As far as overnighting here, keep in mind that Edessa is a popular year-round destination for Thessalonians. It has only about 200 hotel/B&B rooms, and on summer and holiday weekends, most are taken. The nicest places in town are two small hotels run by the same family. The Varosi (www.varosi.gr [Greek only]; tel. 23810/21-865), is in a carefully restored 18th-century stone town house; the 10-room Varosi Four Seasons (www.varosi.gr; tel. 23810/51-440) is very popular with Greeks, more up-to-date, and styles itself a "boutique" hotel; doubles at both go from 70€-80€.
In Vergina & Environs
The 10-unit Dimitra (tel. 23310/92-900) and the 10-unit Vergina Pension (tel. 23310/92-510), both near the Vergina site, are both reasonably priced small family-run hotels; the Dimitra has studios with full kitchenettes. Neither takes credit cards, and staff is not absolutely comfortable in English; doubles run from 65€ at the Vergina, from 75€ at the Dimitra.
In Veria, the 37-unit Hotel Makedonia, 50 Kontogeorgaki (www.makedoniahotel.gr; tel./fax 23310/66-902 or 23310/66-946), has the bland ambience of a businessperson's, rather than a traveler's, hotel. Rooms come with air-conditioning and TVs. The new Veria, Km 6.5 on the Veria-Naousa Hwy. (www.veriahotel.gr; tel. 23310/93-112), gets a fair amount of tour business. The hotel is set back from the highway just enough to make traffic noise manageable. Although staying here makes exploring Veria itself a miniexcursion, you may find the pool so welcoming that you never leave. The rooms are standard Greek-hotel quality, but most have balconies as well as air-conditioning and TVs. Both the Makedonia and the Veria usually offer doubles from 60€ to 100€.
For accommodations, see also accommodations in Litochoro (especially the Dion Palace Spa Hotel) and Ambelakia. An appealing place to stay in Dion is the little Safeti (www.safetis.gr; tel. 23510/46-272); unfortunately, the Safeti's four cozy and well-appointed self-contained apartments (from 65€) are usually snapped up well ahead of time for longish winter and summer visits to the Mount Olympos area by Greeks.
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.