Hotels in Greece
A good hotel can be a home away from home and an oasis of comfort after a long day. The hotels in our list are all in the centre, except for the Four Seasons on the Athens Riviera, and the St. George Lycabettus, which sits in a quiet spot above the exclusive neighbourhood of Kolonaki.
We picked these hotels for good location, exquisite service and full amenities.
The jewel of the Athens Riviera, the Astir Palace Hotel, has recently been fully renovated and upgraded to become the first Four Seasons hotel in Greece. The hotel occupies a private peninsula, which includes pristine beaches and a private marina. If you don’t need to be in the city centre daily, this luxury resort will make a business trip feel like work and play rolled into one. It is also well worth a weekend stay for some pampering by the sea.
St. George Lycabettus
Elegant and distinguished, the St. George Lycabettus is located in the exclusive neighbourhood of Kolonaki, at the foot of Mount Lycabettus. Here you will enjoy fantastic views, peace and quiet, as well as gourmet cooking highlighting the unique flavors of Greece. During the summer you can also take a refreshing swim in the pool on the roof terrace.
Divani Palace Acropolis
The Divani Palace Acropolis is near the lively neighbourhood of Koukaki, and the pleasant streets of Mets. The hotel has a view of the Acropolis and is across the street from the park area around the Temple of Olympian Zeus. A pretty interior courtyard features a pool and bar for relaxing after a tiring day. A stunning roof terrace provides the perfect setting for dinner.
Another new 5-star hotel is the Electra Mitropolis, which is part of the Greek Electra chain of upscale hotels around the country. Beautifully decorated, the hotel has a low-key atmosphere of quiet elegance and a gorgeous roof terrace. A tiny 16th century church has been preserved next to the entrance and glass panels in the sidewalk reveal the ancient walls of Themistocles that traverse the basement of the hotel.
On a quiet street in Plaka, the old town of Athens, the Electra Palace welcomes travelers to a peaceful oasis in the hustle and bustle of downtown. You can take a swim on the
roof with a view of the Acropolis. Drinks and dinner can be enjoyed either on the roof terrace or in the pretty garden at street level. You will feel like you are staying at a relaxing country retreat, and yet you are only steps from Syntagma Square.
A recent addition to the Athens hotel scene, New Hotel features a hip atmosphere with up-to-date design and modern art. An in-house bakery provides fresh pastries in the lobby coffee shop, while fine dining is offered in the hotel’s restaurant. Other amenities include a Turkish hammam, an indoor pool and business services.
The Athens Hilton is another landmark in the city. Completely refurbished in preparation for the 2004 Olympics, the hotel offers guests two swimming pools, several restaurants and a spectacular rooftop bar that is popular with business people. The main restaurant, Milos, is renowned as one of the best seafood restaurants in the city.
Grecotel Pallas Athena
The Pallas Athena is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the old commercial quarter of Athens. The décor is boldly modern and rooms feature original works of contemporary art. The Grecotel chain, which owns the hotel, is known for its distinctive luxury hotels and excellent cuisine.
The King George is right next door to the Grande Bretagne and is housed in an exquisitely restored and outfitted 1930s building. Great attention is paid to detail in this hotel, furnished with antiques and marble bathtubs. The top floor provides views of the Acropolis as you dine on modern Greek cuisine or enjoy a cocktail at the bar.