Planning the perfect trip to Athens may turn out to be quite a challenging process. It's not just about choosing your ideal destination or finding the best company; booking your accommodation and figuring out exactly where you want to stay, can take up a lot of your time and be the source of a great deal of stress. Luckily for you, we're going to try to make this process a little bit easier by offering you some suggestions on where you can stay in Athens and how to choose the neighborhood that best suits your style or lives up to your travel expectations. Let's get started!
Where to stay in Athens
When it comes to finding the ideal place to stay in Athens, there are generally three major types of accommodation to choose from:
A popular hotel in the center of Athens - credits: Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock.com
For those of you who travel on a big budget, there are some incredible 5-star hotels all over Athens that will definitely provide you with unforgettable memories of luxury and relaxation. Hotel Grand Bretagne, Electra Palace Hotel and AthensWas Hotel are only a few of the best hotels in Athens, right in the city center.
If you can't afford to spend too much money on Athens accommodation but still wish to enjoy the comforts of a hotel experience, check out Best Western My Athens Hotel or Marina Hotel, two excellent options that offer lovely rooms at very reasonable prices!
Hostels in Athens
If you don't mind sharing a room with other travelers, hostels can be a fantastic and very economical choice! Athens City Circus, Athens Choice, and Athens Style are three great hostels where you can stay for less than 20 euros per night and share your amazing travel experience with people from all over the world! Book your bed and spend relaxing moments in the common room, where you get to mingle with other tourists or have a drink at the bar, the perfect place for socializing at the end of your busy day.
Airbnbs in Athens
Airbnb can be slightly more expensive than hostels, but they are certainly much less pricy than hotels. If you're an Airbnb lover visiting Athens, you're bound to find some pretty incredible places at very reasonable prices! Rent apartments (or even houses!) from 20 to 30 euros per night and save up money for your holiday activities, while still being able to enjoy the coziness and privacy of a proper home!
Choosing the right neighborhood to stay in Athens
Each neighborhood in Athens has its own unique style and can provide you with a whole different perspective of the city. To help you pick the neighborhood that best suits your personality and your favorite activities, we've accumulated a list of suggestions for you, depending on how you want to spend your trip in Athens:
Traditional houses in Plaka, Athens - credits: Anastasios71/Shutterstock.com
Athens is a city of great historical and archaeological richness, full of cultural treasures ready to be explored! For a taste of the old Athens and the city's history and tradition, the quiet and beautiful neighborhood of Plaka is the perfect place to stay. Right by the Acropolis, home to a number of museums, such as the Museum of Greek Folk Art and the Jewish Museum, and close to the square of Monastiraki, the heart of Athens, Plaka ideally combines the old with the new in perfect harmony.
Drinking and clubbing - Athens nightlife
Pitaki Street in Psirri, Athens - credits: Haris vythoulkas/Shutterstock.com
To truly experience the nightlife of Athens, staying close to all the bars and clubs can be a good idea, especially if long cab rides back to your room after a night of dancing and drinking aren't really your cup of tea. The neighborhood of Psirri and Monastiraki are not only close to the wonderful hill of the Acropolis, but also to the numerous bars of the city center, where you can enjoy fantastic drinks as well as a true taste of Athens by night. If you prefer dancing all night long to the latest music hits, consider staying in Gazi, a neighborhood packed with night-clubs for all sorts of tastes and styles, guaranteed to make your trip to Athens truly unforgettable!
Ermou Street, Athens - credits: Nataliia Sokolovska/Shutterstock.com
In case you want to indulge in some shopping in Athens, why not choose to stay in one of the commercial areas of Athens? Monastiraki is of course well known for its large open market and is also right by Ermou, a long street full of all kinds of shops. If you can splurge a little bit more, you can also stay in the neighborhoods of Kolonaki or Kifisia, both of which feature a great variety of shops from high-end brands, surrounded by stylish coffee houses and classy restaurants. Chalandri is also known for its great market area as well as its amazing bars and cool vibes!
Falling in love
View of the Lycabettus hill - credits: Milan Gonda/Shutterstock.com
The hill of Lycabettus, situated right across the Acropolis, is the perfect place to stay with your love partner during your Athens tours. Admire the whole city from above and gaze at the breathtaking sight of the Parthenon at sunset, for the most romantic moments of your holidays. If you want to be closer to the hustle and bustle of the city, stay in Koukaki instead, a small hip area in the city center, where you can still admire the beauty of the Acropolis under the starlight with your significant other!
Ηopefully you now have an idea on where you want to stay or, even better, you've already made up your mind! The hard part is now over and all that's left to do is enjoy the excitement and anticipation of your wonderful trip to Athens!