With our partner easyJet Holidays, these are the best boutique hotels and urban retreats to stay at in Athens
Best for… timeless views
Sip cocktails and drink in one of the best views in history from the terrace at this sleek modern hotel. Set on green Filopappou Hill, a lovely address in central Athens, it looks over to the iconic Acropolis Hill, an extraordinary sight when it’s lit up against the night sky. It's modern and boutiquey, with an experienced team that offers a luxurious service; there's also a dreamy terrace, breakfast by the swimming pool, and a cosy library.
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Polis Grand Hotel
Best for… urban exploring
A smart, modern hotel close to the Athens Riviera with views from its windowed dining room that will eclipse even its gourmet Greek cuisine. Looking out to Acropolis Hill, bathed in golden light in the evening, it sits in the heart of the city, and has one of the city’s best roof terraces. Despite being tucked into a busy corner of modern Athens, it somehow manages to squeeze in a mini gym and colourful, spacious rooms.
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Best for… designer tastes
You’ll feel like a Greek goddess (or god) at this luxury boutique hotel, in the shade of the olive groves around the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Set in the heart of the city’s historic downtown, on Dionysiou Areopagitou, it could rest on its laurel wreath just because of its location. Instead, its stunning modern Greek design subtly reflects back the amazing views it commands. Make like an Olympian Zeus yourself at the fitness centre, which offers personal training.
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Wyndham Grand Athens
Best for… sunbathing with a view
The waterfall pool on the roof of this luxury hotel has to be one of the most idyllic locations in the city, with a view that tumbles down past the Acropolis to the beautiful Saronic Gulf. Whether you’re soaking up the sun during the day or watching the light display on the Acropolis by night, it’s an enviable spot for a cocktail. And as a guest, you get to breakfast there before spending a day sampling its spa, lounge bar or gourmet restaurant.
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Electra Palace Athens
Best for… classical class
Old-school luxury of the kind tourists have been flocking to Athens in search of for centuries. Whether you’re watching the sunset over the Acropolis, soaking in the rooftop pool or enjoying a drink in the garden courtyard, there’s an unstuffy sophistication to this classical-style hotel. If the outdoor pool doesn’t suit, there’s an indoor pool at the sumptuous spa and wellness centre – and you might as well treat yourself to a massage while you’re there.
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St George Lycabettus
Best for… a luxury stay
You know you’re in for something special when you stay at a hotel that’s won awards for its view. And what a view it is: the rooftop terrace is fringed with glass, so there’s nothing between you (and your cocktail) and the pine forests sloping away down Lycabettus Hill to the Acropolis, which looks spectacular against the blue waters of the Saronic Gulf. It’s so striking that the rest of the hotel is built to showcase it: the outdoor rooftop pool, restaurant, lounge and – of course – the rooms themselves.
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Best for… artists in residence
'Semiramis is what happens when you give a hot designer total control,' promises this place which is part art gallery, part hotel. From the architecture to the interior design, the original artwork to the concept restaurant, this is a gloriously unique hotel with beauty at its heart. Rooms are full of signature pieces and talking-point art, and communal spaces – like the indoor forest restaurant – are spectacular. The stunning spa and gym are almost an afterthought. Bring your best Instagram game.
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