

“It would be hard to find a better base for a quick jaunt to the ancient city — the stylish and comfortable rooms are just a bonus. 21 ultramodern rooms that stand in contrast to the city’s ancient sites, making for a contemporary urban oasis after a long day of sightseeing.”

$148