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Athens, one of the cradles of antiquity, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. What could be more logical? A lot of our common heritage is to be found there. For centuries, it was the epicentre of Western knowledge and culture. So, whether the Greek capital is the destination of your trip or a simple stopover on your journey to, for example, the paradisiacal islands of the Cyclades, you will want to see the Acropolis at least. On this hill, 156 meters high, classified by UNESCO, are the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the temple of Athena Nike. But what would you say to admiring this postcard scene from your window? We did some research and here are 12 fabulous hotels in Athens with views of the Acropolis.
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Let’s start with a hotel that is prestigious but still affordable, if you get there early enough. Located at the foot of the Acropolis, the Herodion Hotel has spacious and carefully-decorated rooms. Inside, there are parquet and wooden furniture throughout, as well as televisions, safes, and soundproofed windows. All the comfort you could need!
That’s obviously not all: on the roof, you will find a beautiful garden, equipped with deckchairs, two Jacuzzis (yes, two!), and a breath-taking view of Athens. This is a view you can also enjoy while eating: the PointA rooftop restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with Greek influences as well as a variety of cocktails. Between the two meals on offer, you can also enjoy homemade snacks and desserts in the semi-covered part of the garden at the back of the hotel. The hotel also has an indoor restaurant and offers an American breakfast.
The Athens Gate Hotel
Want to impress with your loved one without having to re-mortgage your property? Then consider The Athens Gate Hotel. This establishment benefits from a prime location in the historic centre of the Greek capital and you will find it offers all the facilities of a four-star hotel. When it comes to meals, you will be offered refined cuisine. But above all, the hotel enjoys a superb view of the Acropolis and the Olympieion, both from the rooms and from the bar-restaurant located on the top floor. For good reason: the Athens Gate Hotel is located just 200 meters from the new Acropolis Museum, opposite the Olympiaion and at the gates of the historic Plaka district.
For those with a tight budget, this establishment was made for you. Although more affordable than other Acropolis-view hotels on this list, Central Hotel is strategically located in the picturesque Plaka neighbourhood, 200 meters from Syntagma Square. It also offers a rooftop terrace overlooking the Acropolis, in a rather surprising green setting. But it’s not just the terrace, some rooms also enjoy this privilege.
Divani Palace Acropolis
Space and exclusivity, this is what this hotel offers. The rooms of the Divani Palace Acropolis are indeed spacious and elegantly decorated. The most basic are of good quality, but the more upmarket you go, the more breath-taking you will find the services. From the superior rooms, you will have access to the view of the Acropolis, so we won’t tell you about the suites and the Acropolis Terrace Suite (55 m2 of room + 65 m2 of terrace). The hotel is within walking distance of the New Acropolis Museum and the Herodion Theatre.
Ava Hotel and Suites
This is elegance right in the centre of Athens. The Ava Hotel and Suites is a four-star establishment which boasts a central location just a five-minute walk from the Acropolis in the Plaka district. It offers spacious suites decorated with taste, with, as the icing on the cake, a private balcony or terrace. Some suites offer stunning views of Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus, and the Acropolis. It couldn’t be more romantic.
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NJV Athens Plaza
A clear view of the Acropolis is first and foremost what this hotel has to offer. Located on the famous Syntagma Square, the NJV Athens Plaza enjoys a splendid view of the monument with all the comforts expected of an establishment of this standing – it is five stars, after. The hotel’s classic rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, and most overlook Syntagma Square, the Acropolis, and Stadiou Street.
It also features a trendy restaurant, The Parliament, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and overlooks Stadiou Street. The intimate Explorer’s Bar is typical of old Athenian clubs.
Acropolis View Hotel
With the Acropolis and Parthenon in full view, not far from the new museum dedicated to the famous hill, the aptly-named Acropolis View Hotel awaits you right in the centre of Athens. All its rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with free Wi-Fi and a minibar. Some of them even have a balcony overlooking the Acropolis or Filopappou Hill. Every morning, an American breakfast is served in the dining room, with the roof terrace reserved for drinks and other snacks during the day and evening. Time to get out your wallet!
Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Imposing and luxurious: there are no superlatives too grand to describe this renowned establishment in the Greek capital. The Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel (that’s its full name) enjoys a privileged location, opposite Syntagma Square and the seat of Parliament. It offers high standard rooms and a superb rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city and the famous Acropolis.
The rooms are spacious, richly decorated, and include a marble bathroom with a vanity, separate bath, and shower. Some have a balcony overlooking the Acropolis and the daily Changing of the Guard at the Parliament Building. But that’s not all: you will find a garden and swimming pool on the roof for an ultra-luxurious moment, with your eyes riveted on the whole city.
The 360 Degrees
When modernity meets antiquity. Located on Monastiraki Square, one of the nerve centres of the capital where Athenians like to meet, the 360 Degrees has nothing to envy from the other hotels in this selection: it has a bar-restaurant on its rooftop with panoramic views of the city and the Acropolis, as well as easy access to archaeological sites. The rooms are all decorated in neutral colours with industrial details.
Zillers Boutique Hotel
Boasting a great location, the Zillers Boutique Hotel is 200 meters from Adrianou Street and just 300 meters from the Roman Agora. From its terrace and restaurant, the view of the Acropolis is unobstructed. The famous hill is yours! As for the rooms, comfort is the rule and the minimalist decoration will satisfy everyone.
Couples particularly appreciate the location of this establishment. It is rated 9.7 for a stay for two on Booking.com.
This is perhaps the most affordable establishment of our selection. However, like the others, it offers a beautiful view of the Acropolis, sometimes even from the balcony of its rooms. But these are not the only views of the jewel of Athens. Just 100 meters from Monastiraki Metro Station and less than a 10-minute walk from Syntagma Square, Attalos Hotel features a rooftop bar with Acropolis views. Free Wi-Fi and a computer area are available.
We’re not going to say that we saved the best for the end, but here, we are perhaps in the best of Athens. Fitted with a neoclassical facade, the King George enjoys an ideal location, on the historic Syntagma square, between the parliament and Voukourestiou street, very popular with Athenians and tourists. Inside, everything is luxury and refinement: period chandeliers and furniture welcome visitors. All rooms have either a balcony or a window overlooking the Acropolis or the quiet inner courtyard.
To see the Parthenon for sure, head to the seventh floor of the palace, where the Tudor Hall restaurant will serve you gourmet and Greek dishes. You can also relax with a drink or cocktail at the on-site bar.
Our selection of fabulous hotels with an Acropolis view is now complete. However, if you know of other addresses that you have tested, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments.