Despite the decade-long financial crisis that has inflicted Greece, tourism still remains the country’s strongest sector. Perhaps it’s for this reason that a plethora of boutique hotels have been cropping up, especially in the cities -- Athens in particular.
In the course of my travel writing, I’ve had the pleasure of being hosted in some diverse establishments and share some of the best of them with you here.
There’s more to a vacation in Greece than visiting the Greek islands. A unique boutique hotel experience will make your time in Greece’s capital all the more special. You’ll note most of the ones I recommend are very centrally located. This is due to the fact that the majority of the original vintage art deco-style buildings are located here. They had for many years fallen into disrepair -- but no longer!
Asomaton Boutique Hotel offers 19 rooms and suites, developed over three years with the Greek Ministry of Culture. The hotel was lovingly converted from a derelict old townhouse that was abandoned for 20 years. The building’s over a century old and originally served as a repair shop for carriage wheels and a place to shoe horses. Hence, Asomaton, located in the heart of Athens in the district known as Thission, which is very near the Acropolis (so near, in fact, that the rooftop breakfast terrace offers views across to the Acropolis), is a place with unique history -- and the owners have successfully incorporated this in their design.
The corridors are all open to the elements, and there’s a greenery area with running water.
All rooms have a small balcony or terrace, plus there’s elevator access to all floors. The reception area has a small inviting spa pool to relax in and drink coffee beside after a day sightseeing.
Rates range from 79 to 250 euros per night depending on room or suite and season. See Asomaton’s site for more information.
Pro Tip: Look out for the Dot Pop art of Philip Tsiaras that adorns the walls. This international Greek artist lives and works in New York City and has more than 80 one-person exhibitions. Images range from the Parthenon and Marilyn Monroe to famous Greeks such as singer Maria Callas and Jackie Onassis.
2. Andronis Athens
Andronis Athens is part of the Andronis Exclusive portfolio, which has a property offering luxurious suites looking over the caldera on Santorini Island.
Their Athens property offers four suites and two rooms over four floors -- accommodation on the lower two having no balconies. Still, whatever room or suite you stay in, the decor offers a touch of the bohemian with stone floors and rugs plus wooden friezes.
All suites have a vintage roll-top bath in room and all en-suites have monsoon showerheads. Beds are enhanced by a Tempur mattress and two suites on the top floor have rooftop patio gardens with bougainvillea, potted olive trees, and colorful flowers, not to mention views to the Acropolis due to its close proximity (it’s a 5-minute walk to Monastiraki).
Rates range from 52 to 78 euros per night depending on season and room or suite. See their website.
Pro Tip: Andronis Athens is in the lively district of Psirri, hence it’s noisier. It’s best to book a suite higher up to avoid the noise and relax on the roof terrace. There’s no reception area as such -- instead, entrance is via the intimate iFeel restaurant on the ground floor (part of Andronis) where you can have breakfast. iFeel is also recommended for its eclectic lunch and dinner menus.
3. 18 Micon Street
A member of the HIP (Highly Individual Places) Hotels Association, 18 Micon Street is in the trendy Psirri district of Central Athens, which offers a choice of many tavernas and a 5-minute walk along pedestrianized, often quaint cobbled streets to the Acropolis. The design of the rooms and suites reflects the structure’s storehouse past with a funky industrial vibe, with exposed pipes, cement, wood, and brick, yet the hotel still manages that intimate boutique feel.
There are a total of 15 rooms and suites, some with Acropolis views and roof terraces with sunbeds, a loft suite, and even one with a terrace jacuzzi. Breakfast can be eaten on the roof terrace or in the open-plan reception area. The piece de resistance is their relaxation lounge area in the basement, plus the luggage storage room. It’s also useful that they have a luxury shower room -- great for anyone who chooses to check out ahead of a late flight.
Rates range from 120 to 220 euros per night depending on room or suite and season. See the hotel’s website for more information.
Pro Tip: The name of the hotel comes from Mikon, a 5th-century B.C. Athenian painter and sculptor. The building was once the storehouse of one of the first tool traders in Athens and was also used as a trading store.
4. Athens Mansion Luxury Suites
In the heart of the Athens Central Market, only a 10-minute walk to the famous Monastiraki Flea Market and Ermou shopping street, Athens Mansions Luxury Suites offers its guests 15 rooms and three suites over three floors in a lovingly restored 1930s mansion townhouse (hence the name) with a breakfast roof terrace with views across to the Acropolis.
As it’s a listed (historic) building, the rooms have beautifully maintained ornate light fittings, frieze around the ceiling edges, and ceiling rose. Together with the traditional gated elevator that holds only two people with luggage, all in all, Athens Mansion Luxury Suites is a unique place to stay near the capital’s main sights.
There are no balconies in any of the rooms, but the huge roof terrace makes up for this.
The doorman lends an added feel of security as well as helping with luggage.
Rates from 180 to 360 euros per night depending on the season and room/suite. See hotel website.
Pro Tip: Athens Central Market isn’t the best area at night, although the regeneration of the Athens Mansion Luxury Suites has seen new investment in the area. It’s a busy location, but the hotel offers its guests earplugs and the windows of the property are all double glazed.
5. Moon And Stars
Another intimate vintage-style property in an enviable location near the Acropolis, Moon and Stars was lovingly developed by a husband and wife team in a once-abandoned 1920s art deco building. The listed building -- originally a home and wood-toy shop -- was developed in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Culture in order to preserve its original ornateness.
There are only five suites at Moon and Stars, each with its own unique name and designs such as Ballerina Suite and Bird of Happiness. All come with either a queen or king bed, a work area, and views across to the Acropolis and city and mountains beyond. Head up to the roof terrace to enjoy breakfast or a glass of wine when you’re back from your day of sightseeing.
Rates range from 108 to 160 euros per night depending on suite and season. See the hotel’s website for more information.
Pro Tip: Unique to guests and at a separate cost, Theodore, the owner, and his wife can arrange a three-hour classic vintage Fiat 500 tour of the city during which you’re driven around to some of the hidden spots and lunch at a taverna or have a picnic in the hills. Perfect for seeing a different side of Athens.
6. Four Seasons Astir Palace
Now to throw something different in the mix. Away from the city center yet a mere 30- to 45-minute taxi ride or drive along the Athens Riviera lies the luxurious revamped Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel.
Operating as a hotel since the 1950s, its Four Season status has been in place since 2019. In the past, Astir Palace has attracted the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Sean Connery, among others. It’s spread over 74 acres, and even though it has 200 rooms and 42 suites, they’re spread across two buildings and forest bungalows -- perfect for complete privacy.
Take forest walks, swim in the sea, or be lucky enough to have your own pool depending on your booking. Dine at one of eight restaurants or snack bars, have room service, or arrange for a private chef -- the options are limitless.
Rates from 352 to 3,120 euros per night depending on room or suite and season. Check the hotel’s website.
Pro Tip: Whilst the Four Season Astir Palace may feel like a resort hotel, the stunning location and size of the property allow you to escape to a Greek island feel whilst only a short ride from the city center.
7. The Gem Society Boutique Hotel & Spa
This is a real gem of a boutique hotel offering a mixture of rooms and suites of various sizes. The Deluxe Terrace Rooms and Signature Suite offer their own private terraces and unique decor. The hotel’s piece de resistance is the Almaz Spa located on the lower level, where guests can indulge in a range of treatments that include Hammam, Jacuzzi, and massage.
The Gem Society Boutique Hotel & Spais located in an area of Athens known as the Historic Triangle -- the area between Syntagma, Omonia, and Monastiraki Squares, which is home to several banking and political institutions along with their impressive architecture. It’s also walking distance to Ermou Street, which ranks among the top five most expensive shopping streets in Europe and is where you’ll find one of the oldest Byzantine churches of Athens, the Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea. Alternatively, you can browse the hotel’s own boutique for a unique gift. Whatever your interests, you’ll find The Gem Society Boutique Hotel & Spa is an excellent base for sightseeing as well as popular with business visitors.
Rates range from 140 to 330 euros per night depending on room booked and season. See the hotel website. Spa treatments are charged separately.
Pro Tip: The onsight Muse Bistro serves guests and visitors alike from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. and prides itself on offering traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from both a la carte and brunch menus, plus a fine selection of wines.
Most of the properties featured offer a Welcome Drink on arrival and all offer free Wi-Fi throughout. The smaller boutique hotels featured here are intimate, family-run establishments and investments, hence they offer an extra element of warmth and care. Whilst the Four Seasons is large, it, too, offers a unique experience. Whichever hotel you check into, enjoy your boutique stay in Athens, and consider this Athens and Greece content for further inspiration: