- Electra Palace: One of the largest hotels in the Plaka is also the most luxurious. Guest rooms are spacious and stylishly furnished, done in soft pastels and with beautiful marble bathrooms. Many have views of the Parthenon. Service is top-notch; a lavish buffet breakfast is served in a lovely garden in good weather, and you can see the Acropolis while doing laps in the rooftop pool.
- Grande Bretagne: An Athens landmark for 160 years, the Grande Bretagne has housed royalty, celebrities, and world leaders and is still the best address in town. Enough opulence remains to let you know the place has a lineage, yet 21st-century innovations ensure maximum comfort. An attentive staff looks after every detail, and the rooftop pool and adjoining bar-restaurant enjoy knockout views of the Acropolis.
- Acropolis View Hotel: The neighborhood around this pleasant little inn on the south side of the Filapappou Hill is leafy and quiet yet an easy walk away from Plaka and the ancient sights. Rooms are fresh and spotless, and some face the Acropolis, as does the delightful roof terrace; others overlook the Filapappou Hill, a less dramatic but still pleasing prospect.
- Periscope: The majorly minimalist decor—all grays and whites, industrial-style bathrooms, and ceilings covered with aerial views of the city—doesn’t sacrifice comfort and echoes the aesthetics of the stylish neighborhood. Some of the city’s best shopping and cafe life is just outside the door, though the lobby and rooftop bars are scenes in themselves—with the former broadcasting live images of the city shot from by a camera controlled by patrons.
- Art Gallery Hotel: A 1950s house beneath Filopappou Hill was once the residence of visiting artists, who left many of their works behind. Even the vintage cage elevator evokes more gracious times. Many guests still settle in for months at a time, and the hardwood floors and polished old furniture have a homey lived-in sheen to them. A buffet breakfast (for an extra fee) and evening cocktails are served in a top-floor Victorian-era lounge and roof garden with views of the Acropolis.
- Athens Studios: These spacious apartments, with decent kitchens, plenty of space, and basic yet spiffy contemporary furnishings, are a big hit with families. The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum are just a few steps away, and private balconies overlook the pleasant neighborhood.
- Central Athens Hotel: A prime Plaka location, just two blocks off Syntagma Square, comes with a big perk—a roof garden with views of the Acropolis that you can enjoy while soaking in a communal Jacuzzi. Rooms are no-nonsense contemporary, geared to practical comfort rather than luxury; the choicest enjoy Acropolis views from small balconies. Some rooms can be connected for families or guests traveling in groups. Given the proximity of the Syntagma Metro, airport bus connections, and city sights, this is a good choice if you’re only in town for a night or two on your way to the islands.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.