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.
Around Omonia some hotels have been upgraded, but there is still a general seediness (think drugs and prostitution) that detracts from the area, especially at night.
Athens is a noisy city that sleeps late, so we’ve mostly selected hotels in quiet areas, pedestrian precincts or side streets.
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. Prices quoted here are for the high season, but most places offer considerable discounts, especially in the low season, for longer stays and online. No smoking rules are often laxly enforced, if at all.
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