Best area to stay in Athens
Tips and Recommendations
- The Plaka, Monastiraki, and Syntagma neighborhoods are the best areas for families to stay in Athens.
- Athens can easily fill 2 or 3 days of sightseeing but the highlights can be seen in one full busy day.
- The farther north you go (away from the 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 worst areas.
Ava Hotel and Suites
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 the Plaka. Great breakfast and close to the Akropoli metro station. Some rooms have kitchenettes. (Hotel phone: + 9000)
Athens Ledra Hotel
Great rooftop pool and good sized family rooms that can fit a cot. Location is not ideal. It’s within walking distance of the major sights but you’ll likely use taxi or the hotel’s shuttle to get to the Plaka and Acropolis. (Hotel phone: + 0000)
Dorian Inn Hotel
One of the cheapest hotels in central Athens with a pool – rooftop on the 12th floor with great views. There are triple rooms (3 single beds) and family rooms (4 single beds). Located near Omonia Square which is scruffy but not dangerous. Walking distance to top sights and very short walk to the metro – with direct trains to Piraeus ferry port. (Hotel phone: + 1753)
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: + 1000)
The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort
Located outside the city on its own private peninsula. Wonderful beaches, pools, restaurants, and activities. (Hotel phone: + 2000)
Palmyra Beach Hotel
Good value hotel. 2-bedroom family rooms sleep 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 2)
Nice budget hotel/hostel with a large quadruple room perfect for families. Walking distance to the Plaka. (Hotel phone: + 7244)