When staying in Athens, it makes sense to be amidst the bustle of the historic center. These hotels near Syntagma Square, the buzzy Monastiraki market, and in the Plaka neighborhood offer proximity to the top spots amid neoclassical architecture and Acropolis views.

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

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Family-owned Sweet Home Boutique Hotel brings a traditional feeling to one of the best neighborhoods in Athens. Its central location between the Acropolis and Monastiraki means that Syntagma Square and the Plaka neighborhood are both within easy walking distance.

The neoclassical building was attentively renovated with an emphasis on decoration among the marble, tiles, and 100-year-old wooden staircase, along with a collection of old mirrors, gramophone, cameras, and other antiques. Stop in the breakfast room in the morning or the lounge area in the afternoon. Rooms tend toward slightly more petite, so aren't ideal for groups or families, but are comfortable for pairs or solo travelers.

NLH Monastiraki

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Stay in the convenient, bustling Monastiraki neighborhood at the NLH Monastiraki. This three-story neoclassical house, once the headquarters of a renowned bespoke tailor, now contains 36 rooms within its stone exterior and vaulted ceilings with plenty of size options for families to appreciate.

The 12 different room types, accented with shades of muted green, teal, and pink, are designed to optimize both comfort and serenity away from the buzz of the neighborhood. Start your day by ordering a homemade breakfast box or yoga kit to your room or stopping for coffee in the lobby bar, then come back in the evening for a signature cocktail on the roof.

Foundry Suites

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Head to the Psyrri neighborhood, between Monastiraki and the Acropolis, for "urban luxury suites" at Foundry. This design-focused spot is ideal for couples and younger travelers who want to take advantage of the combination of central location and industrial-meets-midcentury modern design.

The building itself was constructed in 1930 as a font foundry and has also served as a printing house and cultural center. It now houses 12 unique suites and lofts, where high ceilings and hardwood floors combine with materials like terrazzo and glass, as well as design touches like custom light fixtures, gear mechanisms, bright wall tapestries, and vintage furniture to create the hotel's distinct aesthetic. Don't skip the rooftop garden cafe and cocktail bar, where dedicated landscaping wraps around city views, for coffee in the morning or cocktails at sunset.

Athens Cypria Hotel

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Just a five-minute walk from the popular meeting point at Syntagma Square and adjacent to the shops of Ermou Street, Athens Cypria Hotel is in the center of the action and great for travelers on mid-range budgets who want to be within walking distance of Athen's historic actions.

There are 115 rooms within the hotel across various levels of size and views, many with balconies and some with views of the Acropolis. Don't fret if your room doesn't have a view—simply head up to the rooftop Acropolis Bar to take in the famous hill along with a drink. There's also a restaurant and cafe bar for when you're feeling peckish.

Athens Manor Houses

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Covering three restored neoclassical buildings that date back to 1897, the Athens Manor Houses in the historic center give guests access to the main sights combined with a comfortable and stylish experience. Each of the 16 suites can accommodate between two and five people amid their combination of retro details and romantic styling.

Start your day with a breakfast buffet packed with Greek specialties. Then set off into the city with the help of the concierge staff, who will happily guide you in the direction of your choosing or to their favorite spots. The location between Plaka and Monastiraki means almost everything is nearby.

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

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Stay in the heart of Ermou shopping street at the four-star Elia Ermou Athens Hotel. In addition to its proximity to Syntagma Square, the Hellenic Parliament and Zappeion National Garden are also within easy walking distance. The 123 rooms are distinguished by their modern comforts and style, and many include a private hammam and hydromassage tub.

The Athens View Balcon on the seventh floor serves breakfast in the mornings, followed by drinks and bites in the evening amid the roof garden. There's even a hidden spa tub in the corner of the garden, so you can take in the impressive Acropolis views at any time. Guests can also stop in the first-floor cafe bar for a quick break during the day or schedule a break at the fitness center and spa.

Zillers Boutique Hotel

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Luxury Zillers Boutique Hotel in the Plaka neighborhood gives travelers the VIP experience. The historic building was recently fully renovated, combining its classical touches with modern conveniences while maintaining the original architecture and room structure devised by architect Ernst Ziller.

The roof garden, open all day, serves meals from complimentary breakfast to snacks to full dinners with views of the Acropolis and Athens Cathedral. Visit for top-notch cuisine and views at any hour, whether you're in the mood for a breakfast amid the greenery or chic dinner and a signature cocktail with the Parthenon glowing behind you.

Home and Poetry

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Also in the Plaka, the old Athenian house that's been transformed into Home & Poetry sits amidst ancient monuments and neoclassical architecture. As the name suggests, each of the 16 romantically decorated rooms is named after a famous Greek poet, creating the perfect ambiance for a lyrical stay.

Take in the Acropolis from the rooftop garden that feels like you're right at its base, where breakfast is served in the morning and snacks and drinks in the evening. The hotel focuses on personalized service and can arrange for everything from a guided Acropolis tour to personal yoga sessions to island tour packages and "Athenian lifestyle suggestions."

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