7/7 Grecotel Cape Sounio
Grecotel Cape Sounio is a good base if you want to kick-back on the Saronic coast with the odd day trip into Athens. It’s an hour from the city and opposite one of the region’s most iconic ruins — the Temple of Poseidon. The resort itself is a haven for anyone wanting round-the-clock entertainment for kids of all ages. Grecoland Club caters for four to 12-year-olds, baby equipment is available to rent for younger guests, and teenagers can get stuck into volleyball, water sports, football matches and a cinema.
Price: Bungalow for three people, from £180 per night
6/7 The Foundry
Offering an urban sanctuary in the middle of the city, The Foundry is great for older kids. The industrial-chic setting blends into Athens’ contemporary art and café culture, while the roof-top terrace has views of the city’s most famous ruins. For longer stays, the serviced apartments provide a convenient self-catering base. The historic neighbourhood of Psyrri is near all the action, without being too affected by tourism. Pre-ordered picnics on the roof terrace are a refined way to start or end a day of sight-seeing.
Price: Apartment for four people, from £110 per night
5/7 Hotel Hermes
Hotel Hermes offers a central location at bargain prices. Hotels are limited in the old buildings of Plaka – bolt-holes are as close as you can get to the city’s tumble- down charm. Rooms are on the small side, but family options include three-bed suites and an interconnecting family room. Balconies with pretty views help to create a sense of space. Downstairs in the lounge, a playhouse and toys keep little ones at bay, and there’s backgammon on the roof terrace. The friendly hosts are always on hand to make sure you get the most out of your time in the city.
Price: Triple room, from £74 per night
4/7 Ava Hotel and Suites
Have you ever wanted to stay in the neighbourhood of the Gods? The Ava Hotel and Suites sits pretty in the Plaka, (the neighbourhood of the Gods). This hotel is at the foot of the Acropolis and next to the Acropolis Museum. The hotel’s rooms are unique and intricately detailed, and their suites are among the largest in the city. Babysitting and dry cleaning are available. The hotel is 100% non-smoking and environmentally-friendly, so families can breathe easy.
Price: Executive Suite with Acropolis View, from £260 a night
3/7 Hotel Grande Bretagne
If your family likes to travel in style, then look no further than the Marriot’s award-winning Hotel Grande Bretagne for your stay in Athens. This glamourous hotel boasts unparalleled views of the Acropolis, Syntagma Square and the Parliament, and Lycabettus Hill. The hotel is stunning, inside and out. The elegant space features a marble piano, opulent spas, and both an indoor and outdoor pool. If you want some time to unwind, babysitting is available. Enjoy date night with your partner or decompress from a long day of sightseeing at the spa. Children are always a priority, and the hotel’s various restaurants offer a children’s menu to cater to the young ones. This dreamy hotel is also located close to the Hellenic Children’s Museum and the Planetarium.
Price: 2-room Deluxe Family Package, from £530 per night
Tune out the world (and the sound of your neighbors with the help of a soundproofed room) at the innAthens hotel. This refurbished, 19th-century structure sits right at the heart of Athens, just a stone’s throw away from the Syntagma square and the Acropolis. The hotel’s appeal depends upon its vintage-meets-modern aesthetic that will certainly immerse any family in the culture of the city. This hotel’s pride and joy, the atrium, is studded with plants and sunlight which add to the beauty of the space. In addition, families are a priority for the hotel as they offer a “ground floor family room” option to ensure easy accessibility. Stay within the bustle of the city while relaxing within this tranquil lodging option.
Price: Ground-floor family room, from £160 per night
1/7 Coco-Mat Hotel Athens
What parent doesn’t dream of getting a good night’s rest? The Coco-Mat Hotel Athens can give this gift to your family. With handmade mattresses and a 12 item pillow menu (that’s right), you can customise the best sleep experience for your holiday. In addition to this quirky feature, the hotel has plenty more selling points. It’s only a five-minute walk from the metro station Evangelismos, with easy connections to the airport. This hotel also offers baby beds, a breakfast buffet, beach towels, and bike and iPad rental.
Price: Double Room with Balcony, from £260 per night