The greatest downtown Athens hotels
By Katerina Rigou, Christos Aivaliotis
Athens Luxury Suites
12 Avramiotou Str., Athens, Μ. 6992 117266, www.athensluxurysuites.com
Only a breath away from Monastiraki metro station, from the most significant sights of historic interest, as well as from the hot piazzas of Athens, such as Aghias Irinis Square, Psyrri district and Plaka, the brand-new Athens Luxury Suites constitutes the ideal accommodation in the city center. Who would imagine that a formerly abandoned block of flats, could easily become a modern complex of 24 independent, convenient and bright apartments and studios (from 32-42 sqm.)? Each has its own stylish personality, whilst all share as a common denominator the privacy and autonomy (armored door, intercom, kitchenette with refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave oven, household equipment), thus, ensuring an unforgettable stay in this corner of the city center! Highlight: The days start with exuberant breakfasts in its bohemian style space (on the ground floor) at the L’ Atelier Bar. From €140-190.
Royal Olympic Hotel
28-34 Athanassiou Diakou Str. Τ. 210 9288400, www.royalolympic.com
The 5* Royal Olympic boasts its prominent location as it stands in front of the Temple of Zeus Olympian and the National Garden. It also stands out for its high standard of services and classy ambience. It has 264 rooms and suites, a wellness area and a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. Highlight: What else but the lovely roof garden with a background of the pool and pool bar and overlooking the Acropolis and Lycabettus! From €128.
4-6 Michail Voda Str., Τ. 210 8200700, www.novotelathens.gr
Situated in the center of Athens and only 500 meters from Omonia Square, it is within walking distance from every tourist point of interest. It features 196 fully-equipped rooms, a minimal design restaurant, a gym and an atmospheric roof garden with a pool. Highlight: The all day café-bar-restaurant with a background of the pool and the view. From €136.
St. George Lycabettus
2 Kleomenous Str., Τ. 210 7416000, www.sglycabettus.gr
With its strong point the view from the Lycabettus slopes, its elegance and location, as it is within walking distance from the popular shopping streets of the center, St. George is among the top stay suggestions. Its 154 modern aesthetic rooms, swimming pool, spa, atmospheric bar and high gastronomy in its restaurant compose a setting of relaxation and unpretentious luxury. Highlight: Of course its spectacular view. From €229.
Divani Palace Acropolis
19-25 Parthenonos Str., Τ. 210 9280100, www.divanis.com
Just a stone’s throw from the Acropolis, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Philopappou hill and Plaka, Divani Palace Acropolis is well worth the Greek hospitality title with its tasteful facilities and services. It is comprised of 250 rooms and suites with modern and classical elements and the Aspasia restaurant. Highlights: The Acropolis Secret Roof Garden Bar (operating during the summer months) with breathtaking view, but also the atmospheric D Bar. From €120.
Radisson Blu Park Hotel
10 Alexandras Ave., Τ. 210 8894500,www.radissonblu.com
Located on the edge of the Pedion tou Areos (meaning Field of Ares), on one of the most famous central streets, the luxurious Radisson Blu Park makes a difference with its special design, inspired by the park, reflected in the 153 rooms and its common areas. Its strong points include the roof garden with the pool and view, as well as the Oak Room café. Highlights: The two restaurants St’Astra East and St’Astra Blue Roof Garden (summer only). From €100.
Electra Hotel Athens
5 Ermou Str., Athens, Τ. 210 3378000, www.electrahotels.gr
Its potential lies in the fact that it is located on the most commercial street of the capital. In plus, the distinguished service and the exquisite atmosphere of the city. It includes 106 rooms and 3 suites in earthy tones and unpretentious luxury. Highlights: The excellent breakfast buffet and the all-day café-deli-enoteca Terra on the ground floor, in front of the Ermou pedestrian street. From €210.
4 Roberto Galli Str., Τ. 210 9236832, www.herodion.gr
It is situated next to the New Acropolis Museum, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and Plaka. It has 90 rooms with breathtaking view of the Acropolis, uniquely combining modern with classic elements while meeting the highest standards that guarantee a relaxing stay in the capital. Highlight: The roof garden, ideal for a cocktail or a light meal throughout the day. From €180.
Airotel Stratos Vassilikos
114 Michalakopoulou Str., Τ. 210 7706611, www.airotel.gr
It is within walking distance from every business, commercial and historical point of interest in the center of Athens and impresses with the shining façade and the classic design that is exuded by its 88 rooms. Highlight: The Riva Restaurant on the patio, ideal for a professional, formal or friendly dinner with creative cuisine dishes and a well-updated wine list. From €70.