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Where to stay in Athens

Where to stay in Athens

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.Wherever you choose to stay within the vicinity of the Acropolis, you’ll have ready access to all the famous attractions of Athens including historical sites, museums, shopping, and dining.

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  • Plaka

    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.

  • Makrygianni

    Makrygianni 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

    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.

  • Thission

    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.

  • Syntagma

    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.

  • Monastiraki

    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.

Frequently asked questions

When packing for a trip to Athens, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some euro and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and a good pair of jeans. No, seriously, jeans are the ultimate European travel accessory, effortlessly taking you from strolls along cobblestoned streets to nights out bar hopping between Tavernas. 


Athens boasts affordable public transport and can easily be explored on foot by those hoping to stay in the city centre. Accommodation wise, most travellers will opt to stay in Syntagma Square, Koukaki, Kolonaki and Psyri.


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Athens’ tourism is at its peak during the summer months of July and August, when warm temperatures welcome visitors from across the globe. If you’re keen to avoid the crowds while still enjoying nice weather, consider visiting in late spring around May, and during the autumn months of September and October.


If there are two things that Athens is good at, it is dishing out tasty treats and providing incredible historical experiences. Throughout your stay, be sure to visit hotspots like the Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus, take a hike up Mount Lycabettus for breath-taking city views, and finish each day with a cool drink and meal in one of the city’s many Greek Tavernas.


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