The Best Places to Stay in Thessaloniki
• City Center (Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street): The heart of Thessaloniki, the City Center is an ideal base for first-time visitors. Staying near Aristotelous Square and Egnatia Street puts you within an easy walk of numerous historical sites, museums, and landmarks such as the White Tower, Arch of Galerius, and the Rotunda. The area is brimming with shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars, providing a lively atmosphere and plenty of options for dining and entertainment.
• Ano Poli (Upper Town): This picturesque district is characterized by its narrow, winding streets, stone houses, and Byzantine-era fortifications. Ano Poli offers stunning views of the city and the Thermaic Gulf, as well as a number of important landmarks, such as the Church of Agios Dimitrios, the Vlatades Monastery, and the Eptapyrgio Castle. Quieter than the City Center, there are still plenty of tavernas, cafes, and accommodation options to choose from, ranging from boutique hotels to guesthouses.
• Ladadika District: Located near the city’s port, this former warehouse district has been transformed into a popular destination for dining and entertainment, with numerous bars, restaurants, and music venues housed in colorful, restored buildings. Staying in Ladadika provides easy access to Thessaloniki’s waterfront promenade and attractions such as the Museum of Cinema and the Museum of Photography. Accommodation options in the area include boutique hotels and modern apartments.
• Kalamaria: This suburban district, situated southeast of the City Center, offers a more relaxed atmosphere and a glimpse into the everyday life of Thessaloniki’s residents. Kalamaria is known for its waterfront promenade, lined with palm trees, cafes, and restaurants. The area also boasts several parks, marinas, and shopping centers. Accommodation options in Kalamaria range from hotels to self-catering apartments.
• Tsimiski Street & Valaoritou Street: The area around Tsimiski Street and Valaoritou Street (northwest of the City Center) is home to trendy boutiques and fashionable bars and restaurants. The neighborhood is particularly popular with shoppers, as it has numerous designer stores and local brands.
The 11 Best Hotels in Thessaloniki
All the hotels below (except for The Met) are centrally located and within walking distance of the city’s key attractions and main shopping and dining district.
1. Electra Palace – Aristotelous Square
Awesome waterfront location overlooking Aristotelous Square and surrounded by trendy bars and restaurants. Luxurious rooms and two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor on the rooftop). This is the best five-star hotel in Thessaloniki.
2. Daios Luxury Living – White Tower/Waterfront
Great luxury hotel. Sea-view rooms have amazing waterfront views. Rooms with balconies are worth the upgrade.
3. The Met – Ladadika/Port
Fantastic rooftop pool and bar. Large indoor jacuzzi. Close to bus and train station but not ideal for exploring the city. Free shuttle bus to city center.
4. The Excelsior – Aristotelous Square
Trendy boutique hotel with great location, perfect for couples and honeymooners. The Penthouse Suite is amazing. (Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.)
5. Mediterranean Palace – Ladadika/Port
Wonderful views of the waterfront. Junior Suites are great for families of four or five. Walking distance to the ferry port.
6. Capsis Bristol Boutique Hotel – Ladadika/Port
Charming friendly hotel close to nightlife and many restaurants. Close to the ferry terminal.
7. Egnatia Palace Hotel & Spa – Egnatia/Center
Great hotel and central location. The X1 airport bus stops just outside the front door. The Deluxe Suite is the best family room in the city and sleeps a group of six.
8. The Caravan – Egnatia/Center
A funky and fun B&B hotel in the center of Thessaloniki. Great place to stay for shopping and nightlife. Family rooms sleep six.
9. Trilogy House – White Tower
Small boutique hotel (9 rooms) with a friendly vibe. Close to waterfront and numerous cafes, bars, and restaurants.
10. Park Hotel – Egnatia/Ano Poli
Inexpensive good value hotel on the border of Thessaloniki’s charming Old Town – but still an easy walk to the city center and waterfront. Family rooms sleep five or six.
11. Blue Bottle Boutique Hotel – Egnatia/Ano Poli
Cheap single rooms, simple double rooms, and large suites (sleep family of five or six). All with great location and friendly staff.
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