PHOTO: St. George Lycabettus

8 Athens Hotels With Great Pools and Spas

Natasha Giannousi-Varney | January 23, 2018

Whether you're staying at a hotel on your way to a coastal paradise or on your last Greek stop before flying home, it's always great to have a lovely pool to dip into and a spa that helps you look and feel renewed. Most of Athens' hotel pools overlook the Acropolis and Lycabettus hill as well as interesting city-scapes, sometimes all the way down to the sea. As for the city's spas, they are becoming more sophisticated and world-class-excellent by the year. Before you make your booking based on the existence of a pool, though, do check with the hotel, as most outdoor hotel pools are not heated and thus remain closed during the winter months.


St. George Lycabettus

Why it made the list

Built on Lycabettus hill, the hotel looks out to the Greek capital and of course the Parthenon stands out in all its glory, so the open views from the medium-sized rooftop pool are rewarding, as is the lush greenery of the hill’s walls above. As the hotel is undergoing constant refurbishment, there are periods when the pool area is closed off, but when it’s available it offers a cool escape from the hot Greek sun in an elegant environment with glass and metal partitions, stone floors and white chaise longue. A small gym is also available in the rooftop area. The hotel’s Ananea Spa is on the street-level with an entrance separate to the hotel and offers top notch therapies, Pilates and yoga classes and beauty treatments.

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Athenaeum InterContinental

Why it made the list

A large, but slightly dated open-V-shaped pool on the hotel’s ground floor is towered over by the hotel’s high walls, yet some respite is given by tiers of greenery in the central area. Pool guests relax on (a limited number of) wooden chaise longues with cream cushions and fresh towels and are catered to by the nearby bar. The hotel also has a 24/7 medium-sized, well-equipped gym, especially good early in the morning when it’s less busy, and the I-Spa which has seven treatment rooms, heated ceramic beds and a sauna. Massage therapies can also be offered in-room.

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Fresh Hotel

Why it made the list

Funky, vibrant and central Fresh hotel’s strip of a pool is more of a rooftop hangout than a place to swim for the generally trendy crowd that sprawls out beside it. Offering yoga classes (arranged via reception), refreshments from the rooftop bar and lovely city views the pool area offers a quick way to cool off on a summer’s day. The hotel also has a compact and well-equipped gym, but don’t look for a spa - massage therapies are done in-room.

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Wyndham Grand Hotel

Why it made the list

Surrounded by the swanky rooftop restaurant and making for a beautiful visual feature for diners and bar-goers when lit up at night, the spacious pool with a minimalist modern aesthetic offers spanning city views and all the expected comforts, like snacks and refreshments. The hotel also offers a satisfying variety of Spa treatments at the excellent Aegeo Spa, including the compulsory therapies to deal with - or guard against for - the effects of sun and sea. Wyndham Grand also has a well-equipped fitness center.

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Electra Palace

Why it made the list

Being in Plaka, the pool’s view of the Acropolis and the rooftops of Plaka is picturesque to say the least. A row of worn rattan umbrellas gives laid-back beach feel, and the wooden floorboards offer a non-slip environment that’s child-friendly. In the hotel’s basement you’ll find the small and compact but soothing and adequately relaxing Aegeo Spa, where skilled therapists offer Ancient Greek Massage among other sophisticated body and face therapies. First you are encouraged to relax in the indoor swimming pool (best in daytime hours when it's not busy) and the small hot-stone sauna.

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Electra Metropolis

Why it made the list

With relaxing beds on one side and sun loungers on the other two, this 10th floor pool, with a glass partition showing the clear blue water and topped by a sumptuous view of Lycabettus Hill, is small but elegant. On the hotel’s basement-level you’ll find the Aegeo Spa, where you can receive a series of top-notch beauty and healing therapies (try the Wish Treatment for four-handed bliss) as well as enjoying hydrotherapy in the indoor pool.

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Athens Hilton

Why it made the list

If you’ll only settle for the largest hotel swimming haven in Athens, you’ll find it here, at the 25m x 15m sq pool. With the Oasis pool bar serving up refreshments and snacks throughout the day, changing rooms and fluffy towels, this is a high-calibre getaway. The hotel’s Hiltonia spa also has an indoor pool, a fitness center, saunas and a great selection of curative and beauty therapies using Germaine de Capuccini products.

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Hotel Grande Bretagne

Why it made the list

With two swimming pools and the most luxurious, top-notch spa in Athens, the Grande Bretagne centers on full-on pampering. Between April and November guests and visitors can soak up the rays at the outdoor pool, reminiscent of one you might find in a posh Tuscan villa, on the hotel’s 7th floor. Year-round the majestic indoor pool with oxygenated water and an infrared cleaning system welcomes you to relax in an ambiance themed on Roman baths. The GB Spa experience includes steam rooms, showers with several settings, foot baths and a top-notch treatment menu the stars of which are the Ayurvedic therapies.

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