It is not difficult to find a hotel in Athens. In general, accommodation offers a satisfactory price/quality ratio. They are clean and the welcome is usually warm.
Various choices are available to you according to your desires, your constraints and your budget.
Below are some tips to help you make your choice.
Which district to choose to sleep in Athens?
First of all, these are the most popular areas in downtown Athens for tourists. They have the advantage of being central, which makes it possible to discover the city on foot. And they are also very well served by public transport.
- Plaka: a district appreciated by travellers and where many hotels are concentrated, at all prices. If you choose this district, which is certainly very touristy, you can enjoy a calm atmosphere in the morning and you will be spoilt for choice in the evening for dinner or a drink.
- Syntagma, the heart of modern Athens. This is where most of the high-end hotels are concentrated. An ultra-central district.
- Monastiraki, a central and lively district, in the immediate vicinity of archaeological sites.
- Psyri, a trendy district, an alternative hair, where you can find lots of trendy restaurants and bars.
- Around the Acropolis, you will also find many hotels.
- Koukaki is also a pleasant and well located district.
Off the beaten track
Here are two districts that have the advantage of being less touristy and therefore less expensive… but also less well frequented than the most touristy districts. Both are easily accessible by public transport and a few minutes walk from downtown Athens.
- Exarchia: a bohemian district, lively and non-conformist, renowned for its lively nightlife and street art (but also for its protest demonstrations).
- Omonia: it is the place where you can find the cheapest hotels in Athens… but the district is not necessarily very attractive, especially in the evening. So be careful before choosing a hotel in Omonia, especially if you are with your family.
Hotels in Athens by the sea
If you want a waterfront holiday, choose a hotel by the sea, in Glyfada, Lagonissi or Vouliagmeni.
- The advantage: guaranteed idleness and a relaxing atmosphere.
- The disadvantage: these districts are far from the city centre, which is less convenient to visit Athens.
The different types of accommodation and hotels in Athens
An economical solution, especially if you travel alone.
Two Athenian youth hostels are affiliated with Hostelling International. There are also other youth hostels such as Youth Hostel Athens, Pagrati Youth Hostel or Athens Backpackers(a youth hostel located 1 minute walk from the Akropoli metro station and at unbeatable prices).
While this user-friendly solution is widely used in the Greek islands, it is much less so in central Athens. However, you can still find some domatia (“rooms” in Greek).
A word of advice: do not hesitate to visit them before committing yourself and to leave if you are not satisfied.
This is an interesting solution, especially when you travel in a group or with your family.
There are many Airbnb accommodations in Athens, in all districts. Some of them are really very nice.
Hotels in Athens
The Greek Tourist Office classifies hotels into six categories (Luxury, A, B, C, D, E). The criteria are complex and the categories very broad. It is therefore quite possible that a brand new category C hotel may be more expensive than a classic category B hotel.
In general, hotels in Athens are rather simple: small rooms, rustic furniture, functional but unattractive bathroom. In principle, no cleanliness problems, standards are good.
Luxury hotels in Athens
Do you want to please yourself? There are high-end hotels in Athens that have nothing to envy to the Parisian palaces. With the added bonus, for some of them, a breathtaking view of the Acropolis.
Booking a hotel in Athens: practical advice
If you come during the summer months, remember to book early enough to have choice and affordable prices.
Rates can be very low in the off-season but increase considerably between May and October, with a peak in July and August.