Follow us on a journey to discover the best hotels in Athens to make your stay unforgettable.
Athens is like an open-air museum where the list of historical attractions to see, such as the Acropolis or the Parthenon, is endless – you will find archaeological remains wherever you go. Athens has lots of medieval and Byzantine buildings from the 19th century, as well as stunning natural beauty and some of the best museums in the world. Being the cradle of formal democracy, Athens breathes luxury and style, in addition to 2,500 years of history.
In addition to history, Athens has an unbeatable offer of luxury hotels, design hotels, villas, restaurants, and beaches. This is why we selected the best hotels in Athens, the capital of Greece, for you. From hotel restaurants with unbeatable views of the heart of the city, to paths leading to a private and paradisiacal beach.
The Best Hotels in Athens, Our Selection
Mixing a party vibe with a relaxing stay, you’re in for a great time at the Gatsby.
Focusing on high energy, parties and proving you with the most fun experience possible, the Gatsby Athens is everything you would imagine from its name. With quirky interiors and a whole host of bars and restaurants open from morning until night, this hotel really is party central in Athens. When you’re partied out (or gathering your energy for the next evening) you can while away the hours in the gym or treatments suite.
“Sitting in the rooftop bar (Cloud 9) and dancing all night was the highlight of my stay.”Check availability
The Athens Capital Center Hotel is the epitome of eco-urban and takes its environmental impact very seriously.
Located next to Parliament House in Syntagma Square, the Athens Capital Center Hotel is as sophisticated as its surroundings. Being an urban haven from the hustle and bustle of the city, the stunning interiors and high end luxury that exudes from this hotel is second to none. There are a range of suites, a rooftop pool and several high end eateries which offer many local gastronomic delights.
“Just walking into the lobby and seeing the bold gold and marble interiors was enough to make me feel like I had finally arrived.”Check availability
5-star luxury with a grand finesse, the King George Hotel is a jewel in the Athenian crown.
The King George Hotel has a rich history, dating back to 1930, which is evident in every corner of this magnificent building. Styled as a palatial sanctuary, you’ll find gold accents, marble, pillars and cornicing adorning the lobbies and rooms. A range of rooms and suites cater for each budget, but their Penthouse Suite with a private outdoor pool is really something special.
“We really enjoyed our meal at the Tudor Hall Restaurant. The food was amazing!”Check availability
Inspired by the great intellects of Greek history, the Academias Hotel is a wonder of contemporary and classical.
The Academias Hotel centres itself around three principles; Science, Art and Philosophy and represents each of these throughout the building and throughout their hospitality. With 60 rooms, all with postmodern décor, each has a unique twist towards the great thinkers of ancient Greece. Have a bite to eat in the Symposium Restaurant or spend the afternoon in the indoor pool watching a movie (you read that right).
“For me the spa was a real relief from a day’s sightseeing. It was great to work out all the tension of the city.”Check availability
Named for their eco credentials, the Green Suites Boutique Hotel boasts one of the most eco-luxury hotels in Athens.
Offering luxury whilst trying to be mindful of your carbon footprint is no mean feat, but the Green Suites have managed to not only produce an environment that is carbon neutral, but they have created the most innovative, tech savvy space for you to enjoy. Every inch of the space has been thought out and carefully designed so that you can enjoy the delights of downtown Athens and not feel guilty about the impact you are leaving behind. Pools, gardens, saunas and spas are all available to help you relax while the rooftop bar is a great way to finish off the evening.
“The interiors of this hotel as so calming, it really makes me feel at one with nature, but in a city location.”Check availability
One of the newest 5 star hotels in Athens, the Hellenic Vibes Smart Hotel has arrived with a bang.
This small but perfectly formed hotel consists of 35 rooms and suites which have all been uniquely decorated and styled with luxury and modernity in mind. A great base for exploring the sights and sounds of Athens, he hotel is not far away from the ancient ruins that you may explore throughout the day. The restaurant offers a classic Greek breakfast and there are several restaurants and cafes close by.
“This was a great spot to explore the city from, it was within walking distance from so many attractions.”Check availability
Bold in design and bold in atmosphere, the Semiramis Athens puts a smile on everyone’s face.
Everything about the Semiramis shouts fun and frivolity. It’s carefully designed exterior screams loud and fun while the interiors have a playful vibe. Many of the signature rooms have their own unique theme based around specific design details and put luxury at the forefront. The restaurant, Freud Oriental offers Japanese Cuisine and is a very popular spot for locals and visitors alike.
“I just loved the fun interiors. Everywhere I looked there was something I had missed the previous day, it was great!”Check availability
For a more grown up experience, the COCO-MAT will not disappoint.
For those who would prefer a more sophisticated, adult stay, the COCO-MAT Athens is a great base for those wanting to soak in the culture of the city. Set in a neoclassical mansion, the interiors have been sympathetically renovated to express the elegance of this building whilst applying some luxurious elements to the design. The rooftop garden and spa are welcome additions to those wanting to escape from the busyness of the city for the afternoon.
“Our room was gorgeous. A light space with deep dark tones, I loved it.”Check availability
The Xenodocheio Milos boldly claims to be the home of Greek hospitality, and it does not disappoint.
While the Xenodocheio may not be the largest hotel on our list, it certainly is one of the most stylish with its modern interiors and crisp lines. Combining natural materials such as marble, wood and linen, the high ceilings and white walls make this space light and airy. The spa and gym offer respite from the day, but the crowning jewel is the restaurant which is run by chef Costas Spiliadis and offers a gastronomic mezze of Mediterranean dishes.
“We really enjoyed our stay here, it felt as though nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they were so attentive.”Check availability
Focusing on a unique style of hospitality, the Newel Psychiko boasts an array of accommodation to suit every need.
The Newel Psychiko is a range of different accommodations, all with one thing in common; to make your stay as memorable as possible. With several contemporary spaces across the city, they aim to provide you with a home from home experience. Each space is decorated with light and bright interiors and a concierge service is on hand to provide transfers, car hire, private tours and housekeeping needs too.
“We liked the freedom of having our own space, it made us feel like we’d moved in!”Check availability
At the Lekka Hotel and Spa, relaxation is everything.
Nestled in the heart of the city, the Lekka Hotel is a great base for exploring what Athens has to offer. From the rustic Monastiraki Square to the changing of the guard at Parliament Building, there is plenty to explore right on the doorstep. When not adventuring, you can relax in house with a massage, Greek jacuzzi or simply a few cocktails in the rooftop bar. The rooms are tastefully styled with hints of traditional Greek accents in each space while the lobbies offer a more open plan, relaxed environment.
“The view from our bedroom was stunning, I’d definitely come here again.”Check availability
With striking interiors, and a refined sense of style, the Acropolis Magenta puts luxury at the centre of its ethos.
The Acropolis Magenta goes above and beyond in terms of luxury and sophistication. Floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrors, rich tones adorning the walls, all of this come together to create a smart and modern feel. The luxury suites are short-term rentals rather than hotel-style bookings, which makes for a more relaxed approach to hospitality and allows you the freedom to come and go as you please.
“These suites made for a great base while we stayed in Athens. They were beautifully decorated and very comfortable.”Check availability
The Ivis 4 is a recently renovated industrial building and has been transformed into a haven of relaxation.
Consisting of 14 rooms, this old industrial building is unrecognisable once inside. Beautifully designed by Awish Architects to be one of the most luxurious spots in Athens, the hotel is full to the brim with art and sculptural pieces too such as the large scale mural by SimpleG. The hotel really does focus on culture, which is even translated through to their restaurant, ably run by renowned chef Yiannis Lucacos.
“I loved being surrounded by all of the artwork, it felt like we were staying in a gallery!”Check availability
Just a short walk from the Syntagma Square, the Athens Warehouse Boutique Suites are ideal for explorers.
A blend of self-contained apartments and rooms, the Athens Warehouse allows you the freedom of your own accommodation without the constraints of staying in a traditional hotel. The luxury finish provides you with a comfortable and relaxing place to stay as well as the knowledge that you are in good hands of the Warehouse team. The building is just a short walk from all the amenities you could need including cafes, parks and many tourist spots.
“I really liked that we were so close to everything and that we didn’t have to sacrifice luxury for our privacy.”Check availability
Cutting edge design combined with a luxury finish makes the Neoma Hotel a must when in Athens.
At first glance you may think that the Neoma Hotel is simply some boxes stacked on top of one another, but on closer inspection you will soon see that this engineering feat is an intricate balance of space and form. With a selection of rooms decorated with simplicity in mind, the hotel also has a rooftop terrace and pool from which you can gaze over the city scape in peace and quiet.
“I loved that it was so quiet. We were only one of 10 couples staying there and it meant that the staff were always available.”Check availability
So much more than a concept hotel, the Mona Athens is a trailblazer.
The Mona Athens is set in an old industrial factory and has been converted into a modern, fun hotel. Playing with art and culture, the hotel represents a high end concept hotel which facilitates 20 individual rooms, a concept café lounge and a speakeasy style basement venue. On the rooftop you’ll find a member only bar where you can wine and dine the night away whilst admiring the gorgeous view.
“If you are looking for something completely different to the normal hotels in Athens then the Mona is the one to try.”Check availability
One of the most exclusive locations in Athens, the Athens Hill Luxury Apartments stand out above the rest.
Boasting its state-of-the-art excellence as a premier luxury city destination, the Athens Hill Luxury Apartments have only recently opened their doors. Carefully designed to add those little extra touches to every corner of the building, you’ll find most rooms have a seamless, modern design with an upscale finish. The concierge service is on hand for any and every need and the customer service is second to none.
“The rooms were lovely, and the concierge service was on hand for every need. I really enjoyed my stay here.”Check availability
In Kolonaki in Athens, you can shop in style, eat and drink modern food and now also stay in unique accommodations, like the nature-loving and simultaneously noble Coco-Mat Athens BC, a boutique hotel of the special kind.
Bamboo bicycles are available to you free of charge at all times, the walk across the glass floor in the entrance that spans the hotel's own interior store – definitely take a look! – is unique, a small roof terrace reveals a breathtaking view and some rooms surprise you with balconies, others with spacious seating areas. In addition, there is a coffee machine and kettle, bright bathrooms and high-quality toiletries at your disposal.
“Right across from the Acropolis: the location of this hotel is perfect for sightseeing. Wow factor guarantee.”Check availability
Design studio du jour K-Studio has transformed a 1930s Bauhaus building into a design dream: the Perianth Hotel. Off the beaten path, yet close to the Acropolis, it boasts terrazzo floors, black marble benches, brass pipes and sharp edges. Asian-inspired details such as Buddha statues greeted us in our rooms and skillfully pointed out the adjoining meditation and yoga studio, the Zen Center Athens.
The open-plan restaurant Il Baretto with its curved bar and chandeliers, serving Italian specialities such as pasta and paninis, took care of our culinary well-being – we say: Athens at its best.
“In the posh place of Athens, a Bauhaus gem hotel -run by its owners, which makes a quality difference- is ready to host trendy travelers.”Check availability
Hollywood stars once let their furs slide off their bare shoulders onto the marble of Syntagma Square at the five-star Hotel Grande Bretagne, and today the Grand Dame of Athens remains unbeaten. Not far from Plaka, right next to the Presidential Palace and the famous shopping streets, the hotel offers luxurious, spacious rooms, the finest furniture, marble bathrooms, bathtubs and showers. Some of the rooms balconies even offer a breathtaking view of the Acropolis.
The spa beckons with a thermal suite, herbal bath, grotto, ice fountain and indoor pool. The elegant rooftop garden restaurant awaits you with Mediterranean cuisine, and private dinner parties at The Cellar, including VIP airport transfers, are a matter of course here. Pure glamour.
“Its stunning rooftop garden restaurant is a great hidden gem. This place is something to remember at anytime.”Check availability
In the 1960s, Hollywood greats and royalty stayed at the Four Seasons Astir Palace, and even though this hotel gem is located outside the city of Athens, you won’t miss a thing: three beaches, a dense pine forest, seven restaurants and bars, the spa, an elegant marina, rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea, some housed in the main house and in the original bungalows, all elegant and stylish with glass walls that open onto terraces overlooking the pool and golden decorations, in antique style.
For a more urban feel, visit the nearby centre of Glyfada for dinner and drinks. Kalispera.
“The perfect stay for a city break: romantic bungalows positioned minutes away from the 5-star resort facilities.”Check availability
One of the biggest art collectors in Greece, Dakis Joannou, is the owner of this hotel on the famous Syntagma Square, a stone's throw away from the best shopping areas, right in the centre of Athens. Together with the Brazilian architect duo Campana, he has created an inhabitable art gallery.
The guest rooms, as well as the public spaces, captivate with colorful walls, old postcard decoupage, original art and upcycled furniture, some of it from the Venice Biennale, interacting with details like asymmetrical mirrors and rugs that fit together like puzzle pieces. We also enjoyed the interplay between the in-house library, with around 2,000 art books, and the café and rooftop restaurant.
“Right in the middle of the Plaka there’s the guarantee of a stress free stay, stylish to the last detail.”Check availability
The modern boutique hotel AthensWas brings together designs from Le Corbusier and Grcic to Rietvelt's Utrecht sofas, taking its design credentials seriously. Rooms with 1930’s character, walnut walls, buttery leather armchairs and color-block curtains blend with black-and-white prints of Greek statues referencing Athens.
Each of the rooms allows itself small balconies and surprisingly large bathrooms. Besides the good location, just a block away from the Acropolis Museum, you'll be spoiled in the rooftop restaurant Sense, protected by glass walls in winter. From here, the sweet life and the Parthenon seem within easy reach.
“One of the finest boutique hotels with an amazing rooftop restaurant. Quiet surroundings, but close to the real reason you are in Athens.”Check availability
The famous alleys of Plaka, pedestrian zone and oldest part of the city, provide space for an impressively restored 19th-century neoclassical listed building that houses the A77 Suites by Andronis. This urban oasis in perhaps the most colourful part of Athens, surrounded by restaurants, authentic boutiques and a mix of antiquity and modernity, truly won us over.
Everything here goes hand in hand: the furnishings, the high-quality materials and an inviting overall look, provide the basis for one of the most elegant boutique hotels in Athens. Come and see for yourself.
“A true boutique gem: When you walk in, the first thing you notice is the fantastic smell. You instantly feel like you're in an upscale place.”Check availability
Vouliagmeni is the home of Athens' rich and beautiful, and rightly so. White sandy beaches, elegant restaurants, close to the city and at the same time like paradise. The boutique hotel The Margi, a member of the SLH Group, awaits you in modern design.
A small pool, artworks from all corners of the world, excellent cuisine with organic food from the hotel's own farm and the ever-friendly and attentive staff make every stay an experience. Owner Maria Stavridis' and her son, architect Giagkos Agiostratitis, add a personal touch to create a sense of home. We will definitely be back!
“Tastefully furnished hotel with moroccan and boho inspired decoration which provides a relaxed, outstanding atmosphere.”Check availability
The Best Hotels in Athens: the Bottom Line
We hope that this list has given you lots of inspiration and guidance on which hotel would be right for you. Remember that while location is key, it is the customer service and high end facilities that truly make the best hotels in Athens.
Last Updated on February 12, 2024 by Editorial Team
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