The 6 Best Luxury Hotels To Stay At In Athens
Luxury hotels in Athens, the best options for your Greek holidays.
To travel is a blessing and to do in luxury is a bonus. For those of you who wish to experience all the luxury that Athens has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. The capital has a number of exquisite hotels to choose from.
This list incorporates the 6 best luxury hotels you can stay at in Athens. Some have a long and reputable history, others are newly built, freshly refurbished or eco-friendly. While each has their own unique style and atmosphere, one thing remains the same; their ability to welcome and care for you with the utmost attention to detail, creating the perfect home away from home.
Simply from viewing the façade you can see that Athens BC embodies a natural modernity. The wooden balconied exterior and floor to ceiling glass double doors are a warm invitation inside. The rooms are equally inviting, each elegant and simplistic in their design, yet sophisticated and homely. Located in an incredibly convenient central location on Falirou Street, Athens BC is just mere minutes away from the Acropolis and Acropolis museum. Athens BC is one of the four different COCO-MAT hotels in the city, it is a 5-star hotel with a difference. Aptly named this hotel embodies the jewel of the city, the Acropolis.
Enjoy the views of the Parthenon with a cold drink or poolside in the cosy roof garden.
At COCO-MAT your well-being is their business, literally. Founded by Paul Efmorfidis, COCO-MAT was originally a company that produced beds, mattresses, pillows and linens and only later branched into luxury hotels. Crafted sustainably with natural materials you’ll use these products during your stay and they are available for purchase.
You could say that there is no one better to be in charge of your sleeping arrangements.
Grande Bretagne *****
Voted one of the top 10 hotels in Athens by Condé Nast in 2019 and frequenting other awards lists, the Grand Bretagne is a prestigious hotel.
Located in Syntagma square, with views of the Acropolis and parliament, central Athens really is just on your doorstep. At the Grand Bretagne there are no limits to the options available, with two different restaurants a spa and both an indoor and outdoor pool available for use.
The high ceilings, regal adornment and marble interior speaks directly of its long and colourful history. In its lifetime the Grand Bretagne has accommodated kings, queens, politicians and celebrities. Built originally in 1842 as a mansion for a wealthy Greek businessman, it was then converted into a hotel in the 1870s. After the second world war however, the Grand Bretagne was occupied by the Nazis and later housed the British Expeditionary Force, but today it has been returned to its former glory, providing luxury accommodation for guests from all over the world.
Grand Hyatt *****
Recently opened in 2018, the Grand Hyatt is located next to the Onassis Cultural Centre on Syngrou Avenue.
While in a less central location than some other luxury hotels in Athens, this can be seen as an advantage, as you are positioned on the street that connects you directly to both Syntagma square or Pireaus Port in the opposite direction. Both destinations are easily accessible and will take only a short taxi journey. The reception area of the Grand Hyatt is spacious and inviting, with bright velvet mustard and turquoise furnishing, plenty of places to sit down to work, read or grab a coffee before you start your day. The rooms are modern, the décor crisp, neutral and simple.
The rooftop pool offers a place to cool down from the summer heat and provides distant views of the Acropolis.
King George *****
Sister hotel to the Grand Bretagne and right next door, the King George hotel is also located in Syntagma square.
Opened in 1930 this is another building of historical significance and when you enter the hotel it is easy to see that it once housed royalty. It’s vast open spaces, bright marble and classical furnishing give a grand finish to the interior. On the lobby walls you will find numerous paintings as King George hosts both a permanent and temporary collection of fine artworks from a number of esteemed Greek artists. The rooms are spacious with natural hard wood floors and luxurious marble bathtubs that allude to a relaxing evening.
The rooftop pool is reserved only for those booking the penthouse suite.
Royal Olympic *****
Another 5-star hotel located just in front of the National Gardens on Athanasiou Diakou street. Here you are only a 10-15 minute walk to the Acropolis and museum.
From the street you enter the hotel through large revolving doors that are framed between marble columns, located at the end of a carpeted stairway. The large and spacious reception area is grand and elegant with statues and decorative marble floors. The Royal Olympics’ Ioannis bar is unique in that it is a roof garden that has a close-up view of Temple of Olympian Zeus and Lycabettus hill as well as views of the Acropolis. The rooms are large and spacious with a royal blue carpeted floor. The rich colours and bold patterns are anything but bland, giving a lively atmosphere to your personal space.
And finally feel free to soak away the heat of the day in the outdoor swimming pool that is private and inviting nestled under the trees.
Electra Palace *****
Situated in the upmarket suburb of Plaka, Electra Palace is amidst a hive of restaurants and bars, all within walking vicinity from the hotel.
Inside you will find the open and roomy reception that exudes antique eloquence. Electra Palace also has a beautiful restaurant with floor to ceiling glass windows providing magnificent Acropolis views. The Acropolis can also be seen from the rooftop pool, which has a bar where you can enjoy a drink as you gaze over Athens. This luxury hotel is both as aesthetic as it is on the inside as it is on the outside. Originally built in 1973 the building sports a new neoclassical style façade that adorns Navarchou Nikodimou Street and blends beautifully with the ornate and intricate architecture that exists around Plaka.
The building is a timely reminder of the history and beauty of this city.
Kia Ora. My name is Marcia Welch and I am a traveller from New Zealand. I have always dreamed of visiting and exploring Europe and have finally begun my overseas experience, or OE as we call it. I have always been drawn to the vibrancy and beauty that embodies Greece and I am excited to document and share my experiences. I am currently in Athens.