Take a look at the most romantic hotels in Athens.
The 16-room AVA Hotel Athens is a small and sophisticated boutique in the Plaka neighborhood of Athens. The location is particularly convenient -- it's near the Acropolis and is a three-minute walk from the Temple of Zeus. All rooms are suites that look more like elegant apartments than hotel rooms (though only the higher priced suites have Acropolis views from private balconies). There is an on-site snack bar, but no full restaurant and breakfast isn't free. Another option at a similar price point is the Electra Palace Hotel Athens -- unlike AVA, it has a pool, fitness center, and restaurant.
InnAthens is a mid-range boutique hotel set in the back secret garden of a restaurant in central Athens, a four-minute walk to Syntagma Square. The location is ideal for exploring the city by foot, as there are several dining, shopping, city attractions, and public transport options within walking distance. The entire hotel features a contemporary design with minimalist, artsy interiors. This includes the 20 guest rooms, which each feature individual decor and amenities like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. The two main highlights here include the central atrium with lovely plants and seating areas to relax in, as well as the free Greek buffet and a la carte breakfast. As an alternative, travelers can also consider Plaka Hotel, with similar features (including rooftop bar) for lower rates; though it's not nearly as modern.
The 320-room Hotel Grand Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel is a luxury property centrally located right across the street from the Parliament and within walking distance of many top sights like the Acropolis. There are a number of dining options on-site, including a chic cigar lounge and a rooftop restaurant with lovely Acropolis views, as well as two pools, a spa, and a fitness center. Elegant rooms feature chic, classic decor, marble bathrooms, and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs -- but they lack coffee- and tea-making facilities and minibars. As an alternative, travelers could check rates at Electra Palace Hotel Athens, which has a rooftop pool and rooms with minibars.
The Y Hotel is an upper-middle-range property in the swanky suburb of Kifisia, a 30-minute drive from downtown Athens. Though far from the capital, this leafy neighborhood is known for its upscale boutiques and restaurants, which the Y Hotel fits right into with its stylish interiors. The 43 rooms are elegant and their muted palettes seamlessly integrate modern amenities that include minibars, furnished balconies, and rainfall showers, although some are small. Outdoor dining is popular on the restaurant and bar's chic terraces and the free buffet breakfast with homemade cakes gets rave reviews. A small gym and meeting room are on-site, and massages can be arrange. Travelers looking to be downtown should check out Plaka Hotel, although rooms are more basic.
Right by the Acropolis in the heart of Athens, the 2015-opened AthensWas is an upscale property in a stellar location. Panoramic city vistas on the smartly furnished roof terrace accompany gourmet drinking and dining, while free cooked-to-order breakfasts are served on the ground level. An elegant, artsy style reflects the property's Design Hotel status, and high-end decor extends to the 21 rooms. They have flat-screen TVs, robes, and gorgeous marble bathrooms, plus private balconies -- those with Acropolis views are worth the added price. Guests have access to a small modern gym, but there are no pool or spa facilities. Travelers looking for both should check out the Electra Metropolis Athens.
The 22-room upscale boutique O&B Athens Boutique Hotel is a youthful, contemporary spot ideally located within walking distance of the Acropolis and many other ancient historic sites and museums. Although it sits in a somewhat seedy neighborhood, the surroundings are lively and (usually) safe. The modern rooms are soundproofed, and the sheets and towels are high-quality. The O&B is a cool (air-conditioned) jewel in the center of hot, crowded Athens.
The King George is a historic and luxurious property with 102 rooms and suites, and enviable positioning in Athens' historic center. Neoclassical interiors and high-end grandeur are found throughout the swanky lobby, bar, and restaurant areas, and the latter two face the Acropolis. Traditionally elegant rooms have Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and swish bathrooms with marble tubs, though some are noisy or lack natural daylight. Pool and spa facilities are free to use next door, while a gym and sauna are on-site. Solid meeting facilities draw well-heeled business travelers alongside tourists, but expect high prices for this impressive hotel. The Electra Palace Hotel Athens is less fancy, but it offers more affordable rates and a rooftop pool.
The 15-room, salmon-pink Sweet Home Hotel is a charming mid-range property that sits above a taverna in the Plaka. The muted-color rooms, with parquet floors, have an understated elegance -- even the Petite Double Rooms, while small, have chandeliers, framed art, minibars, and coffeemakers. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and some rooms have balconies that offer partial views of the Acropolis. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, and is served in a bright, multi-windowed dining room on the top floor. Within a five-minute walk of Syntagma Square and its metro hub, Sweet Home Hotel's location can't be beat for convenience. In the historic Plaka, which has plenty of shopping, the hotel is within walking distance of the Acropolis and Monastiraki, which is well-known for its flea market. There is no elevator from the ground floor to reception on the first floor, which might pose a difficulty for some, but hotel staff is on hand to help guests with luggage.
Still shimmering from its 2016 opening, the luxury Electra Metropolis Athens occupies a prime spot downtown, just a 10-minute walk from the Acropolis. Near sights, shopping, and business destinations, it draws a mix of leisure and corporate travelers, plus families. Plush interiors throughout are smartly accented, and sleek design extends to the 216 rooms. The rooms are stylish and elegant, outfitted with smart TVs, minibars, and AC, and upgrades include living areas and balconies with Acropolis views. Everyone can get a piece of the action at the rooftop pool and restaurant, which afford stunning Athenian panoramas. A swish spa has an indoor pool, and meeting rooms cater to business guests. For a classy stay that's lighter on the wallet, check out the Divani Acropolis Palace Hotel.
The 39-room Coco-Mat Hotel Athens is an upscale property, central to Athens' swanky Kolonaki neighborhood. Proximity to bars, restaurants, shops, and embassies draw leisure and corporate travelers, and nearby metros shorten 30-minute walks to the city's iconic sights. Trendy interiors center around the Coco-Mat lifestyle, and super-comfy beds in the rooms have endless configurations to suit even the fussiest sleeper. Like the linens, free breakfasts are organic, and an honesty bar is available 24-hour. A funky roof terrace has all-day dining and panoramic views, but there are no pool, gym, or spa facilities here. The Royal Olympic Hotel offers a pool and is in the historic center, but it's not nearly as stylish.
The Coco-Mat brand (formed in 1989) sells natural sleep products, such as innovative mattresses that do not need springs, and the Coco-Mat Hotel Nafsika was created to showcase its products. Guests should get a sound night’s sleep in the 22 sophisticated rooms at this luxury boutique hotel, which is located in Athen's ritzy Kifissia suburb. The healthy, airy Mediterranean restaurant with open kitchen and honesty bar is a highlight, and a gourmet breakfast is included in many rates. Though the hotel is not convenient for sightseeing, it is suited for business travelers who need access to the road system.
The 63 guest rooms at the upscale Pallas Athena Grecotel are large, creatively designed, and modern -- most are suites. Much of the hotel looks and functions like an art gallery, with artwork swapped in and out of the public spaces and guest rooms, and art exhibits are held regularly in areas of the ground floor. While the artistic impulse can be overwhelming, it's also creates a fun vibe. The hotel has a lounge bar and restaurant, where a sumptuous breakfast buffet of hot and cold items is served in a room filled with light -- and art -- and a small, awkwardly arranged fitness room with a handful of cardio machines and free weights.
In a convenient location for sightseeing, the upscale Herodion Hotel is located within a 10-minute walk of the Acropolis and Parthenon. The hotel has a free breakfast buffet, a pretty atrium bar, a restaurant that specializes in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, and rooftop terraces with amazing views of the Acropolis. There are also two terrace hot tubs and a rooftop restaurant/bar that's open in the summer. The 90 rooms are on the small side, and bathrooms have shower/tub combinations with hand showers. Guests looking for a hotel with a pool should check out Divani Acropolis Palace Hotel, a luxury hotel in a similar price range with a pretty outdoor pool area.
The 99-room Athens Gate Hotel is a four-pearl property spread over seven floors located, as its name suggests, next to Athens Gate. Guests are in a prime position to explore archeological sites and Plaka on foot. Free breakfast is served in the rooftop restaurant with epic views of the Acropolis (indoor and outdoor seating is available). Rooms are modern and sleek with hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, and stocked minibars, but some guests have complained about street noise on the Syngrou Avenue side. For a quieter night in the same neighborhood, try comparing rates at Boutique Hotel Athens, located on a pedestrian-only street.
The 79-room upscale New Hotel is an intricately designed boutique property, with walls of criss-crossed wood, shag carpets, and chairs of draped fabrics, in the heart of Athens. Standard and even Superior Rooms are a little cramped, but Suites offer much more space. The hotel has a well-regarded restaurant as well as the top-floor Art Lounge, which has views of the Acropolis from the south side. There is also a 24-hour fitness center and small spa on-site, and it's downtown location makes the New Hotel convenient to many tourist attractions, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Plaka.