After a walk in Athens , you’ll be able to pin-point the neighborhoods pretty well. A longer walk will show you that Plaka – where the archeological sites are – tends to merge with Monastiraki – and its Flea Market and fruits market right by the metro station – , going further to Psiri and then Gazi. Each area is unique and you’ll love them all. But when it comes to finding a hotel for your stay in Athens, where should you look?
Plaka is a bit too touristy and expensive, too. But just a metro stop from the Acropolis, the Monastiraki area is a jewel waiting to be discovered. The hotel rooms are affordable, you’ll be close to dozen of tavernas and , if you want to taste the night life, you are , actually, in Psiri. Not to mention you’ll have access to excellent shopping – whether you look for souvenirs to take back home, clothes or just something to nibble while in town. And getting to/from the airport is extremely easy , too: just catch a metro from the Monastiraki metro station and you’ll be there in about 40 minutes.
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This hotel is located in Psiri, next to Monastiraki Metro Station and Flea Market. It offers a rooftop bar with views of the Acropolis. You’ll be close to the sights , tavernas, clubs and shopping areas. All rooms have private bathroom, flat-screen TV and wi-fi. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €120 per night in a standard double or twin room , buffet breakfast included.
The 3-star hotel is located in Plaka, about 150 m from Monastiraki. All rooms have private balconies, AC, cable TV, wi-fi and minibar. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €115 per night in a double or twin room, breakfast included.
Slightly further from Monastiraki (about 400 m) , you can find this 3-star hotel , with a roof terrace and lovely views of Acropolis. All rooms have minibar, safe, wi-fi and AC. Most rooms come with views of Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill or Plaka. In late July 2012, expect to pay from €95 per night for a double room. Pay attention that the rooms sell out quickly, so book in advance!
Also in Psiri, this 2-star hotel is about 300 m from the Flea Market. It is also within 5 min walk from Ermou shopping street. The rooftop terrace offers stunning views of the Acropolis and is also within walking distance of the sights. All rooms have private bathrooms, satellite TV and phone. Many rooms have either view of the Acropolis or Lycabettus Hill. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €85 per night in a standard double or twin room.
The 2-star hotel is locate about 400 m (about 5 min) from Monastiraki Flea Market and offers rooms with AC, TV, private bathroom and wi-fi. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €70 per night in a double room, breakfast included.
About 400 m from Monastiraki, on a pedestrian street , you’ll find this 2-star hotel. Thision Metro Station is actually closer (100 m). The Greek Agora is close by (about 100 m). All rooms have AC, wi-fi , private balconies and private bathrooms. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €69 per night in a double room, breakfast included.
Located close to Monastiraki Metro Station , this 1-star family run hotel offers AC, TV and free wi-fi in each room. It’s located on a pedestrian street going to the Ancient Greek Agora. There’s a common kitchen that guests can use and there is also a small library within the hotel. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €52 in a double room with shared bathroom.
About 3 min walk from Monastiraki station, in Psiri, you’ll find this recently renovated hotel. All rooms have AC, TV and private bathrooms. Free maps and city guides are available for the tourists. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €38 per night in a double room.
Further from Monastiraki in Psiri, you’ll find this 2-star hotel with a rooftop offering lovely views of the Acropolis. All rooms have TV, fridge, safety box and AC. In late June 2012, expect to pay from €50 per night in a double room (€55 with breakfast). Pay attention that the hotel sells out quickly so book in advance!
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