Where To Stay in Athens [5 BEST Neighborhoods!]

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Athens is a city with a juicy past which makes for a zesty modern-day destination.

Athens is a huge and at times boisterous city, so it can be hard to figure out which part to stay in.

That’s why we’ve put together this insider guide for where to stay in Athens to help you navigate the labyrinthine streets and eat at only the finest, most authentic restaurants.

Written by our travel experts, we break down Athens by interest to help you plan the best possible vacation without using up precious time staring into Google Maps!

So, no matter what you’re hoping to do in Athens, you’ll be able to find a hotel that’s right for you. Without further ado, here are our top picks for where to stay in Athens!

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Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Athens

Where to stay in Athens the first time – Plaka
Where to stay in Athens on a budget – Psyri
Best area to stay in Athens for nightlife – Gazi-Kerameikos
Coolest place to stay in Athens – Exarcheia
Best neighborhood in Athens for families – Glyfada

Where to Stay in Athens

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Athens.

Best Budget Hotel in Athens – Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is the best budget Hotel in Athens

An elegant 3-star hotel with boutique finishes, located close to the Acropolis. Relax in the evening at the charming on-site bar and take advantage of the childminding services if you have young ones in tow. Rooms come equipped with your own refrigerator, extremely handy in this hot city.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Athens – NLH FIX Neighborhood Lifestyle Hotels

NLH FIX Neighborhood Lifestyle Hotels

NLH FIX Neighborhood Lifestyle Hotels is the best mid-range hotel in Athens

Stylish and comfortable rooms come stocked with a coffee maker, free Wi-Fi access and a fancy marble bathroom. You’ll also have a sofa bed for a post-Parthenon nap as well as homely slippers and blackout curtains. Fill up with their tasty daily breakfast before you explore the city!

Let’s make this simple. These are the best hotels in Athens!

Best Luxury Hotel in Athens – Acropolis Exclusive Residence

Acropolis Exclusive Residence

Acropolis Exclusive Residence is the best luxury hotel in Athens

A five-minute walk t to the Arch of Hadrian and the Acropolis Museum, you’ll also get some spectacular views at this luxury hotel! The apartments offer complimentary Wi-Fi, babysitting/childminding services and huge bathrooms. What’s more, you get a jacuzzi too – perfect to relax after a day’s sightseeing!

 

Athens Neighborhood Guide

Athens

Athens

Athens is a colossal city which sure packs a lot of punch. It’s a must-visit for history buffs and anyone who loved myths as a child.

If history isn’t your thing, come to Athens for its souvlaki, tzatziki, its world-famous salads. And don’t miss your chance to taste ouzo or smash a plate!

You will find that accommodation in Athens is generally lower than in other European capital cities, even in the historic centre. Options range from simple apartments to luxury hotels.

Plaka is the big player in terms of tourist attractions in Athens. Here is where you’ll find the bulk of the historic temples, monuments and churches. We encourage first-time visitors to splash out a little and book a hotel in Plaka so you don’t risk missing out on any of the sights!

For the cheapest rooms in town, look no further than Psyri. This central hub also has great nightlife, akin to Gazi-Kerameikos. In between these neighboring districts, you have the finest, latest (and sometimes wildest) nightlife Athens has to offer.

If you’re looking for somewhere alternative, Exarcheia is about as cool as it gets (although you won’t see it get any cooler than 13°C). This part of town has excellent shopping and cafe culture with lowkey but late-night nightlife.

We encourage families to stay in the ‘Athenian Riviera’ of Glyfada, where you’ll find ample family suites and apartments with outdoor pools. Many offer babysitting services so parents can have a night off!

Athens’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in:

Now let’s take a look, in greater detail, at the best neighbourhoods to stay in Athens. Each is a little different to the last so be sure to check out which is right for you!

Neighborhood #1 - Plaka

(Where to stay in Athens the first time)

Plaka

Plaka is our pick for where to stay in Athens the first time

At the base of the Acropolis is the neighbourhood of Plaka. The oldest part of Athens, this is the epicentre of the city’s tourism. Plaka is a maze of teeny streets alive with historic muses, ancient sites and alfresco eateries.

Plaka is heavily pedestrianized which makes your sightseeing experience breezy – because, really, who doesn’t stop in the middle of the street to take a picture of a pretty view?

Plaka can get pretty crowded with tourists, but it’s a genuinely charming neighborhood and if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so get stuck in and explore this warren of chapels, museums and monuments!

We recommend that first-time visitors to Athens stay in Plaka to make the most of the must-do attractions and also have the experience of seeing the Acropolis lit up by night.

Top things to do in Plaka:

  • Head straight to the icon of Athens – the ancient citadel Acropolis and seat of the Parthenon
  • Marvel at the caryatids holding up the Erechtheion temple
  • Take a seat in the ruins of the Theatre of Dionysus
  • Visit another Athenian icon – the Arch of Hadrian
  • Find out how well you handle your ouzo at Brettos Bar
  • Share a mezzo at Tzitzikas kai Mermigas
  • Be impressed by the collection of kids’ art at the Museum of Greek Children’s Art
  • Shop for souvenirs in Monastiraki Square
  • Catch some live music at six d.o.g.s
  • Expire the tiny ‘village’ of Anafiotika
  • Experience traditional music and food at Zorbas Restaurant

Where to Stay in Plaka

Best Budget Hotel in Plaka – Acropolis Hill Hotel

Acropolis Hill Hotel

Acropolis Hill Hotel is the best budget hotel in Plaka

With impressive views, hotel guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and lounge in style on the rooftop terrace. All rooms include a private bathroom, refrigerator and free Wi-Fi. You’re walking distance from all the key sites and major attractions. You can’t find better than this in Plaka for value!

Need some inspiration? Check out what you can do in Athens no matter how long your visit is!

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Plaka – Ava Hotel and Suites

Ava Hotel and Suites

Ava Hotel and Suites is the best mid-range hotel in Plaka

The 4-star Ava Hotel and Suites is surrounded by Plaka’s finest attractions and restaurants. There’s a TV room and library with a range of books for when guests need refuge from the blazing sun. Guests can feel at home in their complimentary slippers and bathrobes. Some rooms have balconies.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Plaka – Divani Palace Acropolis

Divani Palace Acropolis

Divani Palace Acropolis is the best luxury hotel in Plaka

This 5-star hotel provides sweeping views of the Acropolis. It has a rooftop terrace, a swimming pool, babysitting services, 24/7 reception and a free shuttle service. Recently refurbished, all rooms are shiny and clean with luxurious features. The hotel has all the amenities for the modern-day traveller.

Do you have an open schedule? Figure out the best things to do in Athens before you visit!

Neighborhood #2 - Psyri

(Where to stay in Athens on a budget)

Psyri

Psyri is our pick for where to stay in Athens on a budget

Psyri is a trendy little ‘hood that blends residences of young Athenians with some decent accommodation at budget prices.

It sprung to life during the 1990’s when its derelict buildings went through a major refurb to spruce up this area and give it a polish.

This is a very central part of Athens. You can follow shaded paths to reach Plaka and explore the famous attractions and be home for sunset, without forking out for pricier accommodation.

Psyri has a lively nightlife scene including bars and live music venues that spill across the border with Gazi-Kerameikos. There are heaps of little eateries and bars around the central hub of Agion Anargiron street.

Top things to do in Psyri:

  • Do as the ancient Greeks did and check out what’s on at Theater IVI or Theater Empros, where you watch a performance for free then tip what you think they deserve at the end
  • Eat feta and octopus at Oineas or cheap seafood at Atlantiko
  • Swap your sunhat for your thinking cap at Great Escape Rooms
  • Treat yourself to pastries from Nancy’s Sweet Home Glykopouleio
  • Cool down with an ice cream by the fountains of Kotzia Square
  • Sample beers at the aptly named Beertime
  • Take refuge from the sun and see the current exhibitions at the AlphaDelta, A.Antonopoulou Art and Alibi galleries
  • Appreciate Greek sculpture by taking a wander to the Statue of Pericles
  • Wind down with live music at Romantso
  • Shop for souvenirs at the Monastiraki Flea Market

Where to Stay in Psyri

Best Budget Hotel in Psyri – Attalos Hotel

Attalos Hotel

Attalos Hotel is the best budget hotel in Psyri

Recently refurbished, the Attalos Hotel features comfy rooms at low cost. Guests love the rooftop bar which offers views of the Acropolis, and you early birds can catch the sunrise (ask reception for a wake-up call). The helpful staff are available 24/7 to help you plan your vacation.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Psyri – Athens Lodge Athens

Athens Lodge Athens

Athens Lodge Athens is the best mid-range hotel in Psyri

A short walk from Monastiraki Metro Station, this is an excellently located, small cozy hotel with 17 modernly designed bedrooms. Some rooms even boast a view of the Acropolis, and breakfast is included in the rate. Hotel staff are commended for their friendliness and can recommend local places of interest.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Psyri – O&B Athens Boutique Hotel

O&B Athens Boutique Hotel

O&B Athens Boutique Hotel is the best luxury hotel in Psyri

This trendy boutique hotel provides slippers, 24-hour room service and an express check-in / check-out feature. Rooms are classy with spacious bathrooms. You can get your caffeine fix form their on-site coffee shop, and wind down over wine at their bar in the evening. Breakfast is included.

 

Neighborhood #3 - Gazi-Kerameikos

(Best area to stay in Athens for nightlife)

Gazi-Kerameikos

Gazi-Kerameikos is our pick for the best area to stay in Athens for nightlife

A couple of the neighborhoods of Athens have merged to form one mega-hood and Gazi-Kerameikos is one example of this.

Kerameikos refers to the Metro station and to an ancient Greek and Roman cemetery which was rediscovered in the 19th century. Gazi is found within the wider Kerameikos neighborhood – and named for its old gasworks which were abandoned in the 1970s.

This is Athens’s post-millennial design, art, techno and nightlife district. The action is centred around a multi-purpose arts and entertainment centre housed in the aforementioned former gasworks, Technopolis.

Gazi-Kerameikos has a blazing nightlife scene, which branches out from Triptolemou street.

The area really heats up after midnight and lasts until the early hours – perfect for revellers!

Top things to do in Gazi-Kerameikos:

  • Check out shows, concerts, exhibitions and other artistic pursuits at Technopolis
  • Visit the ancient cemetery ruins at the Keramikos Archaeological Site
  • Listen to experimental jazz at the Afrikana Jazz Club
  • Eat kebabs at Nézos
  • Hang out at Intrepid Fox for awesome music and cheap beer
  • Explore the street art dotted about the neighborhood
  • Dance to techno beats at Steam Athens
  • Drink cocktails and listen to rock music at Hoxton which sometimes has live acts
  • See what’s on at Gazarter – a cool hang-out with a programme of various live events and a cocktail bar, bookstore, cinema and rooftop garden all on site
  • Film fanatics must swing by the Greek Film Archive Foundation
  • Party with young Athenians at the Boiler Room Secreto

Where to Stay in Gazi-Kerameikos

Best Budget Hotel in Gazi-Kerameikos – Mc Queen

Mc Queen

Mc Queen is the best budget hotel in Gazi-Kerameikos

Mc Queen provides guests with practical vacation apartments which are all air conditioned and equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave, a minibar and it is possible to add breakfast to the rate. Located a few blocks from the heart of Gazi-Kerameikos, the nightlife is right on your doorstep!

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Gazi-Kerameikos – Estia Boutique Apartments

Estia Boutique Apartments

Estia Boutique Apartments is the best mid-range hotel in Gazi-Kerameikos

These apartments are so beautiful that you’ll never want to leave! They are furnished with all the amenities and designed with an artistic flair making each apartment unique. A daily breakfast is provided and guests are welcome to dine in the property restaurant or just swing by for a drink.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Gazi-Kerameikos – Wyndham Grand Athens

Wyndham Grand Athens

Wyndham Grand Athens is the best luxury hotel in Gazi-Kerameikos

Splash out at this luxury 5-star hotel and you’ll have access to a spa and wellness centre, a sauna and a seasonal rooftop swimming pool. With elegant rooms so comfy you’ll struggle to make it out of the front door! Top rooms and suites offer heart-stopping city views.

 

Neighborhood #4 - Exarcheia

(Coolest place to stay in Athens)

Exarcheia

Exarcheia is our pick for the coolest place to stay in Athens

Found north of Plaka, Exarcheia is a cool, contemporary hub popular with Athenian residents and younger tourists for its alternative edge. This was one of the first areas which people chose to live in outside the inner city.

You’ll find thrift shops, comic shops, record shops, bookshops and cafes galore here! Exarcheia also has the largest museum in the whole of Greece to get your culture fix. There’s street art and hidden courtyards to explore at your own pace.

Blend a day of cafe hopping into an evening bar hopping. Exarcheia has decent nightlife, centred more on quality drinks and live music than nightclubs than its rowdier and more touristic neighbours Gazi-Kerameikos and Plaka, respectively.

Top things to do in Exarcheia:

  • Wave at the Acropolis from the Lofos Strefi, once you’ve climbed to its summit!
  • Explore Ancient Greek art & archaeology at the National Archaeological Museum
  • Support local Greek bands at An Club, plus some international bands
  • Sample the local Cretan spirit ‘raki’ at Frumel
  • Snap up tickets to watch a play at the 1960’s Veaki Theatre
  • Sip wine and experimental cocktails at Warehouse
  • Savour strong coffee at Passepartout then swap to harder stuff when the sun dips – it’s open 24/7
  • Vegan but fancy feta? Go to Bamboo Vegan Mini Market and Cafe and pick up vegan Greek cheeses, yoghurts and much more
  • Grab a book from Bookstore Politeia and then go curl up at the Coffee Tree
  • Eat traditional Greek food in the courtyard at Ama Laxei

Where to Stay in Exarcheia

Best Budget Hotel in Exarcheia – Museum Hotel Athens

Museum Hotel Athens

Museum Hotel Athens is the best budget hotel in Exarcheia

Neighbors with the National Archaeological Museum, this hotel is an excellent base for sightseeing, shopping and eating in this quirkly little district and keeping accommodation costs low. There’s a 24/7 reception desk and the staff are commended for their professional and warm service. Breakfast is thrown in as well!

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Exarcheia – Melia Athens

Melia Athens

Melia Athens is the best mid-range hotel in Exarcheia

The Melia Athens offers a sauna, a Jacuzzi, a Turkish steam bath and an outdoor pool surrounded by a sun deck. All in all, the ideal place to lap up the buzz of Athens whilst relaxing in style! Guests love the pool side bar and on-site coffee shop.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Exarcheia – Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens

Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens

Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens is the best luxury hotel in Exarcheia

The Radisson Blu boasts an incredible swimming pool and sun deck from which guests can see the Acropolis. Enjoy an evening dinner and see it all lit up under the starry sky. This deluxe 5-star hotel provides a variety of superior facilities, including a limousine service and decadent rooms.

 

Neighborhood #5 - Glyfada

(Best neighborhood in Athens for families)

Glyfada

Glyfada is our pick for the best neighborhood in Athens for families

South of Athens’s sometimes chaotic centre is the seaside suburb of Glyfada. This neighbourhood is connected to central Athens by metro and tram. The journey takes around half an hour to get there.

We recommend families to stay in Glyfada so that children can make the most of the lovely coast of Athens which is often overlooked in favour of the islands. It’s also a quieter spot for families to wind down.

Glyfada brings some Mediterranean elegance to your Athens vacation. Often referred to as the ‘Athenian Riviera’ this suburb offers lovely beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

So, swap the city lights for some salty air!

Top things to do in Glyfada:

  • Take a tour of the volunteer-led Sea Turtle Rescue Centre
  • Sample Mediterranean and Greek infused seafood dishes at Spiti
  • Splash out for the day and pay the entry fee to access one of the private beaches such as Asteras or Astir Beach
  • Savour old Athenian flavours at O Proedros as Greek music hums away in the background and you sip ouzo by the ocean
  • Take a long stroll along the Diadochou Pavlou as the sun dips and you start to think about dinner
  • Visit the splendid Byzantine Saints Constantine and Helen Cathedral and wander in the park
  • Be sure to spend a day or two exploring the city centre. It’s only 30 minutes away by public transport – and unlike guests in Plaka, you can wash off the city with a dip in the sea before dinner!

Where to Stay in Glyfada

Best Budget Hotel in Glyfada  Palmyra Beach Hotel

Palmyra Beach Hotel

Palmyra Beach Hotel is the best budget hotel in Glyfada

Embrace the full Mediterranean effect at this modern 4-star hotel which has an outdoor swimming pool. The various facilities this elegant hotel offers include a sun deck, airport shuttle, room service and an 18-hole golf course. They also offer childminding! All rooms have air conditioning and private bathrooms.

 

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Glyfada  Sea View Hotel Athens

Sea View Hotel Athens

Sea View Hotel Athens is the best mid-range hotel in Glyfada

This 4-star hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool with a glorious outdoor sun deck for guests to relax under the Mediterranean sun. Some of the rooms feature their own private terraces or sea views. Guests love the on-site restaurant. Fabulous for parents – the hotel offers a childminding service.

 

Best Luxury Hotel in Glyfada  Brasil Suites Boutique Hotel

Brasil Suites Boutique Hotel

Brasil Suites Boutique Hotel is the best luxury hotel in Glyfada

This luxury hotel is a hit with guests. Soak up the sun by the outdoor pool surrounded by an evergreen garden, sink into your luxurious bed for a nap, and step outside to appreciate the many local seafood restaurants. Superior suites come with private rooftop sun decks for ultimate tranquility.

 

Final thoughts on Athens

Athens is an electrifying experience. Nobody can wander through the streets without dropping their jaw at the sight of the Acropolis and other ancient ruins. The Athenians are proud of their history, their culture, their food, and it really shows. You’ll be guaranteed to fall in love with this remarkable city!

To recap our travel guide, Plaka is our top choice for where to stay in Athens. This neighborhood is touristy, yes, but it’s thoroughly charming and amiable. Many of the hotels boast Acropolis views and the rates are very reasonable.

Our top pick for the best hotel in Athens is the Ava Hotel and Suites thanks to its fabulously central location with views of the Acropolis and it’s impeccable design and amenities. And for somewhere so central, it’s known for being super quiet even at night! You seriously won’t find a better place to stay in Athens.

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About the Author Aaron Hovanesian

Born in Los Angeles, Aaron Hovanesian is one of the original staff writers for Hotel Jules. Having backpacked the world as a young man, Aaron now prefers to travel the world in luxury, proudly staying in the world's most amazing hotels and properties. When Aaron is not traveling he lives in Western Colorado he can be found brewing his own beer (probably an IPA) or spending time with his two amazing golden retrievers.