Travel to Athens
The Greek Youth Hostel Association, Damareos 75 in Pangrati, lists hostels in Greece. ( 210 751 9530; firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily M-F 9am-3pm.) The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Stadiou 24 in Syndagma, provides info and makes reservations for all types of hotels throughout Greece. Reservations require a cash deposit; you must contact them at least one month in advance and inform them of the length of your stay and the number of people. (210 323 7193; email@example.com. Open May-Nov. M-F 8:30am-l:30pm.)
Student’s and Traveler’s Inn, Kydatheneon 16 (210 324 4808), in Plaka. Unrivaled location and lively atmosphere with AC, 24hr. restaurant, and around-the-clock cyber cafe. Reserve ahead and arrive on time. Co-ed dorms ‚17-22; singles ‚40, with private bath ‚50; doubles ‚5870; triples ‚7590; quads ‚100120.
Pella Inn, Karaiskaki 1 (210 325 0598), in Monastiraki. Walk lOmin. down Ermou from PI. Syndagma; it’s two blocks from the Monastiraki subway station. Features a large terrace with impressive views of the Acropolis. Free luggage storage. Dorms ‚15; doubles ‚40-50; triples ‚60; quads ‚80.
Adonis Hotel, Kodrou 3 (210 324 9737), in Plaka. From Syndagma, follow Filellinon; turn right on Nikodimou and left onto Kodrou. A family hotel with a delightful rooftop lounge. Reserve far in advance. All rooms with bath. In summer, singles ‚41; doubles ‚56; triples ‚84. Off-season ‚294362. AC ‚10 extra per person. Discounts for longer stays.
Hotel Tempi, Aiolou 29 (z?210 321 3175), in Monastiraki. Simple rooms with fans. Front-facing rooms are brighter. Luggage storage. Laundry service. Check-out 11am. Singles ‚32; doubles ‚42, with bath ‚48; triples ‚60. Off-season 20% discount.
Hotel Orion, Em. Benaki 105 (210 382 7362), in Exarhia. From PI. Omonia, walk up Em. Benaki or take bus #230 from PI. Syndagma. Orion rents small rooms with shared baths. Sunbathers relax on the rooftop. Internet ‚3 per hr. Laundry ‚3. Singles ‚25; doubles ‚35; triples ‚40. Bargain for better prices.
Hotel Dryades, Dryadon 4 (210 382 7116), in Exarhia. Elegant Dryades offers some of Athens’s nicest budget accommodations, with large rooms and private baths. Internet ‚3 per 30hr. Singles ‚35; doubles ‚50; triples ‚60.
Youth Hostel #5 Pangrati, Damareos 75 (210 751 9530). From Omonia or PI. Syndagma, take trolley #2 or 11 to Filolaou. There’s no sign for this cheery hostel, just a green door. Owners speak English. Hot showers ‚0.50 for 7min. Sheets ‚0.80; pillowcases ‚0.50. Laundry ‚3. Quiet hours 2-5pm and llpm-7am. Dorms ‚9. Bring a sleeping bag to stay on the roof (‚6). O
Hostel Aphrodite, Einardou 12 (210 881 0589 or 210 883 9249; www.hostelaph-rodite.com), in Omonia. Small, clean rooms with AC. Free luggage storage. Internet access ‚6 per hr. Laundry ‚11 per 6kg. Reception 24hr. Dorms ‚17; doubles ‚45; triples ‚60; quads ‚72.
Hotel Omiros, Apollonos 15 (210 323 5486), near PI. Syndagma. Relatively spacious rooms have AC and private baths. Breakfast included. Call ahead. Singles ‚50; doubles ‚75; triples ‚93; quads ‚111. Bargain for student discounts. 0
Hotel Metropolis, Mitropoleos 46 (b’210 321 7469; www.hotelmetropolis.gr), in Syndagma. Enjoy full amenities and wonderful views of Cathedral Mitropolis and the Acropolis. Elevator, AC, TV, and phones. Free luggage storage. Laundry ‚6 per 5-6kg load. In summer doubles with shared bath ‚40; doubles with private bath ‚50.
Hotel Thisseos, Thisseos 10 ( 210 324 5960). Take Karageorgi Servias, which becomes Perikleous; Thisseos is down the street about 20m. Close to Syndagma’s sights but far from its noise. Friendly staff speaks English. Kitchen facilities. Common baths. Reception 24hr. Towels and sheets free upon request. Dorms ‚15; singles ‚30; doubles ‚44. To sleep on covered roof in summer, bring a sleeping bag (‚10).
Athens International Hostel (HI), Victor Hugo 16 (210 523 2049; www.hostel-booking.com), in Omonia. Walk down 30 Septemvriou from PI. Omonia and take a left on Veranzerou, which becomes Victor Hugo after crossing Marni. Hot water 6-10am and 6-10pm. Laundry service. Sheets included. Common kitchen available. Reservations required. Dorms ‚8.20; doubles ‚17. Members only.