Mona, in lively Psyri, is unlike any other hotel in Athens besides its sister hotel, Shila, in upscale Kolonaki. Mona is the larger of the two, with 20 rooms in a 1950s industrial building following a singular vision to create a sensual atmosphere ideal for couples, creatives, or friends. Carefully selected ceramics, artwork, and objects like furniture pieces made by the building's original owner permeate the rooms and common areas. Mona feels like a livable art gallery rather than an untouchable museum.
The hotel integrates organic materials, vintage furniture, and soft fabrics with its building's raw elements like cement and metal to create a curated yet comfortable space. The rooms are spacious thanks to high ceilings and open design plans, although the exposed bathtubs and showers may be off-putting to some. A few rooms have private patios or balconies, and they all offer exclusive customized products like coffee, honey, linens, and clothing, all available to purchase.
The lush rooftop garden overlooks the Acropolis and is the site of the hotel's regular social clubs, where guests and others can mingle during DJ sets, brunches, or bouquet-making workshops. Work or relax in the living room area on the ground floor, which sometimes hosts pop-up kitchens. The central location puts all of Athens at your fingertips: Monastiraki Square is three minutes away on foot, Plaka is five, and the Acropolis is just under 15. Learn more
The Foundry Suites
In this city, where many hotels have great rooftops and views, The Foundry Suites takes it to another level by planting its garden directly into soil lining the roof. The result is a garden paradise in the middle of Psyri, where you can relax among lush olive trees, herbs, and vines that frame the Acropolis. There isn't a restaurant on the roof, but guests can enjoy cocktails and pizza from the brick oven during the summer.
This former typeface foundry is now an apart-hotel with 12 roomy suites. The modern and chic suites include sunken cement tubs, large gear-operated windows, and full kitchens. Some are split-level, others have patios, and one has a terrace overlooking the Acropolis. Overall, this is an excellent option for families with kids above 10, friends, and couples who want a balance of space and easygoing hospitality in one of Athens' most vibrant and central neighborhoods. Learn more
A neoclassical family home is the setting of the Noble Suites' five rooms, just a few steps from the Acropolis. This charming hotel transports guests back in time with original elements like hardwood floors, marble furnishings, and vintage furniture that evoke the 19th century. There aren't any common facilities like a restaurant or spa, but the hotel's prime location, large suites, and the staff's hospitality make guests feel pampered.
The most popular room is the Signature Suite which features a huge balcony facing the Acropolis that's so close you feel you can reach out and touch it. You can also enjoy that view from bed or head out the front door and be at the Parthenon in five minutes. All the rooms are spacious with high ceilings, and larger parties can book the two-bedroom suite that comfortably sleeps four but can accommodate six on sofabeds.
One of the best parts of the hotel is its location just off the Dionysiou Aeropagitou pedestrian path, which circles the Acropolis from Plaka to Monastiraki. The ancient Roman theater Odeon of Herodes Atticus is right above the hotel, where you can check out a performance in the summer. Learn more
The Modernist Athens
Travelers looking to discover the Athens of today can do so in The Modernist Athens, a chic and non-pretentious 38-room hotel in the former Canadian embassy in Kolonaki. Local products, curated experiences, and a passionate staff all welcome guests into an Athens that goes beyond the Acropolis.
Rooms are divided chiefly by size, and larger rooms have amenities like outdoor Jacuzzis overlooking the Acropolis. The XL room can sleep up to six people. They all share a modern minimalist style, customized products like cocktail mixes and coffee beans from Athenian brands, and playlists curated by a local DJ that you can blast on the in-room Marshall speaker. The Modernist is inclusive, welcoming guests from the LGBTQ+ community and offering ADA-compatible rooms for those with wheelchairs.
Soak in the sweeping panoramas of the Acropolis and sea from the rooftop lounge area, where the hotel sometimes organizes activities and events like Pilates and parties. The hotel's location on the farther edge of Kolonaki means the area is more local and residential. The Evaggelismos Metro is just five minutes away, which goes to the Acropolis and Syntagma Square in five to 10 minutes, or you can walk to those sites in 20-30 minutes. Learn more
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Located just a few blocks from Monastiraki Square, the NLH Monastiraki brings history to life in a 19th-century neoclassical building. Break a sweat in the gym, where ancient stones pepper the walls or grab a drink at the rooftop bar with a clear view of the Acropolis, just 15 minutes away on foot. Couples can relax in the historic yet modern atmosphere, while families can spread out in large rooms that sleep up to five.
This 1833 building follows its original blueprint: all 36 rooms have distinct layouts. The split-level family suite offers extra space and privacy, and there's one ADA-compatible suite for those with wheelchairs and mobility needs. The clean and modern furniture integrates seamlessly with historic elements like ancient stone walls, marble furnishings, and iron-wrought details. Besides its central location and historical aspects, the NLH Monastiraki offers a high level of hospitality, as its warm and helpful staff ensures that all guests feel cared for. Learn more
Nestled on a pedestrian side street in Kolonaki, the neoclassical Athens Flair could pass as another fancy home in this high-end neighborhood. In fact, this was the former home of famous Greek actress Elli Lampeti, whose vintage furniture peppers the six bright suites. Original elements like marble staircases, iron-wrought railings, and ornate light fixtures all add a sense of character to this landmark hotel.
Designed by Danish architect Theophil van Hansen, whose work is all around Athens, this 19th-century building follows its original layout. That means there isn't an elevator, so it's inappropriate for those with mobility issues. While porters are on hand to help with luggage, guests should be prepared to take several staircases to get to their rooms. They include intricate hardwood floors and antique furniture and are elevated by modern amenities like outdoor Jacuzzis and terraces.
Couples can indulge in the romantic atmosphere, while families can spread out in the two-bedroom suite that sleeps up to six people. The rooftop is a relaxing space to hang out under Mount Lycabettus, and those who want to hike the hill can begin their ascent in just five minutes. Syntagma Square is 15 minutes away, the Acropolis is 30, and the bars, restaurants, and artists' spaces of Exarchia are just a few blocks away. Learn more
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Located just a few blocks from Syntagma Square, the Elia Ermou allows guests to decompress in clean, modern rooms in the middle of Athens' busy center. Greece is the theme of this stylish hotel, which features Greek art all around and offers fantastic Acropolis views from its rooftop restaurant and rooms. Amenities like a spa and private parking lot—a real find in Athens—add extra elements of luxury.
One hundred and twenty-three rooms offer different amenities, such as a hammam or steam shower, jetted tub, and a balcony overlooking the Acropolis. Connecting rooms are available for families or groups; even the smallest feels spacious for a city hotel. There's an area to exercise with the provided weights and dumbbells. The soundproofed windows allow for quiet despite its central and bustling location.
The hotel's location is within easy reach of many ancient archaeological sites. Step out the door and walk to the Acropolis, Hadrian's Library, or Monastiraki in 10 minutes or walk a block away to check out the popular pedestrian shopping street, Ermou. After exploring Athens for the day, head up to the rooftop to watch the sunset over the Acropolis or do so from the comfort of your room. Learn more
Travelers headed to Greece for its cuisine need to look no farther than the Ergon House, whose downstairs deli has a cornucopia of Greek delights. This family-run boutique hotel began as a deli before expanding to the hospitality business, and now, it's a 38-room hotel on the border of Syntagma and Plaka. The cozy rooftop overlooks the Acropolis, which is a treat in the summer, but the real calling card here is Agora, the ground floor restaurant, and the deli.
The rooms differ by size and orientation, and the ones overlooking the restaurant can get loud, so book one on the other side of the hotel for more quiet. The rooms are modern, with minimalist wooden furniture, bright light, and marble flourishes, and they all feature an array of treats from the deli downstairs. Family rooms with multiple beds are available, and while none of the rooms have balconies, Acropolis view options let you gaze at the Parthenon from bed. Learn more
The Pinnacle Athens
A landmark 1970s building that was once Athens' first shopping mall is now the site of The Pinnacle, a 16-room hotel of large, fully furnished suites. The tallest building in the commercial triangle, which borders Psyri and Syntagma, has a spectacular panoramic rooftop view of the Acropolis that extends to the sea.
Traces of this building's past are visible on its original facade of gleaming metallic tiles. Standard options are more like typical hotel rooms, so the suites are where the hotel stands out. They're spacious and clean with bold pop art flourishes and fun features like TVs hidden behind paintings. Some sleep up to six people, which makes this mid-range hotel great for families, groups of friends, and couples. Learn more
This 33-room boutique hotel in Syntagma, inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, offers an Athenian take on 1920s American decadence. The space channels the 20th century with gold chrome fixtures, leather furniture, and art deco style. Fun is the theme of Gatsby, which prioritizes giving guests memorable experiences.
Press the "dare button" once during your stay to receive a personalized surprise or book the party suite, which includes an outdoor Jacuzzi and projector with preloaded titles. Most rooms are doubles, and the overall vibe is geared toward couples, friends, and younger travelers looking for various Instagrammable backdrops. The staff is professional and thoughtful, as seen in the lengths they go to with the dare button. Facilities include a restaurant on the ground floor, a spa, and a rooftop lounge with a view of the Acropolis.
If you're feeling extra decadent, head to the pedestrian shopping street Ermou, just a few blocks away. The shops of Plaka and the flea market of Monastiraki are both seven minutes on foot, and the Acropolis is 20. Wander the winding streets of neighboring Psyri to indulge in a bevy of restaurants and bars, or go to Kolonaki, 10 minutes away, for high-end shopping. Learn more
Stroll down an arcade across from the 11th-century Byzantine Church of the Holy Trinity to enter the quiet innAthens, just a few blocks from the areas of Plaka and Syntagma. Relax in the peaceful courtyard before heading to one of the boutique hotel's 37 rooms, which feature calm, minimalist designs and luxurious comforts like COCO-MAT mattresses and comfy robes.
The building has a storied history, as it was initially constructed in 1922 as a safe house for refugees during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey. The hotel has maintained the building's original elements, like marble balconies and neoclassical doors, which integrate with bespoke furniture and a modern minimalist and industrial design. The effectively soundproofed rooms look over the courtyard or the city, and a few with balconies face the courtyard. Larger suites can sleep up to four with a sofabed, but overall, the rooms are ideal for solo travelers, couples, or friends. Learn more