Hotels in the Acropolis Area of Athens

by Patrick M. Lind

Visitors of the Acropolis will find a variety of hotels situated right outside the park area that leads to the ancient temples. Most of these hotels offer panoramic views of the Acropolis from the rooms or rooftop terraces. As the Acropolis is situated next to other major landmarks, such as the Acropolis Museum or the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Plaka—Athens historic downtown district with numerous restaurants, bars and shops—guests should plan to stay a few days to explore the Acropolis area.

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Divani Palace Acropolis

The Divani Palace Acropolis guest room balconies offer a panorama of the Acropolis or Philopappou Hill, also known as Hill of the Muses. The hotel lies only a few steps from the main entrance to the Acropolis, the surrounding park and the New Museum of Acropolis. It features 250 rooms and suites that come in warm colors with parquet floors, designer furniture and decorative paintings. Dining facilities include an American breakfast buffet, a rooftop restaurant with an Acropolis view that serves Greek and international cuisine, and a bar. While booking, guests should look for special hotel deals as they often include extras such as a fresh fruit basket or a festive dinner.

Hotel Royal Olympic

Hotel Royal Olympic extends a luxurious retreat right underneath the Acropolis. Its Greek-Mediterranean facade with mosaic decorations is reminiscent of ancient Greece and the epic folktales, “ Tales of One Thousand and One Nights.” Marble floors, brocade oriental fabrics, plush furniture and ancient collectibles decorate the rooms and suites, which come with panorama views of the hotel garden or the Acropolis. Mornings at the hotel start with a breakfast buffet with homemade Greek specialities served at the poolside garden terrace. To add a romantic touch to your vacation, dine one Mediterranean and Greek cuisine from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant.

Hotel Acropolis View

Hotel Acropolis View is situated at the Eastern side of the Acropolis park right at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the amphitheater of the Acropolis. Guests enter into a setting of marble accents, wooden wall paneling, contemporary furniture and panorama windows with views overlooking a garden. The 32 rooms were refurbished in 2004 and feature a modern design and standard amenities. To get the best scenery, book a room with Acropolis or amphitheater outlook. A breakfast buffet is served on the hotel’s terrace every morning. For a cosmopolitan feel, dine at the nearby Kyoto restaurant that serves sushi and other Japanese specialities underneath Acropolis views.

The Athens Gate Hotel

The Athens Gate Hotel resides right across from the Temple of Olympian Zeus and about a half mile from the Acropolis. A sculpture by the Greek artists Nikos Alexious greets guests at the entrance, which leads to a modern interior in warm natural colors with wooden floors, plush furniture and open fireplaces. Large windows, pastel hues, black and white art prints, exquisite fabrics and flower arrangements bestow a light and airy atmosphere on the 99 guest rooms. Dining facilities include a lobby lounge and a restaurant with rooftop terrace offering views over the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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