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Where to Stay in Athens
Whether you want to experience the old world of ancient Greece or the trendy nightclubs and bars of a modern cosmopolitan city, Athens can accommodate you. Search for a hotel in the city center, known as Syntagma Square. In addition to being adjacent to the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens, Syntagma Square is within walking distance of dozens of Athenian landmarks. Its central position provides tourists with easy access to some of the region's best neighborhoods, from centuries-old communities to redeveloped upscale districts. Or find hotel deals in the Plaka neighborhood, and stay at the foothill of the Acropolis, Athens most famous ruin. Cafes, boutiques and restaurants line the narrow streets of this historic area, which was built on top of the residential area of ancient Athens. For a more contemporary stay, search for boutiques in the Kolonaki neighborhood. This wealthy district is one of the city's shopping meccas. Here, you'll find high-end fashion from the world's top designers. The district is also home to a number of museums, including the War Museum of Athens and the Byzantine Museum. Nightlife selection is plentiful in Kolonaki, which claims a sizeable number of restaurants, bars and clubs, many of which feature outdoor seating.
Athens Hotel Tips
The peak summer months are also the peak tourist months for Athens. The area is a huge destination for Europeans and Americans who are looking for warm weather and great nightlife. July to mid August can be so popular that hotels fill up well in advance. If you are planning your trip for this season, search for cheap flights to Athens and hotel deals months ahead of time. However, by mid August tourists begin leaving the city. You can find some of the best room rates during this time, granted you don't mind the hot weather. And remember, if you are planning your trip to Athens during the summertime, get a hotel room with air conditioning.
Late spring and early fall are Athens' shoulder months. During this time, the weather is near perfect, especially for strolling through the city or sipping a glass of wine at an outdoor cafe. Plus, the crowds are thin, so you won't have to complete for space at bars, museums or shops. This is also a great time to find deals on Athens' most exclusive luxury hotels.
Athens Hotel Recommendations
Whether its one of Athens' historic districts or a swank, newly developed neighborhood, you can find a mix of budget and luxury accommodations nearly everywhere you go.
For one of the most luxurious stays in the city, book reservations at the five-star Royal Olympic Hotel. This magnificent boutique is situated right in front of Temple of Zeus, one of Athens' most well known landmarks. Outfitted with the finest in interior furnishings, the Royal Olympic features a swimming pool, surrounded by a tree- and flower-filled garden. There is also a library, where guests can read books on Greece while breaking for coffee or tea. Grab a drink on the hotel's roof at the Roof Garden Bar. This indoor/outdoor lounge offers guests stunning views of the Athenian cityscape.
If you want an affordable hotel in the middle of the fashionable Kolonaki neighborhood, check out the Periscope Hotel. Located within walking distance from art galleries, museums, boutiques and restaurants, the Periscope provides guests with artfully decorated rooms that are both sophisticated and comfortable. A unique feature of the hotel is its rooftop periscope. Guests can peer through the device to enjoy one-of-a-kind views of Athens. The hotel's onsite restaurant serves food from breakfast to dinner. At night, it becomes a cocktail lounge, complete with a live DJ.
Put yourself in the middle of the city by making reservations at the King George Palace. This luxury hotel is located along Syntagma Square, providing guests with convenient access to many of Athens' best restaurants, cafes and cultural attractions. Each of the hotel's 78 guestrooms is uniquely outfitted with antique furniture and high-tech gadgetry. The hotel also features a full-service spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool. Visit the hotel's seventh-floor restaurant, Tudor Hall. Overlooking the Acropolis, this gourmet restaurant has a reputation as one of the best dining experiences in town.
Athens has a wide selection of public transportation options. The Athens Metro is an underground train system that consists of two lines. Tourists can take the train's blue line from the Athens International Airport into the city. The red line travels north and south of Syntagma Square. A third rail line, the green line, is part of a different system, though it does intersect with the Metro's red and blue lines. Athens also boasts a 17-mile tram network. These aboveground trains run from Syntagma Square to the city's southwest suburbs. Athens' bus system consists of both gas-fueled buses and trolleybuses, which run on electricity. In all, there are more than 300 bus lines.