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Photograph from left to right: New Hotel, AthensWas and Pallas Athena

Best boutique hotels in Athens

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Boutique hotels in Athens are flourishing and the offering rivals many of the big name hotel brands, delivering impressive designer interiors, personalised service, central locations and oversized guest rooms. So if you’re looking for where to stay in Athens, it’s well worth checking out (or into) these options.

In no particular order

Best boutique hotels in Athens

New Hotel

Where: Close to Syntagma Square

Why Stay: For art inspired luxury in central Athens

We Loved: The art installations through out the hotel

The New Hotel is the trailblazer for design and art focused boutique hotels in Athens. As part of the Yes! Hotels group, it is a playful hub of design and modern art following a major refurbishment in 2011.

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The Lobby at New Hotel. Photograph: Why Athens | Best boutique hotels in Athens

It includes a full list of amenities including a wellness club, gym, child friendly services and business facilities making it ideal for all types of travellers. There are 79 rooms with five room categories starting at 20 square metres and moving up to 30 square metres. The suites begin at 35 square metres and the Penthouse Suite boasts 65 square metres, with a large outdoor terrace and 360 degree views of Athens.

‘New Taste’ restaurant on the ground floor offers a Mediterranean menu with a famous brunch menu on Sundays that attracts the locals. The ‘New Art Lounge’ is the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant serving light meals throughout the day or an a la carte menu at night. You can soak up the panoramic views of Athens and its art book library with more than 2000 titles.

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Brunch at New Taste restaurant. Photograph: Why Athens | Best boutique hotels in Athens

New Hotel is well located to major sites and shopping, there is little missing from this boutique city hotel.

W. Yes hotels | Best boutique hotels in Athens

T. +30 210 327 3000

Address: 16 Filellinon St Syntagma

Nearest metro station: Syntagma

 

AthensWas

Where: Close to the Acropolis

Why Stay: For the oversized rooms, comfort and location

We Loved: Being able to walk everywhere

Opening its doors in early 2015, AthensWas is located along the pedestrianised street of Dionysiou Areopagitou that is very close to the Acropolis and situated in the Makrigianni district of Athens.

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A suite with a view at AthensWas. Photograph: Courtesy of Athens Was | Best boutique hotels in Athens

As a member of the Design Hotel™ group, this boutique hotel boasts architectural features borrowing from the ‘classic modernism’ movement of the ‘30’s to the ‘70s, which is also very Athenian in style. The hotel offers 21 rooms including four suites and a rooftop restaurant on the seventh floor, with stunning views of the Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Lycabettus and the Panathenaic Stadium. Each room category includes generous sized balconies to enjoy the outdoor Athenian way of life. Equally impressive is the internal size of each room, with the base room starting at 26 square metres and the higher category rooms starting at 32 square metres.

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AthensWas guest suite. Photograph: Courtesy of Athens Was | Best boutique hotels in Athens

AthensWas provides an ideal city escape with comfort and convenience. The Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theatre are all within walking distance.

W. AthensWas | Best boutique hotels in Athens

T. +30 210 924 9954

Address: 5 Dionysiou Areopagitou St, Athens

Nearest metro station: Acropolis

 

St George Lycabettus Hotel

Where: Lycabettus Hill – Kolonaki

Why Stay: For old style luxury

We Loved: Eating breakfast with a panoramic view of Athens and the Acropolis

For a medium sized boutique hotel, the St George Lycabettus Hotel provides a mighty offering; with two separate bars, a restaurant, gym, swimming pool and underground parking. If you love the idea of being located in one of Athens oldest and upmarket suburbs, surrounded by shopping, museums, fashionable bars and restaurants, then St George Lycabettus will suit perfectly.

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The rooftop pool at St George Lycabettus Hotel. Photograph: Courtesy of St George Lycabettus Hotel | Best boutique hotels in Athens

Having recently undergone extensive refurbishments to its rooftop restaurant and some of the guest rooms, the hotel blends modern and sophisticated elegance well. Room sizes start at 15-20 square metres and the suites start at 35 square metres.

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Room with an Acropolis view. Photograph: Courtesy of St George Lycabettus Hotel | Best boutique hotels in Athens

The traditional Greek breakfast served at its rooftop restaurant is magical, with stunning views of Athens and the Acropolis. All major sites are within 4km or 2.5 miles which generally means a short and cheap taxi ride. The added bonus is being at the base of Lycabettus Hill. A quick ride up the funicular will get you to the top, where you will be at the highest point in Athens with stunning views across the city.

W. St George Lycabettus | Best boutique hotels in Athens

T. + 30 210 741 6000

Address: 2 Kleomenous St, Athens

Nearest metro station: Evangelismos

 

Pallas Athena

Where: Overlooking Kotzia Square, Athinais St

Why Stay: For a true urban experience of Athens

We Loved: The graffiti sprayed rooms and tres chic lobby

Urban culture meets refined luxury at the Pallas Athena Hotel that is part of the Grecotel group, who own and operate 30 luxury hotels and resorts throughout Greece. Following a six-month refurbishment in January 2014, the Pallas Athena emerged with a new identity, embracing pop culture, contemporary furnishings and the grittiness of old Athens.

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The lobby of Pallas Athena Hotel. Photograph: Why Athens | Best boutique hotels in Athens

Located downtown along Athinas St, it overlooks the historic Kotzia Square. A short stroll up the road will find you at the central farmers markets and what was once the epicentre of old Athens, including Evripidou Street that is lined with authentic eateries, deli’s and spice shops.

The 63 guest rooms are a mix of contemporary luxury and pop culture with some rooms featuring painted murals by some of Athens most acclaimed urban artists. They are a fun departure into the world of cartoon characters and street art and perfect for young families or pop art enthusiasts.

There are five room categories that start at 24 square metres and rooms facing Kotzia Square include private balconies. With six spacious suite varieties, they are ideal for families, with many fitted with connecting doors and interchangeable beds.

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Pop-art themed rooms and suites at the Pallas Athena. Photograph: Why Athens | Best boutique hotels in Athens

This urban chic hotel is ideal for those who want to explore all parts of Athens from authentic, rustic tavernas to local farmers markets and antique shopping.

W. Grecotel-Pallas Athena | Best boutique hotels in Athens

T. +30 210 3250 900

Address: 65 Athinas St, Kotzia Square

Nearest metro station: Monastiraki

 

In(n) Athens

Where: Close to Syntagma Square

Why Stay: Boutique service in the heart of Syntagma

We Loved: The private atrium that feels removed from the city

Opening its doors in September 2015, In(n) Athens hotel is an oasis of calm despite being located in one of the most central locations in the city. Set back from the road, the hotel wraps around a central atrium.

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Entrance and atrium of the Inn Athens Hotel. Photograph: Why Athens | Best boutique hotels in Athens

Following a nine month refurbishment to the 100 year old neo-classical building, 22 guest rooms have emerged resembling French style ‘maisonettes’. The exterior has maintained its heritage but the interior has been brought up to date with a modern and sleek design. Space and function has been well conceived in the guest rooms with the lead in rooms starting at 20 square metres . All rooms are fitted with Coco-Mat mattresses and linen for a luxurious sleep.

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Guest rooms at the Inn Athens hotel. Photograph: Why Athens | Best boutique hotels in Athens

As an owner-operated hotel, you will receive personalised service with a great deal of care and attention. The hotel never feels crowded or overrun.

W. innathens.com | Best boutique hotels in Athens

T.+30 210 325 8555

Address: 3 Georgiou Sourri and Filellinon, Syntagma

Nearest metro station: Syntagma

 

Herodion Hotel

The Herodion is one of the few Acropolis hotels worth mentioning. A classic gem, located in a residential area at the base of the Acropolis. A hop, skip and a jump away will also get you to the Acropolis Museum.

As a family owned and run hotel, there is a high attention to resident comfort with various chill out areas and comfy furniture found in their atrium and olive garden. The rooftop bar and restaurant provides all day access and has a magnificent view of the Acropolis.

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The rooftop bar at the Herodion Hotel. Photograph: Why Athens | Best boutique hotels in Athens

The guest rooms are tight but functional, fitted with modern furnishings including Coco-Mat mattresses. Four junior suites are available which can also be configured for families of 4-6.

The Herodion provides a classic and sophisticated setting that is ideal for the value conscious traveller.

W. Herodion Hotel | Best boutique hotels in Athens

T.+30 210 923 6832

Address: 4 Rovertou Galli, Athens

Nearest metro station: Acropolis

We would like to thank the management of all the hotels listed for their assistance and hospitality. This post was not sponsored in any way and as always, all opinions are our own.

MAP POINTS:

MAP 1: A) Athens Was B) St George Lycabettus C) New Hotel

Map 2: D) Inn Athens E) Herodion Hotel F) Pallas Athena