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The 6 Best Hotels in Athens (Updated 2023)


Posted: 12/19/23 | December 19th, 2023

This 5,000-year-old Greek capital is home to the iconic Acropolis with its hilltop of millennia-old structures and ruins, and just below it, the Plaka neighborhood, a labyrinth of streets lined with bars, restaurants, and ancient ruins.

While Athens has never spoken to me the way that other European capitals have (I’m more a fan of the islands and the interior of the country), it has grown on me on each visit. You can’t deny the layers of history here. You’ll stumble across millennia-old ruins as you stroll down random streets (this is why I love taking walking tours in the city as I’ll learn a ton about what I’m actually looking at).

Picking the right hotel for your trip is very important as it’s a fairly sprawling city with a lot of different neighborhoods to choose from.

To help you choose, here’s my list of the best hotels in Athens:

1. Athens Center Square Hotel

Guest room at Athens Center Square Hotel with a window open showing the Acropolis in the distance
True to its name, this hotel is in the middle of absolutely everything in Plaka, the historic central neighborhood. Despite the crowds, I think the area is beautiful and it’s one of my favorite parts of Athens. Most of the rooms here have a view of the Acropolis (so be sure to ask for one) and there’s a rooftop terrace and bar with good views too. Rooms are simple but decently sized, with flat-screen TVs, desks, mini fridges, and air conditioning. There’s an included expansive daily buffet breakfast featuring Greek and American cuisine that’s super good too, as well as free coffee and tea in the lobby all day long.

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2. Athensdot

Simply decorated guest room with a red dot on the wall at Athensdot hotel in Athens, Greece
This newer property is in Psyrri (sometimes spelled Psiri), a neighborhood that’s close to the main sights yet much more frequented by locals. This is one of the best area in the city (it’s actually my favorite). Athensdot has a cool, pop-art design throughout, with large scale drawings on the walls and bright bursts of red everywhere. Rooms vary from internal rooms with no window to rooms with a balcony, and while they’re priced accordingly, you can always ask at check-in to see if there’s availability to bump you up to a nicer room. In all rooms you’ll find free Wi-Fi, large flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, desks in the room, and friendly staff. You can also get free bikes to ride around too!

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3. Dryades & Orion Hotel

Homey guest room at Dryades and Orion Hotel in Athens, Greece, with a balcony opening out onto a view of the city
Hugging a hilly park, this cozy hotel is in Exarcheia. The area has a highly energetic student vibe has a plethora of political street art adorning the buildings. This hotel is an affordable mid-range spot with a lot of different room configurations to choose from. There is exceptionally helpful staff and unique homey décor and furniture in each room that include all the normal hotel amenities. There’s also a rooftop garden with panoramic views over the city where you can have breakfast in the mornings and watch the sunset from too.

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4. Coco-Mat Hotel

Simple but cozy guestroom at Coco-Mat Hotel with floor to ceiling windows looking out over the city of Athens, Greece
This design-forward 4-star hotel is in the heart of Kolonaki, a quiet neighborhood renowned for its upscale boutiques and art galleries. The hotel is actually run by the mattress company Coco-Mat. All rooms are equipped with high-quality mattresses, and you can even choose your pillow from a menu with 12 different pillow types. All the rooms have TVs, free and fast Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines, desks, loads of natural light, and upscale bath products. There’s a fantastic breakfast buffet in the mornings too.

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5. Plaka Hotel

Wooden lounge chairs in front of a low table with champagne glass on it on the rooftop terrace of Plaka Hotel overlooking the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Comfortable and friendly, Plaka Hotel is (you guessed it) in the heart of Plaka, the main area of the city where you’ll find the majority of ruins and tourist attractions. The hotel is just a six-minute walk away from the Acropolis and boasts stellar views of it from both in-room balconies and the rooftop terrace bar/restaurant. There’s also a complimentary (and huge) buffet breakfast featuring local specialties. The rooms are on the smaller side and are simply decorated but they have comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and safes. It’s not too loud here either making it for a simple but comfortable stay in the heart of it all.

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6. Colors Hotel Athens

Guestroom
This stylish four-star hotel offers bright, cheery accommodations with free Wi-Fi, big spa-like bathrooms featuring rainmaker showers, comfortable beds, plush bathrobes, and desks. The colorful rooms come in a variety of different configurations, though all are quite spacious and with a lot of natural light. There’s also a fantastic and extensive breakfast buffet that’s changes a bit every day (though there’s always fresh homemade pastries, fruit, cereal, eggs, and yogurt). It’s in Exarcheia, a nice quiet area that’s not too far from the main attractions (it’s about a 15-minute walk).

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Athens offers an array of affordable hotels. All the hotels above are good places to stay in and you can’t go wrong in any of them.
 

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