Accommodation in Athens improved markedly with the 2004 Olympics, and today there is a full range of options, though service is not always up to expectations. Plaka is the most popular place for travellers and has a choice of accommodation across the price spectrum. Most of the high-end hotels are around Syntagma. Some excellent pensions and midrange hotels also dot the area south of the Acropolis, around the quiet neighbourhoods of Makrygianni and Koukaki. The best rooms in Athens ﬁll up quickly in July and August, so it’s wise to book ahead to avoid a fruitless walk in the heat.