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Greece's ancient capital is an open-air museum of history and stunning sights dating back over 2,500 years. Once home to Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, Athens is often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation.

While the Acropolis towers above to serve as a reminder of Athens’ ancient origins, the modern-day city below offers a huge variety of contemporary comforts. You’ll find a wide range of trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs dotted throughout the centre, as well as the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the unique Technopolis complex.

Other points of interest include the beaches of Attica and the scenic National Garden just behind the Greek Parliament Building. This combination of age-old monuments, enticing cultural landmarks and natural scenery make the city a major hotspot for holidays.

Greeks also take an immense amount of pride in their cuisine, and once you've had a taste of their delicious dishes, it's easy to see why. Take a seat in a traditional taverna and order up some grilled souvlaki and anise-flavoured aperitif Ouzo. The centre is easily reached from the airport by metro, railway or express bus, but you'll also find plenty of taxis outside the terminal.

Tonight

From US$25 per night

This weekend

From US$51 per night

Next weekend

From US$56 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 1 = US$1.18
Language Greek
Average weekend price US$121 per night
Average weekday price US$126 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Athens reviews

What other travellers say about Athens

10

When i visit Athens, i always find it myself coming back to...

4 August 2021

When i visit Athens, i always find it myself coming back to this hotel, because its a convenient location right in the heart of the city and close to Syntagma square, subway, airport shuttle, main shopping street Ermou, Acropolis, Panathenaic Stadium, Omonia, Old Town, upscale neighborhood Kolonaki and Lycabettos. All around here you will find lots of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and fastfood, ATHENS NEVER SLEEPS

Nony
Nony Sweden
10

Had a great few days in Athens.

3 August 2021

Had a great few days in Athens. Just enough time to see everything. We spent 1 day walking up to the acropolis. hard work but definately worth the views. We also did the roman agora and the agora on the same day. Second day we went on the sightseeing bus which was a great way to see other attractions. Third day we went to the national gardens and the olympic stadium which is well worth a visit.

SammieEaton
SammieEaton United Kingdom
2.0

Athens is dirty and disgusting.

2 August 2021

Athens is dirty and disgusting. Will never go back there. Only stayed 2 nights due to a layover on the first day and last day to and from Santorini. On the last day we spent more time in the hotel because we just couldn't be outside it's so gross. Not worth a visit at all. Next time we'll explore other parts of greece and try fly directly to the islands.

Erika
Erika Malta
10

Lovely tree lined streets, with many people leisurely...

30 July 2021

Lovely tree lined streets, with many people leisurely walking about.A definite casual vibe to the city. So many beautiful young people smiling. We ate at the fun sidewalk cafes of Plaka. We used taxis that were clean and friendly to get around. The streets are narrow and laid out at angles. Double check the hours of all facilities, they seem to fluctuate a bit. The light at the Acropolis for sunset was dreamy and we could hear the opera warming up for the performance

Kathryn
Kathryn United States
10

If you have any interest in the ancient history of the birth...

28 July 2021

If you have any interest in the ancient history of the birth of civilization you should definetly go to Athens. Acropolis is more than any can understand. Continous habitation for 5,000 years. And on top, the weather is fantastic. Sunny and warm. with a light breeze of wind to make you cope with the heat.

Søren
Søren Denmark
10

Athens is a sunny city steeped in centuries of history.

25 July 2021

Athens is a sunny city steeped in centuries of history. There is a lot of greenery for such a southern city, here you can find thousand-year-old temples and modern buildings, souvenir and designer shops, Greek taverns and fashionable restaurants. All this is harmoniously intertwined together so that you want to stay for life.

Irina
Irina Russia

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