The Top 5 Hotels near El. Venizelos
Athens International Airport is rather remote from the city center, located at a 33km distance from the heart of the Greek capital. Thus, if you are looking for a lodge during a quick layover or if you want accommodation near the airport anyway, you should check out the 5 top hotel options adjacent to El. Venizelos aviation hub:
1. Sofitel Athens Airport
Lying just opposite the airport terminal, 50m from its doors, Sofitel Athens Airport is the ultimate accommodation option near El. Venizelos, as it combines proximity with impeccable services and luxury premises. The hotel is located right on the Attica Odos highway. Therefore, driving to Athens couldn’t be easier. Moreover, it consists of 345 elegant and fully equipped rooms, a spa and a fitness area, and an indoor pool as well. Two bars and two restaurants conclude the hotel’s amenities, with Karavi restaurant being located on the rooftop and offering stunning views.
Our Tip: Sofitel Athens Airport is pet-friendly. If you are traveling with your little buddy, you can share your room with him!
2. Holiday Inn Athens – Attica Avenue
Holiday Inn Athens Airport is a 5-star yet slightly more affordable than the Sofitel Hotel option near the airport. Located 10km from ATH Airport, Holiday Inn has comfortable and modern rooms, top-rated services, a restaurant facility (Ruby), and a cozy bar (Golden Bar). What’s more, it is equipped with a gym area, an indoor pool, and a business center. Overall, it is ideal for travelers who are visiting Athens for business.
Our Tip: Holiday Inn offers free shuttle rides from and to Athens Airport.
3. Seasabelle Hotel near Athens Airport, Artemida
Seasabelle Hotel is placed within a 15-minute drive from Athens Airport and attracts travelers who opt for a nearby airport lodge, offering adjacency along with a picturesque location. Hence, Seasabelle is located right in front of the sea, in the Artemida region. The cozy Seasabelle, with its warm atmosphere and welcoming decor, is a mid-range hotel composed of contemporarily furnished rooms with thoughtful finishing touches, a cafe bar, an Italian restaurant, and a roof garden with breathtaking views.
4. Avra Hotel, Rafina
Avra Hotel may be located a little further from the airport, within a 20-minute driving distance. Still, it provides premium and elegant services at middling prices. The hotel lies in the Rafina region, a seaside town near Athens, and addresses both business-traveling passengers and leisure travelers who want to make the most of their layover in Athens Airport visiting a nearby coastal area. A restaurant and a comfortable lounge bar are also available to all the hotel’s guests, along with free rides to and from El. Venizelos Airport.
5. Peri’s Hotel, Artemida
Peri’s Hotel is a 2-star lodge, kitted with 12 clean and comfortable rooms providing guests with all the basic amenities. The hotel is a top value-for-money option, as it offers affordable prices, beautifully appointed rooms, and free 10-minute shuttle transfers to ATH Airport.
The 5 topmost hotels in Athens city center
If nothing is limiting you to the near the airport areas, accommodation in Athens city center is the perfect way to get to know the city and become part of its everyday life. Take a look at the top 5 accommodations in Athens downtown to get an idea of your options:
1. Grande Bretagne: the luxurious choice
Located right on Syntagma Square, in the heart of Athens, Grande Bretagne is the ultimate luxury accommodation in Athens. The historical hotel is housed in an impressive 19th-century building and is elegantly decorated with luxurious touches scattered all over its premises. From the paintings to the tapestry and from the doormen to the incredible spa facilities, the hotel offers its guests a premium stay. Indoor and outdoor pools, hair salons, barber shops, and a gym center are among the hotel’s amenities, along with the Alexander Bar, the Cigar Lounge, the Wine Gallery, the Winter Garden, and the glorious GB Roof Garden with the breathtaking view at the Acropolis.
Our Tip: Grande Bretagne is a costly alternative. However, if you can afford it, you should definitely go for it!
2. Coco-Mat Athens BC: the Acropolis observer
Coco-Mat Athens BC is another lavish option in Athens city center. Its prices are high (however lower than Grande Bretagne), but they totally reflect the provided services. The hotel combines gloriously the historical with the modern character both in its public areas and inside the rooms where of course the amazing Coco-Mat mattresses guarantee a good night’s sleep. It also has an indoor pool, a gym center, and a cocktail bar. Besides that, what really attracts visitors is the rooftop pool and the lounge with the amazing views over Acropolis and Parthenon.
3. Athens Was: the boutique hotel
Athens Was is a boutique, 5-star hotel, ideally located on the pedestrian street of Dionysiou Areopagitou. Hence, the reason behind the hotel’s prices is mainly that: its location. However, in general terms, the hotel is inspiringly designed, with classical elements, from Greek sculptures to leather furniture. It has one meeting room and a basic fitness area. Drinking and dining options are limited to a cozy Brasserie with an atrium and to the roof restaurant Sense, which seems to be only a breath away from Acropolis.
Our Tip: Although children are welcome, you won’t find many special amenities for families here.
4. Ergon House: the “foodie” hotel
Ergon House is the ultimately different suggestion for your accommodation in Athens. Ergon House is a huge indoor market, an “agora” where visitors can find any product concerning food, and a communal kitchen where they can cook with their purchased ingredients or even take some cooking lessons. Above that busy area, 38 rooms, ranging from S to XL sizes, are modernly decorated, reflecting the urban, industrial style of the entire premises. What’s more, a minimum fitness area is to be found, while RETIRÉ is the rooftop facility facing Acropolis, kitted with a canteen and housing picnics and cocktail premium experiences.
5. Athens Style: the hostel option
If you are looking for a budget yet clean and comfortable lodge, Athens Style is the perfect choice for you. Situated at Psirri, one of the most vivid Athenian neighborhoods, Athens Style is a fresh, bohemian-style accommodation with a cozy rooftop bar, a restaurant, a shared kitchen, and a lounge area with many movie options and a pool table.