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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 27, 2019

The 3 Best Cheap Hotels in Central Athens

1. ATHENS CENTER SQUARE HOTEL

Center Square Hotel: The best budget hotel in Athens
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 (550m, 6-minute walk and metro station (600m, 7-minute walk). A good popular restaurant and the Athens Central Market (100m, 1-minute walk) 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 has fairly heavy traffic and is perfectly fine for most people. However, if you’re a single female traveler, you might want to stay at the Phaedra which is a little less polished but has a more central location.

2. HOTEL PHAEDRA

Phaedra Hotel– Cheap hotel in the Plaka
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 (850m, 12-minute walk), Acropolis Museum (350m, 4-minute walk), and Hadrian’s Arch (300m, 4-minute walk) are all very close. Single, double, and family rooms available.

3. MYRTO HOTEL

Large budget room in Myrto Hotel
Very close to Syntagma Square (for the airport bus and metro) (350m, 4-minute walk). 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 is great (the Plaka and Acropolis are about 1km or a 15-minute walk away), and the staff is super friendly. If you have an early ferry or plane, 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.

More Good Cheap Hotels in the Athens City Center

1. ATHENS BACKPACKERS

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 (110m, 1-minute walk), and the hostel sits just a 4-minute walk (260m) from the Temple of Olympian Zeus and an 13-minute walk (950m) from the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

2. MARBLE HOUSE

Budget guesthouse located a 12-minute walk (850m) to the Acropolis Museum, a 12-minute walk (700m) to Filopappou Hill, an 18-minute walk (1.2km) to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and steps to several public transit stops. In addition to free on-site parking, some rooms have balconies and private bathrooms, and continental breakfast is available for a fee.

3. ART GALLERY HOTEL

Cozy hotel offering tour booking services and free luggage storage just a 4-minute walk (300m) to Phix Metro Station, a 7-minute walk (500m) to the Acropolis Museum, and a 12-minute walk (750m) to the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Breakfast can be purchased on-site, all rooms have refrigerators, and hair dryers, irons, and pet-friendly rooms are available upon request.

4. HERA HOTEL

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 (190m) to Acropoli Metro Station and the Acropolis Museum, a 7-minute walk (500m) to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and a 13-minute walk (850m) to the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

5. PHILIPPOS HOTEL

Boutique hotel located within a 5-minute walk of the Acropoli Metro Station (350m) and several public transit stops and a short walk to the Acropolis and Parthenon (700m, 11-minute walk), the Acropolis Museum (300m, 4-minute walk), and the Temple of Olympian Zeus (650m, 8-minute walk). 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.

6. CECIL ATHENS

Value hotel with a free buffet breakfast and a rooftop terrace offering a view of the Acropolis, just steps to numerous cafes, markets, and bars. Located a 5-minute walk (400m) to Monastiraki Square, Monastiraki Flea Market, and Monastiraki Square Metro Station, and a 13-minute walk (1km) to Plaka, all rooms feature private bathrooms and some rooms have balconies.

7. TEMPI HOTEL

Budget hotel located near Plaka and a 4-minute walk (350m) Monastiraki Metro Station and the Monastiraki Flea Market, an 7-minute walk (600m) to the Ancient Agora of Athens, and a 15-minute walk (1km) to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The hotel features some rooms with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen, 24-hour front desk service, and choice of paid breakfast at cafe next door.

8. HOTEL ADONIS

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 (4 minutes, 300m), the Temple of Olympian Zeus (7 minutes, 500m), and the Acropolis (15 minutes, 1.1km).

9. BEST WESTERN MUSEUM HOTEL

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.

10. ACROPOLIS HOUSE

Historic hotel in Plaka located a 4-minute walk (300m) to the National Garden, a 5-minute walk (400m) to Syntagma Metro Station, and an 8-minute walk (550m) to the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Hotel amenities include free breakfast, library, 24-hour front desk, and refrigerators and city views in some guest rooms.

11. ACROPOLIS SELECT

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 (200m), the Acropolis Museum is a 5-minute walk away (400m), and the Acropolis and the Parthenon are 14 minutes away on foot (1km).

12. INNATHENS

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 (130m, 2-minute walk), a 3-minute walk (230m) to Syntagma Metro Station, and a 16-minute walk (1.2km) to the Acropolis and the Parthenon.

Great 3-Star Hotel in Downtown Athens

1. 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) (120m, 1-minute walk). Just out the front door are restaurants, bars, shopping, the Plaka, and the Acropolis (850m, 13-minute walk).

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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