Where to stay in Athens
After making your travel arrangements on how to get to Athens, you might be wondering where to stay in Athens! Athens is a metropolis with numerous luxury hotels, boutique accommodation, etc. Choosing where to stay depends on what you would like to do in town. If you are in Athens to visit mainly the archaeological sites, a hotel in Plaka or near Syntagma is ideal. These locations can be a bit more expensive but you have to consider that you do not have to worry about travelling anywhere else via the metro. In contrast, if you are only in town just for a few nights & your destination is mainly the islands, then you have to consider Piraeus as the first choice. But first, let me break down the best areas to stay in Athens.
CENTER BUT WHERE?
Syntagma – In the heart of the city & still close to the sites
Syntagma square is probably the most important square of the city due to its political manifestations, cultural events, celebrations, and even battles. Spending the night in Syntagma area, you are very close with the Greek Parliament building, the tomb of the unknown soldier, the Olympic Stadium (Panathinaic), and the National Gardens. Of course, there are nice bars and restaurants around the area but probably is not the best area for its nightlife. Family Friendly & Couple Friendly.
Koukaki – Live like a local
I am sure that you did not know that Koukaki area is probably one of the most historical neighbourhoods worldwide. Why? Because is inhabited since the Neolithic era. Koukaki is the perfect place if you are looking for a walkable where Athenians live and hang out. Is a bit expensive area due to its historic importance but also for its location. Narrow streets & pedestrian zones that are close by to Acropolis Museum, Acropolis, Filopappos Hill, Temple of Olympia Zeus & the National Museum of Contemporary Art. Family Friendly & Couple Friendly.
Kolonaki – Luxury and Shopping
Located Northeast of Acropolis, Kolonaki area, provides you with another kind of feeling, while you are walking on its streets especially if you are looking to shop. This posh area is full of fashion designer shops and boutiques. A big advantage of this neighbourhood is being close to Lycabettus Hill. It might be a bit difficult and exhausting to climb it, but the view makes up for the effort, is totally breathtaking. Except for the Lycabettus Hill, you can visit the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art or the Byzantine & Christian Museum, but of course, the Tsakalof Street which is full of vivid nightlife energy. Couple Friendly.
Metaksourgeio – Artsy Neighbourhood with central Location
Historically, Metaksourgeio is not as historical as Plaka but is considered to be the middle-working class neighbourhood that started to decline in the middle of 70s’’. The price is not so expensive since the area is occupied by locals or immigrants. Avdi Square is the cultural centre of this area, and every late evening all the bars and coffees are starting to fill up. I would recommend this neighbourhood only if you are interested in Art Galleries, such as the Municipal Gallery of Athens, Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Breeder Gallery & the Vamiali Gallery. Couple Friendly – Artsy Neighbourhood.
Psyrri – Nightlife Spot
If you are looking the most vivid part of the city then Psyrri is for sure on the list. Flood with people at night, yet it is very close with many ancient sites including the areas of Thissio & Monastiraki. The perfect place if you want to be close to the centre but also in the heart of the nightlife. Due to it’s an anti-establishment vibe, and to its recently gentrified after lots of quirky bars and artisan shops moved in. You are close to the Library of Hadrian, Roman Agora, Tower of Winds and Thissio.
The Best Place to stay in Athens for Great Sunset Views
Standing 227 meters about the sea level, Lycabettus Hill is the highest point of Athens. You can enjoy the best sunset whilst waiting for the lights of the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium and Ancient Agora to come on.