My Favorite Cheap Hotels in Athens

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Updated: November 6, 2023
By Santorini Dave

My Favorite Athens Hotels

• 5-star: Grande Bretagne
• 4-star: Electra Palace
• 3-star: PhaedraA for Athens
• For Families: Ava
• For Couples: GatsbyAthensWas
• Best Pool: Four Seasons
• Acropolis View: Electra Palace
• Airport: Sofitel
• Ferry Port: Port Square
• Beach Resort: Four Seasons

The Erechtheion Temple on the Acropolis with Athens city below

The Porch of the Maidens in the Erechtieion, a uniquely asymmetrical temple at the Acropolis.

The Best Cheap Hotels in Central Athens

1. Athens Center Square Hotel

The entrance of Athens Center Square Hotel in the City Center
Hotel phone: +30 21302 37244
This is a wonderful hotel with a rooftop bar that has good Acropolis views. There’s a nice free breakfast and trendy large rooms. It’s a short walk to Monastiraki Square and metro station. Popular restaurants 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-looking area.

2. Phaedra Hotel

Cheap hotel in Plaka Athens.
Hotel phone: +30 21032 38461
In the heart of 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 are available.

3. The Athens Version Luxury Suites

A room at Athens Version Luxury Suites in Monastiraki
Hotel phone: +30 69424 89040
Comfortable, moderately-priced hotel adjacent to Monastiraki Flea Market, with incredible Acropolis views from the rooftop terrace. Recently-renovated rooms feature air-conditioning and kitchenettes. Walk to all major tourist sites: the Ancient Agora, Temple of Hephaestus, and Thiseio metro station.

4. Plaka Hotel

Exterior of Hotel Plaka in Monastiraki, Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21032 22706
Centrally-located budget hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar open in the evenings until midnight. A complimentary American buffet breakfast with Greek options is on offer daily. Most rooms have twin beds pushed together (with separate linens), but can be offered as double beds on request. Most have private balconies or the Acropolis. Family Rooms with Interconnecting Doors sleep up to four guests with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Excellent location near Hadrian’s Library and the Roman Agora.

5. Athens Backpackers

Hotel phone: +30 21092 24044
Centrally located hostel with female-only and mixed dorm rooms, free daily breakfast, a shared kitchen, 24-hour reception, a cafe, and a rooftop bar. The Acropoli metro stop is just steps away, and the hostel sits just a short walk from the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis and Parthenon.

6. Marble House

Hotel phone: +30 21092 34058
Budget guesthouse located in the Koukaki neighborhood near the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Acropolis Museum, and Filoppapou Hill. Rooms sleep up to four guests, manny with private bathrooms and balconies. The Apartment sleeps up to five with a full kitchen, living room, and private terrace with an al fresco dining area.

7. Art Gallery Hotel

Hotel phone: +30 21092 38376
Cozy hotel offering tour booking services and free luggage storage near Phix Metro Station, 500m to the Acropolis Museum, and 750m to the Acropolis. Breakfast can be purchased on-site, all rooms have refrigerators, and hair dryers, and irons. Pet-friendly rooms are available upon request.

8. Hera Hotel

Hotel phone: +30 21092 36682
Upscale boutique hotel featuring free parking, free breakfast buffet, on-site restaurant, 24-hour front desk, and some rooms with views of the Acropolis. Located a 3-minute walk to Acropoli Metro Station and the Acropolis Museum, a 5-minute walk to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and a 115-minute walk to the Parthenon.

9. Philippos Hotel

Hotel phone: +30 21092 23611
Boutique hotel located within a 5-minute walk of the Acropoli Metro Station and several public transit stops and a short walk to the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Free breakfast is available daily and on-site amenities include a rooftop terrace and restaurant, bar, and stylish lobby in addition to Acropolis views and balconies in some rooms.

10. Hotel Adonis

Hotel phone: +30 21032 49741
Modern hotel in Plaka offering a free buffet breakfast daily, easy access to public transit, views of the Acropolis from the rooftop terrace, and balconies in every guestroom. Numerous historical sites are within walking distance, including the National Garden, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Acropolis.

11. Museum Hotel

Hotel phone: +30 21038 05611
Across the street from the National Archaeological Museum, some rooms at this budget hotel have balconies, and breakfast is available for a fee. Family rooms can accommodate up to 4 guests, and attractions like the Acropolis and the Parthenon are easily accessible via public transit.

12. Acropolis House

Hotel phone: +30 21032 26241
Historic hotel in Plaka located a 5-minute walk to the National Garden, a 5-minute walk to Syntagma Metro Station, and an 8-minute walk to the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Hotel amenities include free breakfast, library, 24-hour front desk.

13. Acropolis Select

Hotel phone: +30 21092 11610
Modern hotel with a rooftop bar and terrace, spacious lobby, breakfast available for a fee, and balconies in some rooms. The Phix metro station is a 2-minute walk away, the Acropolis Museum is a 5-minute walk away, and the Acropolis and the Parthenon are just 1 km away.

14. Innathens

Hotel phone: +30 21032 58555
Contemporary hotel with free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, room service, a 24-hour front desk, refrigerators in every room, and elegant and modern decor throughout. Located just steps to the National Garden, a 3-minute walk to Syntagma Metro Station, and a 15-minute walk to the Acropolis.

Great Midrange Hotels in Downtown Athens

1. A for Athens

View of the Acropolis from the rooftop bar at A for Athens Hotel in Psirri at the edge of Monastiraki
Hotel phone: +30 21302 37244
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 neighborhood, and the Acropolis. Some rooms have great views over Monastiraki Square to the Acropolis. Great location for seeing the historical sites of Athens and getting to the airport and ferry port

2. 360 Degrees Hotel

Exterior of 360 Degrees Hotel in Monastiraki, Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21032 40034
Cheery hotel with a popular rooftop bar-restaurant with iconic views of the Acropolis perched above Monastiraki Square, perhaps the most photographed angle on the cityscape. The rooftop is open all day and into the wee hours, until at least 2:00 a.m. Rooms and suites have walk-in showers; Triple an Quadruple Rooms add sofa beds; some Junior Suites have patios. The most conveniently located hotel in Athens, in the heart of Monastiraki, near the metro station, Monastiraki Flea Market, Hadrian’s Library, and the Ancient Agora.

3. Evripidou Suites

Superior double room at Evripidou Suites in the City Center, Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21111 58905
Stylish boutique hotel with neoclassical design and contemporary amenities. Rooms and suites range from 30 to 42 square meters, all with king-size beds, walk-in showers, and tea kettles; some add balconies. Junior Suites add queen-sized sofabeds, while Grand Suites offer a second king-sized bed. Breakfast is available and served on the rooftop of their sister hotel Athens Mansions Luxury Suites with views over the city toward the Acropolis.

4. Periscope Hotel

Exterior of Periscope Hotel in Kolonaki, Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21072 97200
Modern, minimalist boutique hotel. The two-story Penthouse Suite has great rooftop views and an outdoor jacuzzi. Located on a quiet street in upscale Kolonaki near many restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping.

5. 360 Degrees Pop Art Hotel

Exterior of 360 Degrees Pop Art Hotel in Psirri, Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21032 40034
Quirky, retro-style hotel with a bar and 24-hour front desk. Colorful rooms come with a walk-in shower and coffee/tea facilities. Triple Rooms add a sofabed; some Junior Suites add balconies. A buffet breakfast is served at their sister hotel, 360 Degrees Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away in Monastiraki Square. Excellent location in Psirri, near shopping on Ermou Street and the Monastiraki Flea Market.

Internship and Pet Adoption in Athens

Let’s Be S.M.A.R.T.

A bedroom at Let's Be SMART cat shelter on the Athens Riviera
Greek phone: +30 21089 71249​; U.S. phone: +1 646 217 4714
Volunteer or adopt to stay at this cat sanctuary on the Athens Riviera, walking distance to Varkiza Harbor, two beaches, and a quick bus ride away (or half-hour walk) to the natural thermal waters of Lake Vouliagmeni. They city of Athens is a half-hour drive or one hour away via public transportation. The shelter is a three-story villa with wraparound balconies, two living rooms, two fully equipped kitchens, and several bedrooms, most with shared bathrooms.

There are a few options for travelers wishing to stay here. Option 1 – Adopt a cat. Get pre-approved for cat adoption, choose your new kitty on the website, then stay at the shelter. Let’s Be S.M.A.R.T. prepares all adoption paperwork and will escort you to the airport to be on your way home. Option 2 – Internship: Positions available for veterinary students, university students, and other workers in animal welfare fields. In addition to accommodations in the sanctuary, interns receive daily breakfast and lunch (groceries provided), organized activities, laundry facilities, and more. Specific duties vary according to the intern’s skill set and current needs of the shelter. Option 3 – Volunteer: Opportunities to stay in exchange for general maintenance and care for cats and kittens in the sanctuary.

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  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 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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