PHOTO: Hera Hotel

The Best Hotels for Tourists in Athens

Natasha Giannousi-Varney | January 09, 2018

Ease of access and a comfortable bed. What more can you ask for? You are in the buzzing city of Athens and if you pick one of the following hotels, a visit to the Acropolis or the other main archaeological sites will be just a swift walk away after your hearty breakfast.



Why it made the list

A budget hotel situated just a few steps away from the sometimes overlooked but actually essential viewing, the National Archaeological Museum? It is an option to seriously consider especially if you prefer simple accommodation and somewhat alternative neighborhoods like grunge-y Exarchia. As for the Archaeological Museum itself, it is a treasure trove of the ancient world and no Athens visit is complete without spending at least one morning lost in its packed vaults and corridors.

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Phidias Hotel

Why it made the list

The Apostolou Pavlou pedestrianized walkway (a continuation of the eclectic Dionyssiou Areopageitou) connects many archaeological sites including the Acropolis rock, the Pnyx, where the Athenians held their assemblies, the ancient Agora, Meton’s ancient observatory (and the more modern one not too far away) and the temple of Hephaestus, among others. So a stay at the Phidias will guarantee that all these and many more are right at your doorstep.

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A for Athens

Why it made the list

This centrally located hotel is not only near trendy bars and open air markets but also some key sites like Monastiraki square (do enter the metro station to admire the ancient water systems unearthed during construction works), the Tzistarakis mosque (thought to have been made with columns from the Temple of Olympus Zeus), Adrian’s Library, the Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds. Basically the whole of the southern Plaka and the Monastiraki district are yours to discover.

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Hotel Grande Bretagne

Why it made the list

Fancy a visit to the Numismatic Museum, housed in the beautiful neoclassical building that famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (of the excavation of Troy fame) used to call home? Luckily the hotel Grande Bretagne is just across the street making it super easy to pop in and admire the beautifully preserved interiors, as well as the rare collections of ancient, Byzantine and Medieval coins.

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Hera Hotel

Why it made the list

The Sacred Rock of the Acropolis is just a stone’s throw away from the Hera, and the same for the New Acropolis museum. Beyond the Parthenon and the Erectheion which are musts in your Athens To Do list, Areopagus Hill (where the ancient court of law was held) is also an easy and relaxing stroll down gorgeous Dionyssiou Areopageitou street. You are here, in the heart of ancient Athens.

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AthensWas Hotel

Why it made the list

Located on the pedestrianized street of Dionyssiou Areopagitou that fronts the entrance of the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis site itself (a swift 2-minute walk away), AthensWas is perfect for exploring all the main sites, including the ancient theatre of Dionysus and the Herodes Atticus theatre, where the Athens Festival takes place every summer. Hadrian’s arch, the monument of Lysicrates and the temple of Olympus Zeus are just a 5-minute walk away in the other direction

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