When considering which Athens hotels you might want to stay in during your visit, it is worth it to consider the location of the hotel as much as it is the amenities. Ideally, you want to be within’ walking distance of many of the sights you intend on seeing. If you are in Athens for only a few days, then you might consider finding a hotel that is near Syntagma Square and the Parliament building, or in the Plaka neighborhood. Finding a hotel in Athens in either of these areas has you close to most of the sightseeing you will want to do. Quite often, hotels in Athens Greece can seem rather pedestrian, some lacking charm, and many not particularly memorable, but typically they are clean and offer enough comfort to not raise considerable concern. Athens is a city where you will likely be spending a lot of time out of your hotel room, and so many simply book what they can find and go from there. But, if you have a certain budget in mind, big or small, there will be enough options for cheap hotels in Athens as well as luxury hotels Athens selections. Remember that in the summer, Athens, and Greece as a whole, becomes more crowded, so if there are specific Athens hotels you have an eye on, you should consider booking ahead.
As for cheap hotels in Athens, you will find good options
around the Plaka/Monastariki district, near the archaeological
museum, and near the Acropolis in the neighborhoods of Koukaki and Makriyanni. Your best
bet for cheap hotels in Athens in the Plaka is the Hotel
Dioskouros, found at Odos Pittakou 6. Although the rooms
are basic, and breakfast is no more than tea or coffee
and some bread and jam, you can’t beat the location.
You also can’t beat the prices. Rooms will cost
you between $33-$45, so you will save money on your accommodations
and this hotel is popular with students or those on a
long trip looking more for somewhere to lay their head.
The rooms at the Hotel Dioskouros are dormitory-style,
and this means sharing bathrooms, but typically the bathrooms
stay clean and the owners offer pretty good hospitality
for the price. The Dioskouros often has a nice mix of
guests, and meeting other travelers is part of the upside
If you are looking for more luxury hotels Athens selections,
and you want location, consider staying at the Electra
Palace, found at 18 North Nikodimou Street in the Plaka
neighborhood. This is one of the more modern hotels in
the Plaka, and it is located in one of Plaka’s quieter
sections. The lobby at the Electra Palace is quite airy,
and is furnished with comfortable sofas and small tables,
and is a fun place to hang out. But, you might prefer
hanging out at the spa facilities, which are free to guests.
There, you’ll find an indoor pool, a hot-tub, a
sauna with steam bath and a nice fitness center. If you
have had a long day and want to stay in, the hotel has
a Mediterranean restaurant, and you can enjoy drinks either
in the garden or on the rooftop terrace. In your room,
you’ll enjoy the amenities, like the oak beds and
desks, minibar and complimentary toiletries. High-speed
internet access is available, and there is cable and satellite
TV. The list of amenities goes on, and you get what you
pay for, but you may appreciate most the extra towels
and linens upon request, and the chance to get an in-room
massage after a long day. Rates run from about $195-$325
per double, and include the breakfast buffet. You’re
close to great Athens shopping here, and centrally located for any Athens
tours you have in mind.
Another popular luxury hotels Athens option is one of
the city’s signature hotels, the Grande Bretagne.
Found on Syntagma Square, the location just doesn’t
get any better. The Acropolis in one direction, and Lykavittos
Hill in the other, and both within walking distance.
The Historical Museum, the Benaki
Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art are all within
easy access, not to mention that you are staying on the
main square in Athens, if not in all of Greece. As for
Athens hotels, the Grande Bretagne is legendary, quite
often the hotel of choice for visiting celebrities or
dignitaries. The level of service at this great choice
for Athens hotels is as good as it gets, and the concierge
will help you with any questions or concerns you might
have. Onsite amenities seem to come in two’s here,
with double selections for pools, restaurants and bars.
The health club and spa is a must visit, and when morning
rolls along after a comfortable night, you can savor the
views, as well as the food at the rooftop breakfast buffet.
The in-room amenities are all that you could ask for,
including, but not limited to, a minibar, 24-hour room
service, high-speed internet, TV with cable, a personal
safe, and hair dryers. Rates here typically run from an
average of $465 a night, up to $1,050.