Athens Hotels
“The best time to visit is during the shoulder season in the months of May, June, and September. Temperatures are warm, the crowds are not as thick, and you can find cheap hotels in Athens.”
Once the center of the Western world, the vibrant capital city of Athens beckons visitors to discover its secrets. The city, in a state of transition between past and present, is rich in history and heritage. The Parthenon, rising 200 feet above the city, is a constant reminder to Athens' significance. However, Athens offers more than just a glimpse into the past. Hidden among the ancient monuments is a modern city alive with stylish restaurants, bars, and electrifying nightlife. With Greece’s economic troubles, Athens is an enticing option for those traveling on a budget, with inexpensive hotels around every corner.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Athens

New Hotel
New Hotel
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4.4
1257 reviews
16 Filellinon St, Syntagma, Athens
from $194
Athens Gate Hotel
Athens Gate Hotel
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4.1
2508 reviews
10 Syngrou Avenue, Athens
from $122
President Hotel
President Hotel
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3.5
4276 reviews
43 Kifissias Avenue, Athens
from $60
Novus City Hotel
Novus City Hotel
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4.2
492 reviews
23 Karolou Street Karaiskaki Square, Athens
from $85
NJV Athens Plaza Hotel
NJV Athens Plaza Hotel
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3.5
1400 reviews
Constitution Square Syntagma, Athens
from $138
Athens Cypria Hotel
Athens Cypria Hotel
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3.5
2586 reviews
Diomias St 5, Athens
from $73
Airotel Parthenon
Airotel Parthenon
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4.0
561 reviews
6 Makri Street, Athens
from $85
O&B Athens Boutique Hotel
O&B Athens Boutique Hotel
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4.5
777 reviews
7 Leokoriou Street, Athens
from $338
Philippos Hotel
Philippos Hotel
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3.8
677 reviews
3 Mitseon Street, Athens
from $116
Best Western Amazon Hotel
Best Western Amazon Hotel
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3.6
2023 reviews
19 Mitropoleos & Pentelis Str. Syntagma, Athens
from $67
More About Athens Hotels...

Stay in the Makrygianni and Koukai Areas of Athens

The Makrygianni and Koukai neighborhoods are located southeast of famous Acropolis Hill. Everything you need including restaurants, shopping, the metro, and nightlife is within walking distance. While close enough to all the major tourist sites, it is an area full of locals going about their daily lives. These two neighborhoods are also considerably quieter than the more well-known and touristy areas of Plaka and Monastiraki, which are still within walking distance. Avoid the neighborhoods of Ambelokipi, Illissia, or Alexandras which are noisy and far from the sights.

A great hotel option in the Makrygianni area is the Airotel Parthenon. Located close to the New Acropolis Museum and Roman Agora, the hotel offers comfort and simplicity in the heart of the city. Another low-priced hotel in the Makrygianni neighborhood is the Herodion Athens. With views of the Acropolis, the Herodian Athens is well-equipped with modern facilities. For a different neighborhood, just north of the Acropolis, the Novus City Hotel offers stylish accommodation minutes away from the Ancient Agora and Roman Agora, both must-see ancient sites. Cool off in the on-site hotel pool or grab a drink at the bar and lounge.

Hotel rooms in Athens book up quickly, especially during the summer months with the influx of tourists. To ensure finding a room, book early and don’t wait until you arrive in the city to find a bed.

Plenty of Hostel Options

There are many options for hostels in Athens for those traveling on a budget. The Pagration Youth Hostel, one of the founding members of the Greek Youth Hostel Organization, has been welcoming travelers for over 35 years. Located walking distance to the center, the hostel facilities offers everything to make a stay comfortable. The Zeus Hostel is only a 5-minute walk from the Acropolis and Monastiraki neighborhood full of restaurants and shops. Choose from private rooms to dorm rooms, mixed or female-only rooms, all at reasonable prices. Get acquainted with the city on their free walking tour.

Book with Airbnb for a Home Away from Home

Found in all the neighborhoods of the main tourist areas, Airbnb vacation rentals are really affordable in Athens. Most rentals available on Airbnb are for full apartments and are the same price or less when compared to a hotel room. Prices are even comparable to private rooms in hostels and renters gain much more space and the use of a kitchen. Especially if you are traveling with others, consider booking an Airbnb apartment to save money and have more room. However, be sure to book early! Athens Airbnb apartments get rented quickly.

Shoulder Season is the Best Time to Visit Athens

The summer is the most popular time of the year to visit Athens. During the day, the heat can be insufferable. However, once the sun sets, temperatures drop and the city comes to life. Avoid visiting during the week of August 15th which is when the Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is held. For most Greeks this time is for family and travel, meaning businesses will often be closed. The best time to visit is during the shoulder season in the months of May, June, and September. Temperatures are warm, the crowds are not as thick, and you can find cheap hotels in Athens.

Easy Access into the City

The main airport in Athens is the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport which offers flights from most major carriers in Europe. Getting into the city from the airport is easy. The quickest and most affordable way for getting into the center of Athens is via Metro Line 3 which gets you there in 40 minutes. Watch out for the special fare required for this line and don’t forget to validate your ticket before boarding. Four different bus routes run into the center as well, and while they are cheaper, they take a little longer.

Some hotels will offer shuttles to and from the airport for a surcharge. When booking hotels ask about the best way of getting to their hotel. In a city with the reputation of having shady cab drivers, rest assured that the taxis that leave the airport follow a flat fare into the city. Be sure to agree on a price before entering the taxi and to ask if the price includes tolls.

Walk the Grand Promenade

Once you’re in the city, getting around is easy. Built for the 2004 Olympic Games, the Athens Grand Promenade connects much of the city’s main sites. This pedestrian walkway was created to beautify the city while connecting attractions in the area like the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, and the Ancient Agora. It also takes you through the most bustling neighborhoods in the city.

Resources to Make Your Stay Effortless

Use the This is Athens! (http://www.thisisathens.org/) site to plan your activities and sightseeing while in the city. The website is full of recommendations for restaurants, bars and special events happening around the city. With all the historical buildings and artifacts around Athens, it can be difficult to understand and appreciate what exactly it is that you’re looking at. Download Rick Steves’ Athens Audio Tours (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/athens-audio-tours/id427874599?mt=2) for an on-the-go reference, taking visitors through the best of Athens with history and cultural facts. Each of the podcasts come with an accompanying map to further guide visitors.

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