Hotel categories explained
Hotels in Athens and the islands come in several categories, the official rating system in Greece is:
- Lux (Cat. Lux), the general equivalent of a 5 star hotel. [ 5* hotels in Athens ]
- A' class (Cat. A'), the general equivalent of a 4 star hotel. [ 4* hotels in Athens ]
- B' class (Cat. B'), the general equivalent of a 3 star hotel. [ 3* hotels in Athens ]
- C' class (Cat. C'), the general equivalent of a 2 star hotel. [ 2* hotels in Athens ]
You may also come across T' class or tourist class - these are generally referred to as pensions or rooms to let but may also include the lower end of 2 star hotels.
Where to Stay in Athens
When making your choice from the many hotels in Athens, it's worth noting that the desirable areas to stay in are the Plaka [Hotels in/near Plaka], Makrianni, Koukaki, Thission, Syntagma [Athens centre Hotels] and Monastiraki. These areas all border the Acropolis [ Hotels near Acropolis ] and the archaeological park around it. Everything you need including Athens museums, shops, restaurants, the metro to the ferries, buses, taxis and nightlife are within walking distance.
If you have an early ferry to catch it can be advisable to stay
nearer Piraeus port, which is 20 minute metro ride for the city centre
or a 30 drive depending on traffic.
[Hotels in Piraeus ]
With a few days to spend in Athens, the areas of Glyfada and Vouliagmeni on Athens coast is a popular alternative to staying in Athens or Piraeus especially since the airport has been relocated and you no longer have planes flying low overhead every 10 minutes! [Athens coast Hotels ].
The fashionable area of Glyfada has been described as the Athenian Riviera, with its sandy beach, elegant shops, tavernas and bars. Just a 30 minute drive from the city centre so the sights of Athens are reasonably close.
March 2001 saw the opening of the new Athens international
airport. At the moment there is only 1 hotel at or near the new
airport, the 5 star Sofitel.
[Athens airport Hotels.]
The rates for hotel accommodation in Athens can vary greatly from around 65 Euros per night for a double room with breakfast at one of the C' class budget hotels to over 4000 Euros per night for a presidential suite at one of the Luxury hotels.
To assist you we have grouped together Athens hotels based on price.
It should be noted that these are starting prices in low season for a standard double room with breakfast. The seasonal dates vary from one hotel to another so please contact us for the rates relevant for your dates of travel.
Getting the most from your stay in Athens
To assist you, we have published an Athens guide:
[ An Athens Guide ], has information on transportation options from Athens airport, taking taxis in Athens, using the Metro, eating out plus more.
[Sightseeing in Athens], has tourist information about the Plaka, the Acropolis, Monastiaki and a list of the Athens museums.
Finally we are also able to arrange tours of all the major sights of Athens and the Peloponesse:
[Day Tours from Athens], has details of half and full day tours of the Acropolis, Cape Sounion, Delphi and Arachova or Mycenae and Epidaurus.
[Multi Day tours from Athens], has details of 2, 3, 4 and 5 day tours of Greece visiting the major attractions of Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Meteora to name a few.