Hotels in Athens
Rooms in this 1898 former residence with ornate Rococo embellishments are romantic Belle Époque fantasies that fly in the face of minimalist chic. Even the location—opposite the Mitrópoli cathedral on the border of Plaka, with a pedestrian street on one side—is steeped in old Athens.
Austin Powers comes to mind upon entering this hotel, the brainchild of Greek modern-art collector Dakis Joannou and Egyptian-English interior-industrial designer Karim Rashid.
The modern rooms swathed in earthy colors live up to the hotel’s name and are brightened with accents of red, orange, and pink at this 11-room hotel, opened in 2006. Staff are unusually solicitous, offering coffee to be brought to your room at all hours.
The “art” in the hotel’s name may refer to the hotel’s proximity to the famed National Archaeological Museum or the paintings by Greek artists on the walls of the 30 rooms in this converted 1930 mansion. Rooms combine modern and Neoclassical (e.g., gilt-framed mirrors and contemporary bedding).
Athens’s landmark hotel is a local legend. During WWII, a busboy saved Winston Churchill’s life by disarming a bomb in the basement. Three separate actors who played James Bond have stayed here, as have royalty and various heads of state.
This huge complex on a private peninsula jutting out into the Saronic Gulf is a legendary resort (look for its bungalows in classic Greek films of the 1960s) that has had a major makeover in the last few years.
Neoclassical hotel with 102 individually decorated rooms, in the center of Athens, just off Constitution Square.
Grand, contemporary white-stone building with the largest hotel rooms (averaging 810 square feet) in Athens.
Centrally located beside Omonia Square, the Alassia hotel provides affordable accommodations within walking distance of Plaka (old town) and tourist attractions like the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
This seven-story property rises above a winding stretch of coastline between Athens and Cape Sounio, home to the Temple of Poseidon. The 88 rooms are stylishly sparse: pale wood furniture, crisp white bedding, opaque curtains.
Though not in the crushing center of Athens, this expansive boutique hotel offers much more than just back-door entry to the Acropolis.
The best views are of the 76 rooms themselves at this witty and whimsical graffiti-artist-decorated boutique hotel.