Hotels In Athens

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The availability of hotels in Athens clearly depends upon the circumstances under which they're sought. Say the International Olympic Committee decided that Athens would make a fine home for an Olympiad. Were that (hypothetically) the case, it would be practically impossible to find a vacant hotel room in all of Athens, but how about during the rest of the year?

Even when sprinters, swimmers, and vaulters, press flacks, commentators, coaches, and fans aren't inhabiting every square inch of the town that played host to the original Olympic Games, things are still decidedly hectic. Athens boasts some five million residents, roughly 40 percent of Greece's total population, and a bulging city guide's worth of tourist attractions such as archaeological sites, temples, mountains, and battlefields. In a lot of ways, Athens resembles any major western metropolis; it's filled to the brim with loud motorcycles, coughing cars, exhaust, and Athenians all struggling to be heard over one another.

The Sanctuary of Hotels in Athens

Fortunately, you as the weary traveler can find respite in many luxury hotels in Athens. Of these, the Hotel Grande Bretagne, just southwest of the city center, is arguably the most recognizable name. As a destination for foreign diplomats, politicians, celebrities, athletes, and other high-profile travelers, the Bretagne is suited for the well-heeled, not grimy backpackers working their way across the continent. The hotel is located just across from Parliament, Constitution Square, and many of Athens' most cherished landmarks.

Those unwilling or unable to part with a king's ransom to stay in hotels in Athens have options galore throughout the old quarter near Kolonaki and Constitution squares. The Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, and other popular tourist spots are well within striking distance from hostels and pensiones scattered throughout the district. There are also some 15,000 taxis at your service, though you might be better off hoofing it than sitting in gruesome Athenian traffic.

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