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Are you considering booking a hotel on the Athens Riviera for your trip to Athens? Well, let’s kick off by saying that’s a great idea right from the bat. The Athenian Riviera is an excellent summertime destination that combines beachfront accommodation, impeccable natural beauty, and exceptional opportunities for sightseeing off the beaten track.
But here’s the catch: the famous coastline is much longer than you’d think and choosing the right hotel for your vacation can be quite overwhelming.
In this article, we’ll list a few reasons why you should book a hotel on the Athens Riviera and present a handpicked selection of hotels in each of its most popular spots along with some information on what you can expect to find in each area so that you can pick the one that suits your tastes best.
Should You Book a Hotel on the Athenian Riviera for Your Trip to Athens?
We often hear first-time visitors to Athens being troubled about whether or not they should stay at the Athenian Riviera for their trip.
The reason behind these concerns is a common misconception: that staying along the coast and being able to visit the historic center of Athens are mutually exclusive. This isn’t entirely true.
The Athens Riviera spans numerous kilometers along the coasts of Attica starting from the famous Floisvos Marina in Palaio Faliro which is only a few minutes away from the city center of Athens and ending at Cape Sounion on the southernmost point of the peninsula.
Thus, it all depends on what you’re looking for. If you don’t mind passing up on hotels in the most popular areas of Athens in favor of staying at a hotel by the sea but still want to roam the city, one of the northern parts of the Athenian riviera would suit you best.
On the other hand, if you want to completely escape the hustle and bustle of the city center and enjoy a real beach vacation, head further south for a sight that you wouldn’t expect to find that close to the capital.
Below you’ll find a list of the most popular places on the Athenian Riviera (from north to south) that should be on your radar when choosing your hotel.
- Palaio Faliro and Floisvos Marina
- Vouliagmeni and Varkiza
- Cape Sounion
What’s next? A breakdown of each of these areas along with a few pointers on things to see and do there and -of course- a selection of hotels on the Athenian Riviera to suit all styles and budgets.
A Cosmopolitan Stay On the Athens Coast: Hotels in Palaio Faliro and Floisvos Marina
Located just 5 kilometers away from the city center of Athens, the Floisvos Marina in Palaio Faliro is one of the most famous spots in the city among locals for its splendid seaside promenade, upscale restaurants, and relaxing ambiance.
By choosing a hotel near Floisvos Marina you’ll easily be able to get to the city center via tram while enjoying a stay by the sea and just a short walk away from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
However, keep in mind that even though you’ll be staying by the sea, you’ll have to travel further south if you want to go for a swim.
Athens Marriott Hotel: A true 5-star Luxury Hotel experience on the Athenian Riviera
Located on Syggrou avenue in the southern part of Athens and right across the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation Center (SNFCC), the Athens Mariott Hotel is one of the most luxurious 5-star hotels in the area.
What makes Athens Mariott Hotel stand out is the upscale e&o restaurant and a rooftop terrace that features a swimming pool and a charming bar.
Both enjoy magnificent 360-degree views over the Acropolis, the Saronic Gulf, and the Greek National Opera.
Delve into oceanside luxury just off the borders of the city center. Book your stay now.
Coral Hotel Athens: A value-for-money Hotel on Athens Riviera
Featuring spacious, elegantly decorated rooms with state-of-the-art amenities only a few meters away from the cosmopolitan Floisvos Marina, Coral Hotel Athens is a real value-for-money option for a hotel on the Athens Riviera.
The modern 4-star hotel offers unbeatable views over the Saronic Gulf and Kastella Hill -with some of the rooms having their own private balconies- as well as a small swimming pool for relaxing afternoons.
A beach vacation or urban adventures? Get the best of both worlds. Book your stay here.
Poseidon Athens Hotel: Budget-friendly accommodation on the Athens Coast
Even though Poseidon Athens Hotel boasts a privileged seafront location just a few minutes away from Floisvos Marina and only two minutes away from the beach, it’s one of the most budget-friendly hotels on the Athenian Riviera.
This 3-star hotel offers visitors the chance to relax by the rooftop swimming pool and marvel at the astonishing sea views or sample authentic Greek delicacies at a cozy restaurant that also overlooks the sea.
To make things even easier, there is a tram stop right at the hotel’s entrance.
Looking for an affordable hotel right by Floisvos Marina? Just click here.
A Luxury Experience on the Athenian Riviera: Hotels in Glyfada
Glyfada has rightfully earned a reputation of being one of the most elegant and upscale suburbs of Athens. Dubbed as “Athens’ own Miami”, Glyfada features a wide range of charming cafes, boutique shops, and chic restaurants lined along with the palm trees of the seafront streets.
Here you’ll find vivid nightlife with beach bars, nightclubs, and cocktail bars staying open until the first rays of sunlight during summertime.
Glyfada is also home to several beautiful beaches such as Asteras beach with pristine sands and aquamarine waters, combining sunny coasts with a vibrant gastronomy and nightlife scene.
Athens Coast Hotel: A luxury hotel with a cosmopolitan touch
Located at the very heart of the commercial center of Glyfada and just a few minutes away from the beach, Athens Coast Hotel is a chic modern 4-star hotel that was designed to impress.
Featuring a large outdoor swimming pool, an inviting a la carte restaurant, and spacious rooms and suites with modern furniture, it’s ideal for those that want to combine spending time at the beach and roaming the busy shopping streets of Glyfada.
Browsing for luxury hotels along the Athenian Riviera? You might want to take a look at this.
Palmyra Beach Hotel: A beachfront hotel in a marvelous setting
An ideal choice for romantic weekends or short city breaks, Palmyra Beach Hotel features modern rooms with private balconies that enjoy views of the azure waters on one hand or the soothing hilltops on the other.
Even though it’s only two minutes away from the beach, the hotel also features a swimming pool with an enticing cocktail lounge where guests unwind in the evenings.
Embark on a memorable beach vacation with breathtaking views. Book your stay now.
Hotel London: A must among budget-friendly hotels along the Athenian Riviera
When it comes to affordable budget-friendly hotels on the Athens Riviera, Hotel London should definitely be among your first options.
Located just a short walk away from a sandy beach, Hotel London offers bright rooms with wooden floors and private balconies that command delightful views of the Saronic Gulf at surprisingly low rates.
Looking for top-notch amenities at affordable rates? Just click here.
Marvelous beach holidays on Athens Riviera: Hotels in Vouliagmeni and Varkiza
Further down along the coastline, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza occupy the two sides of a very small peninsula that is home to some of the most magnificent beaches of the Athenian riviera; most notably Vouliagmeni beach, Astir beach, Kavouri beach, and Varkiza beach.
Naturally, both these areas are home to some of the most luxurious hotels on the Athens Riviera as well as fancy restaurants, ice cream shops, seaside cafes, and watersports centers.
Local’s tip: While in Vouliagmeni, make sure to visit the Vouliagmeni Lake, an astonishing lake with brackish waters and natural springs, for an extraordinary thermal spa experience.
Azur Hotel: Flawless amenities at an unbeatable location
If an exceptional location and ultramodern design are among the first things you look for when booking accommodation, Azur Hotel is bound to meet and exceed your expectations.
With a sun-drenched veranda, an outdoor swimming pool, and luxurious rooms (some of which have their own private pools), it’s one of the most impressive 4-star hotels in Vouliagmeni.
And the best part? It’s only two minutes away from the famous Vouliagmeni beach.
Immerse yourself into luxury for an unforgettable vacation. Book your stay now.
Amarilia Hotel: Elegant comfort dipped in style
Located just a stone’s throw away from both Vouliagmeni beach and the extraordinary Vouliagmeni Lake, Amarilia Hotel blends fascinating design, luxurious amenities, elegant spaces, and unobstructed sea views to create a one-of-a-kind guest experience in the heart of Athens Riviera.
Its definite highlight is called Allegro Bar; a beguiling cocktail bar on the side of a large outdoor swimming pool.
Book your stay with a value-for-money hotel at an exceptional location along the Athenian Riviera. Check out your options here.
Stefanakis Hotel & Apartments: An affordable stay at an upscale location
You might think that an idyllic location on the sunny coasts of the Athenian Riviera comes with a price (and in most cases, you’d be right) but Stefanakis Hotel & Apartments is here to prove you wrong.
This 3-star hotel features charming, comfortable rooms surrounded by serene green spaces that encompass an outdoor swimming pool at tremendous budget-friendly rates, just a few minutes away from the sandy beach of Varkiza.
Looking for a budget-friendly hotel along the Athens Riviera? Look no further. Just click here
The Most Idyllic Spot on the Athens Riviera: Hotels in Cape Sounion
At the end of the Athens Riviera and the edge of the peninsula, you’ll find Cape Sounion; probably the most famous spot on the coastline.
Home to the stunning Temple of Poseidon, the Sounion National Park, and a number of immaculate beaches, this is an excellent choice for laid-back beach holidays and romantic getaways.
Plus, if all the above sounds appealing but you’re worried about staying too far away from the city, remember that you can always simply book a day trip to Sounion from Athens with just a few clicks.
Aegeon Beach Hotel: Seaside holidays with a distinct charm
With an astonishing location, right where the sea meets the sand in Cape Sounion, Aegeon Beach Hotel is an idyllic property that features a blend of wood and marble in its elegant design with spacious rooms that enjoy fascinating views of the Aegean Sea below and the imposing Temple of Poseidon above.
In addition, an inviting alfresco a la carte restaurant promises unforgettable romantic moments by the sea.
Experience the Athenian Riviera in graceful charm. Reserve your stay here.
Poseidon Beach Villas: Budget-friendly accommodation on the Athenian Riviera
Ideal for couples, families, and large groups of friends that want to experience the magic of Cape Sounion without spending a fortune, Poseidon Beach Villas boasts a charming location just above the beach and offers several independent accommodation options (all equipped with a kitchen) as well as a welcoming veranda with incredible sea views.
Start planning your holiday in the Athenian Riviera today. Book your own villa here.
For a Truly Luxurious Stay: Spectacular Resorts on the Athens Riviera
We’ve left the best for last. For the travelers among you with a desire to go all out on an absolutely ostentatious vacation at the most gorgeous locations along the Athenian Riviera, what follows should come as a special treat.
Opening up their tall gates as an interlude to the most extraordinary oceanside holiday on the long sandy coastline, below you’ll find the most impressive resorts on the Athens Riviera.
Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort: The crowning jewel hotel of the Athens Riviera
The Athenian Riviera might be brimming with hotels of all kinds and styles, but the Grecotel Exclusive Resort in Cape Sounio is beyond any doubt the gem of the enchanting coastline.
The ultra-luxurious resort is located within a pine tree forest and features private sandy beaches, a state-of-the-art spa, rooms, suites, villas, and bungalows with amazing views over the sea and the Temple of Poseidon.
A dream vacation on the Athenian Riviera awaits! Book your stay now.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens: 5-star leisure at the exclusive Astir beach
Situated in Vouliagmeni, on a lush green peninsula covered by a pine tree forest, Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens is the epitome of luxury on the Athenian riviera.
Occupying a vast area that encompasses three private coves, a kilometer-long seaside promenade, no less than eight different world-class restaurants, and -of course- the impeccable Astir beach, this hotel is a unique experience in its own right.
While there, make sure you don’t miss out on a wellness session at the otherworldly spa facilities or a cocktail at the phenomenal Avra Bar.
Luxuriate in an opulent stay on the Athenian riviera. Book your stay here.
Grand Resort Lagonissi: World-class wellness services and unparalleled gastronomy
Lying on a dazzling green peninsula in Lagonissi, a peaceful yet enchanting area midway between Vouliagmeni and Cape Sounion, Grand Resort Lagonissi is a true haven for a serene beachfront vacation, combining stellar wellness and spa treatments in its state-of-the-art ThalaSpa Chenot Spa with unique gastronomy experiences at ten different top-tier restaurants.
What’s more, its elegant rooms and beachfront bungalows enjoy stunning unobstructed views over the Saronic Gulf.
Escape the ordinary with a stay at a superb resort on the Athens Riviera. Reserve your stay now.
Blue Note Resort & Club: High-end services for an elite lifestyle
Just a few minutes away from both Vouliagmeni beach and Varkiza beach, Blue Note Resort & Club presents the chance for an elevated guest experience through an amalgam of luxurious rooms and apartments with alluring contemporary design, an extravagant outdoor swimming pool, a rejuvenating spa center and a charming sun-drenched terrace that overlooks a lush green private garden.
Enter a state of absolute euphoria with a wondrous seaside vacation. Book your stay here.
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The beautiful boutique hotel The Margi is located in the center of Vouliagmeni, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera. Founded in 1970 and recently renovated to offer modern comforts…
Getting From the Athens Riviera to Athens City Center
As mentioned above, the Athenian Riviera spans quite a larger area than most travelers think. Hence, getting from and to the Athens city center can be a bit of a challenge.
Unless you choose a hotel close to Palaio Faliro and the Floisvos Marina (in which case you can simply hop on the tram to get to the city center), we strongly recommend renting a car so that you’ll be able to visit the city and explore the sunny coastline with comfort and ease.
Keep in mind though that, during summertime, Vouliagmenis avenue -the road that leads from Vouliagmeni to the center of Athens- tends to be traffic-heavy.
We suggest driving up to Elliniko and just get on the metro (red line) to get to the city. The ride to Syntagma station takes approximately 20 minutes.
To conclude, booking a hotel on the Athens Riviera is not only an excellent choice for escaping the city and spending your days relaxing by the sea but also for combining an exciting seaside holiday with traditional urban sightseeing.
You just have to book the right hotel for your needs.
Just read through our guide, pick the one that best suits your tastes and get ready for an unforgettable stay along the Athenian Riviera.
Featured image courtesy: Cape Sounio Grecotel Exclusive Resort
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