boutique hotels in Athens
Photograph from left to right: New Hotel, AthensWas and Pallas Athena

Athens Hotels

Athens hotels are flourishing right now, with more than seven hotel openings in the last 12 months, with more openings expected. Small to medium sized boutique hotels are a specialty in this city, offering personalised service and a consistently high standard. Bigger hotel groups such as the Hilton are also available. For absolute decadence and luxury you can’t go past the Hotel Grande Bretagne.

We’ve scoped out the Athens hotel scene to provide you with a selection of the best.

 

Where to stay in Athens

Working out where to stay in Athens is an important decision in your holiday planning and cost really shouldn’t be the only factor in where to stay. Greeks are a very hospitable bunch and are very suited to the service industry. The standard of boutique hotels in Athens is incredibly high, with many of them offering luxurious, design focused spaces with good-sized rooms. More and more travellers prefer the personalised service you get over the big brands but you need to evaluate what is most important to you when you’re away from home. Things like room sizes, Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and breakfast are often not standard inclusions, so be sure you’re aware of what you’re getting before you arrive.

Acropolis Hotels, should you or shouldn’t you?

There are only a few hotels in the Acropolis district that we would recommend right now and you will find them listed on this page. In case you don’t already know, the Parthenon is built up very high on a hill and there are strict building height restrictions in Athens. You will notice there are no sky scrappers in the heart of the city. This means the Parthenon can be enjoyed from many points around the city. By majority, hotels in Athens have rooftop gardens (some with open air bars) and stunning views of the Acropolis.

 If you’re wanting to get as close as possible and have a room with a view, you will pay a premium, even if the hotel is sub par. Staying smack bang in the Acropolis district (i.e. within 2-4 km or 1.5-3 miles) does bring you within walking distance with the Acropolis Museum as well. The area is very much a part of old Athens and the nearby suburb of Koukaki is proving to be very popular with locals and tourists recently, with a good standard of new eateries and bars opening up. The rest of the action (restaurants, bars, shopping) will be a 10-minute walk away or a short taxi/train ride. You should expect to see the typical tourist style strips close by, around the area of Makrigianni.

Be aware of online claims such as ‘near the Acropolis’ because almost everywhere in the centre of Athens is near the Acropolis! The question is, how close do you want to be?

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    Best boutique hotels in Athens

    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…

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  • New Hotel Athens Why Athens

    New Hotel

    Where: Minutes from Syntagma Square
    Why Stay: For art inspired luxury in central Athens
    We Loved: The art installations through out the hotel
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    In(n) Athens Hotel

    Where: Short walk to Syntagma Square
    Why Stay: Boutique service in the heart of Syntagma
    We Loved: The private atrium that feels removed from the city
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  • Pallas Athena Hotel Why Athens

    Pallas Athena Hotel

    Where: Overlooking Kotzia Square
    Why Stay: For a true urban experience of Athens
    We Loved: The graffiti sprayed rooms and tres chic lobby
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  • AthensWas Hotel Why Athens

    AthensWas Hotel

    Where: The Makrigianni district close to the Acropolis
    Why Stay: For the oversized rooms, comfort and location
    We Loved: Being able to walk everywhere
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  • Hilton Hotel Athens - WhyAthens.com

    Hilton Hotel

    Where: The Hilton district is close to upmarket Kolonaki
    Why Stay: For the oversized rooms and the services you expect from the Hilton brand
    We Loved: The 25 metre pool and decadent buffet breakfast
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  • St George Lycabettus, WhyAthens.com

    St George Lycabettus Hotel

    Where: Lycabettus Hill/Kolonaki
    Why Stay: Good value, providing more than the average boutique hotel. Prime location
    We Loved: Eating breakfast with a panoramic view of Athens and the Acropolis
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