Best hotels in Athens, Greece

The Athens hotels below have been personally inspected – and recommended as being amongst the best in their price bracket – by travel journalist David Whitley. To look for other hotels in Athens, try an Athens hotel search with our booking partner,

Top budget hotels in Athens, Greece (€)

There are a number of decent budget options in the unfortunately rather seedy area near Omonia Square. The design-focused Hotel Chic (25 Pireos, €) is the most interesting, with hi-tech rooms where you can light up the pictures from behind available for from EUR53. Of the solid but unspectacular competitors, Hotel Cecil (39 Athinas, €) is the best bet. It’s clean, freshly painted, air-conditioned and sufficiently south of the worst area. Elsewhere, the Exarchion (55 Themistokleous, €) offers cheaply-furnished but comparatively agreeable accommodation on happening Plateia Exarhion for from EUR50 a night.

Best mid-range hotels in Athens, Greece (€€)

Fresh (26 Sofokleous, €€) offers the design hotel touch on a relative budget, with lots of bright, bold colours and furnishings that you’d rather like to steal and take home. But it’s the rooftop pool and cafe-bar area that really impress. Meanwhile, the bathrooms at the Magna Grecia (54 Mitropoleos Street, €€) are poky, but with ornate high ceilings that border on the palatial and Acropolis views for from EUR80 a night, who cares? The nearby Diamond Hotel (24 Voulis, €€) is more dazzle and sparkle than regal, but the shimmering curtains plus silver and gold furry rugs add bags of character.

Recommended luxury accommodation in Athens, Greece (€€€ to €€€€€)

The buzzy, high-quality downstairs eatery and extraordinary panoramic photos splashed across the ceiling elevate Periscope (22 Haritos, €€€) above the norm – it’s certainly the best option in the central-but-chic suburb of Kolonaki. Baby Grand (65 Athinas, €€€) is great fun too, with Mini Coopers turned into reception desks and special EUR147-plus deluxe graffiti rooms where spray-can wielding artists have been allowed to run riot. Less quirky, but very spacious and well-equipped with cooking facilities and a balcony are the studios at AVA Hotel Apartments (9 Lyssikratous, €€€).

The affluent northern suburb of Kifisia is home to many of the luxury options. The Pentelikon (66 Diligianni, €€€€) is staid-but-solid five star luxury, while the eye-popping Semiramis (48 Charilaou Trikoupi, €€€€) is anything but. With wild pinks and greens across the board, an utterly psychedelic pool and just about everything in the room electronically controllable, it’s bold and rather brilliant. The Grande Bretagne (Plateia Syntagmatos, €€€€€) is the city’s grand old dame, however, and even the standard rooms feel fit for royalty at the unquestioned top address in town.


Athens hotel prices

Price brackets are based, roughly, on the starting rates that can be found in low season.

€ = under €60 a night

€€ = under €120 a night

€€€ = under €180 a night

€€€€ = under €240 a night

€€€€€ = over €240 a night.

Disclaimer: These hotels were inspected in January 2011. Things may have changed since then.

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