Updated September 12th, 2022 by Travel the Greek Way
Are you looking for the Athens Best Budget Hotels in the center? Are you planning your trip to Athens and you are looking for cheap hotels near the Acropolis and the other monuments?
I have collected a shortlist of the Athens best budget hotels, near metro stations and close to the Acropolis and other important Athens landmarks. The hotels include the popular Attalos Hotel with Acropolis views from its terrace to hidden gems like Noma hotel, both close to Monastiraki station.
Up next I am going to tell you about my 5 favorite Athens Best Budget Hotels!
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Athens Quick Reference
- Where to stay in Athens: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens (Doubles from €629 Β&Β) & Ancient Agora Apartments (Doubles from €95 Β&Β), Attalos Hotel (Doubles from €62 Β&Β)
- Heading to the Greek Islands from Athens? Book your ferry tickets in advance with no-hidden-fees FerryScanner or FerryHopper
- Essential Things to Have for Athens Metro: An anti-theft design Backpack, a World Travel Adapter Kit & Microfiber Quick Drying Beach Towel that looks like the Greek Flag!
- Private transfer with English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries. Check availability and prices on Viator here
- Map of Athens Metro
- COVID INFO FOR GREECE: Ministry of Tourism Official Website
1. Attalos Hotel in Monastiraki
Attalos Hotel is one of my favorite places in Athens to have a coffee at its terrace with the most amazing Acropolis view.
Centrally located with Monastiraki train station being just 3 blocks afar, Attalos Hotel is a fantastic Athens Budget hotel. It has clean, tastefully decorated rooms, a wide variety of breakfast, and stunning Athens views.
Just everything you need to feel welcomed, have quiet and restful nights all that in the very central Athens. And most importantly, at great prices.
What else is close to Attalos Hotel?
- Literally Everything!
- Athens central open meat, fish, and spices market
- Monastiraki Square, Plaka, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora
- Psyrri area: go to Nancy’s Sweet Home – with many Greek traditional sweets
- In Psyrri search for Voliotiko Tsipouradiko, an ouzo and tsipouro small dishes tavern with seafood and fish
- For all the main Athens sightseeing you can walk from Monastiraki upwards to Plaka and Acropolis
- Check availability and prices for Attalos on Booking.
2. Mosaikon Hostel in Kolokotroni St.
Mosaicon is a minimalistic and modern Hostel, very centrally located on one of the oldest market streets in Athens, Kolokotroni St.
This great Athens budget hotel boasts very clean rooms and double-decker beds, comfortable spaces, with a common kitchen to socialize and have your breakfast.
Very friendly and helpful staff in a 24/7 reception, in a very safe area of Athens. A great choice, especially if you are a young person.
- A 5-minutes walk takes you to throbbing Monastiraki Square, Metro station and Plaka Old Town– don’t miss to visit Ag. Eirinis sq and have a coffee there
- 2 streets away is Ermou st. one of the most commercial streets in Athens with brands like ZARA or Benetton
- Syntagma Sq and Greek parliament is a 10-minute walk
- Souvlaki and Gyros shops, taverns, and sushi bars are all around the hotel for your meals
- Check availability and prices for Mosaikon on Booking.com
3. Noma Hotel in Agias Eirinis Sq.
Noma Hotel is very centrally located in Athens Budget Hotel, very close to Monastiraki and Plaka. The hotel is housed in a recently renovated old Athenian House, with stylish decorations and traces of its old glamor.
The rooms are beautifully decorated with fine and artistic details, which you are definitely going to love.
What else is close to Noma Hotel
- The open vegetable, meat fish, and spices market in Athinas st. throbbing with people buying food for their homes (beware of your wallets/passports)
- Monastiraki sq, Ancient Agora and Flea Market
- Plaka, Anafiotika, Roman Agora, Adrian’s Library
- Ermou commercial st
- Greek Parliament is a 10-minute walk if you walk up Ermou st from Monastiraki
- Check availability and prices for Noma Hotel on Booking
4. Acropolis Select, Acropolis area
Acropolis Select Hotel is very close to Acropolis, yet away from all the crowd and noise of the city. Its Rooftop bar-restaurant has an excellent view of the Acropolis, which is very impressive, especially in the evenings.
With spotlessly clean rooms, friendly staff, a welcome drink, and a bowl of fruit in the room, you are going to love this great Athens Budget hotel.
What else is around?
- Acropolis Hill
- Acropolis Museum
- Plaka Old Town
- Temple of Zeus & Adrian’s Gate
- Zappeion & National Gardens
- Panathenaic Stadium
- Wine Bar “Wine with Eleni” serves only high-quality Greek wines
Check availability and prices for Acropolis Select on Booking
5. Hotel Victory Inn in Victoria
Victory Inn Hotel is centrally located close to the Victoria metro station, just 4 stops from Acropolis.
Victory Inn is a really remarkable Athens Budget hotel with beautiful rooms and comfortable beds, great to sleep in (heavy lush curtains keeping the sun out).
With exceptional staff, breakfast, and service at its best, you are going to be fascinated by this hotel.
What else is around?
- 1 street away is one of Athens’ largest parks, ‘Pedion tou Areos’, great for your morning jogging or for a stroll
- National Archaeological Museum, along with the Acropolis Museum are the 2 most significant Museums in Greece
- Go to Pontiki Club, with Greek live music and amazing Greek food, 1 street far from the hotel
Check availability and prices for Victory Inn on Booking
Athens Archaeological Sites
If you’re looking for deeper information, check out my in-depth Athens Sites guide for a ton of details on accessing all these places.
Plaka and Beach Athens Hotels
For other hotel options in Athens check my comprehensive list of the best Plaka (old city) and beach hotels (Athens Riviera):
How to get to Piraeus port from Athens Airport
Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (3 euro), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – run 24/7
Athens Metro (10 euro) easily found right across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) until the Monastiraki stop and change to the green line – M1 going to Piraeus port which is the last stop of the line. The average trip to Pireaus lasts 1 hour. Consult the Map of Athens Metro here. Weekdays stop around midnight, weekends around 2am.
Taxis are available in front of the airport (around 40 euros) and
You can book a Private transfer for safety and convenience, with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries, or anywhere else in Greece. Check availability and prices on Viator here
Tips for first-time visitors to Athens
- Try the koulouri, a small round piece of bread usually with sesame and a Greek coffee and you become instantly a Greek local!
- If you are staying for more than a day in Athens buy the 30 euro combination ticket, valid for all the archaeological sites for 5 days
- If you are not squeamish about blood or fish smell visit the famous Varvakios Market, on Athinas Street, a 10-minute walk from Monastiraki Square an indoor and outdoor food market. The vendors sell fresh meat, fish, fruit, spices, and products from around the country
- If you have the time, besides the stunning Acropolis Museum, I highly recommend the National Archaeological Museum, the biggest Museum in Greece with ancient artifacts from all over the country
- Other significant Museums are the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (1 metro station far from Acropolis, at Fix Station) and Goulandris Museum, 5 minutes far from Panathenaic Stadium
- Across from the northern Acropolis exit, stands the Areopagus or Mars Hill where Apostle Paul preached
Plan Your Next Trip to Greece With These Guides
- Greece Packing List – What to pack for a 10-day trip to Greece
- First Time to Greece – Most Important FAQ
- Mamma Mia Greece Locations – All the mainland and island shooting areas in Greece
- Athens Hotels Near Acropolis
- Apartments Near Acropolis
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Some of my Favorite Travel Resources for Greece
- ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank You’ in Greek: “Ya sou” and “Efharisto”
- FerryScanner or FerryHopper to book ferries to the Greek Islands
- Rent an Affordable Car in Greece
- Athens Metro Website (timetables and tickets info)
- Map of Athens Metro
- Trains (Hellenic Train)
- Public Buses KTEL
- Booking.com: I use Booking.com because I can get the best deals on both hotels and apartments, free cancellations, and great prices!
- Get Your Guide: For all your day or multi-day tours and city guide needs, I use Get Your Guide
- COVID Info for Greece: Ministry of Tourism Official Website
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