Those who simply set sail for the Greek Islands are missing out. Book your stay on the mainland in Athens and see why read more...

Athenian style opulence

With a prestigious past seeping from its every pore, the ever-evolving Athens has plenty of deluxe lodgings to make you feel as kingly as Zeus himself. In the shadow of the Acropolis – the ancient, marble-clad "high city" – lies the Electra Palace Hotel, where modern comfort comes in classic packaging.

Live your own version of the Greek myths that underpin the city with a stay at the 5-star Hotel Grande Bretagne, which has been setting the standard for luxurious Athens hotels for more than a century. For a modern twist, try the artistically designed New Hotel, the 60s-esque Semiramis or The Margi on the spectacular Athenian Riviera.

At the foothills of history

A stint as the Summer Olympic Games host in 2004 saw Athens receive a healthy boost to infrastructure, from historical renovations to an influx of hotels catering to the crowds. In the historic heart of the city, the pockets of Plaka, Monastiraki, Thissio and Psirri feature their fair share of lodgings both new and old.

Budget studio rooms, hostels and a melange of mid-range options exist close to the Ancient Agora, with plenty of places to stay in Plaka and surrounds. The Royal Olympic Hotel is a stylish reminder of the city's hosting duties, while the recently refurbished Electra is ready to welcome you to Old Town Athens in style.

Cruise in or out from Piraeus

As Europe's oldest capital city, Athens holds a treasure trove of delights to uncover. Whether you're exploring the Temple of Hephaestus in Thission or hunting down the perfect keepsake at the flea market of Monastiraki, your days spent in Athens are bound to be aesthetically and culturally fulfilling.

If you're thinking of extending your holiday out to sea, staying in Piraeus will have you close enough to pack up and set sail within moments. Accommodation in this ancient port, which serves as the main exit point out to the Greek islands, includes the luxurious Theoxenia Palace, the boutique Lilia Hotel and the hotel Triton.

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