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The Best Hotels in Athens for Incredible Views

Natasha Giannousi-Varney | January 12, 2018

Athens is being reborn through the ashes of a financial crisis that left the country in disarray over the past decade. But in 2017 more than 27 million tourists visited the Greek capital alone. What did they come to see? The cradle of the ancient Greek civilization, of course, but also so much more than that. Staying in one of the following hotels, you will be ideally based to discover the best that edgy Athens has to offer, near the main activity hubs of the busy capital.


AVA Hotel & Suites

Why it made the list

The Ava is a perfect base not only for all your Acropolis exploits (the museum and the Sacred Rock are a swift 5-minute walk away), but also for the emerging Museum of Modern Art which finally opened its doors after years of being converted from a former beer factory into a modernist art space. In addition, via Syngrou avenue and a short 5-minute taxi ride south, the Ava is conveniently located for an afternoon of exploring the brand new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. No surprise it comes highly recommended by all your Greek friends. If you are traveling with children, an English-speaking screening at the Planetarium of the Eugenides Foundation, just across from the Niarchos Center, is another excellent entertainment option.

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Plaka Hotel

Why it made the list

The largely pedestrianized area around Mitropoleos street (part of Athens' main shopping district) used to be occupied mainly by furs sellers, fabric and haberdashery shops. Today it is a nascent hub of ethnic restaurants, wine bars and hip cocktail bars where the party extends out in the street until the wee hours of the morning. The location is also really convenient for visiting the main sites such as the Acropolis, ancient Agora, the Greek Parliament, the Athens Cathedral and various museums. The Plaka hotel is a great and fairly well priced option to explore all these possibilities.

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Pi Athens

Why it made the list

Heading from Pi Athens into the very central location of Syntagma square, you can follow one of the most scenic walking routes in Athens, with a few stops along the way. About 1-minute walk away from the Pi is the imposing entrance of the all-marble Panathenaic stadium that hosted the first Olympic Games in modern times. Look out for the statue of the Discobole before you continue your walk through the gardens of Zappeion Megaron, built by Greek benefactor Zeppos, and through the peaceful National Garden. Exiting from the main entrance with the Palm trees (the biggest ones in Greece) you can attend the changing of the guard in front of the Greek Parliament, at the top of Syntagma square.

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Why it made the list

You are in the heart of upmarket Kolonaki and away from the tourist trail. Surrounded by chic boutiques, French-style bistrots and important Athens museums (Benaki Museum, Musuem of Cycladic Art, Byzantine, War museum etc.), you can easily divide your time between a healthy dose of sightseeing, people watching in the coffee shops of trendy Kolonaki square and of course some serious shopping, including jewelry. And if you want to do some healthy veggie and fruit provisions next to the locals, the Xenokratous farmers' market around the corner from the Periscope is on every Friday morning.

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Amalia Hotel

Why it made the list

From Amalia it is not only easy to hop across the street into the National Garden for a quick morning jog, but also lose yourself in quaint Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens. Though touristy, Plaka has maintained its charming character with beautiful neoclassical buildings like the Children’s Museum, the Frissiras Museum (private art collection) and the museum of Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulou (for antiquities bequeathed to the Greek state by private collectors). A few Greek design shops have opened its doors in recent years next to the traditional tavernas – definitely worth taking a good look.

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A for Athens

Why it made the list

Lively Monastiraki square is right in front of your doorstep at A for Athens. The local flea market provides plenty of opportunities for a pleasant stroll around quaint passages full of coffee shops and gift sellers, while the antique market at Avissinias square is just a couple of minutes’ walk down Ermou street. If you are looking for some history, check out the Byzantine church of Pantanassa, the Tzistarakis Mosque (now part of the Folk Museum) and Hadrian’s Library next door. A lovely wander up the hill and you reach the entry of the Acropolis sites.

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