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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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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
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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.
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!
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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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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.