The Best Family Hotels in Athens

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 28, 2022

Best beach resort for families near Athens.

The absolutely fantastic Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel is on the Athens Riviera, a 30-minute drive from central Athens. The nearby Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso is not directly on the beach (a small road separates it from the sea) but still very nice and not nearly as expensive.

Athens Hotels for Families – Where to Stay

Athens with Kids and the Best Family Hotels

  • 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.
  • The highlight of Athens is the Acropolis (GetYourGuide has a good skip-the-line tour). If you only have time to see one attraction then make it the Acropolis (and its most famous structure, the Parthenon).

The 7 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Athens

1. Ava Hotel and Suites

Ava Boutique Hotel in Athens
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.

2. Grecotel Pallas Athena

A 2-bedroom Family Graffiti Guestroom at Grecotel Pallas Athena in Athens
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.

3. Palmyra Beach Hotel

Family-friendly hotel with pool in Athens.
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.

4. New Hotel

New Hotel in Athens
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.

5. City Circus Athens Hostel

City Circus Hostel in Athens
Hotel phone: +30 21302 37244
Nice budget hotel/hostel with a large quadruple room perfect for families. Walking distance to Plaka.

6. Astor Hotel

Hotel Astor in Athens
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.

7. Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel

Best hotel for kids on Athens Riviera
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).

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  1. Hotel Photos

    Hi Dave, wonderful website and thanks a lot for your overview. May I ask where do you get all the pictures from all the hotels? Do you visit them all or do you reach out directly to them and take the pictures?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      We take almost all of the hotel photos when we visit and review. Occasionally, we’ll need to use photos provided from the hotel, but we really try to avoid this.

  2. Athens to Peloponesse

    Compliments on the website. Was wondering if you had any suggestions for a nice place to spend a couple of days, located between Athens and Kyllini. I will be flying into Athens, and travelling to Zakynthos, and would like to spend about 2 days somewhere enroute. I have two young girls, aged 5 & 7. They like water, so a place by the sea would be ideal. Thanks, Hugh.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      From Athens to Kyllini it is 287 kms via the most direct route and for the most part it is served by a currently very disrupted major highway (between Corinth and Patra) Once they’ve finished the roadworks (turning it into a proper multi-lane highway), it will be once more be a fast route. Meantime the route is slow and frustrating for drivers. That’s the bad news.

      The good news is that there is a picturesque coastal road (the original coastal highway) that links all the coastal villages between Corinth and Patra. If you don’t mind taking your time you can actually make quite a pleasant trip out of it. Half of 287 is 143.5 kms and that will get you as far as Stomio on the Gulf of Corinth local road. Now Stomio is not exactly earth-shattering, but it is half way. A little earlier you will pass through Xylokastro (120 kms) which is a bit of a resort town mainly for Greeks and is a lot livelier than Stomio. It has hotels, restaurants and a beach scene.

      However, you may want to push on and make you night’s stop at Diakofto (161 kms) which has the advantage of being another busy seaside town AND has the additional advantage of being the terminus of the Diakofto/Kalavryta rack and pinion railway to the mountain village of Kalavryta. This is one of the Peloponnese’s more interesting traveller attractions though not well known to the international public. The train starts from the middle of town and heads on up through the narrow gorge before arriving in the pretty village of Kalavryta (33kms away) where you take have a stroll, take lunch and descend in the afternoon. Your daughters would surely enjoy that adventure! Diakofto has a small beach scene and enough restaurants to choose from plus accommodation options.

      The road to Kyllini after Patra resorts to being a normal rural main road and is a reasonably easy run make sure you time your run to catch the ferry you want to Zakynthos.

      A wild card thought: you could always take the northern Gulf of Corinth route and make your night stop at Delphi to see the ancient sites and Delphi is a magical, spiritual place. Descend to the coast for lunch and a swim at Galaxidi then make a relatively un-busy run to the pretty port of Nafpaktos for afternoon coffee and ice cream, then over the impressive Andirion-Rion suspension bridge to the Peloponnese before making a right to Kyllini. Apart from the initial busy freeway run to the turn off to Delphi from the main South-North highway via Thiva (Thebes) the route is generally rural and after Galaxidi relatively free of traffic. It will take you longer, though and the sea run is not as populated or scenically pretty as the old national highway along the south side of the Gulf of Corinth.

  3. Area Around Dorian Inn

    Hello there! We are a family of 4 with children ages 9 and 12. We are looking at staying at the Dorian Inn next month (October) for a 2 night stay in Athens. We love its proximity to all the sites and the fact that it has a pool. It also appears to be a clean hotel with breakfast included. However, some of the reviews have me concerned about the area that it is in. Can you offer any further information? Thank you!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The area will strike you as shady, dirty, and unpleasant when you first pull in. But it’s not unsafe. Your kids are an age when they’re likely going out to explore on their own. Unfortunately even the most liberal parent probably wouldn’t feel comfortable sending their kids out the door in this neighborhood. But so it goes, you’re only there for 2 nights and probably won’t be spending much time at your hotel in any case. I think it’s a fine choice and a short walk from the Plaka and Acropolis.

  4. Greek Islands in March with Child

    Hello – would love some advice. My sister is going to be in Athens for a conference early March and we are thinking of joining her with our 3 year old. Would love to get to an island – but know many will be shut to tourists. We are not sun seekers (more food seekers). Can you recommend hotels (with separate room for little one). Also an island/ area to enjoy sites, eating, relaxing?

    Thanks you,

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The two best areas at that time are Chania (on Crete) and Santorini. Both will be getting some tourists by March so a lot should be open. Chania also has a large local population and never shuts down like other Greek islands. Both are loaded with great restaurants.

  5. Staying in Glyfada near Athens

    Hello! Your website is very helpful! My husband I will be in Athens for 5 days and hope to do some sightseeing but also a lot of relaxing, we have a 3 year old and almost 7 year old.
    We are torn between staying in the city at a place with a pool or simply staying in Glyfada and travelling to the centre for some sightseeing. Any guidance much appreciated!


    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Glyfada is a good a place to stay in Athens as any and apart from being away from the city bustle and noise you have at least the sense of being at a half decent seaside resort. So, yes, go ahead and book yourselves a place to stay in Glyfada. It’s only 14kms to the centre of Athens via the more direct Leoforos Vouliagmenis – take a cab if you are in a hurry, they are relatively inexpensive in Athens – or if you prefer a more leisurely segue to the city, take a modern tram along the coast and up through the ‘burbs which will take you right to Syntagma (Constitution) Square in about an hour or so. Alternatively you can take the tram as far as as the Stadium of Peace and Friendship and swap to the metro for the last leg to the Port of Piraeus. There are plenty of buses to/from Athens too, but they can get uncomfortably crowded at peak times.

      Glyfada itself is a very pleasant seaside resort and along with Vouliagmeni further south it is where many of Athens’ well-heeled reside. Wikipedia calls it Knightsbidge-on-Sea, the Hellenic Hamptons or the Beverley Hills of Greece and the suburb certainly does have a rather chic feel to it with its upmarket cafés, restaurants, and boutique shops. There are plenty of hotels with pools to choose from, though the (pay) beach is very decent and you may care to spend some of your relaxation time on a lounger under an umbrella with a bar or café at your shoulder. So rest assured that your plan is a solid one, you will be in good company in a pleasant environment and not really all that far from the city.

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