Best Athens Hotels Near the Acropolis

Best Athens Hotels Near the Acropolis

I always stay in Athens Hotels near the Acropolis. If your time is short, it makes sense to spend your time seeing the astonishing sights of Acropolis Hill, rather than commuting to and from your accommodation in the sprawling city of Athens (or from Athens International Airport). Here are my favorite neighborhoods and hotels for an Athens holiday that puts you close to all the ancient history action!

In a hurry? here are my four favorite Athens hotels near the Acropolis, all with extraordinary views:

Best luxury stay: Divani Palace Acropolis

Best Family stay: Acropolis Stay

Best Budget stay: Phidias Hotel

Best luxury stay with Pets: Coco-mat Athens BC Hotel

The best four neighborhoods are Monastiraki, Thissio, Makrigianni, Anafiotika (inside the Plaka area).

These best four neighborhoods to stay in when you visit the Acropolis, are the most:

  •    atmospheric, with great hotels and restaurants,
  •    are a little out of the main tourist hubbub but entirely central, and
  •    are right below or beside the Acropolis. Some of the hotels have spectacular views of the Parthenon and a dozen or so other ancient Greek wonders!

Best Athens Hotels Near the Acropolis

Hotels that have views of the Acropolis require booking at least six months before you travel. The price can be very different for rooms depending upon their views of the Parthenon.

The reviews of the ‘Acropolis hotels’ listed in these four neighborhoods are all outstanding in terms of location, service, cleanliness, and value for money.

The best Athens hotels near the Acropolis have uninterrupted panoramic views from the bedrooms of the hotels, and often from their rooftop pools, bars, and restaurants.

And check out my hidden cultural and historical gem of Anafiotika!


If you spend much time researching where to stay in Athens close to the Acropolis, the name Monastiraki is sure to pop up – over and over.

It’s one of the most popular and bustling neighborhoods in Athens, and you really can’t get much more convenient for visiting the Acropolis.

Monastiraki Square in Athens Greece
Monastiraki Square in Athens Greece

Wherever you go in this glamorous neighborhood, you’re likely to be in the shadow of the Acropolis.

Of course, you’ll need to spend a day or so exploring it – however, you’ll also find plenty of other things to do in Monastiraki.

As one of the most popular places to stay in Athens, Monastiraki does tend to cater to the tourist crowds. If you prefer to avoid “touristy” areas, Monastiraki may not be ideal. However, it’s popular for good reason. You’ll find plenty of amenities, from restaurants to souvenir stores.

Divani Palace View of Acropolis, Athens
Hadrian’s Wall, Athens

There are also many other archaeological attractions, including Hadrian’s Library. It’s much easier than staying in more populous areas of Athens city center and Syntagma Square.

By staying in Monastiraki, you’ll spend less time in transit, and more time enjoying the amazing attractions of Athens.

One of Monastiraki’s other claims to fame is being the home to an amazing flea market. It’s somewhere between Istanbul’s Great Bazaar and London’s Portobello Antiques Market, it’s the place to go for your Greek souvenir shopping.

Best Places to Stay in Monastiraki

1. Royal Olympic Hotel

A spectacular view of the Acropolis and other ancient Greek monuments can be seen from your own room and from the rooftop bars of this 5-star hotel.

Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens
Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

It boasts uninterrupted views of the Parthenon – 600 meters away, the Temple of Athena, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus are right in front of the hotel!

Make sure you book a panorama room – these are the only rooms with these uninterrupted views. Surely one of the best hotels in Greece!

2. The Zillers Boutique Hotel

Not only is this 4.5-star Adults-only hotel grand and charming, but Zillers Boutique Hotel also enjoys magical views of the Acropolis.

The best thing about Zillers is that it’s just had a very stylish top-to-toe renovation.

Breakfast at the Roof Garden must be one of the most picturesque breakfast spots on the planet!

The Rooftop Garden has its own website, and more importantly, one Michelin star, so you can start planning what you’re going to eat now!

The rooms are not as large as some other the 5-star hotels in the neighborhood but this is a very stylish and graceful hotel.

Ask for a quiet room, especially if you are booking one of the petite or inner corridor rooms that don’t have views of the Acropolis.

In my experience, some are whisper quiet and others can be a little noisy (and I like a very quiet room!)

3. Athens Gate Hotel

The Athens Gate Hotel is a highly-reviewed four-star hotel in one of the very best positions of all.

As you can see, it is directly opposite the Temple of Olympian Zeus with uninterrupted views of the Acropolis from its Executive Rooms.

The views from the restaurant upon the Acropolis at night are, of course, wonderful.

Fallen columns of the Olympian Temple of Zeus and The Athens Gate Hotel
Fallen columns of the Olympian Temple of Zeus and The Athens Gate Hotel

Getting to the Acropolis or the New Acropolis Museum

The center of Monastiraki is about a kilometer away from the Acropolis, and many people choose to walk. Not only is it quite short, but you’ll also get great views as you walk there.

I don’t recommend driving, as the route is much longer, and the traffic can be diabolical. The Acropolis Museum is about the same distance on foot.

If you prefer, it takes about the same amount of time to take the Metro to the museum entrance.

You may also be interested in the nearby spectacular National Archaeological Museum of Athens, full of ancient Greek art and archaeology.


If it’s epic Acropolis views that you’re after – then you’d better put Thissio on the top of your list.

The views on offer from the average guesthouse or cafe in this neighborhood are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Given Thissio’s front-row seat for the Acropolis, you’d expect the neighborhood to be filled with tourists.

Suburb of Thissio, Athens, Greece
Suburb of Thissio, Athens, Greece

Not quite. While there are certainly a few foreign visitors, the neighborhood retains a distinctly local feel.

You’re more likely to see Athenian families and young professionals going about their business than hordes of tourists, especially away from the main thoroughfares.

Thissio’s popularity is no surprise, as it’s incredibly liveable. Wide-open streets are lined with trees, and there’s even an open-air cinema in summer.

It’s one of the capital’s most popular neighborhoods and a great place to stay near the Acropolis.

Foodies, in particular, are sure to love this neighborhood, which lies just southwest of Monastiraki.

Great cafes and restaurants are abundant, while it’s the bars that come alive once the sun goes down.

Don’t forget to look out for the view of an illuminated Acropolis! It’s beautiful by day but takes on an almost magical character at night.

There’s more than enough to keep you occupied in Thissio, however, you’ll find excellent transport links to elsewhere in the city.

Best Places to Stay in Thissio

1. Phidias Hotel Athens

A mid-range 2-star hotel in a brilliant location.

This is a clean and comfortable hotel that offers great value for money and free wifi and is located on a pedestrian street, all within easy reach of the Acropolis only 250 meters away!

Phidias Hotel is practically in the Acropolis grounds!
Phidias Hotel is practically in the Acropolis grounds!

2. O&B Athens Hotel

O&B Athens Hotels is a luxury hotel that is just a stone’s throw from the Thissio metro station, this boutique hotel offers luxury without sacrificing warmth and charm.

OB_Athens_Boutique_Hotel double room
OB Athens Boutique Hotel Double Room

The double rooms in this 4-star hotel are spacious and I’ve had both a balcony and a terrace with fantastic Acropolis views.

If I could change one thing about OB, I’d make the bathrooms a little bigger. But again, when you get a slightly smaller room than in a 5-star hotel, you pay a lot less.

The Athens History

Is a luxury apartment. If you prefer to have self-contained accommodation, you’re sure to fall in love with this centrally located charming apartment.

Staircase at the Athens History Apartments
Staircase at the Athens History Apartments

On the main walking street across from the Acropolis and in a neoclassical building, there’s no better place for stays of a week or more.

Getting to the Acropolis or the New Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is about three kilometers away from Thiseio Metro station. This means that while it is possible to walk, you may prefer to get public transport – especially during the sweltering summer!

The easiest way to get to the Acropolis is simply to walk. The Acropolis is about one kilometer away from the Thiseio Metro Station, and the walk will take you past several other historic sites.

Driving, by contrast, will take you the long way around Filopappou Park – but it can be done.


No list of Athens neighborhoods near the Acropolis would be complete without mentioning Makrigianni.

This ever-popular borough is part of the larger Acropolis area, with the Acropolis Museum at its heart.

So, if it’s convenience to the Acropolis you’re after – it doesn’t get much better than this. I have to admit I’m biased – this is where I stay.

I love the little streets named after the Acropolis monuments that lead to the Acropolis

Staying in Makrigianni gives you an advantage in beating the crowds, as you’ll only ever be a few minutes’ walk from the famous structure.

Monastiraki Square in Athens Greece
Suburb of Makrigianni, Athens

While the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum may be Makrigianni’s two big-ticket attractions, there’s much more to see in the neighborhood.

There’s the jewelry museum, as well as a plethora of cafes, boutiques, and bars to enjoy, from humble traditional cafes to full-service luxury Athens restaurants.

It’s certainly not off the tourist radar thanks to Makrigianni’s proximity to the Acropolis. However, compared to nearby Monastiraki, things are a little less crowded and a little more local.

Best Places to Stay in Makrigianni

1. Coco-mat Athens BC

Live the high life just a stone’s throw from the Acropolis with this impressive 5-star luxury hotel that’s just not for humans – pets can stay too!

Spectacular view of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum at Coco-mat Athens
Spectacular view of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum at Coco-mat Athens

There’s an ancient Roman mosaic floor in the lobby, bathrooms that are larger than most Athens hotel rooms, and big rooms that have floor-to-ceiling windows to capture all of Acropolis Hill.

Even the pool has spectacular Acropolis views.

If you are looking for a modern hotel with superb fitness and spa facilities, this is my No.1. choice.

2. Divani Palace Acropolis

The 8 Executive Rooms with Acropolis Views have private balconies to sit and watch the sunset light up the Acropolis. The rooftop pool and dining area overlook the Acropolis!

Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis

The hotel is so close to the Acropolis that the hotel is built over the ancient city walls which are in the basement of the hotel.

3. Acropolis Stay

This hotel is modern and stylish – and best of all, within walking distance of the Acropolis!

Family apartment at Acropolis Stay Hotel, Athens
Family apartment at Acropolis Stay

4. AD Athens Luxury Rooms & Suites

For a taste of luxury without breaking the bank – all just meters from the Acropolis – try this  lovely modern hotel

AD Athens Luxury Rooms and Suites
AD Athens Luxury Rooms & Suites

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Getting to the Acropolis or the New Acropolis Museum

Makrigianni lies about a kilometer away from the Acropolis, so it is easily within walking distance.

Helpfully, there are also several buses (including 132) that will take you directly to the entrance – perfect for those with mobility concerns.

The Acropolis Museum is extremely convenient for Makrigianni. It’s just a couple of hundred meters away at most – so I highly recommend getting there on foot.


Anafiotika (inside the Plaka area) is one of the most popular and charming neighborhoods near the Acropolis.

If you’re searching for that Greek village charm, even within the capital, then you’ll love Anafiotika.

If like me, you love the Greek islands and their Cycladic architecture, then you too will fall in love with this little village-inside-a-neighborhood.

The charming and quaint village feel of Anafiotika is no accident. The neighborhood was founded by villagers from the island of Anafi, who arrived on the mainland to help build King Onthon’s Palace in the 19th Century.

Anafiotika accommodation near the Acropolis
A street in Anafiotika

They brought with them their Cycladic style and traditions, creating a little slice of home in the bustling city. They even named it after their island, naming the area Anafiotika or “little Anafi.”

While many of the original buildings were bulldozed during an archaeological dig, dozens remain.

The charming white houses line a hodgepodge of narrow streets, while colorful bougainvillea plants add to the overall appeal.

If you don’t have a chance to visit the Greek islands on this trip to Greece, staying in little Anafi is the next best thing!

Although you might find yourself believing you’re on a quaint Greek island, Anafiotika is incredibly convenient for the city and, of course, the Acropolis.

Anafiotika is located just above Plaka, on the flank of the Acropolis (this means it’s hilly!)

It’s perfectly located for visiting the ancient ruins, and its central location means there are also great transport links.

While there are a few other attractions in Anafiotika, including an 11th-century church, you can easily head into downtown Athens to enjoy other attractions.

Hint: if you are hoping to stay in Anafiotika, be prepared to book early! With only a handful of authentic old properties, you’ll want to secure your spot early.

Best Places to Stay in Anafiotika

1. Palladian Home

This is an upper mid-range 4-star hotel. This hotel is located just 300 meters from Anafiotika

Palladium Hotel, Athens

It’s wonderful stay right at this beautiful small village – take the steps between the Byzantine Church of St. Nicholas and Kouklis. It’s semi-abandoned now and there are no hotels in the actual village but Palladium Hotel is a perfect choice for the Acropolis, Plaka, and Anafiotika.

The standard single rooms with views of the Acropolis are cozy but small with outstanding views. Almost as it you’ve pressed ‘zoom’ on your camera!

Getting to the Acropolis or the New Acropolis Museum

The easiest way to get to the Acropolis or the Museum is simply to walk from Anafiotika.

From the center of the neighborhood, the Acropolis is around 650 meters and the Acropolis Museum is about 550 meters – so less than ten minutes walking to either destination.

While it is technically possible to go by car, the driving route is longer in both distance and time.