Cheap hotels are abundant in Athens, but of of all of the categories to exercise discernment, this is one of the most important. Hotel standards such as cleanliness and a helpful staff vary wildly; the hotel's location can totally alter your experience of the city. Diogenes, the Cynic, was said to sleep in a pot because he believed there was virtue in simplicity. We say a clean room, good bed, and being in walking distance of everything are also pretty good virtues in your Athens hotel. These are our favorite hotels and hostels ranging between one and three stars.
The Acropolis House
is top on our list because there's no other hotel quite like it in the whole city. Panos and his staff make you feel like part of the family; its position between modern Syntagma and old world Plaka
offers the best of two worlds: a neighborhood that feels authentically Athenian, full of local residents and business owners, and a cobblestone road that slowly transitions into winding, flower-boxed alleys and other scenes that fill the traveler's soul. The Adonis
is just across the street, should the twenty-eight rooms of the Acropolis House be full. Both are within five minutes to Syntagma
, ten minutes of the New Acropolis Museum
, Monastiraki Square
, or the Temple of Zeus
, and fifteen minutes from the Acropolis
and the Student Traveller's Inn
are our two favorite hostels. They have many of the practical amenities shared by most Athens hostels like twenty-four hour access, free wifi, and on site meals at low prices, but rise above the rest due to their positioning in the areas around Plaka and the Acropolis. Between the two, Athens Backpackers has nicer facilities. The Hostel Aphrodite
gets its place on the list for knowing their audience - those who want distance from tourists and proximity to a bar (supplied on the premises.) Athens International Youth Hostel
is not on our list because of its location in an area uninteresting to visitors and a good ways from everything, save a metro. We would rather use the ticket money for a Mythos beer or souvlaki.
Going one step up, the Arethusa Hotel
, Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
, and Art Hotel
are all on the lower end of the spectrum but offer modern, comfortable interiors. The Arethusa is just around the corner from Syntagma Square and a straight shot to the Monastiraki flea market. The Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is situated on a busy avenue that doesn't match its warm, romantic interior, but is within a ten minute walk to the Temple of Zeus or the New Acropolis Museum. The Art Hotel is the prettiest of the bunch but is in noisy Omonia
, an area close to everything but worn around the edges, requiring acute attention to your surroundings and personal belongings.
The Hotel London
is a good budget option for beach access and conveniently en route
to the airport.
13 15 EPTALOFOU STREET
And Rovertou Galli
And 14 Halkokndili
12 makri street,
12 Einardou & Michail Voda Corner 65
Exarchia's place for cheap sleep and socializing...
13 Odysseos Street (Karaiskaki Square)
3 Keramikou And Zinonos Street
Close to Athens' major attractions... read more
Em.Benaki 105 & Anexartissias Street
Two star hotel for the fit and frugal... read more
105 Emmanuel Benaki
Family run 1 star hotel just beneath Strefi Hill...
12 Komninon Argonafton Street