Updated September 29th, 2022 by TraveltheGreekWay

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Ava Hotel in Athens

Are you planning your trip to Grece and wonder where to stay in Plaka Athens? If yes, this post will help you find the best luxury and boutique Plaka Athens Hotels. I have also discovered two outstanding apartments in Plaka Athens with stunning views of the Acropolis, and the city. Both apartments are ideal if you are a small group of travelers (6-8 people).

Apartment Athens Grand Suites with Acropolis view

Plaka is a great place to stay especially if this is your first time in Athens as most of the best sites in Athens are in the same area.

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Plaka area under Acropolis Hill in Athens

Most of the Plaka Athens hotels have classical Greek neoclassic architecture, featuring roof terraces with stunning Acropolis views while dining or enjoying a glass of wine or a coffee.

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Electra Metropolis Hotel Acropolis View

If you are wondering what are the best hotels in Plaka Athens within walking distance or 1 metro station far from the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum, you will find in this post a comprehensive list of luxury and boutique hotels.

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Athens Quick Reference

Where to Stay in Plaka Athens

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Plaka taverns in the evening

Plaka Athens is a mixture of neoclassic buildings, souvenir and art shopping, small cafes, and Greek traditional taverns, usually found under vines and trees and a maze of narrow, mainly car-free streets.

Read along if you are searching where to stay in Plaka Athens:

Athens Ikon

Athens Ikon room

Athens Ikon (Booking rate 9.5, from €284) is one of my favorite hotels in Athens center because I love its recently renovated ultra modern design. Another reason why this is one of the best properties in Athens to stay is that its location couldn’t have been more central. Everything is in walking distance: the sites, shopping, the metro, numerous taverns and cafes.

You will also enjoy a tasteful breakfast in its dedicated room. Check availability in Booking.

A77 Suites By Andronis

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A77 Suite by Andronis

A77 Suites by Andronis (Booking rate 9.5, from €267): The Suites are set in the quiet part of Plaka, in a gorgeous 19th-century neo-classical building.

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Andronis Suites

The hotel has 12 sound-proofed stylish decorated suites and an open terrace with inspiring views, a truly fantastic place to stay. Check out availability and prices for A77 Suites by Andronis on Booking.

Nearby sites:

  • Monastiraki Square is always filled with all kinds of people, souvlaki and gyros taverns on one side, the flea market on the other side, the Adrianou street overlooking the Ancient Agora, Adrian’s Library, and Tzisdarakis Mosque
  • The impressive Athens Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation built in 1842

Electra Metropolis Hotel

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Electra Metropolis Room

Electra Metropolis Hotel (Booking rate 9.1, from €238): This is one of the best hotels in Plaka Athens. A high-quality 5-star hotel, located very close to Syntagma Square. It features 216 luxurious and fully equipped suites and rooms with marvellous views of the Acropolis and the old neighborhood of Plaka.

best hotels in Plaka Athens-Electra Metropolis terrace

Do visit his roof garden on the 10th floor for a meal or a drink with a stunning 360° panoramic view of Athens and beyond. The hotel boasts also 2 pools, a superb Aegeo Spa, and a gym.

Check out availability and prices for Electra Metropolis Hotel on Booking

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Athens Plaka whitewashed houses

What else is around Electra Metropolis Hotel?

Right across the hotel, on the side road (5 Pentelis st) you can find the best souvlaki in Athens at Kostas. On the parallel street, Apollonos, you can find some of the best Japanese and Mexican food in Athens.

Ava Hotel & Suites

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Ava Hotel

Ava Hotel and Suites (Booking rate 9.6, from €200): It is a small luxury hotel, in a tiny Plaka street with its balconies overlooking Adrian’s Arch and its terrace to the Acropolis. The Ava Hotel is sophisticated, with an emphasis on classy detail, and with king-size beds, you will have a memorable stay.

It is located in the very heart of Plaka, very close to almost everything:

Acropolis, Lysicrates monument, National and Zappeion Park, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, Evangelical Church, Saint Catherine old church, Museum of Modern Greek Culture, and Anafiotika area.

Check out prices and availability for Ava Hotel and Suites on Booking

Best Apartments in Athens

Living near Acropolis by Sylvia Staikou

One of the rooms in Living near Acropolis

Living near Acropolis by Sylvia Staikou (Booking rate 9.7, self-catering, from €85) is one of the best apartments in Athens near Acropolis. It is situated in the real heart of Athens, with a Booking excellent location score of 9.9.

The property is spotless, as the owner Sylvia takes care of everything with care and consideration. It is perfect for families as it is quite spacious and close to restaurants, cafes, archaeological sites and the Metro.

Check availability and prices on Booking.

Athens Grand Suite

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Athens Grand Suite

Athens Grand Suite(Booking rate 9.6, self-catering, from €225) is fortunate to have a unique location: Having breakfast on your balcony means that you are sipping your coffee looking at the Acropolis of Athens, the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the National Gardens, and the Lycabettus Hill at the same time!

The apartment is perfect for a group of up to 8 people as it has 2 large double bedrooms, a bedroom with 2 single beds, and 2 sofa beds in the living room.

It is set on the beginning of Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian, the road that leads to the east entrance to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. Plaka is just a minute away. Check availability and prices on Booking.

Top Luxury Hotel in Athens: Grande Bretange

Grande Bretagne Hotel (Doubles from €321 Β&Β)

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Grande Bretagne Hotel

 Grande Bretagne is the top luxury hotel in Athens center, on Syntagma Square, and the most luxurious hotel in Greece.

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Grande Bretagne Rooftop Restaurant

Grande Bretagne Hotel is a purely aristocratic and classy hotel, one of its kind in Greece built in 1842.

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Grande Bretagne Room

It has 320 rooms and suites, including a 400 square meter suite on the fifth floor, all the facilities you can think of, service and cuisine of first-class, and a fantastic terrace overlooking the Acropolis. Check out Availability & Prices for Grande Bretagne Hotel at Booking.

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The Greek Parliament

Nearby sites to Grande Bretagne Hotel are:

  • Syntagma Square, a historical spot and the beating heart of Athens
  • the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the famous Change of the Guards occurs
  • Kolonaki posh area for expensive fashion shopping, galleries, and fine cuisine
  • Cycladic, Byzantine, Numismatic, and National Gallery Museums

Visit Anafiotika Plaka Athens

Anafiotika is a tiny settlement within Plaka with small white houses and colorful minuscule gardens that look more like a small Aegean island than Athens.

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Anafiotika Plaka

Anafiotika took its name from the Anafi island builders who came to Athens in the 19th-century to work on the reconstruction of the city of Athens. They were given the choice to build their own home in Plaka and they did so, building a small Anafi island in the heart of Plaka.

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Anafiotika at times looks like a labyrinth, some spots may be covered in graffiti, but generally speaking, is a stunningly beautiful and unique place to visit.

Find below a list of the most popular and significant landmarks in Plaka that you may want to visit:

  •  Athens University Museum: The collection includes the first Greek academic editions of books for Law, Medicine, and other sciences, manuscripts, antique scientific instruments, documents, portraits, and a large and rare photographic collection.
  • Church of Agios Nicholas Ragavas: Built in the 11th century, this lovely church was part of the palace of the Ragavas family, who counted among them Michael I, emperor of Byzantium.
  • The oldest Athenian House, Benizelos Mansion: The house works as a museum and it was built most likely in the first half of the 18th century, is the last surviving konaki in Athens.
  • Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments: The museum aims to collect, conserve and exhibit folk musical instruments
  • Frissiras Museum, includes more than 3 .000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and engravings of European artists
  • Center for Asia Minor Studies:  The Center has gathered a unique historic archive of 150.000 manuscript pages, documents, as well as a rich and rare photographic record of Greek coming from Asia Minor.
  • The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum: A 7.000 pieces art collection donated to the Greek state by the Canellopoulos family. Its main goal is to prove the continuity of Greek art through the eons, but also to claim the return of priceless stolen Greek artifacts

Athens Archaeological Sites

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Parthenon Temple

Some of the most important monuments in Athens are:

  • Acropolis Hill, with Parthenon, Propylaea, Athena Nike, and Erechteion Temples
  • Roman Agora includes: The Tower of the Winds and the Gate of Athens and the Fethiye Mosque
  • Temple of Zeus and Adrian’s Arch
  • Towards Monastiraki Square, you will find Adrian’s Library
  • Towards Thissio is the very important site of Ancient Agora

FAQ 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
Varvakeios Market – Photo Newsit
  • 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
  • From your hotel in Plaka, everything is within walking distance. Alternatively, use the Metro to go around. Be careful in the metro for pickpocketing!

Plan your Trip to Greece

Are you interested in a day or multi day tour or a transfer anywhere in Greece? We can plan your trip and organize everything:

  • Book your private vehicle with an English-speaking driver
  • Arrange your accommodation, hotel, or apartment
  • Organize local thematic tours (food, wine-tasting, hiking, sailing)

Extras that you can purchase while booking:

  • Admission fees
  • Issue your ferry tickets
  • Professional Licensed guide (for the sites)
  • Lunch or dinner for each passenger

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Did you find the hotel you were looking for? Let me know what you think about my listing in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! Till next time, Evgenia❤️

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2 Responses

  1. Fred

    Have never stayed overnight in this part of Athens but have wandered the area many times and it is wonderful. Especially the cats!

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