Athens hotels

By Rachel Howard, your Athens expert

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expert-rated hotels in Athens
Best for Luxury -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

The grande dame of Athenian hotels combines old-fashioned class with modern pizazz.

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Price from: £164
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Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Stylish rooms and astonishing views from the rooftop restaurant.

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Price from: £61
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

A huge pool, fabulous fish restaurant and glamorous rooftop bar give this Hilton an edge.

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Price from: £112
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Standout service, spacious rooms and a wonderful Plaka address.

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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A quirky fusion of classic and contemporary smack in the centre of town.

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Price from: £95
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Quietly cool and contemporary, this small hotel has an insider vibe.

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Price from: £84
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Best for Food -
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

A comfortable oasis walking distance from the Acropolis.

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Price from: £87
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Best for On a budget -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A charming family-run hotel that punches well above its 3-star rating.

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Price from: £31
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

The Parthenon is so close you can almost reach out and touch it.

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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Marble and gilt opulence with mind-blowing views of Athenian antiquities.

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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Large rooms overlooking the National Gardens.

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Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

An honest, unpretentious hotel on a quiet Plaka back street.

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Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Large, luxurious rooms and a rooftop restaurant with Acropolis views.

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Price from: £90
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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

A safe bet within striking distance of all the major sights.

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#25/25
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Expert overall rating:3.7 (out of 5)

Bold, bright rooms at reasonable prices smack bang in the central food market.

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For a city with one of the world's most famous landmarks - yes, the Parthenon - Athens is surprisingly low on world-class hotels, though the accommodation scene improved dramatically in the run-up to the Athens 2004 Olympics, when many new hotels opened and old ones were spruced up. More recently, a clutch of reasonably priced hotels has cropped up around the centre, which offer good value and a chance to explore under-the-radar (if slightly grubby) neighbourhoods like Keramikos, Metaxourgio, and Victoria. The city's top hotels (favoured by business travellers) are all located around Syntagma Square, on Syngrou Avenue or along the coastline (great for beach breaks, but a long haul from the major sights). Tourists tend to opt for hotels in Thission, Koukaki or Plaka, all within striking distance of the Acropolis. Even if the decor can be kitsch, the views are priceless (and, inevitably, come with a price premium).

Things to consider before booking:

  • Five-star ratings in Greece (based on size and facilities rather than services) do not necessarily match up to international standards.
  • Prices shoot up in July and August, peak holiday season in Greece.
  • Around August 15 most of the city shuts down - although hotels are operational, you'll struggle to find restaurants, shops, and sights that are open.
  • The area around Omonia Square has become increasingly crime-infested. Take extra care if staying here. 
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Athens is not just the city where I grew up - it's the place where I launched my career as a travel writer. For more than 20 years, I've been checking into hotels and checking out restaurants, shops, bars and sights in Athens for leading travel publications and guide books. Whether it's the latest design hotel on Conde Nast Traveller's Hot List, or a budget guesthouse with bags of charm, I know the Athens hotel scene inside out. 

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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