The Plaka Hotel in Athens, Greece was, in many ways, a difficult location to decide upon during our recent trip to the wonderfully ancient Greek capitol. After all, there are several “go-to” neighborhoods in Athens in which to stay, all of which offering numerous affordable hotels tightly packed on the coiled Athens streets.
It was after some research that we decided to stay in Plaka over some of the other areas such as Monastiraki or near Syntagma Square, but we ultimately found that Plaka’s location is the best for history lovers visiting Athens. Located at the foot of the Acropolis, the Plaka district is walking distance from Monastiraki in one direction, and only a shortly longer (but still walkable distance) to Syntagma Sqauare in the opposite direction. Ultimately, Plaka became a no-brainer.
The Plaka Hotel stood out as the place to stay. Not only does the name scream “this is the place to stay in Plaka!”, but it truly is centrally-located in the central-most district. Not only that, but the Plaka Hotel has one of the most stunning views of any budget hotel we’ve ever seen in Europe. We always choose our hotel based on location, budget, and convenience, but sitting on a rooftop terrace while staring at the beautifully-lit Acropolis at night is a truly wonderful experience – and one we had every night.
As mentioned, The Plaka Hotel is perfectly located. In four directions from the entry to the hotel, you have the ruins of Hadrian’s Library only 100 yards to the West, the Monastiraki Flea Market within two minutes’ walk to the north, the primary shopping strip in Athens only 100 yards to the East, and Syntagma Square only ten minutes to the South.
You are truly surrounded by options, and proximity to great sites is what you need in Athens if you aren’t staying long. There’s simply too much to see to stay outside the primary quarter of the city, and that quarter is Plaka.
The Plaka Hotel had the usual comforts of a hotel that values its guests – informative staff, an excellent breakfast room with afternoon tea and coffee, comfortable rooms that, while not opulent, sleep well and afford you true comfort in your stay, as well as enough space to move around. European rooms are typically smaller than American budget hotel rooms, but we found The Plaka Hotel to offer more space than the usual stay.
While we booked the room through Tripmasters, if you’re looking to book it independently the cost remains incredibly reasonable – starting at about $100 USD per night for a standard room. You’ll save money staying at the Plaka, in addition to the affordable price, by having simple walking distance to much of what you’ll want to see in Athens. If you do decide to use public transportation, the Monastiraki Station is only a few minutes walk, as well as the stop for the Hop On Hop Off bus that goes through the city (which we used and loved).
Lastly, if you’re looking for entertainment aside from the monuments, markets, and daytime charm the city offers, the nighttime vibe around The Plaka Hotel (and, in fact, all of Plaka), is magnetic and vibrant. There are countless bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes close enough that you won’t even need to afford yourself the cost of a taxi ride.
If you’re staying in Athens, there’s really only one option in considering your arrangements – The Plaka Hotel.
Our verdict: We strongly recommend.
Address: 7, Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos Street.
GR 10556 Athens Greece
Phone: +30 2103222706,