Considering where to stay in Athens is all about immediate proximity to the city’s cultural sites and activities. This makes the districts within easy access of the Acropolis and city centre some of the most popular destinations for travellers.
Luckily, these precincts also offer a wealth of choice, with some renowned for their neighbourly feel, others boasting upscale five-star hotels, and others still featuring budget-friendly short-stay apartments and a lively restaurant scene.
With its quaint village atmosphere, vibrant cafes and proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka is one of the most unique places to stay in Athens. Accommodation here consists of mainly small, family-run hotels located directly on the street. However, what they may lack in luxury they make up for in charm, authenticity, and immediate access to all the essential sites.
Makrianni is widely considered among the best areas to stay in Athens due to the fact it borders the Acropolis. This suburb places you in direct proximity to museums, shopping, archaeological wonders, and a whole lot more. Accommodation is also easy to come by, with a host of three, four and even five-star hotels dotted around the area.
Koukaki is acclaimed as one of the up-and-coming districts of Athens with a bevy of new restaurants and shops moving in. Its central location places you within easy reach of the Acropolis – this is a major benefit, along with the easy access to the Metro. Koukaki is quieter than other tourist precincts with accommodation including affordable small-scale hotels.
Packed full of cafes, bars and pedestrian zones, Thission offers a lively ambience and access to historic areas like Plaka and the Acropolis. Accommodation here isn’t as widely available as some other areas of Athens, but there are a number of well-priced hotels that allow you to reach all the must-see tourist sites of Athens within a 15-minute walk.
As a central hub with easy transport options, Syntagma boasts a large selection of the big-name accommodation options of Athens. Here you’ll find international brands along with a host of other large-scale motels that all provide proximity to the Acropolis, and a central city location from which to explore restaurants, shops, museums and more.
Adjoining the Acropolis, Monastiraki offers convenient access to Athens’ prime historical sites in addition to being within walking distance of bustling neighbourhoods like Psiri and Gazi. Monastiraki is also located on the Metro line that arrives directly from the airport. The accommodation offerings here range from short-stay apartments to five-star hotels, with an option to suit almost every budget.