Athens Cheap Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 30, 2018

The 3 Best Cheap Hotels in Downtown Athens

  • 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.
    Center Square Hotel: The best budget hotel in Athens
  • 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.
    Phaedra Hotel– Cheap hotel in the Plaka
  • 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.
    Large room in Myrto Hotel

Great 3-Star Hotel in Downtown Athens

A For 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.

A For Athens in The Plaka – Great location for seeing the historical sites of Athens and getting to the airport and ferry port.

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2 Questions and Comments

  1. Ferry Tickets from Athens to Santorini

    We are staying in Athens in early April and then taking the morning Blue Star ferry to Santorini. Do we need to buy ferry tickets in advance?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It doesn’t hurt to buy in advance but it’s not necessary for April. Get to Piraeus (the ferry port) about 30 to 40 minutes before the ferry departs and buy at the Blue Star ticket kiosk (it’s located directly across from the metro station, you can’t miss it). The Santorini ferry departs a 1 minute walk from the ticket booth.

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