What to do in Athens in August
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WHERE to stay and eat in Athens

Despite the troubled economic times in Greece, the tourism industry continues to grow, attracting more investment into the sector, which is great news for visitors to Athens. There is a hotel boom occurring right now, an increase in restaurant openings and street food is also having a moment. You’re set to have a great all round experience of the city. We’ve dedicated this WHERE category to where to stay, eat and drink in Athens, because these really are the most vital parts to your enjoyment. The city is absolutely brimming with choice but the trick is finding them.

As always, we’ve sifted through the good and not so good, to leave you with the only the best options. We really hope you enjoy.

Where to stay in Athens

Finding where to stay in Athens is no longer a struggle. Small to medium sized boutique hotels are a specialty in Athens 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. There are more hotel openings expected, so watch this space for updates.

Where to eat in Athens

Despite the economic crisis, Athenians are going out to restaurants in record numbers. Authentic Greek food in Athens is very affordable and delicious. However, the standard and quality is not the same everywhere. You really do need to know in advance where to eat in Athens. We have tried and tested everything in our food listings several times to be sure they are up to scratch. Kali orexi! (Good appetite).

  • Inn Athens Hotel Foyer

    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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  • AthensWas Hotel Athens Areopagitou

    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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  • New Hotel Athens Foyer

    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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  • Herodion Hotel Athens Rooftop

    Herodion Hotel

    Where: The Acropolis area
    Why Stay: Location, Views, Value
    We Loved: The rooftop bar with the closest view of the Acropolis
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  • Pallas Athena Hotel Athens

    Pallas Athena Hotel

    Urban culture meets refined luxury at the Pallas Athena Hotel. Following a six-month refurbishment to what was formerly the Baby Grand Hotel, it re-opened its doors in January 2014, emerging with a new identity, embracing pop culture, contemporary furnishings and the grittiness of old Athens.

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  • St George Lycabettus Hotel Athens

    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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