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The popular rooftop bar with cheap drinks and Acropolis views is a major drawcard of this modern and friendly Australian-run backpacker favourite, right near the Acropolis metro...
Whether you dig the groovy, top-designer Campana Brothers furniture or the pillow menu (tell ‘em how you like it!), you’ll find some sort of decadent treat here to tickle your fancy...
The Athens Gate Hotel
With stunning views over the Temple of Olympian Zeus from the spacious front rooms, and a central (if busy) location, this totally refurbished hotel is a great find...
A For Athens
Modern but simple, A for Athens makes a good, central base right above Monastiraki's central square. The rooftop cafe-bar is grand, with sweeping 360-degree views that take in the Acropolis (as do some of the rooms).
The first of the hip hotels to open in the gritty Omonia area, this is a cool place so long as you’re happy to ignore the working girls in the streets outside...
Athens Cypria Hotel
Tucked in a side street off Ermou, this small, family-friendly hotel is a little characterless, but it is modern and comfortable, with good facilities and a very handy location. Some rooms have balconies but no great view...
This stylish hotel has been tastefully decorated in light, contemporary tones. It has comfortable rooms with all the mod cons and good bathrooms. There is a lovely roof terrace with Acropolis views, a small spa and sun lounges...
This tiny hotel right in the heart of Plaka serves breakfast on a lovely shady terrace with Acropolis views. The well-equipped rooms are pleasant if a bit worn. Third-floor rooms are the best, with large balconies overlooking the square.
Though decor has never been its strong point, this nonetheless comfortable hotel is very central. Its best feature remains the rooftop bar with wonderful views of the Acropolis. Rooms at the back have balconies (add €9) with Acropolis views.
Hermes is next to the Central Hotel, with similar amenities, but not quite as swish.
Arethusa is a basic, central choice.
It’s hard to beat the Acropolis views from the rooftop garden, as well as those from top-floor rooms. Tidy rooms have light timber floors and furniture, and satellite TV, though bathrooms are on the small side...
This smart four-star hotel is geared towards the well-heeled traveller and businessperson. Rooms are small but decked out with all the trimmings and have super-comfortable beds. The rooftop spa and lounge have unbeatable Acropolis and museum views.
Right in chic Kolonaki overlooking Lykavittos, Periscope is a design hotel with industrial decor. Clever gadgets are sprinkled throughout, including the lobby slide show and aerial shots of the city on the ceilings...
A popular favourite, Philippos offers small, well-appointed rooms near the Acropolis. The double on the roof has a private terrace.
This elegant boutique hotel, a short walk from the Acropolis and Plaka, was totally rebuilt but the formal interior design is in keeping with the lovely neoclassical facade. There’s lots of brass and timber, and stylish classic furnishings...
Right in the heart of bohemian Exarhia, this straightforward but comfortable 1960s high-rise hotel offers clean, updated, well-equipped rooms, some with balconies...
This conveniently located business-style hotel has a sleek lobby with marble chequerboard floors and well-appointed rooms, some of which open onto garden balconies.
This comfortable pension on a quiet pedestrian street in Plaka has basic, clean rooms with TVs. Bathrooms are small but have been excellently renovated...
The clean, well-maintained rooms here all have fridges, TV and air-con (€9 extra). Tony also has roomy, well-equipped apartments nearby (€130 to €140).
Many of the rooms at this small, family-run hotel have balconies overlooking a church or the Acropolis. The hotel is tastefully furnished, though rooms vary from small to snug. Some rooms have private bathrooms across the hall (d/tr €60/70)...
Art Gallery Hotel
Staying in this quaint, family-run place feels like staying in a home. Original furniture from the 1960s decorates the communal areas. Some rooms are a little small, but the upstairs balcony has a bit of an Acropolis view...