For about €10 more per night than many basic budget options, you get to stay in a slick-looking hotel with a lobby full of designer furniture in the residential neighborhood of Koukaki, south of Filopappou Hill, a 10-minute walk from the Acropolis and literally around the corner from the Acropolis Museum. Bright, comfortable guest rooms have cheery yellow paintings and relaxing earthly hues. Similar in color choice, the restaurant has daffodil-color walls and contemporary,
scroll-back chairs in tomato red. About a dozen rooms look toward the Acropolis: ask for Rooms 401–405 for the best views. Breakfast is not included in the price (it's an extra €10).