As Greece's capital, Athens combines history, art, neoclassical architecture, and fine cuisine. It boasts iconic sites like the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Parthenon, and Temple of Olympian Zeus against the backdrop of Mount Lycabettus. Athens offers diverse hotels, from boutique gems in historic buildings to five-star waterfront marvels. Whether you seek opulent city center accommodations or the quintessential Athenian experience, here are my top Athens stays.
Hotel Grande Bretagne
Opened in 1874, the Hotel Grande Bretagne is an integral part of Athens' history, akin to its ancient ruins. During the 1896 Athens Olympics, it hosted dignitaries worldwide, a testament to its exceptional service, style, and prime city center location. With exquisite cuisine, luxurious rooms, and the iconic Alexander's Bar, boasting an 18th-century tapestry of Alexander the Great, this hotel shines as a historic gem and the world's finest hotel bar.
While the French Riviera is famous, have you explored the Athens Riviera? This coastal stretch in Athens' southern suburbs offers a blend of natural beauty and historical charm, extending towards Attica. Here, the Five-Star Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens provides a unique perspective of this ancient city. With over 30 miles of gorgeous beaches, quaint marinas, and iconic landmarks like the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, this location is exceptional.
Accommodations range from bungalows to suites, all featuring sea views and private balconies for sunset admiration. The hotel is ingeniously integrated into the rocky landscape, ensuring every room enjoys ocean vistas. Embrace the sea with the hotel's special experiences, such as private luxury boat charters or a tour of the Poseidon temple. Alternatively, savor room service, sip bubbly, and relax on your ocean-facing balcony.
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King George Hotel
To experience Athens like a Greek deity, choose King George, a luxury hotel in the city center. Adjacent to the Grande Bretagne and sharing ownership, King George offers a sleek, boutique ambiance compared to Grande Bretagne's opulent luxury. The penthouse suite boasts a regal setting with a swimming pool, rooftop terrace, alfresco dining, and antique furnishings. The penthouse terrace offers breathtaking panoramic views of Athens, the Acropolis, Parthenon, and the Aegean Sea. King George's other suites are equally magnificent, with impeccable interiors and majestic views.
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What was once a 1920s Neoclassical mansion has been transformed into a dreamy five-star hotel with views of the iconic Parthenon. Nestled on Mitropoleos Street, the newly opened Dolli has a past as storied as Athens itself. Originally built as a private mansion for the wealthy ship merchant and politician Dimitrios Kallimasiotis, the building was reborn as a luxury fabric store in the mid-1930 until it was transformed into a hotel.
The rooms at this new hotel are elegant and timeless, featuring creamy white fabrics, gold fixtures and classical paintings. Some come with private balconies, a splurge worth having so you can sip your morning coffee in full view of the ruins. Head up to the rooftop for an unforgettable culinary experience with expansive views of the Acropolis. Attention to detail is paramount at The Dolli, where everything from its menus to its lobby seems crafted with the utmost care. Stop by the lobby for a selection of international wines and small bites. The space is a white-and-gold oasis of plush furniture and original art pieces from the likes of Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau.
A77 Suites by Andronis
Located at the base of the Acropolis, A77 Suites is a unique Athens hotel concealed within a boutique clothing store. Occupying a 19th-century historic building, originally a wealthy family's residence with stables on the ground floor, A77 blends marble, wood, and brass accents in a Neoclassical setting adorned with stunning art. The bespoke suites feature spacious beds, marble bathrooms, and some offer coveted outdoor spaces. For those seeking a luxurious yet private stay in the city center, A77 is an ideal Athens hotel.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Al Khan is the founder ofLightedTrek.com and an experienced travel advisor. He loves great hotel experiences and also loves helping people match their ideal place to stay, no matter their budget or travel style. Al is a people person who loves to build strong relationships and make a difference in his community.
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