Athens is packed with tourists from early May until late October – book hotels as early as possible.
Plaka, Monastiraki, and Syntagma neighborhoods are the best areas for families to stay in Athens.
The farther north you go (away from Plaka and closer to Omonia) the uglier and sketchier the city gets. The bad areas are generally still safe but not terribly pleasant. Stay south of Sofokleous Street to avoid the least attractive areas.
If you need to catch an early morning ferry then stay close to the Monistiraki metro station (quick direct trains to the ferry port). A for Athens is a good mid-range hotel steps from the metro station yet still a short walk to Plaka and Acropolis. Or plan on taking a taxi which can pick you up from any hotel and drop you directly at your ferry.
Athens can easily fill 2 or 3 days of sightseeing but the highlights can be seen in one full (busy) day.
Hotel phone: +30 21032 59000
The service and amenities of a 5-star hotel with the friendliness of a family-run B&B. A perfect location on a quiet street in Plaka. Great breakfast and close to the Akropoli metro station. Some rooms have kitchenettes. Review of Ava Hotel with Video.
Hotel phone: +30 21032 50900
Family-friendly, 4-star hotel with a play area and connecting rooms. Rooms, suites, and lofts all can have minimalist style or unique graffiti murals; kid favorites have Spiderman or Smurf-themed walls. Their Greek-Mediterranean restaurant has kids menus available and an especially great breakfast buffet. Located near Kotzia Square, just a 3-minute walk to the Central Market, less than a 10-minute walk to the Monastiraki Flea Market, and about a 15-minute walk to the Plaka neighborhood.
Hotel phone: +30 21089 81183
Good value hotel. Two-bedroom family rooms sleep a family of 5. Nice pool and close to shopping, restaurants, and Glyfada beach. The tram to central Athens (30 minutes) is just outside the hotel.
Hotel phone: +30 21032 73000
Quirky, contemporary, luxury hotel just a 2-minutes walk from Syntagma Square. Modern design and decor with helpful extras like electronic blackout shades. The hotel offers a casual restaurant inside and an excellent rooftop bar and restaurant. Interconnecting rooms comfortably sleep a family of 4. Review of New Hotel with video.
Hotel phone: +30 21033 51000
Great location. A very good breakfast is included and served on the rooftop restaurant with amazing views of the Acropolis. Large triples and quads are available for families. Furnishings are a bit dated but the hotel makes a good mid-range choice near Syntagma Square and its metro stop.
Hotel phone: +30 21089 01000
Stunning setting on a private peninsula on the Athens Riviera. Great beach, pool, restaurants, kids club, and every kind of outdoor activity you can name. 10 minutes to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Glyfada, 20 minutes to the airport, and 30 minutes into central Athens. A free shuttle bus takes you into Glyfada (the hotel will pay for a taxi if the shuttle is delayed or full).