- Athens Center Square Hotel – This is a wonderful hotel with a rooftop bar with views of the Acropolis, good free breakfast, and trendy large rooms. It’s a 5 minute walk to Monastiraki Square and metro station. A good popular restaurant and the Athens Central Market are steps away from the front door. The caveat is that it’s located down an unappealing side street in a scruffy area. Though it feels a little unsafe it’s heavily trafficked and perfectly fine for most people. But if you’re a single female traveler you might want to stay at the Phaedra or Myrto which are a little less polished but have a more central location.
- Hotel Phaedra – In the heart of the Plaka and the best located budget hotel in Athens. A popular pedestrian street is just outside the door. The Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and Hadrian’s Arch are all very close. Single, double, and family rooms available.
- Myrto Hotel – Very close to Syntagma Square (for the airport bus and metro). This is the cheapest hotel in central Athens that is still nice. It’s definitely rough around the edges (the carpet in the rooms is not great) but the rooms are clean, the location great (the Plaka and Acropolis are a short walk away), and the staff super friendly. If you have an early ferry or plane to catch they’ll give you your breakfast the night before so you can store it in the fridge and eat it in your room the next morning.
Great 3-Star Hotel in Downtown Athens
This hotel is a little more expensive than the cheaper hotels above but is probably worth the money for most travelers. It’s steps from the Monastiraki metro station (which has direct trains to both the airport and ferry port). Just out the front door are restaurants, bars, shopping, the Plaka, and the Acropolis.