Athens is an exciting city for different reasons, but for many travelers, the Acropolis pulls them in the most. While numerous hotels have fantastic views of the Acropolis, a handful have the added benefit of being close to the site. These include features like rooftop pools overlooking the Parthenon, romantic atmospheres for couples, and spacious rooms for families, and all are within 10 minutes walking distance of the Acropolis.


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Relax poolside under the Acropolis (photo courtesy of COCO-MAT Athens BC)

Standing just behind the Acropolis Museum in Makriyianni, the COCO-MAT Athens BC has one of Athens's best rooftop Acropolis views. If that weren't enough, it's just a five-minute walk to the south slope entrance of the site. Greek bedding company COCO-MAT opened this luxury hotel in 2019, and it embodies the brand's ethos of organic and sustainable comfort in its 110 bright and airy rooms, ideal for couples, friends, and solo travelers.

Built upon the ruins of an ancient Roman wine distillery visible in the lobby, the hotel has a modern, warm, minimalist design of natural tones and clean lines. The BC of the name refers to the ancient artifacts discovered while building the hotel, and this integration of history makes this one of the best hotels near the Acropolis. Book a room with an Acropolis view or head up to the rooftop to enjoy the spectacular Acropolis and Saronic Gulf panoramas from the restaurant or pool. 

You can tour the Acropolis Museum five minutes away before heading up the slope to experience the Parthenon, Erechtheion, and other sites firsthand. The hotel is just five minutes from the start of the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian path, which circles underneath the Acropolis from Plaka to Monastiraki. Stroll the path to see the monument from all sides or wander the charming winding streets of Plaka, Athens' historic old center, home to various shops and restaurants.

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Marvel at the rooftop's panoramic vista (photo courtesy of AthensWas)

The boutique design hotel AthensWas merges different moments of Athens' history mere steps from the Acropolis. The hotel is just below the south entrance of the site, so begin your ascent to the Parthenon in less than two minutes. Its Michelin-rated rooftop restaurant has a memorable view of the Acropolis, which feels close enough to touch. Just remember to peel your eyes away to see the rest of the picture, which includes Mount Lycabettus.

All 21 rooms have a bold retro aesthetic that pulls designs from the 1970s and 1980s Athenian style. Every room has a veranda or balcony, and some have Acropolis views. Couples will love the romantic atmosphere of gazing at the Parthenon from a balcony, while families can spread out in connecting rooms. 

The Acropolis Museum is a block away, as is the Acropolis Metro. The hotel is at the beginning of the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian path, which leads to Filopappou Hill and Thissio. Step out the lobby doors right into Plaka or head in the opposite direction to see Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus three minutes away before strolling through the National Garden. If being near the Acropolis is a priority, you won't get much closer than the AthensWas.

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Noble Suites

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Gaze at the Acropolis from your bed or terrace (photo courtesy of Noble Suites)

The five-room Noble Suites has one of the closest locations to the Acropolis, as it's just a block below the ancient Roman amphitheater Odeon of Herodes Atticus and five minutes from the Acropolis ticket office. The hotel doesn't have common facilities, so where it stands out is its location, suites, and the staff's hospitality, making it a prime destination for repeat guests. This former neoclassical family home is now a charming boutique hotel that evokes a 19th-century style with vintage furniture, hardwood floors, and marble furnishings and captures the romance and history of the Acropolis. 

Despite its central location in Koukaki just below the Dionysiou Areopagitou path, the Noble Suites offers a peaceful and relaxing stay. All rooms are spacious with high ceilings, and families or groups can check out the two-bedroom suite, which comfortably sleeps four. The most coveted room is the Signature Suite, with a substantial marble-lined terrace facing the Acropolis. Enjoy that view from the balcony or bed in this room that's perfect for couples but can also sleep up to four on a sofabed.

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Herodion Hotel

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Soak in the view and hot tub (photo courtesy of Herodion Hotel)

Featuring one of the clearest rooftop Acropolis views around, the Herodion Hotel offers a variety of ways to experience Athens' most famed monument. The hotel is just behind the Acropolis Museum in Koukaki, and it has several rooftop facilities like a restaurant, hot tubs, and a fitness area that all look over the Acropolis, whose south slope ticket entrance is just three minutes away.

The 90 rooms are simple and basic in style, so book an Acropolis view for something more special. Larger suites and family rooms are available. The hotel shines in its facilities and common areas, as it has a cozy library lounge and bar on the ground floor and a glass-topped restaurant built around an olive tree. The staff is exceptionally warm and friendly, and the location can't be beat, as both Plaka and the Acropolis Metro are under five minutes away on foot.

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AVA Boutique Hotel

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Have breakfast under the Acropolis (photo courtesy of Ava Hotel & Suites)

The 16 spacious suites of the AVA Boutique Hotel are nearly smack in the middle of the Acropolis and the Temple of Zeus. Couples can soak in the romantic atmosphere of Acropolis view rooms that look at the backside of the site, although it's worth noting that the buildings of the monument aren't visible. Book a room overlooking Hadrian's Arch for a different but equally impressive slice of history.

Families will relish the space of these rooms, which are more like apartments with balconies and full kitchens. Larger rooms have sofabeds to accommodate up to four people. The most exclusive option is the Grand Suite, which has a large terrace overlooking Hadrian's Arch and the underside of the Acropolis. 

The hotel's prime location in Plaka means the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and its metro are less than five minutes away. Walk to Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus in the same time, or meander through the National Garden to find some shade in the summer heat.

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Athens Gate

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Look out at the Roman Temple of Zeus (photo courtesy of Athens Gate Hotel)

This historic 1970s family-run hotel is all about the vistas, thanks to its location across the street from the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. Many of its 99 rooms look over those monuments, but Acropolis fans need not worry: you can book an Acropolis view room or head up to the rooftop restaurant with a panorama of the entire city. 

Rooms are basic, and options include triples and connecting family rooms. Their standout feature is the view over the Temple of Zeus or the Acropolis, whose southern ticket entrance is just five minutes away by foot. The Athens Gate's location on the busy major street Syggrou means it can get quite loud, so book a room on a higher floor for a more peaceful rest. If you're looking for something basic and reliable close to the Acropolis with a sweeping rooftop view, the Athens Gate is a great option.

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