What are the top 10 best hotels in Athens, including luxury, boutique and budget? Whether you are on honeymoon, looking for a romantic break, travelling as a family or simply want to escape by yourself we have the perfect hotel for you.
Europe’s oldest capital, ancient and yet remarkably modern, Athens is a convergence of mythology, philosophy and cosmopolitan lifestyle. The luminous city, the land of historic treasure troves, embraces the majestic colors of the bright sun and allows the utmost experience of the Mediterranean cuisine. Visit Athens and absorb unique moments of sea, sun, culture, history, cuisine and lifestyle.
The vibrant city of Athens offers countless activities for all types of visitors, where ancient history mixes with modern coffee shops and rooftop bars. At the same time, it is also known as the historic capital of Europe – an ancient city with rich culture, iconic sites and attractions. Discover the narrow streets and small buildings of Plaka, and merge into 3.000 years of Greek history while visiting the Acropolis Hill.
In this review, I have detailed the best luxury hotels in Athens. If you want to book any luxury hotel in Athens or beyond, contact our luxury travel concierge. Our agents offer exclusive free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit and VIP gifts at luxury hotels like Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental and more… for the same price as the hotel’s own websites.
Typically, our free benefits* at luxury hotels if you book via our luxury travel concierge include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
1. Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
The dramatic new Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens opened in 2019 and is pictured above. In our opinion, this hotel is the very best luxury hotel in Athens. It is located on the newly revived Athens Riviera, on the end of a pine-covered peninsula in Vouliagmeni.
The eclectic and dynamic nature of Athens stretches from the city’s centre to its sun-kissed coastline and Blue Flag beaches. Amid the surrounds of nature and the deep blue sea, visitors can experience an entirely different pace along the Athenian Riviera. Families looking for a holiday that can be both fun-filled and educational, and couples who are beginning or renewing their lives together, can now do this in one of the world’s most romantic destinations.
Four Seasons offers the best of both worlds: a laid-back seaside escape just 30 minutes from the historical city centre. Discover the wonders of ancient civilization at the Acropolis, then return to Four Seasons to unwind and relax.
Located in the former legendary Astir Palace, a convenient 30 minutes from the airport, this 1960s landmark is an iconic destination that has welcomed VIPs, from foreign leaders to film stars. The secluded private beach inside the complex was the beach that Brigitte Bardot famously posed for photographers in her pink bikini in 1969.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens offers three private beaches strung together by a thousand foot (300 metre) boardwalk, three pools (free-form family pool, sleek infinity pool and indoor lap pool), five tennis courts, myriad watersports from windsurfing to sea kayaking plus a sunset sail every evening, an onsite basketball court and a golf club just steps away, extensive trails for jogging and walking, a fully-supervised complimentary Kids for All Seasons program housed in its own facility, boat access and even a helipad – in the words of Hotel Manager Panagiotis Sopiadis, “need we say more?”
“If you’ve ever had to make the tough decision between staying in Athens or going to an island resort, Four Seasons Astir Palace has it covered in one seaside destination.”
Dining at Four Seasons: An International Tour Begins with Contemporary Greek Cuisine. Helmed by Executive Chef Bertrand Valegeas who brings more than a quarter century’s experience in kitchens all over the world, the Hotel’s culinary offering is as diverse as Greek culture.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens also offers the lobby gathering place Astron Lounge and Terrace for light fare, afternoon tea and cocktails; the elegant Avra Lounge and Terrace; and the Hotel’s homage to the Astir Palace’s golden age at Aristotle’s cigar and cognac lounge. Four Seasons also offers chairside food and beverage service at its outdoor pools and beaches.
The Spa at Four Seasons offers a comprehensive menu of treatments and services attuned to modern life. The Fountain House is their hydrotherapy zone inspired by ancient Greek traditions updated in state-of-the-art facilities that include an aroma steam grotto, hammam, vitality pool and chill showers. Experienced spa goers will delight in their innovative, results-oriented treatments, while those in serious need of relaxation and pampering will be very well taken care of.
Housed in two distinct buildings and a collection of private bungalows, accommodation options at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel range from light-filled rooms and suites to ultra-exclusive garden cottages.
At Arion with its modernist architecture and retro-chic design, guests will find a laid back vibe expressed in breezy rooms and suites. Four of the Hotel’s restaurants and lounges are also here, along with the Spa and indoor pool.
At Nafsika, azure sea views dominate every room and suite – including some with private pools. The social hub Avra Lounge and Terrace is here along with two other restaurants, the fitness centre and several luxury boutiques.
For guests seeking more space and privacy, and perhaps a little nostalgia, Four Seasons offers The Bungalows, originally built in the early 1960s, and now reborn with a fresh look and up-to-date amenities for today’s travellers.
Book a stay here with our luxury travel concierge for exclusive free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit and VIP gifts.
2. Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
The Hotel Grande Bretagne, is one of the best luxury hotels in Athens. This historic landmark is situated within walking distance of the Acropolis. It is also part of A Luxury Collection which means you can earn and spend your Marriott Bonvoy hotel points here.
Established in 1874, this palatial hotel offers breathtaking views of the famed Acropolis and Parthenon. Featuring opulent artwork and precious antiques, this hotel has hosted esteemed personalities and heads of states who have experienced the renowned Royal Suite as well as the exclusive Butler Service.
Hotel Grande Bretagne indulges guests with deluxe guestrooms and suites, two distinctive restaurants, two swimming pools and the multi-awarded GB Spa. Guestrooms feature sumptuous fabrics, original artwork and restored antiques from Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
The indoor and an outdoor swimming pool are particularly good for cooling down after exploring Athens.
The Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, does not have an executive club lounge or floor, however, it offers butler personalized service.
Guests booking rooms and suites on the designated sixth and seventh Butler floor, as well as all-suite guests, can savor the exceptional privileges associated with the Butler Service.
With an expedited private check-in on the sixth floor, guests will be personally greeted by the Front Office Manager and dedicated team, assisted with immediate needs and offered a welcome refreshment.
The private concierge service, associated with the Butler floor, is on hand to share unrivalled knowledge of all things Athens-related. The team has an impressive network of contacts and enriching experiences, from organizing special event tickets, and private city tours via limousine or helicopter, to accessing exclusive art collections and bespoke dinners served against the backdrop of the Acropolis.
3. King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens
Located in the center of Athens since 1930, King George , a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens represents the absolute essence of a fascinating boutique hotel. This is a Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Category 7 hotel so you can spend and earn your loyalty points here.
The hotel features 102 rooms and suites and incomparable views of the Parthenon. Rooms and suites are surrounded by eclectic furnishings and the warmth of the finest quality natural wood floors.
Accessed via private elevator, the ninth-floor Penthouse Suite comprises a private outdoor pool overlooking the famed Acropolis.
Located on the seventh floor, the Tudor Hall Restaurant features neoclassical décor, unrivaled views of the Acropolis, Modern Greek cuisine and signature cocktails.
The inviting environment of the King George is manifested at every turn, especially in the outstanding and personalized service.
4. NEW Hotel
Located across from the city’s vibrant green National Gardens, and just steps away from Athens’ public transport, including the Syntagma metro station and a bus stop that links you directly to the Athens International Airport, NEW Hotel is a stylish 79 room boutique hotel that feels young and chic. Highlights of this luxury hotel include exciting and unique interior decor, a cool rooftop bar and restaurant and a grand Penthouse Suite.
NEW Hotel in Athens city is the first-ever hotel project of the award-winning designer duo, Fernando and Humberto Campana. YES! Hotels commissioned the Brazilian brothers for their eco-sensitive ethos and the use of contemporary handicraft practices and local idioms. Drawn to their specific language, which in turn draws from urban street life, contemporary art and the Sao Paulo favela culture, Joannou gave them absolute freedom to dream.
The result is an intriguing 79-room establishment, an exquisite 5-star hotel in Athens center where every public space and every floor has been creatively re-NEW-ed to include remnants of the former Olympic Palace Hotel. The interiors are simply outstanding, the unusual custom-made furniture and handmade fixtures make guests feel as if they live and breathe in a major art installation refined by luxury in Athens city center.
Savor fine culinary proposals at NEW Taste restaurant, inspired by the iconic favela and enjoy the most incredible panoramic views of Athens at the rooftop Art Lounge while relaxing with a cocktail. Recharge your body and soul with NEW Sense Treatments and do business in style at the NEW meeting rooms on the mezzanine floor.
AthensWas is very small, very unique and very lovely. It can be found within a revamped apartment building and has just 21-rooms. The great thing about this hotel is the position which is virtually next door to the Acropolis Museum, the sacred Acropolis Hill and Plaka (Old Town)
Inside, the decor is unique. sculptural chairs by Konstantin Grcic, trendy sofas and lamps by Ronan and Erwen Bouroullec mix with vibrant tapestries and prints of ancient Greek sculptures.
Bedrooms are also stylish with walk-in rain-showers and Korres toiletries. Each room has a marble balcony, where you can order breakfast à la carte, if you don’t want to eat in the restaurant.
The rooftop restaurant, Promenade, is a highlight. It offers a cool and unpretentious ambience offering delectable comfort food and a fine selection of mostly Greek wines and refreshing cocktails. But this is not why you come here. The biggest reason to eat here is for the views. Floor to ceiling windows look out upon the Parthenon and because you are so very close to this historic landmark, it seems to look down upon you as you eat.
6. InterContinental Athenaeum
InterContinental Athenaeum combines elegant contemporary design and the classical architecture of the Acropolis with a serene spa and gourmet restaurants add a subtle touch of luxury.
Spend the day exploring the city’s world-renowned ancient sites, or the boutiques and galleries of Kolonaki, before returning in time for champagne cocktails at the rooftop bar.
One of the highlights of this InterContinental hotel is that you can book a club room and get access to the brilliant executive club lounge here. This is one of the best hotel club lounges in Athens. The club rooms themselves offer aristocratic accommodation and stunning views of the city’s most important historical points of interest, with the Acropolis standing majestically among them.
The InterContinental Club Rooms were designed by French architect Pierre Yves Rochon specifically to meet and fully satisfy the needs of even the most discriminating of guests. With impressive spaciousness, colors reminiscent of Greece, with blue hues pervading, refined wall coverings and fabrics, leather, wood and clear glass, these rooms are rather special.
The Club Rooms have unrestricted access to the 8th floor Club InterContinental Lounge and its graceful window looking out onto the wonders that stand proud on the rock of the Acropolis opposite. Guests of the lounge have included, among them Liza Minnelli, Neil Armstrong, Sean Connery, the Rolling Stones, so you will hopefully feel like a superstar when you are staying here.
Premium Services in the Club InterContinental Lounge include a private check-in area, buffet breakfast, which is usually very good in InterContinental hotels, see our review of the InterContinental London Club Lounge. You also get free dinner and lunch snacks as well as complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
7. Hilton Athens
One of the only and best hotels with a club lounge in Athens is the Hilton Athens. Described by many as one of the nicest Hilton’s in Europe, stay here and you can explore the unique architectural and artistic style of Hilton Athens and relax at the spa. View the Acropolis and city skyline from your private guest room balcony or from the Galaxy Bar which has one of the best views in Athens, particularly at night.
Situated in the center of Athens, a short walk from the upmarket district of Kolonaki and steps from the Metro station, which links you directly to the airport and beyond, this hotel has 4 restaurants, 2 bars and a club lounge.
The lounge Executive Club Lounge is on the 11th floor. You get access if you choose an executive room or suite at the Hilton Athens hotel. The lounge is exclusive and spacious, ideal for relaxing or working while admiring a panoramic view over the city of Athens and the Acropolis.
Lounge offerings include a buffet breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. and a rich selection of snacks and beverages throughout the day including cookies, cakes, muffins and nuts plus coffees, teas, refreshments and orange juice. Complimentary evening snacks are served between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and hot items plus alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. A dedicated Executive Lounge host will ensure you have everything you need, from a selection of local and international newspapers to access to the complimentary WiFi.
8. Athens Marriott Hotel
The newly renovated Athens Marriott Hotel is a Marriott Bonvoy rewards category 5 hotel and is located on the bustling artery of Syngrou Avenue, opposite the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, which houses the national Opera and the Library.
The newly renovated rooms and suites, are outfitted with plush pillow top bedding, sofa beds, spa-inspired bathrooms and features such as wall-mounted HD, LED 49 inch TVs, modern workspaces and contemporary artwork.
The M Club executive rooms give you access to the M Club executive lounge. Enjoy free breakfast, evening light bites and drinks including free beer and wine in the lounge.
Enjoy your lunch or dinner at the Made in Athens restaurant with ingredients made from premium Greek products or enjoy a drink at the E&O restaurant and bar overlooking the Acropolis, the Aegean Sea, the Opera. In between activities, stay active at the well-equipped fitness center or walk to the Stavros Niarchos Park where can discover jogging paths and biking trails.
9. Grand Hyatt Athens
The Grand Hyatt Athens opened in August 2018 and has a brand new spa, atrium pool & bar and a rooftop with stunning views over the Acropolis. Air-conditioned accommodation has elegant furnishings and modern technologies. Facilities include a fitness & spa center and a restaurant.
Located on the famous Syngrou Avenue, between the cultural center of the historic city of Athens and the cosmopolitan Athenian Riviera, Grand Hyatt Athens offers the ultimate hospitality experience in a city with a heady mix of history and edginess.
The executive club concierge lounge is a little odd here. It is the bar/lounge area next to the lobby which is kind of blocked off. They have cookies, cake and fruit out until 6 and then they ad smoked salmon and a few other bits. Non- alcoholic drinks, coffee, and tea are free. All Explorist and Globalist receive access to the lounge but the lounge does not serve breakfast and is not included with this perk.
10. Herodion Hotel
Herodion Hotel is perfectly located in Plaka. Plaka is considered the most beautiful and historic area in Athens and it is also where Herodion Hotel is situated. In the heart of the city, a heartbeat away from Athens’ iconic landmark, the Acropolis, and the Acropolis Museum, this hotel offers the ideal starting point from which you can begin to explore all the must-see parts of Athens, even on foot!
Rooms are fairly basic if you are used to a luxury hotel but you can’t argue with the location of this hotel. The modern rooms feature light wood furnishings and parquet floors. They are fitted with a satellite TV, safe and soundproofed windows. Most of the rooms have private balconies. Book one with a view of the Acropolis.
Offering direct views of the Acropolis, the rooftop PointA restaurant has a decked terrace, serving Mediterranean cuisine with Greek influences, and a variety of cocktails. In between, guests can enjoy snacks and homemade desserts in the semi-outdoor area in the hotel’s back garden. There is also an indoor restaurant where an American breakfast is served.
11. Sofitel Athens Airport
While this is not one of the best luxury hotels in Athens, the Sofitel Athens Airport is the best airport hotel at Athens airport, which is why we place it in position 11 of this top 10. Be aware, it is not worth paying to upgrade to use the club lounge as the club lounge here isn’t great.
Sofitel Athens Airport luxury hotel is just 50m away from the arrival and departure terminals of Athens International Airport and only 35 minutes from central Athens by metro. The hotel is the only one to be located within the airport, overlooking the Messoghia Valley. The hotel provides direct access to the Olympic Stadium, the Trade Center and the main highway, Attiki Odos.
The club lounge here is very small with no natural light and tables which are rather too close together and some sofas. There is a small business center with a computer and printer and a buffet area towards the entrance which serves a very mediocre breakfast and dinner. Throughout the day is a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, including soda, water, and two coffee machines.
At 7PM the evening food selection is available, not noteworthy with cold cuts, sandwiches that do not seem fresh and whole fruit. While the alcoholic drinks, including wine and liquor, may make this club lounge worthwhile, the food is not of great quality and is not good enough to be a dinner substitute.
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