Athens with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated June 14, 2016

Athens with Kids and the Best Family Hotels

Tips and Recommendations

  • – the best website for finding hotels and discounts in Athens.
  • Athens is packed with tourists from early May until late October – book hotels as early as possible.
  • The Plaka, Monastiraki, and Syntagma neighborhoods are the best areas for families to stay in Athens.
  • The farther north you go (away from the Plaka and closer to Omonia) the uglier and sketchier the city gets. The bad areas are generally still safe but not terribly pleasant. Stay south of Sofokleous street to avoid the worst areas.
  • Athens can easily fill 2 or 3 days of sightseeing but the highlights can be seen in one full (busy) day.
  • The highlight of Athens is the Acropolis (GetYourGuide has a good skip-the-line tour). If you only have time to see one attraction then make it the Acropolis (and it’s main building, the Parthenon).

The 7 Best Family Hotels in Athens

Ava Hotel and Suites
(Hotel phone: +30 21 0325 9000)
Ava Hotel is the best centrally located hotel for families in Athens.
The service and amenities of a 5 star hotel with the friendliness of a family run B&B. A perfect location on a quiet street in the Plaka. Great breakfast and close to the Akropoli metro station. Some rooms have kitchenettes.

Athens Ledra Hotel
(Hotel phone: +30 21 0930 0000)
Kid-friendly hotel near Acropolis with pool.
Great rooftop pool and good sized family rooms that can fit a cot. Location is not ideal. It’s within walking distance of the major sights but you’ll likely use taxi or the hotel’s shuttle to get to the Plaka and Acropolis.

Dorian Inn Hotel
(Hotel phone: +30 21 0523 1753)
Large family rooms for families in Athens.
One of the cheapest hotels in central Athens with a pool – rooftop on the 12th floor with great views. There are triple rooms (3 single beds) and family rooms (4 single beds). Located near Omonia Square which is scruffy but not dangerous. Walking distance to top sights and very short walk to the metro – with direct trains to Piraeus ferry port.

Astor Hotel
(Hotel phone: +30 21 0335 1000)
Big family suite for family staying in Athens.
Great location. A very good breakfast is included and served on the rooftop restaurant with amazing views of the Acropolis. Large triples and quads are available for families. Furnishings are a bit dated but the hotel makes a good mid-range choice near Syntagma Square and its metro stop.

The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort
(Hotel phone: +30 21 0890 2000)
Best resort and swimming pool for kids in Athens.
Located outside the city on its own private peninsula. Wonderful beaches, pools, restaurants, and activities.

Palmyra Beach Hotel
(Hotel phone: +30 210 8981183)
Family-friendly hotel with pool in Athens.
Good value hotel. 2-bedroom family rooms sleep 5. Nice pool and close to shopping, restaurants, and Glyfada beach. The tram to central Athens (30 minutes) is just outside the hotel.

City Circus
(Hotel phone: +30 21 3023 7244)
City Circus is the best budget hotel for families in Athens.
Nice budget hotel/hostel with a large quadruple room perfect for families. Walking distance to the Plaka.

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8 questions and comments

  1. Greek Islands in March with Child

    Hello – would love some advice. My sister is going to be in Athens for a conference early March 2017 and we are thinking of joining her with our 3 year old. Would love to get to an island – but know many will be shut to tourists. We are not sun seekers (more food seekers). Can you recommend hotels (with separate room for little one). Also an island/ area to enjoy sites, eating, relaxing?

    Thanks you,

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The two best areas at that time are Chania (on Crete) and Santorini. Both will be getting some tourists by March so a lot should be open. Chania also has a large local population and never shuts down like other Greek islands. Both are loaded with great restaurants.

  2. Staying in Glyfada near Athens

    Hello! Your website is very helpful! My husband I will be in Athens for 5 days and hope to do some sightseeing but also a lot of relaxing, we have a 3 year old and almost 7 year old.
    We are torn between staying in the city at a place with a pool or simply staying in Glyfada and travelling to the centre for some sightseeing. Any guidance much appreciated!


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Glyfada is a good a place to stay in Athens as any and apart from being away from the city bustle and noise you have at least the sense of being at a half decent seaside resort. So, yes, go ahead and book yourselves a place to stay in Glyfada. It’s only 14kms to the centre of Athens via the more direct Leoforos Vouliagmenis – take a cab if you are in a hurry, they are relatively inexpensive in Athens – or if you prefer a more leisurely segue to the city, take a modern tram along the coast and up through the ‘burbs which will take you right to Syntagma (Constitution) Square in about an hour or so. Alternatively you can take the tram as far as as the Stadium of Peace and Friendship and swap to the metro for the last leg to the Port of Piraeus. There are plenty of buses to/from Athens too, but they can get uncomfortably crowded at peak times.

      Glyfada itself is a very pleasant seaside resort and along with Vouliagmeni further south it is where many of Athens’ well-heeled reside. Wikipedia calls it Knightsbidge-on-Sea, the Hellenic Hamptons or the Beverley Hills of Greece and the suburb certainly does have a rather chic feel to it with its upmarket cafés, restaurants, and boutique shops. There are plenty of hotels with pools to choose from, though the (pay) beach is very decent and you may care to spend some of your relaxation time on a lounger under an umbrella with a bar or café at your shoulder. So rest assured that your plan is a solid one, you will be in good company in a pleasant environment and not really all that far from the city.

  3. Athens, Santorini, Naxos with Kids

    Your website is great! I have been paralyzed with indecision about what to do for a trip to Greece. Your site is helping me to narrow my focus. We have not booked yet, but will soon, to come to Greece at the end of May. We we will most likely be flying in and out of Athens. We have two children, ages 13 and 11. Thinking of two nights in Athens, then ferry or fly to Santorini, two nights on Santorini and then 4 nights in Naxos. Too ambitious for a relaxing vacation???

    1. Would you recommend to fly or take a ferry to Santorini from Athens?
    2. Part of me thinks this could be too much moving around from place to place. Is a day trip from Naxos to Santorini enough?
    3. Since it is the end of May, I know that it won’t be too hot and I even worry that it could be too chilly to swim in the sea. With the black sands of Santorini, is the water actually warmer at these beaches than on Naxos?
    4. I know you highly recommend Naxos for families – does that mean for teens/tweens too or just with younger children?
    5. Where on Naxos do you recommend we look to stay? We tend to rent homes/villas, but are open to other suggestions. We want to be close to a smaller village, and have the ability to do day trips (with a car) to different beaches and locations. I have usually used Homeaway or Airbnb to find places, do you have any other websites you would recommend?

    Any and all advice is very appreciated!!! Thank you!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      1. In your situation (and not a lot of time) then flying is best. You’ll still get to take the ferry to Naxos and get that experience – so you don’t need to do the 8 hour trip to Santorini to enjoy the ferry.
      2. I only recommend day trips to Santorini when it’s the only option. Much better to spend a couple days there and enjoy the island morning, afternoon, and night. Spending 2 nights on the island will be perfect.
      3. If you get a hot day it can make the water “seem” warmer but no, there won’t be any appreciable difference in the water temperature.
      4. Young children, tweens, teens, adults – everyone loves Naxos.
      5. I like staying in or near the port town (Naxos Town, Chora). There’s a great beach walking distance from the town, it’s the hub for buses around the island, has the most and best restaurants, great vibe, beautiful town. There are other smaller villages too but Naxos Town has a great mix of everything and I think if you stay elsewhere you’ll end up coming in to town most days anyways. Homeaway and Airbnb are good. I also use Flipkey for rentals.

      1. Athens and Naxos with Kids

        Thank you for the information!

        We have booked two nights in Athens, will then fly to Naxos. Spend three nights on Naxos, then take the ferry to Santorini for the last three nights. Then fly back to Athens to head home! Very excited. Have booked a few places using (love the fact that you can book and then cancel!) and also have some messages out through airbnb. Was interested in your feedback on a some of places.

        For Athens – we are about to book an apartment through Boutique Athens that is located in the Plaka.

        For Naxos – We have booked into the Naxian Collection for a villa there, looks amazing, but is it far from town and other amenities? Worth the cost? We also booked into Lagos Mare. What are your feelings between the two options?

        For Santorini – We have booked at Srogili in Oia, and at Epavlis Hotel in Kamari and Alizea Villas in Fira (can you tell I am all over the place?) Any feelings between these three? Strogili is twice the cost of the other two. Are Epavlis and Alizea only half as nice as Strogili? Is one location more recommended?

        Many thanks in advance!!!

        1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

          The Plaka in Athens is a great area to stay and easy walking distance to all the most popular attractions. For Naxos, both the Naxian Collection and Lagos Mare are situated off on their own somewhat but within walking distance of a nice beach (Lagos Mare being closer than the Naxian). There is also bus service to the main port town (Naxos Town) nearby. In Santorini these are 3 very different places and hotels: Strogili has great views of the caldera and is located in picturesque Oia. Epavlis is in Kamari, a beach town that’s a 20 minute bus ride from Fira and the caldera. Alizea Villas is a 10 minute walk outside of Fira and does not have caldera views. All 3 hotels have pools.

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