Where to Stay

Plaka

For

Atmosphere right at your doorstep. Close to Acropolis.

Against

A bit loud in summer and definitely tourist central.

Syntagma

For

Larger rooms than in Plaka, with more amenities, such as noise-proof windows.

Against

Big 1970s buildings can be characterless.

Monastiraki & Psyrri

For

Convenient to good nightlife and easy metro access from airport. Nice small streets.

Against

Noise from bars, which are open till 4am on weekends, can be an issue.

Acropolis Area

For

Makrygianni and Koukaki are quieter residential areas.

Against

10- to 15-minute walk to the Acropolis.

Omonia

For

Some good new and renovated hotels.

Against

Visible drug use and prostitution at night.

Exarhia

For

Vibrant, with good nightlife and restaurants. Some great bargains.

Against

Not many options; significant distance from central sights.

Kolonaki

For

Central Athens' greenest neighbourhood, tree-shaded and sedate. Convenient to museums.

Against

Long walk or short metro ride to Plaka. Hotels are a bit expensive for what they offer.

Thisio & Petralona

For

Pleasant modern neighbourhoods. You'll see very few other tourists.

Against

Limited hotel options, and 10- to 15-minute walk to Acropolis.

Mets & Pangrati

For

Great quiet neighbourhood with good restaurants.

Against

Only one hotel. Access to centre only by bus or tram.

Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

For

Athens' hipster fringes, with good bars and hidden Chinese restaurants between crumbling, graffiti-covered mansions.

Against

Gazi is loud at night. In northern section of Metaxourgio (closer to Omonia), visible drug use and a block of brothels.