Greece has become one of the most popular destinations for travellers from the UK, and the country is sufficiently different and exotic, but still familiar enough to appeal to those who want the comforts of home. The country attracts backpackers, honeymooners and families, and the following tips can help you to find the best hotel for your needs when you plan a visit to this fascinating country. Although many visitors to Greece venture outside the capital, Athens has plenty to offer it is an attractive city of wide avenues, stately buildings and of course, the ancient Parthenon, one of the world's most famous structures all make great locations for a business meeting.
Greece has a wide range of accommodation to suit any budget, and although many larger chain hotels might remind you of some british hotels, many smaller establishments are quite quirky and different. Many come with conference suits and meeting rooms with would be perfect for networking meeting. Despite the fact that many hotels were renovated for the 2004 Olympics, Athens hotels still have some of the lowest prices of any major European city. The city's high season is considered to be Easter to October, although bargains can sometimes be found during July and August. There has also been an increase in the number of small and luxurious boutique hotels in the city.
If you are travelling on a budget, the city has a wide variety of cheap hotels, hostels and private rooms and the tourist office can help with these, or they can be booked ahead of time. If you don't mind a basic room, a simple breakfast, and a lack of facilities and amenities, and perhaps a walk into the city centre, you can book a room in Athens from around 20 pounds a night. Generally speaking, the further out of the city you stay, the lower the room price. Despite the name, youth hostels are not exclusively for the young, and many now offer family rooms and single rooms.
Just like any large city, Athens is a collection of smaller neighbourhoods, although the city can still seem huge and overwhelming to first time visitors. Several areas have become obvious and convenient places to stay, including Syntagma, or Constitution Square. This has traditionally been the heart of the city, and is home to one of the most famous hotels, the Grande Bretagne, with its beautiful lobby. The Greek Parliament building is situated here, as are several fine restaurants, and many banks and travel agencies.
For budget travellers, other neighborhoods are more appealing. The Plaka, at the foot of the famous Acropolis, has always been the city's most touristy area and is a good place for cheap hotels, restaurants and bars. The Plaka area has plenty of atmosphere and is within easy reach of most of the places you will want to see while visiting the city. Koukaki was once a working class area, although it has since become gentrified and has a good selection of hotels, bars and small shops catering to the locals. From here, it's about a 20 minute walk into the city centre, although staying here allows you to live more as a local, rather than a tourist.