In recent years accommodation in Athens has really improved in terms of choice and variety. If anything there are too many options now and many people may be overwhelmed with information.
There some great hotels and apartments in Athens that are close to the Acropolis and many have great views and rooftop bars, swimming pools, and restaurants. Whilst the luxury hotels in Athens are located in the best neighbourhoods and with the most spectacular views, there are also some cheap hotels in Athens that will still be convenient and very comfortable.
Here we list our favourite Acropolis view hotels and apartments to suit all budgets!
Further reading : Visiting the Acropolis
The Foundry Suites
The Foundry is a fairly recent addition to the Athens accommodation scene and is a real gem.
Set in a former Foundry ( funnily enough) in the trendy inner suburb of Psyri, this conversion has been done with thoughtful design and a sense of humour.
The rooms are quirky but very comfortable with all the industrial features of the former Foundry, including the wind-out window winches. Furnishings include a retro record player and vinyl albums and working vintage telephones.
We especially love the rooftop picnic garden which is a very tranquil place to relax, enjoy a drink and take in the excellent panoramic views of the Acropolis and the local neighbourhood.
Some of Athens best bars, cafes and tavernas are right on the doorstep of The Foundry and Psyri is a very affordable and popular night time precinct, much loved by many.
With only 12, very well priced rooms at The Foundry bookings are tight so don’t miss out!
12 rooms and apartments
Rooftop garden and picnic area, extensive library, wine cellar, breakfast baskets.
The Zillers Boutique Hotel opened in 2016 and quickly became a favourite of ours.
Located right on one of the main dining streets, Mitropolous, Zillers is smack bang in the middle of all the main sights and right across the road from the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.
The front rooms have wonderful views across to the Acropolis from their balconies.
Rooms in this converted historic mansion are very big and well-appointed with polished timber floors and huge bathrooms, with modern elements that blend beautifully with the 19th-century architecture.
There is also an excellent rooftop bar and restaurant serving modern Greek cuisine in an intimate setting, with panoramic Acropolis views.
In terms of location and value for money Zillers Hotel Athens is hard to beat.
10 rooms and suites
Rooftop Restaurant, bar and garden, honesty bar
Part of the Electra Hotels Group, the new Electra Metropolis is our pick of their 6 properties in Greece, although the two others in Athens – Electra Palace and Electra Hotel, are also worth checking out.
Located at the beginning of Mitropoleos Street next to Syntagma Square, the most famous square in Greece, it has incredible Acropolis views from many of the rooms as well as the restaurant and pool area.
There is a beautiful atrium in the centre of the hotel which is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, the spa and also conference rooms, meeting rooms and lecture rooms.
The hotel also has a unique Roof Garden with a spectacular view of the Parthenon and the entire city as well as a Bistro, pool bar and lounge bar.
The pool is one of the few big rooftop pools in Athens and is a welcome retreat on a hot Athenian day, especially in Summer. There is also a steam room and fitness centre as well as a Spa and Wellness Centre.
This is certainly not the cheapest hotel in Athens but it ticks every box in terms of facilities, amenities, location and of course, those views!
226 rooms and suites
Rooftop Restaurant, rooftop pool, fitness centre, day spa, family rooms, art gallery
360 Degrees Hotel is a fantastic mid-range hotel located right on Monastiraki Square, the focal point of Athens for many.
The square is home to the famous Monastiraki Flea Market as well as a Metro Station and is minutes from many of Athens most popular sights.
As the name suggests the rooftop bar and restaurant have 360-degree views of Athens and from there you can see not just the Acropolis but many other ancient sites of Athens.
The hotel is designed with an urban industrial/art theme and you can find various retro pieces and artworks throughout the hotel.
There are 20 rooms in this boutique hotel and with a very competitive price point, it offers fantastic value for money
Restaurant and bar, business services, airport shuttle
Since 2011 Ergon Foods have been curating local produce and products for customers in their modern-day ‘Agora’ or market in both Athens and Thessaloniki.
They now have 13 stores around the world including London, Brussels and several Greek Islands.
In 2019 they became the first ‘food hotel’ in the world with the opening of Ergon House, a new chapter in their business and a welcome addition to the Athens scene.
With an enviable position on Mitroplous Street – just a few doors up from Zillers Hotel, Ergon House is home to just 18 rooms. The hotel sits above the market and restaurant which provides both room service and all the products in the mini-bar ( which did not last long during my recent visit!).
The rooms are contemporary in style and are a result of a collaboration with leading local designers and artists, paying tribute to Greece’s love of natural material and local craft.
There is now also a rooftop oasis offering signature cocktails and those amazing Acropolis views as well as rumours of possible Glamping plans for the future.
Apart from the beautiful fit-out and the fantastic amenities the service is also a standout. I had a late international flight on my day of checkout and it was 104/40 degrees outside. They didn’t just offer to store my bags but moved me to a larger available suite and extended my checkout time to 4 pm, which allowed me to shower and change before heading to the airport. At no extra charge!
Ergon House have a unique offering in Athens but they also really do seem to understand the concept of ‘accommodating’ their guests.
Restaurant, market and delicatessen, wine shop, gelato cart, coffee shop, rooftop bar, business centre & meeting rooms.
A for Athens
A for Athens is a small boutique hotel with arguably one of the best acropolis views in Athens.
Even if you are not staying here we recommend you pop up to the rooftop bar for a drink, particularly at sunset, although it is a fairly small space so it does pay to book ahead.
Located across from Monastiraki Square and only meters away from Ermou street, the main pedestrian shopping mall in Athens, its location is hard to beat.
The minimalist rooms are tastefully decorated in green tones with wooden floors and all the modern amenities. Some rooms have large double-glazed windows across Monastiraki square, the Plaka neighbourhood, and the Acropolis as a magnificent backdrop.
Rooms are comfortable and well priced and are located in a renovated 1960’s mid-rise building with a small elevator. The entertainment district of Psyiri is right behind the hotel and the Monastiraki Metro stop is right in front.
Valet parking available
A very upmarket luxury Hotel located in central Athens King George Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel offers superior service and commanding views of the Acropolis and surrounds.
Built in 1837 by the French architect V.E. Poitrinaeu it was once the residence of the Greek Prime Minister.
Many celebrities and politicians have stayed at The King George and it is right next door to the Grande Bretagne who provide the pool and spa facilities.
Décor is traditional with opulent marble, heavy brocade curtains, antique furnishings and bronze and gold fittings used throughout.
There is a rooftop restaurant called Tudor Hall on the 7th floor which also has commanding views from the Panathenaic Stadium to the Parthenon. This restaurant and bar is smart casual and perfect for a romantic dinner or business lunch.
77 rooms, 25 suites
Valet parking available
Gym, rooftop restaurant
Situated on Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian street in Plaka and just meters from the Acropolis Museum AthensWas is a superior, designer, boutique hotel.
Paying homage to the classical Athenian era with clean, uncluttered lines the interiors of AthensWas are one of the reasons it is a one of the top design hotels in Athens and a member of the elite collection of Design HotelsTM.
Throughout the hotel the use of Greek marble, Greek walnut wood and sophisticated Italian, designer furnishings and fabrics is apparent with rooms offering every conceivable fixture, fitting and premium products.
Sense restaurant offers gourmet lunch and dinner on the rooftop with stunning up close views of the Acropolis surrounded by a fragrant herb garden.
21 rooms and suites
Fitness Corner and personal training, rooftop restaurant, business centre
O & B Athens Boutique Hotel
Located on Leokoriou street, between Psirri and Thisio and only a few meters away from Ermou shopping street. O&B Hotel offers stylish and luxury suites with private terraces where guests can enjoy magnificent views of the Parthenon.
This is a sleek, polished boutique hotel that charges very affordable rates given its location and finish.
The rooms are clean, medium-sized and compact, with a functional, modern design using dark, angular wood furnishings and white or neutral tones throughout the hotel.
On the ground floor there is O&B Athens All Day Bar Restaurant which offers modern culinary creations based on traditional Greek cuisine.
22 rooms and 5 suites
Restaurant and bar
The most expensive and exclusive hotel in Athens, the iconic Hotel Grand Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel is as famous as the many guests it has hosted since it first opened in 1874.
This classic gem with a rich historical past is also perfectly located right on Syntagma Square and across the road from Parliament House and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
It has hosted notables such as Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, and Aristotle Onassis, as well as hundreds of Hollywood movies stars and celebrities.
Rooms are richly classic, furnished in 18th and early 19th-century antique furniture, plush carpeting, crystal chandeliers, original artworks, and deeply upholstered armchairs and couches. The lobby itself is quite a destination with elaborate glossy marble floors and a black and white checked floor surrounded by signed photos of the rich and famous.
Drinks with a view can be had at the ritzy GB Roof Garden bar. There is also a wine bar called the Wine Library, on the mezzanine level, showcasing 3500 wines from around the world.
320 rooms and 5 suites
Rooftop Restaurant and bar, rooftop pool, gym, wine bar, Cigar lounge, gift shop, Spa, indoor pool and sauna, High Tea.
Apartments and Airbnbs Athens
with Acropolis Views
As well as these great hotels there are also a number of apartments and even houses in Athens with amazing views too.
We’ve done all the work for you and waded through hundreds of listings (for years!)and we highly recommend these:
- When travelling with our teenagers we loved staying at Nsplace. This huge 2 bedroom apartment is right on Mitropoleos dining street and has amazing views over the district and The Acropolis. It is very upmarket and modern, easily sleeps 6 and has a full kitchen, a hot tub and, much to our sons delight, a fully fitted out gym. There is a one-bedroom option too.
- We also have fond memories of Aerides Luxury Suites which are located right under the Acropolis and have a big terrace which we used constantly. It’s a beautiful old neo-classical building and it really feels like a very local experience. And there’s a laundry!
- For something in Psyri check out A.P. Acropolis View Apartments that have triple and quad rooms with incredible views. These are in a great location in the coolest part of Athens and are excellent value for money too.
image credit: AP Acropolis View Apartments